Francis Kéré is Principal of Kéré Architecture, based in Berlin, Germany and was a member of the Holcim Awards jury for Africa Middle East in 2014.
Jesse LeCavalier is Assistant Professor in the College of Architecture & Design at the New Jersey Institute of Technology, Newark, NJ, USA.
He is an architect with interests in logistics and urbanism. His current work investigates the spatial consequences of Walmart’s logistics operations, some of which has appeared in design journals like Cabinet, Public Culture, and AD. His article, “All Those Numbers: Logistics, Territory, and Walmart,” which appeared in Design Observer: Places, was named by The Atlantic as one of “Nearly 100 Fantastic Pieces of Journalism” in 2011.
Jesse LeCavalier holds a Doctor of Science from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH Zurich), a Master of Architecture from the University of California, Berkeley, and a Bachelor of Arts from Brown University in Providence, RI, USA.
He was a Poiesis Fellow at the Institute for Public Knowledge at New York University and a Senior Researcher at the Future Cities Laboratory as part of the Singapore-ETH Center for Global Environmental Sustainability.
He was the Walter B Sanders Fellow at the University of Michigan’s Taubman College of Architecture & Urban Planning (2010-11) where he taught design studios and research seminars. He spent three years teaching foundational design at the ETH Zurich and has also taught studios at Temple University Rome, Oberlin College, and American University of Sharjah. His professional experience includes two years at agps.architecture in Los Angeles, where he was involved with the design of the Portland Aerial Tram and the city’s new Children’s Museum.
He is a co-author, with John Harwood and Guillaume Mojon, of This Will _ This (Standpunkte, 2009) and has contributed to the collections Infrastructure as Architecture (Jovis Verlag, 2010), Cities of Change: Addis Ababa (Birkhäuser, 2009) and Deviations: Designing Architecture (Birkhäuser, 2008).
Jesse LeCavalier was a Moderator of the Workshop “Metropolitan Scale” at the 5th International Holcim Forum “Infrastructure Space” in Detroit, USA in 2016.