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SHIGERU BAN
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Ban was born in Tokyo Japan. He studied at the Southern California Institute of Architecture.

Later he went to Cooper Union's School of Architecture, where he studied under John Hejduk and graduated in 1984. From Hejduk (who was a part of the New York Five),Ban gained an interest in "architectonic poetics"or the creation of "three-dimensional poetry".

Hejduk, the most experimentally minded of the New York Five, had a lasting influence on Ban, whose work reflects continuing explorations into basic geometric elements.

Ban's formal explorations with basic building materials helped to lead him into unique structural solutions.

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Early life and education

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Profile 

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2001  Gengo Matsui Award

2004  Grande Medaille d’Or, Prix de l’Academie d’Architecture de France

2005  Thomas Jefferson Medalist in Architecture

2005  Arnold W. Brunner Memorial Prize in Architecture

2008  l’Ordre National du Mérite, France (le grade d’officier)

2009  Honorary Doctorate of Technical University of Munich

2010  l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres, France (le grade d’officier)

2011  Auguste Perret Prize

2012  Mainichi Art Prize

2012  Art Prize from Japanese Agency for Cultural Affairs

2012  KALMANANI Prize (Mexico City)

2014  Pritzker Architecture Prize

2014  l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres, France (le grade de commandeur)

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Works

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Award

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Cardboard Cathedral (2013)
photo by Stephen Goodenough

Shigeru Ban (born 5 August 1957) is a Japanese architect, known for his innovative work with paper, particularly recycled cardboard tubes used to quickly and efficiently house disaster victims.

He was profiled by Time magazine in their projection of 21st century innovators in the field of architecture and design.

2014  Asia Game Changers Awards (Asia Society, NY)

2014  Joie de Vivre Award

2014  Kyoto City Artistic and Cultural Commendations, Sparkle Grand Award

2015  The Asahi Prize

2015  Crystal Award (World Economic Forum, Davos, Switzerland)

2015  The Shigemitsu Award for Global Cultural Exchange

2015  Posey Leadership Award

2017  Schweighofer Prize

2017  Medal with Purple Ribbon

2017    Mother Teresa Social Justice Award

2018  Golden Seat Master Award (China Interior Design Week, Shanghai)

2019  Honorary Citizen of Tainan City, Taiwan

2019  Yomiuri International Cooperation Prize

Mt Fuji World Heritage Centre, Shizuoka (2017)

Photo by Hiroyuki Hirai

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Swatch Headquarter (2019)

photo by Didier Boy de la Tour

Japan Pavilion
Expo 2000 Hannover (2000)


photo by Hiroyuki Hirai

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Centre Pompidou-Metz (2006)

photo by Didier Boy de la Tour

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Products

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Products designed by Shigeru Ban

 "We have developed various types of hardware that take advantage of the characteristics of
the 45-degree ellipse, which makes the cut surface a perfect circle." 

Comment by Shigeru Ban

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Door Pull

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Door Stop

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Lever Handle

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Door Stop

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Door Knob

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Cabinet Handle

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Paper holder

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Paper holder