Kaira Looro 2023 | Primary School in rural areas of Africa

Submission: 11nd June 2023
Registration: 15th May 2023
Language: English
Location: Senegal – Africa
Prizes: Please see the details below
Type: Open
Winners announcements : 10th July 2023


The “Kaira Looro ” is an international architecture competition for students and young architects, the objective of which is to grow up careers of new architectural talent, raise awareness in the international community regarding the topics of emergency, and support humanitarian projects.
Participation is open to architects, students, designers, engineers and anyone who wants to propose a solution to the theme. It is possible to participate in the competition individually or in teams, with one requirement: the presence of under 35 years old on the team.
The entries received will be evaluated by a jury made up of prominent architects: Kengo Kuma (Kengo Kuma & Associates), Benedetta Tagliabue (EMBT Miralles Tagliabue), Agostino Ghirardelli (SBGA | Blengini Ghirardelli), Manuel Aires Mateus (Aires Mateus Architects), Raul Pantaleo (TAM Associati), Mphethi Morojele (MMA Design Studio), Mphethi Morojele (MMA Design Studio), Emmanuelle Moureaux (Emmanuelle Moureaux Architecture + Design), Saad El Kabbaj, Driss Kettani e Mohamed Amine Siana and an scientific committee made up of Raoul Vecchio (Balouo Salo), Sebastiano D’Urso (University of Catania and other specialist in architecture and humanitarian actions.


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
Honourable Mentions 100€
Special Mentions
20 Finalists
20 Top 50

Furthermore, all of the projects will be published on the competition’s website and in its official book, transmitted to 30 of the competition’s global media partners, and shared with institutional partners.

The aim of the selection process is to select an architectural model of a primary school that can raise the level of education for children, secure the right to study, ensure health and provide the psycho- physical and health conditions necessary to develop each student’s potential. A facility that is not only limited to school courses, but that can host cross-curricular activities is ideal, a place that is not only a school but also a community. Through architecture, shapes and colours, the aim is to create a model that inspires confidence in the students, the community and the authorities. A unique and symbolic, yet simple, place of identity in which every child can find themselves and begin to build their future.

The project must be conceived as feasible in a process of a humanitarian intervention and self-construction, i.e., without qualified personnel and with the direct participation of the local community; it must, therefore, meet certain construction requirements. The competition is organised by the Balouo Salo Non-Profit Organisation, engaged in charitable projects in Africa, and all proceeds (obtained from the registration fees), will be entirely donated to the implementation of humanitarian projects in Africa to improve the living conditions of communities in rural areas.

Registration begins on 13rd January 2022!

>> Go to the competition’s website <<<

Date: January 13, 2023