Award-winning Cameroonian architect Hermann Kamte has been chosen to represent Africa at the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat conference in the Middle East this week.
At only 26 years old, Hermann Kamte already has a string of accolades to his name. His Lagos’s Wooden Tower is considered to be a masterpiece of green construction and has received numerous awards, including a WAFX Prize in the category of Cultural Identity at the World Architecture Festival in 2017. This year, Kamte visited South Africa, where he delivered a keynote talk at Architecture ZA in Pretoria under the theme ‘We The City: Memory and Resilience.’
Now, the founder of HKA | Hermann Kamte & Associates will represent Africa at the annual Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitats (CTBUH) conference, which takes place from October 20-25 in Dubai and Abu Dhabi. There he will be delivering a speech alongside Spanish architect Santiago Calatrava Valls on the conference’s theme ‘Polycentric Cities: The Future of Vertical Urbanism’.
Despite being chosen for his innovative vision and great expertise surrounding wood in architecture, the humble young talent says it’s not about the awards and prestige, but about what his work can do to help make the world a better place. “Being able to offer a useful service to the community is the first thing that drives my passion for architecture,” he says, adding that growing up in Africa made him realise the need to work to better the continent’s future:
“For too long, Africa has solved its problems in a state of emergency and we know today that it does not work. I believe in preventative architecture: we no longer want spontaneous cities but adaptive ones that anticipate our needs by providing maximum comfort with minimum damage to the environment. We want smart cities.”
It is this thoughtful approach to architecture that makes Kamte’s work stand out . “I like to have the opportunity to create projects that are each time more beautiful, creative, innovative, smart, sustainable and ecological than before,” he says. “HKA doesn’t only focus on the final result, but on the process too. My aim with my work is to give African architecture back its magic: I want to make people smile, I want to make people happy, I want to make people dream!”
CTBUH is the world’s leading non-profit organisation specialising in the field of tall buildings and sustainable urban design.
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