SCI-Arc alumnus Shigeru Ban (‘78-‘80), known for designing temporary housing for victims of natural disasters and refugees, is the winner of the 2014 Pritzker Architecture Prize—the architecture field's highest honor.
The award recognizes Ban's innovative approach to structure and material as well as his commitment to compassionate design.
Ban studied at SCI-Arc in the late 1970s, after finishing high school in Japan, and then transferred to The Cooper Union. He first gained international recognition for his experimental, creative use of unconventional materials, particularly paper and cardboard. However, he has more recently gained fame for bringing low-cost, high-quality design to those most in need of it.
In their citation, the Pritzker jury praised Ban for the "elegant simplicity and apparent effortlessness of his works" and for "responding with creativity and high-quality design to extreme situations caused by devastating natural disasters."
To read the full 2014 Pritzker Jury Citation, visit the ArchDaily story here.
In a lecture held at SCI-Arc in 2005, Ban talked about his work, from his first projects developed in Japan to his later projects in Europe and his designs for disaster relief. A video of the lecture is available on the SCI-Arc Media Archive.
Previous winners of the prestigious award include SCI-Arc founding faculty and trustee Thom Mayne, and honorary trustee and visiting critic Frank Gehry.