Diébédo Francis Kéré was born in Gando, a small village in Burkina Faso, West Africa. He was the first child in the village to be sent to school as his father, the village chief, wanted his eldest son to learn how to read and translate his letters. Since no school existed in Gando, Kéré had to leave his family when he was seven years old to live with his uncle in the city. After finishing his education, he became a carpenter and received a scholarship from the former "Carl Duisberg Gesellschaft” to do an apprenticeship in Germany as a supervisor in development aid. After completing the apprenticeship, he went on to study architecture at the Technische Universität in Berlin.
Kéré felt it was his duty to contribute to his family and to the community which had supported him, and to give the next generation the opportunity to follow in his footsteps. As a university student, he built a primary school in his home village. In 1998, with the help of his friends, Kéré set up the association “Schulbausteine für Gando” with the objective of combining the knowledge he had gained in Europe, with traditional building methods from Burkina Faso. After his studies Francis Kéré opened his own architectural office "Kéré Architecture” in Berlin.
For Kéré, Gando´s survival depends on its development, and the key to development is education: "My work is first and foremost a social instrument. Its cultural, economic and ecological building solutions are always underpinned by a social process."
In 2016, the association was renamed "Kéré Foundation e.V.".
Francis is the founder and chairman of the Foundation, as well as the Founding Principal of Kéré Architecture. In addition to developing international projects with private clients, Kéré Architecture also supports the work of the Foundation with pro-bono architectural design and planning.
Kéré Foundation e. V.
telephone : +49 30 78991427
Kéré Foundation e.V.
BLZ: 100 900 00
IBAN: DE19 1009 0000 5710 247007
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