Ban Shigeru is a Japanese architect combining both Japanese and American design elements in his projects. He is known for his innovative approach to structure and material as well as his commitment to compassionate design and his pioneering use of cardboard tubes in building construction. He was profiled by Time magazine in their projection of 21st century innovators in the field of architecture and design and was awarded the Pritzker Architecture Prize, the most prestigious prize in modern architecture.
After studying at Sci-Arc and Cooper Union, Ban first gained international recognition for his experimental, creative use of unconventional materials. More recently, he gained fame for bringing low-cost, high-quality design to those most in need of it, such as refugees and victims of natural disaster.
When he was awarded The Pritzker in 2014, the jury noted his creatively designed structures, such as temporary shelters, for areas devastated by natural disasters. “When tragedy strikes, he is often there from the beginning.”
The Pritzker Jury Shigeru referred to Ban as a tireless architect whose work exudes optimism. Where others may see insurmountable challenges, Ban sees a call to action. Where others might take a tested path, he sees the opportunity to innovate. He is a committed teacher who is not only a role model for younger generation, but also an inspiration.