Pritzker Prize 2014 for Shigeru Ban
Architect Shigeru Ban will be the second Japanese architect in a row – following last year’s Toyo Ito – to receive the prestigious Pritzker Prize.
After hearing the news, Ban said: “Receiving this prize is a great honour, and with it, I must be careful. I must continue to listen to the people I work for, in my private residential commissions and in my disaster relief work.”
Shigeru Ban is best-known for projects such as the Centre Pompidou Metz in France, but is also highly respected for his pioneering use of cardboard in disaster relief projects around the world. He designed shelters after natural disasters in Rwanda, Turkey, India, China, Haiti and Japan.
In Switzerland, Shigeru Ban is responsible for three recent buildings:
- Tamedia New Office Building in Zurich (completed)
- New Headquarters for Swatch in Biel (in progress)
- Red Cross Museum in Geneva (completed)
Shigeru Ban was born 1954 in Tokyo but studied outside of Japan at the Southern California Institute of Architecture and later at the Cooper Union’s School of Architecture where he graduated in 1984. He was recently chosen to construct mount fuji’s world heritage center in Japan’s Shizuoka Prefecture. The 4’300 square meter structure is expected to cost up to ¥2.4 billion and should be completed in 2016.