Shigeru Ban was born in Tokyo on August 5, 1957. Ban attended Tokyo University of the Arts to focus on studying architecture where he learned structural modeling using paper, wood, and bamboo. In 1977 Ban searched for a school from which he could transfer and decided to attend the Southern California Institute of Architecture.
In 1985, Ban started his own practice in Tokyo without any work experience. In 2001, Ban was named a professor on the Faculty of Environment and Information Studies at Keio University. After he won the competition of Centre Pompidou-Metz, he established a private practice in Paris with his partner Jean de Gastines. In 2008 he resigned from Keio University and in 2010, he worked as a visiting professor at Harvard University and Cornell University. In 2011, he became a professor at Kyoto University of Art and Design.
Ban is currently working on creating architecture, he volunteers for disaster relief, lectures widely, and teaches. He continues to develop material and structure systems.
Source: Collated from Pritzker Architecture Prize website; image courtesy of Shigeru Ban
Relief housing based on experience from the 1995 Kobe, Japan, earthquake, redesigned to consider both climate and lifestyles in Turkey. The constructions - made of paper tube walls and roof frames filled with waste paper for insulation - measure 18 m2 each, and are supported on foundations made from beverage crates reinforced with sandbags, and covered by PVC plastic sheets.