“Peace is a dream, it can become a reality… but to build it we must be capable of dreaming.” (Nelson Mandela)

Intercultural hostility and the exploitation of resources on the African continent have triggered a succession of armed conflicts resulting in millions of innocent lives lost and refugees seeking hope in a better life elsewhere. Communities annihilated. Villages and cities torn to the ground. Nations in chaos. Remembering the victims through the universal value of peace can help to lay the foundation for the creation of an inclusive and cohesive society. Contemplation, memory, and compassion are the values that commemorative architecture must convey in order to build a better world.


1st Prize 4.000€ - Internship at Kengo Kuma - Construction
2nd Prize 1.000€
3nd Prize 500€
n.2 Honourable Mentions 150€
n.5 Special Mentions
n.20 Finalists


Early Registration 18th Jan - 11th Feb
Normal Registration 12nd Feb - 4th Mar
Late Registration 5th Mar - 31th Mar
Submission Deadline 18th Apr
Jury Evaluation 25th Apr - 28th Apr
Result announcement 4th May


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The Jury

Kengo Kuma

Kengo Kuma

Kengo Kuma & Associates - Tokyo

One of the most prominent Japanese architects. Director of Architecture Depertment in Tokyo University. Winner of 2016's “Global Award for Sustainable Architecture”

Agostino Ghirardelli

Agostino Ghirardelli

Blengini Ghirardelli Associati - Milan

Founder and Director of SBGA. Teacher in Euporean Univiersities. Collaborator with Libeskind for the CityLife Master plan of Milan and other international projects.

Diana Lopez UN Habitat

Diana Lopez Caramazana

Un-Habitat - Nairobi

Head, Local Government and Decentralization Unit, UN-Habitat and Policy Advisor, Local development finance, UNCDF

Urko Sanchez

Urko Sanchez

Urko Sanchez Architects - Nairobi

Based in Kenya and Spain, Urko Sanchez Architects, is an award-winning architectural firm renowned for excellence in design and selected among the best practices in Africa.

Toshiki Hirano Tokyo University

Toshiki Hirano

University of Tokyo - Tokyo

Professor at University of Tokyo and organiser of annual exhibition “Japanese Junction” which showcases studio projects from universities around the world.

Noella Nibakuze

Noella Nibakuze

Mass Design - Kingali

Associate architect in Mass Design Kingali, Rwanda, degreed in South Africa at the Tshwane University of Technology in Pretoria.

Jean Paul Sebuhayi Uwase

Jean Paul Sebuhayi Uwase

Mass Design - Kingali

Design Director in Mass design.His current projects include Malawi Maternity Waiting Village and the One Acre Fund Headquarters in Kenya.

The scientific committee

Raoul Vecchio

Raoul Vecchio

Balouo Salo

Architect and founder of the Organization Balouo Salo and Kaira Looro, specialized in Architecture for development and emergencies in developing countries.

Sebastiano D'URso

Sebastiano D'Urso

University of Catania

University professor and researcher in Architectural composition and landscape, at the University of Catania, Italy. Among the co-organizers of the first edition of Kaira Looro.

Moussa Souane

Sedhiou institution

Doctor in food biology with doctorate in Korea. President of the Sedhiou Chamber of Commerce, humanitarian operator in the field of nutrition and resource development.

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Kaira Looro Past Editions

Cultural Center

Sedhiou, Senegal, Africa

Hundred-years old cultures give birth to Communities, being transmitted through rhymes of those who are narrating it and interpretating tha past through wisdom. One's accomplishments result from rituals and metamorphosis, bonding the human being to its own roots through dance, history, music, colours, flavours, materials and landscapes.

Sacred Architecture

Tanaff, Senegal, Africa

Introspection, spirituality and divinity. These are the elements around which the sacred architecture revolves. The light and the lightness of the materials join sacred and profane, creating an architecture that, through spaces and forms, try to invite the humans to an interior research.

Workshop '16

Catania, Italy, Europa

The event represented an international architecture workshop organized in september 2016 together with In/arch Sicilia and CA2Lab from University of Catania, aimed to support the Dam-Bridge project, addressing international community and developing architectural projects to be donated to Tanaff Valley.