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Shigeru Ban


Born in Tokyo in 1957, Shigeru Ban (1957) attended Southern California Institute of Architecture and Cooper Union School of Architecture, graduating in 1984 while working for Arata Isozaki. In 1985 he opened his own practice in Tokyo and began an intense designing, teaching and scientific career. For five years he was an external faculty member at the Architecture Faculty of Yokohama National University, and for four years at the Architecture Faculty of Nihon University. He is a visiting professor at Columbia University and an Honorary Fellow of the American Institute of Architects (HFAIA) and the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada (HRAIC). He has taught at Kyoto University of Art and Design since 2011. In 1995 he founded the NGO Voluntary Architects' Network (VAN) and designed the Paper Log House in response to the earthquake in the city of Kobe and won the Architecture for Humanity Award (USA). The construction technique employed in the project, using cardboard tubes with foundations made using beer bottle crates filled with sand, was used to build the temporary church in Takatori and the Japanese pavilion at Expo 2000 in Hanover. His other projects for emergencies include post-tsunami homes in Kirinda, Sri Lanka in 2004.
Ban’s architecture is known the world over for its innovative uses of such humble materials as bamboo and paper. He has won numerous awards over the years, including the Ordre national du Merite, the Urban Land Institute Awards for Excellence (finalist for Kirinda Project, Sri Lanka) and the World Architecture Awards 2002 (Best House in the World, Naked House). Exhibitions featuring his work have been held in Japan, the United States and Europe: in 2013 the exhibition “Shigeru Ban. Architecture and Humanitarian Activities” was held at the Art Tower in Mito, Japan.
Winner of the 2014 Pritzker Prize.
Shigeru Ban selected projects and works
- Sengokubara S Residence, Kanagawa (Japan), 2013
- Tamedia office building, Zurigo (Switzerland), 2013
- Cardbord Cathedral, Christchurch (New Zealand), 2013
- Hermes Pavilion, 2011
- Paper Concert hall, L’Aquila (Italy), 2011
- Centre Pompidou Metz, Metz (France), 2010
- Quinta botanica (Portugal), 2009
- Paper dome, Taiwan, 2008
- Papertainer museum, Seul (Corea), 2006
- Abitazioni post-tsunami, Kirinda (Sri Lanka), 2004
- Paper Theatre, Amsterdam, Utrecht (Netherlands), 2003
- Paper Arch - Museum of Modern Art, New York (USA), 2000
- Padiglione giapponese, Expo Hannover (Canada), 2000 
- Paper church, Kobe (Japan), 1995
- Paper log house, Kobe (Japan), 1995
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