Jonathan Ledgard is Director of Rossums, a new studio that seeks to identify technology opportunities for poorer communities.
Francis Kéré is Principal of Kéré Architecture, based in Berlin, Germany.
Kéré Architecture has established a reputation for its focus on enabling community-supported construction of sustainable and appropriate education facilities as an effective social development concept. He is an expert in preserving and developing traditional clay technologies and architecture heritage.
The firm’s built works encompass numerous education buildings in Burkina Faso, Togo and Mali, as well as design proposals in Yemen and India. Other architectural projects include civic, cultural, and commercial projects, as well as the current exhibition design for the Red Cross Museum in Geneva, Switzerland.
Francise Kéré studied architecture including modules in civil engineering at the Technische Universität Berlin (TU-Berlin). He was guest professor at the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee School of Design in 2012, and was recently appointed Design Critic in Urban Planning and Design at the Harvard University Graduate School of Design (GSD). He was also appointed Guest Professor at the Mendrisio Academy of Architecture, Switzerland in 2013.
Francis Kéré received the BSI Swiss Architectural Award in 2010 and the Marcus Prize in 2011. His first school in Gando, Burkina Faso, was completed in 2001 and received the Aga Khan Award for Architecture. The follow-up project in Gando, the Secondary school with passive ventilation system, received the Holcim Awards Gold 2011 for Africa Middle East, and also the Global Holcim Awards Gold 2012.
He was an expert in the workshop Local resources - Leveraging regional skills and metabolism at the 4th Holcim Forum “Economy of Sustainable Construction” held in Mumbai in April, 2013.
He was a member of the Holcim Awards jury for Africa Middle East in 2014.