Kaira Looro 2022

Architecture Competition

Children's House in Africa

Kaira Looro Architecture Competition is a design contest open to students and young architects with aims to discover new talents and to adopt sustainable architecture models for humanitarian purpose to improve life conditions in developing countries. Cash prizes, Internship and construction are provided for winners, selected by an international jury made up of pregistous architectural firms.
The challenge of 2022's edition is to design a ‘Children’s House’ in Senegal, as a warm and welcoming place where activities aimed at preventing child malnutrition can be carried out in a rural environment. The children of today are the leaders of tomorrow; allowing them to develop properly is essential in order to build a better future.


1st Prize:
5.000€ + Construction + Internship at Kengo Kuma
2nd Prize:
2.000€ + Internship at Mario Cucinella Architects
3nd Prize:
1.000€ + Internship at SBGA Blengini Ghirardelli
2 Honourable Mentions 100€
5 Special Mentions
20 Finalists
20 Top 50


Early registrations : 15th Jan - 28th Febr 2022
Normal registrations : 1st March - 10th Apr 2022
Late registrations : 11st Apr - 15th May 2022
FAQ answer deadline : 1st June 2022
Submissione Deadline: 13th June 2022
Jury evalution : 27th June - 03rd July 2022
Winners announcements : 11th July 2022


Guidelines languages:
en | fr | it | es | pt | pl | tr | zh | ar | ja | el
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Child Malnutrition documents

All Materials (available after registration):
Building materials & datas, Project site, villages, Photos, Frameworks, AUTOCAD,Layouts

The Jury

Kengo Kuma competition jury

Kengo Kuma

Kengo Kuma & Associates
Japan, China, France

Kengo Kuma was born in 1954. He established Kengo Kuma & Associates in 1990. He is currently a University Professor and Professor Emeritus at the University of Tokyo after teaching at Keio University and the University of Tokyo. KKAA projects are currently underway in more than 30 countries. Kengo Kuma proposes architecture that opens up new relationships between nature, technology, and human beings. In 2021 he received the “The Most Influential People of 2021” award from Time Magazine.

Mario Cucinella Architects

Mario Cucinella

Mario Cucinella Architects

Founded in 1992 in Paris by Mario Cucinella, MC A - Mario Cucinella Architects studio is now based in Bologna and Milan and is composed of over 100 professionals. MC A specialises in architectural design that integrates environmental and energy strategies, making use of an internal R&D department that investigates the issues of sustainability through a holistic approach.

Benedetta Tagliabue competition jury

Benedetta Tagliabue

Miralles Tagliabue EMBT
Spain & China

She studied architecture at the Istituto di Architettura di Venezia (IUAV) and currently acts as director of the international architecture firm Miralles Tagliabue EMBT, founded in 1994 in collaboration with Enric Miralles, based in Barcelona, Shanghai and Paris. Among her most notable projects built are the Scottish Parliament in Edinburgh, Diagonal MarPark, the Santa Caterina market in Barcelona, Campus Universitario de Vigo, and the Spanish Pavilion at the 2010 Shanghai World Expo.

Agostino Ghirardelli competition jury

Agostino Ghiradelli

SBGA | Blengini Ghirardelli

Agostino Ghiradelli earned a degree in architecture from the Università degli Studi di Genova in 1999. He has collaborated and has been Partner of several International Firms, has worked in New York and Paris and has supervised construction sites all over the world. He focuses both in the research and the design phase of Architecture and Urban Planning projects. To this end he collaborated with public institutions and he was a lecturer for various international institution.

Alice Dietsch Director of Amanda Levete Architects   - images  copyright Agnese Sanvito

Alice Dietsch

Amanda Levete Architects, Unitef Kingdom

Alice Dietsch is director at award-winning architecture studio AL_A. Recently completed projects include two new buildings for Wadham College at the University of Oxford and a new centre for the cancer care charity Maggie’s in Southampton. Past projects include the Victoria & Albert Museum Exhibition Road Quarter in London and the Museum of Art, Architecture and Technology in Lisbon.

Mphethi Morojele Kaira Looro jury

Mphethe Morojele

Mpheti Morojele Architects
South Africa

Mphethi Morojele is owner and founder of the MMA Design Studio, an award-winning architecture and design studio based in Johannesburg, South Africa. The practice has collaborated to produce some of the most iconic and culturally important projects in South Africa and continues to expand its portfolio on the continent with projects in Ethiopia, Uganda, Botswana, Mozambique, Lesotho and Burundi.

Sharon Davis kaira looro jury

Sharon Davis

Sharon Davis Design

Founder and principal Sharon Davis is an award-winning practitioner whose work is driven by a deep belief in the transformative power of design. In 2007, after a successful career in finance and a Master’s of Architecture degree from Columbia University’s Graduate School of Architecture, where she received the Lucille Smyser Lowenfish Memorial Prize, Davis created her firm as a launching pad for collaborative design practice dedicated to human-centered environments around the globe.

Giuseppe Mazzaglia Kaira Loor Jury

Giuseppe Mazzaglia


Senior project leader and architect Giuseppe Mazzaglia works in MVRDV’s Asian and German studios where he participates in the design of multi-purpose buildings in Shenzhen, Shanghai and Berlin. Among the others, he has been working on the design of the Shenzhen Women & Children’s Centre, the renovation of a mixed-use building that will host a wide range of facilities for the welfare of women and children.

Ligia nunes Kaira Loor Jury

Ligia Nunes

Architecture Sans Frontieres
International- France

Ligia Nunes is graduated in Architecture by FAUTL - Faculdade de Arquitectura da Universidade Tecnica de Lisboa, Portugal and a PhD in Heritage and Architectural Rehabilitation by the Construction Department of ETSA - Escuela Tecnica Superior de Arquitectura, Coruña, España. Architecture teacher since 1997 in the areas of Project, Theory, History of Architecture and Cooperation for Development in Architecture is an assistant professor at ULP - Universidade Lusófona do Porto.

Saad El Kabbaj, Driss Kettani and Mohamed Amine Siana competition jury

Driss Kettani


Born in 1978 in Fes, Driss Kettani studied at the Ecole Nationale d’Architecture of Rabat, Morocco where he graduated in 2003. He has spent his childhood in Côte d’Ivoire before coming to Morocco in 1996. After some collaborations, he opened his office in Casablanca in 2005, working on some housing, office projects and design. He currently teaches at the Mohammed VI Polytechnic University.

Saad El Kabbaj, Driss Kettani and Mohamed Amine Siana competition jury

Saad El Kabbaj


Born in 1978 in Casablanca, Saad El Kabbaj studied at the Ecole Nationale d’Architecture of Rabat, Morocco where he graduated in 2003. During his studies, he had some experiences abroad (Greece, Tunisia and Egypt). He opened his office in Casablanca in 2005 and works on a various range of projects. He currently teaches at the UIR University in Rabat.

Saad El Kabbaj, Driss Kettani and Mohamed Amine Siana competition jury

Mohamed Amine Siana


Born in 1979 in Casablanca, Mohamed Amine SIANA graduated from the Ecole Nationale d’Architecture of Rabat, Morocco in 2004. He collaborates since 2000 with different architects and had some abroad experiences before opening his own office in Casablanca in 2005. He works in different kind of projects: interior, housing, health, design. He currently teaches at the UIR University in Rabat.

Project Site

The project area is located in the south of Senegal: a western sub-Saharan African country bordered by the Atlantic Ocean, Mauritania, Mali, Gambia, and Guinea. The national population is almost 17 million people, mainly concentrated in the larger urban centres and in the capital. Dakar. The southern region, in addition to the enclave of Gambia, is called Casamance, due to the presence of the river of the same name and is further divided into 3 administrative regions: Ziguinchor, Sedhiou and Kolda, with a total of approximately 1.5 million inhabitants. The central region is Sedhiou, and it is here that the project will be introduced. This is one of the country’s less developed regions, with an average rate of urbanisation of 10%, and an average poverty rate of around 92%. This region has a purely agricultural focus, and the rural villages have an average of 1500 inhabitants. The administrative centre of Sedhiou has approximately 22,000 inhabitants.

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Architecture Competition brief
Architecture Competition brief
Architecture Competition brief

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