Shigeru Ban Architects



Shigeru Ban was born in Tokyo in 1957. He graduated from the Cooper Union and started working for Arata Isozaki & Associates in 1982. He Founded Shigeru Ban Architects in 1985. Became consultant to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) in 1995 and established the NGO, Voluntary Architects’ Network (VAN) in the same year to support disaster relief.

Recipient of multiple awards, including Grande Médaille d’or de l’Académie d’architecture (2004), Auguste Perret Prize (2011), Art Prize from the Japanese Agency for Cultural Affairs (2012), L’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres, France (grade de commandeur) (2014) and JIA Grand Prix (2016).

He served as Professor at Keio University (2001-2008), Visiting Professor of Harvard University GSD and Cornell University (2010), and is currently Professor at Kyoto University of Art and Design (2011-), Guest Professor at Keio University (2015-).

Laureate of the 2014 Pritzker Architecture Prize.