Women's House in Africa

Architecture Competition for students & young architects

by Balouo Salo
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An architecture competition that promotes equality and combats discrimination.
The winning project will be built in southern Senegal.

Rural development, the breaking down of barriers, a reduction in inequality, and the creation of a sustainable and stable environment all depend on the hard work which every member of society invests, both directly and indirectly, in the collective. Gender equality is crucial to the construction of an equitable society in which everyone, on the basis of their background and resources, can make a fundamental contribution to sustainable development.

The “Kaira Looro Competition” is an international architecture competition for students and young architects, the objective of which is to launch the careers of new architectural talent, raise awareness in the international community regarding the topics of emergency, and support humanitarian projects.

Partners of the 2021 edition include international institutions from the “Gender Equality” sector, among which: WGDD of Africa Union Commission, UN Women West and Central Africa e il Ministry of Women of the Republic of Senegal.

Architects, designers, engineers, and students from around the world may participate in the competition. It is possible to participate in the competition individually or in teams, with one requirement: the presence of individuals under 35 years of age on the team.


The entries received will be evaluated by a jury made up of prominent architects and institutions, among which: Kengo Kuma (Kengo Kuma & Associates), Benedetta Tagliabue (EMBT Miralles Tagliabue), Urko Sanchez ( Urko Sanchez Architects), Agostino Ghirardelli (SBGA), Oulimata Sarr (Regional Director of UN Women West and Central Africa), Lehau Victoria Maloka (Director of Women Gender and Development Directorate of African Union Commission), Salimata Diop Dieng (Minister of Women, Family, Gender and Child Protection of Senegal), Azzurra Muzzonigro (Sex and the City).


Awards will be given to 1st, 2nd, and 3rd places, 2 honourable mentions, 2 special mentions, 20 finalists, and 20 Top 50.
The winning project will receive a cash prize (5.000 €) and an internship at Kengo Kuma and associates studio in Japan, as well as the construction of the project and its adoption on the part of the Ministry at the national level.
The other internships will be awarded to the 2nd place team at the Miralles Tagliabue EMBT studio in Spain and to the 3rd place at the SBGA | Blengini Ghirardelli in Italy.

The WOMEN’S HOUSE, the object of this new edition, will be built in a small village in southern Senegal in order to promote gender equality as a key factor in rural development. This structure must be symbolic, environmentally friendly, inspired by local traditions, and capable of accommodating training events, seminars, and laboratories that raise awareness in the rural community regarding human rights and gender equality as the fifth fundamental objective of the “Sustainable Development Goals” established by the United Nations for the purpose of guaranteeing that everyone receive equal access to education, medical care, and employment, as well as a say in decision making processes, thereby promoting sustainable economies which are a benefit to society and humanity and as a whole.


    • Balouo  Salo

      Balouo Salo

      Aci Castello / Italy

      Balouo Salo is a no profit-association created with the aim of solving social and environmental emergiencies, contributing to the improvement of life conditions of disadvantaged communities living in developing countries to the purpose of raise awareness of the international community, with particular reference of emergency issues and safeguarding both environment and culture. Our approach is entirely voluntary and humanitarian and it is based on principles of parity and equality with the ultimate goal of giving self sufficiency.)