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Dezeen Agenda features Diébédo Francis Kéré saying he is open to designing skyscraper

The latest edition of our weekly Dezeen Agenda newsletter features an interview with architect Diébédo Francis Kéré, who tells Dezeen he could design a skyscraper when the time is right. Subscribe to Dezeen Agenda now.

Burkinabè architect Kéré has risen to become one of the profession's biggest stars in recent years, becoming the first African to win the Pritzker Architecture Prize in 2022. Last week, he was also named the 2023 architecture laureate for the Praemium Imperiale awards.

Speaking to Dezeen at the UIA World Congress of Architects in Copenhagen, Kéré reflected on how his Pritzker success has influenced his practice. "It has encouraged me to do even more," he told Dezeen, and also revealed he is "very open" to designing a skyscraper.

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