While studying at the TU Berlin, Francis Kéré set up the association “Schulbausteine für Gando” in 1998 with the objective of combining his European gained knowledge with traditional building techniques from West Africa. He built his first school in Burkina Faso in 2001 and opened his own office “Kéré Architecture” engaging mainly in social projects.
An honorary professor at the TU Berlin until 2011, he has also been invited as a guest professor in Milwaukee University, IUAV (Venice) and will spend next semester in the Academy of Architecture of Mendrisio, Università della Svizzera italiana. In addition, he has won the Global Holcim Award Gold (2012), the Marcus Prize (2011), the BSI Swiss Award (2010) and the Aga Khan Award (2004). Francis Kéré also participated in several exhibitions such as “Small scale big change” at the MOMA (2011) and the “Venice Architecture Biennale” (2010).