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.
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)
2014 Asia Game Changers Awards (Asia Society, NY)
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 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
2021 High-Level Roundtable for the New European Bauhaus
2021 Towa Futurist Award
Early life and education