Kaira Looro 2023

Architecture Competition

Primary School 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 at international architecture firms and construction are provided for winners, selected by an international jury.

We are looking for a new school model that can protect and foster the development of every child's potential!


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


Early registrations : 13rd Jan - 28th Febr 2023
Normal registrations : 1st March - 9th Apr 2023
Late registrations : 10th Apr - 15th May 2023
FAQ answer deadline : 1st June 2023
Submissione Deadline: 11st June 2023
Jury evalution : 2rth June - 01st July 2023
Winners announcements : 10th July 2023


Guidelines languages:
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Education in Africa documents

All Materials (available after registration):
Building materials & datas, Images, 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 (KKAA) in 1990. 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. He is considered one of the most influential contemporary architects, universally recognized for his sustainable approach and devoted to respect for the environment and tradition.

Benedetta Tagliabue competition jury

Benedetta Tagliabue

EMBT Architects

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.

Manuel Aires Mateus Kaira Looro jury

Manuel Aires Mateus

Aires Mateus

Manuel Aires Mateus was born in Lisbon in 1963. He graduated from Faculdade de Arquitetura de Lisboa (1986) and he collaborates with Francisco Aires Mateus, with both having founded the studio Aires Mateus in 1988. In teaching, he collaborates with several universities since 1986, such as the Harvard Graduate School of Design, the College of Architecture, Art and Planning of Cornell University, the Oslo Architecture School, the Faculty of Architecture of the University of Ljubljana or the School of Architecture of the University of Navarre, in Pamplona.

Raul Pantaleo Kaira Looro jury

Raul Pantaleo

TAM Associati

Raul Pantaleo is involved with the practice of social communications and graphic design for various Public Administrations and non-profit organizations. Raul Pantaleo is one of the co-founder of “studio TAMassociati” a practice which specializes in socially oriented projects in critical areas. Among the main awards received : the LafargeHolcim Awards Acknowledgement prize (2017), Aga Khan Award (2013), Zumtobel Gruop Award (2014).

Mphethi Morojele Kaira Looro jury

Mphethi Morojele

Mphethi 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.

Emmanuelle Moureaux Kaira Looro jury

Emmanuelle Moureaux

Emmanuelle Moureaux Architecture

Emmanuelle Moureaux is a French architect and artist living in Tokyo since 1996, where she established emmanuelle moureaux architecture + design in 2003. Associate Professor at Tohoku University of Art and Design. Member of "Tokyo Society of Architects", the "Architectural Institute of Japan", and the "Japan Institute of Architects".

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.

Schools today

In the rural and southern areas of Senegal, primary schools are made of bricks produced on site with sand and cement, or, in less affluent areas, of unfired earth bricks. The building is normally developed in a single structure composed of a succession of classrooms arranged in parallel, all having an entrance to the outside. The roofs are mainly made of sheet metal without insulation. Windows are often locally produced in iron, or made of wood and sheet metal frames. The floor, where present, is a sand and cement screed. Many schools are unfinished, with bricks left exposed. The finish, where present, is made of sand and cement, and rarely painted with oil paints. Very few schools have a connection to the water supply network, as this is often absent in rural areas. Water is sometimes collected in bins from wells near the school, or there are community wells nearby, whose water is often contaminated. The toilets, in the absence of a sewage system, are pits dug in the ground tens of metres away from the classrooms.

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Architecture Competition brief
Architecture Competition brief
Architecture Competition brief

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