Architect & Designer, Creative Director
CEO & Founder at HKA | Hermann Kamte & Associates
Ordre National des Architectes du Cameroun | ONAC/NOCA N ° 321
Forbes Africa 30 Under 30 2019
Quartz Africa Innovator 2019
Born on February 20, 1992, in Yaounde, Cameroon, Hermann Kamte started his higher education at the University of Ngaoundere in 2010 after his G.C.E.A-Levels where he started Physical Science Faculty. In 2011, he joined the prestigious EAMAU (École Africaine des Métiers de l’Architecture et de l’Urbanisme) to pursue a course in Architecture. Between 2011 and 2016, Hermann has completed several academics and professional internships in many locals agencies in Togo. During these periods, he also completed important collaborations where the most prestigious is “Songo Real Estate” With “Agence ATRIUM”; the project was a residential real estate promotion and the finals proposal has been reveal during H.E. Recep Tayyip Erdoğan (Turkish President) in Ivory Coast.
In 2016, after graduation, Hermann Kamte start his own outfit under “HKA | Hermann Kamte & Associates” and won his first international idea competition where the topic was to redesign de center of Tirana during “Tirana Architecture Week 2016”. The Firm decided to break off with the monotony of the practice of Architecture at the local level, thus opening to the dialogue of Architecture on the international level. Then, HKA | Hermann Kamte & Associates emerged as a solid pole of reflection both in theoretical and practical.
With great passion, Hermann explores the field multidisciplinary and transversally to meet the challenges of modern and contemporary architecture. With a philosophical look, he thinks that the sensitivity and complexity of an Architectural project most times break the boundaries between Architecture, Landscape Architecture, Interior Design, or Furniture Design which comes from the interconnection and interaction between these disciplines.
As a student, Hermann was rewarded in several competitions with the notable being: Finalist (Jacques Rougerie Competition 2014), Finalist (David Salisbury Competition 2014), and Finalist (DIA Summer Pavilion 2014).
But Early 2017, Hermann Kamte started to be recognized for his creatives project and to develop a reputation for designing projects that are as programmatically and technically innovative, sustainable, and ecologically conscious. Then, He has received numerous awards and honors with a focus on Sustainable Development, Cultural Identity and Technology integrating modern design tools into his creative process.
Today, at a young age; Hermann Kamte is an awards-wining architect and belongs to the shortlist of the architect who deserves a lot of prizes and awards before the age of 30. He is the winner of the Inaugural WAFX Prize 2017 (1st Prize Cultural Identity), known as the world’s most forward-looking concept at the World Architecture Festival 2017. Winner Of the American Prize of Architecture 2017 (Gold in Architectural Design/Green architecture). Winner at the Rethinking The Future Awards 2017, Bronze A ’Design Awards 2017. Winner of the WA Awards 2017. The Gold Trophy for Eurasian Prize 2018, The Inaugural Archi. Awards Africa “Premiere” held by African Union of Architects (AUA) in 2018, The Jury Trophy at Taipei International Design Awards 2018, etc.
Hermann has taken part in several collective exhibitions across the world (United Kingdom, China, India, Italia, Bulgaria, Cameroon, Togo, Albania, Ukraine, Russia, Germany, Australia.), with the most prestigious one being exhibiting the research project ‘Lagos’s Wooden Tower’ in London (UK) at Roca London Gallery under the theme: ‘Timber Rising: Vertical Visions for the Cities of Tomorrow.” He is tagged as one of the new generation Architect pioneering in wooden Structure.
In 2017, with his project ‘Lagos’s Wooden Tower’ tagged as the first Proposed Tall Timber in Africa, Hermann attended and exhibited as the only project representing Africa on the map during the Tall Timber Workshop in Australia (Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane). The event was held by the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH) under the theme; ‘Connecting The City; People, Density & infrastructure’. Hermann has also been featured on the CTBUH Journal 2017 Issue II named ‘Tall Buildings in Numbers,’ report, ‘Tall Timber: A Global Audit,’
With Other Notable projects such as “The Forgotten – Dead or Alive”, “Traditional Spline School” or ‘Native Skyscraper’; Hermann Kamte has been featured on several International media including but not limited to: The Architectural Review, Financial Times, CNN, Business Day, CTBUH, Afrique Magazine, Australian Timber Magazine, African Design Magazine, Design Indaba, etc.
Hermann is also known for his growing contributions to the practice of Architecture through interviews and features. In 2017, Hermann gave an interview for the ‘UK Financial Times’ about ‘Towering Timbers’ at the opening of the World Architecture Festival 2017. Earlier than that, he spoke with ‘Design-Build review’ about ‘Lagos’s Wooden Tower’. In 2018, gave an interview for ‘Metsa Wood’ about ‘Hermann Kamte’s wooden Ambition’, another has been done for the ‘UK Financial Times’ talking about ‘Age of engineered timber’ for Nigeria Report. Another great appearance consists of an interview for ‘African design Magazine’ in preparation for ‘Architecture ZA 2018/AZA18’ and another for ‘Business Day’ under the title: ‘Architects Explore Adaptive Cities.’
In April 2019, Hermann Kamte as a winner of Next Generation during LafargeHolcim Awards was invited to join LafargeHolcim 6th Forum under the theme: “Re-materializing Construction” in Cairo, April 4-6, 2019 alongside Architect Lord Norman Foster (Baron Foster of Thame Bank) and Francis Kere. The event was hosted by the American University in Cairo and LafargeHolcim Foundation.
In March 2019, Hermann has been Awarded New Leaders of Tomorrow at the Crans Montana Forum; Where He is a Member alongside Others Famous High Personality across the World (Presidents, Creatives and Businesses or Government Officials). At the same period, he also has been invited to exhibit a Harvard Graduated School of Design during the African Development Conference. The event has been open by H.E. Nana Akufo-Addo(President of Ghana).
In December 2018; Hermann has delivered a Keynote Speech alongside President Paul Kagame (Rwanda & Former African Union), President Abdel Fattah Al Sisi (Egypt & New African Union) and four young African entrepreneurs during the Africa 2018 Forum at Sharm El Sheikh, in Egypt (YED Presidential Dialogues). Here, he was also awarded as the 100 Africans startup by the Government of Egypt, COMESA Regional Investment Agency, IFC (International Finance Corporation), and MIIC (Ministry of Investment and International Cooperation).”
In November 2018; Hermann was selected as the 30 young creatives African during Atrocities 8th Summit in Morocco. He has delivered a speech alongside High Personality coming across Africa including Government officials.
In October 2018; Hermann has delivered a speech at the 2018 annual conference of the Council on Tall Building and Urban Habitat (CTBUH) under the theme: “Polycentric Cities: The Future of Vertical Urbanism” alongside Architect Santiago Calatrava. The Sheikh Mohammed bin Rachid Al Maktoum of Dubai was part of the selected speaker committed.
In September 2018; As selected Author during the ‘Lafarge Holcim Awards 2017’, Hermann was invited and has delivered a speech at the 2018 LafargeHolcim Next Generation Awards Lab in Mexico hosted by the Universidad Iberoamericana (IBERO) and LafargeHolcim Foundation under the theme: ‘Sustainable Construction’.
In July 2018; two years ago after his graduation and accordingly is young notoriety; Hermann Kamte has been invited by his former school “EAMAU” as an International Judge Member for the 2018 Master Thesis Graduation in Architecture alongside Joe Osae Addo. He also gave a Speech with Dr. Leandre Guigma under the theme “Future Cities: Challenger la Creativité Urbaine”.
In May 2018; Hermann delivered a keynote talk at Architecture ZA 2018, The National Conference of Architecture organized by South African Institute of Architect, University of Pretoria and Tshwane University of Technology in Pretoria under the Theme: ‘We The City: Memory and Resilience.’ He is a guest lecturer at the University of Lagos (Faculty of Environmental Science) during the 2018 International Conference Under the theme: ‘Africa Smart City Agenda’. Hermann Kamte was an International Judge for the PPC Imaginarium Awards 2018, known as the most prestigious student prize in Southern Africa, alongside Enrique Browne, Maria Fernanda Derntl, Nadia Tromp, and Heidi Boulanger (van Eeden). The prize was held by Pretoria Portland Cement Company.
In May 2017, HKA | Hermann Kamte Associates Team have been selected and invited to an international restricted competition by Dubai Municipality to reinvent their City Waterfront by proposing an entertainment Centre that could be the new iconic place of the city under the theme “Dubai Heart”.