Africa under construction

Zimbabwe to Burkina Faso; South Africa to Nigeria, four architects across the continent share their insights on designing and building in Africa.

Francis Kéré on an African architectural identity

Africa needs to use what it has to make great architecture and adapt Western technology to help facilitate this, says architect Francis Kéré. He believes that Africans should use their creativity to develop architecture suited to their specific needs.

Africans need to develop their own identity in architecture, says Kéré.

Watch his full talk here

Mick Pearce on the potential of Africa


Zimbabwean architect Mick Pearce is renowned for designing low maintenance buildings with low capital and running costs, using renewable energy systems of environment control. He is constantly developing and refining ways of making buildings that are suited to their natural environment and the people who use them.

People build their own cities. Africa is developing quickly and while it might look chaotic the potential for Africa is huge, he says.

Peter Rich on moving outside your comfort zone

South African architect Peter Rich is dedicated to the creation of authentic, contemporary African architecture. Striving to create places and spaces that are meaningful, moving and uplifting for all who occupy them, Rich has a strong focus on respecting the natural environment and local people. In 2009 he won the World Building of the Year for his design of the Mapungubwe Interpretation Center.

My life has always been centred round community-based work and preserving cultural heritage, says Rich.

Kunlé Adeyemi on the future of African architecture 

Kunlé Adeyemi is a Nigerian architect, urbanist and creative researcher. He is also the founder and principal of NLÉ, an architecture, design and urbanism practice based in Amsterdam, Netherlands. In this video Adeyemi speaks about the African Water Cities Project, Makoko Floating School, which was recently nominated for a Design Museum's Design of the Year award, and his view on the future of African architecture.

It's a time for opportunities as well as a time to face challenges, he says.