Pritzker Architecture Prize Releases Ceremony Video Honoring 2022 Laureate Francis Kéré

Pritzker Architecture Prize Releases Ceremony Video Honoring 2022 Laureate Francis Kéré

In honor of the 2022 winner, Burkinabe architect Francis Kére, the Pritzker Prize is releasing a ceremonial video of the newly opened Marshall Building at LSE, designed by 2020 Pritzker Laureates Yvonne Farrell and Shelley McNamara. The documentary includes remarks from the winner, Tom Pritzker, and past winners such as Alejandro Aravena, Norman Foster, Anne Lacaton and Jean-Philippe Vassal. This ceremony presents Kéré with the 2022 Pritzker Prize medallion, the highest honor in architecture, certifying him as the winner for his extraordinary work with communities and his architectural ingenuity.

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“What are the issues today? What is our great concern today, for everyone and for architects, and for humans? What [is] so important to us? The climate crisis is real.” As part of his speech at the ceremony, Francis Kere highlighted the importance of architecture as a key role in addressing population growth and the current conflict over resources. (…) Materials [are] limited…conflicts over resources will escalate around the world, and population growth is imminent. It doesn’t matter where we come from, it should concern us. Francis Kere.

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Primary School in Gando / Kéré Architecture. Image courtesy of Erik Jan Ouwerkerk

During the ceremony, Alejandro Aravena, president of the Pritzker jury and 2016 laureate, affirmed that “we are expanding the toolbox”. The Chilean architect underlined the importance of Kere’s contribution to “new models in the face of challenges that we have not seen before” (…) “We want to celebrate [Fracis] today, to show us another possible path. The reflections of previous winners, Norman Foster (1999), Rem Koolhaas (2000), Glenn Murcutt (2002), Jean Nouvel (2008), Farrell and McNamara (2020), Anne Lacaton and Jean-Philippe Vassal (2021), testify to the ability to present “beauty, modesty, audacity and invention all at once”. Vassal describes Kéré’s work with “a few words that are not so often chosen in architecture: happiness, kindness, agility”.


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“As an architect, he values, and he orchestrates the talent of authors to make it a collective work, and this is very important and very new in architecture.” Jean-Philippe Vassal

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Mali National Park / Kéré Architecture. Image courtesy of Iwan Baan

Founded by Francis Kére in 2005, with a dual concern for design and social commitment, Kéré Architecture designs and builds contemporary architecture that feeds the imagination of an Afro-futurist vision. Informed by tradition, the studio explores new ways of building and innovative uses of local resources and participatory design methods. Francis Kéré participated as designer of two installations dedicated to the voices of the African continent and was curator of the 23rd Milan Triennale. This year, the studio completed the Kamwokya Community Playground in Kampala, Uganda.

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Kere for Lavazza. The 23rd Milan Triennial. Image courtesy of Jaime Herraiz

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