Francis Kéré is an architect from Burkina Faso who designs sustainable architecture for the benefit of the people of his home continent. He talks about his deep commitment to furthering the use and development of traditional building among local communities. His projects are designed to combine climatic comfort with low-cost construction, making the most of local materials and the potential of the local community, whilst adapting technology from the industrialised world in a simple and innovative way.
Francis Kéré won the prestigious Aga Khan Award for Architecture in 2004 for the primary school in his home village of Gando, Burkina Faso. Francis Kéré also works as a lecturer at the Technische Universitat, Berlin.