• Words Nana Biamah-Ofosu
  • Photography Daniel Farò

IN THE STUDIO:
Diébédo Francis Kéré

  • Words Nana Biamah-Ofosu
  • Photography Daniel Farò

It’s been almost 20 years since Diébédo Francis Kéré’s first building, a primary school for his hometown of Gando, in Burkina Faso, was completed. Since then, Kéré has become one of Africa’s leading architects—his work, steeped in craft, tradition and cultural relevance, celebrates people and communities. 

These qualities earned him the Aga Khan Award for Architecture in 2004. Kéré has since built a successful international practice, with his studio based in Berlin and projects around the world, from Burkina Faso to the United States. Besides the primary school in Gando, other notable projects include the Lycée Schorge secondary school, also in Burkina Faso, a campus building comprising nine modules arranged radially around a courtyard, built primarily in local later...

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