Ban studied architecture at the Southern California Institute of Architecture and at Cooper Union in New York City. In addition to working from his offices in Tokyo, Paris and New York, he has travelled the world to work with local victims and volunteers to build disaster relief projects. In 1995, he founded VAN: Voluntary Architects’ Network, a non-governmental organization that provided assistance in rebuilding areas of the globe (such as Japan, Turkey, India, Sri Lanka, China, Haiti, Italy, New Zealand, and the Philippines) that had been damaged by earthquakes, tsunami, hurricanes, and war. To address such complex situations, Ban has used materials such as bamboo, fabric, paper, and composites of recycled paper fibre and plastics.
Shigeru Ban lectures and teaches at architecture schools around the world and is currently a professor at Kyoto University of Art and Design. He will receive his prize (consisting of a bronze medallion and a USD 100,000 grant) at a ceremony on 13 June 2014 at the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam.
|Paper Emergency Shelter for Haiti, 2010, Port-au-Prince, Haiti|
|Paper Church, 1995, Kobe, Japan (photograph by Hiroyuki Hirai)|
|Cardboard Cathedral, 2013, Christchurch, New Zealand (photo by Stephen Goodenough)|
|Centre Pompidou-Metz, 2010, France (photo by Didier Boy de la Tour)|
|Curtain Wall House, 1995, Tokyo, Japan (photo by Hiroyuki Hirai)|
Photographs courtesy of Shigeru Ban Architects