Closing Keynote: Fundamental Principles at Every Scale

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Architectural Record’s 2022 Innovation Conference
Presented by Francis Kéré, Pritzker Laureate

Learning Objectives:

  1. Describe how Kéré applied knowledge of place to his projects in his home country of Burkina Faso to support the well-being of his community.
  2. Discuss how Kéré used models of the natural landscape to create projects that support happier, healthier environments for refugees and local citizens.
  3. Explain how observing the user—or occupant—led Kéré to create a project that solved several health, safety, and wellness problems.
  4. List the types of materials Kéré has used in his project to mimic the landscape.


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It is a particular challenge to adapt and apply fundamental principles as one evolves as an architect. From a school in a rural environment to a cityscape-defining parliament house – Francis Kéré’s work now spans not only continents but also project scale. And yet there are architectural principles that remain the same—in design approach as well as the decision-making process in the planning and construction phases. During his talk at Record’s Innovation Conference he will explore this very aspect of architecture, in the design and making of his own buildings.


Francis Kéré

Francis Kéré, Pritzker Laureate, is a founding Partner of Ennead Architects, an integrated design practice that is the recipient of the AIANY Medal of Honor, the Smithsonian Institution-Cooper Hewitt National Design Award, and the National AIA Firm Award.

His award-winning work exemplifies his commitment to architecture as a powerful change agent that can improve institutional cultures, social communities, and regional ecologies.

Notable recent projects include the Arizona Center for Law and Society at Arizona State University, the College of Architecture, Planning & Design at Kansas State University, generation Apple’s Flagship Store in Scottsdale Arizona, and the five million square foot Health Science Campus for Kuwait University.

Tomas is past President of the American Institute of Architects New York Chapter, a founding Board Member of Design Onscreen, and past Chairman of the Jose Limon Dance Foundation Board


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Originally published in November 2022