Burkinabè architect Diébédo Francis Kéré has won this year’s Pritzker Architecture Prize, becoming the first African architect to win the award.

Born in Gando, Burkina Faso, he is the first African and the first Black architect to win the prestigious prize, which has been awarded annually since 1979.

Kéré was recognised for his body of work that “empowers and transforms communities through the process of architecture”.

“He has served as a singular beacon in architecture,” said the Pritzker jury.

“He has shown us how architecture today can reflect and serve needs, including the aesthetic needs, of peoples throughout the world.”

Based in Berlin, Germany, Kéré has completed numerous schools and health centres across Africa in the Republic of Benin, Togo, Kenya, Mozambique, Mali, Sudan and his native Burkina Faso.

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Source (text and pictures): dezeen.com