MUSEO ICO. 3 Zorrilla St.

On 18th January we visited an exhibition dedicated to an African architect whose architecture has received great acclaim. He has won numerous awards thanks to the development of some innovative strategies that combine traditional materials and construction techniques with the most advanced engineering technologies.

Born in a small village in Burkina Faso, he was the first child in the village to be sent to school. He received a scholarship to study in Germany where he studied architecture and engineering. At the same time he created the Kéré Foundation to finance the construction of an elementary school in his native village, Gando.

In 2005, he created Kéré Architecture and since then his work has received vast acclaim. He has won numerous awards including Global Award for Sustainable Architecture, the Marcus Prize and the Schelling Architecture Award; and has been named member of the Royal Institute of British Architects and the honorary member of the American Institute of Architects.

His most important works include Gando Primary School and Library, Mali National Park Complex, Teatro Volksbühne Satellite at the Tempelhof Airport in Berlin and the Serpentine Gallery Pavilion. In spite of his huge success, Kéré has not forgotten his roots and keeps on investing knowledge in Burkina Faso and other places around the world.