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
This project provides 100 houses in a Muslim fishing village in the region of Tissamaharama, on the south-east coast of Sri Lanka. Following the destruction caused by the 2004 tsunami. Shigeru Ban’s aim was to adapt the houses to their climate, to use local labour and materials to bring profit to the region, and to respond to the villagers’ own requirements through direct consultation. For example, kitchens and bathrooms are included within each house, as requested by the villagers, but a central covered area separates them from the living accommodation, as stipulated by the government. The covered area also provides an entertainment space from which women can retreat to maintain privacy. Local rubber-tree wood was used for partitions and fittings, and compressed earth blocks for walls.