Shigeru Ban

Shigeru Ban Architects (SBA) which was founded by award winning Japanese Architect​ ​Shigeru Ban in 1985 and renowned for its innovative work with timber, paper, and​ ​bamboo structures, provides full architectural design services globally from early​ ​concept through construction administration.

SBA is composed of 80 professionals throughout three offices in Tokyo, Paris, and New​ ​York. The firm’s design excellence, coupled with its commitment to environmental and​ ​ecological design, is continuously recognized by the numerous awards received from​ ​distinguished institutions throughout the world. Founded on a strong basis of structural​ ​rationality, environmental awareness, and spatial purity, SBA looks at integrating​ ​new ways of bringing iconic visions to life across the world.

2023-Special Guest Professor, Shibaura Institute of Technology
2022Princess of Asturias Award for Concord
2022Meridian Cultural Diplomacy Award
2021Towa Futurist Award
2021High-Level Roundtable for the New European Bauhaus
2020Specially Appointed Professor at International Research Institute of Disaster Science (IRIDeS, Tohoku University, Japan)
2019The Yomiuri International Cooperation Prize
2019 – 23Professor at Keio University
2018Honorary Citizen of Tainan City, Taiwan
2018Golden Seat Master Award(China Interior Design Week, Shanghai)
2017Schweighofer Prize(for timber construction)
2017Mother Teresa Social Justice Award
2017Medal with Purple Ribbon
2016JIA Grand Prix
2015 – 19Guest Professor of Keio University
2015Posey Leadership Award
2015The Shigemitsu Award for Global Cultural Exchange
2015Crystal Award (World Economic Forum, Davos, Switzerland)
2015The Asahi Prize
2014Kyoto City Artistic and Cultural Commendations, Sparkle Grand Award
2014Prix Champagne de la Joie de Vivre
2014Asia Game Changers Awards (Asia Society, NY)
2014L’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres, France (le grade de commandeur)
2014Honorary Member of the Japan Institute of Architects
2014Honorary Doctorate of Cooper Union
2014Pritzker Architecture Prize
2012Mainich Art Prize
2012KALMANI Prize 2012, Mexico City
2012Art Prize from Japanese Agency for Cultural Affairs
2011Professor of Kyoto University of Art and Design
2011Auguste Perret Prize
2010Ordre des Arts et des Lettres, France (le grade d’officier)
2010Visiting Professor of Harvard University GSD
2010Visiting Professor of Cornell University
2009Honorary Doctorate of Technical University of Munich
2008Ordre National du Mérite, France (le grade d’officier)
2006-09Jury of Pritzker Architecture Prize
2006Honorary Fellow of the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada (HRAIC)
2005Arnold W. Brunner Memorial Prize in Architecture
2005Thomas Jefferson Medalist in Architecture
2005Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters Amherst College
2005International Fellowship of the Royal Institute of British Architects (IFRIBA)
2004Grande Medaille d’Or, Prix de l’Academie d’Architecture de France
2004Honorary Fellow of the American Institute of Architects (HFAIA)
2001-08Professor of Keio University
2001Gengo Matsui Award for the Japan Pavilion
2001Time Magazine Innovator of the Year
2000The Augustus Saint-Gaudens Award from the Cooper Union, NY
2000Visiting Fellow of Donald Keen Center at Columbia University
2000Visiting Professor of Columbia University
1997The JIA Prize for the best young architect of the year
1996-2000Adjunct Professor of Architecture at Nihon University
1996Innovative Award, Tokyo Journal
1995 – 99Adjunct Professor of Architecture at Yokohama National University
1995 – 99Consultant of United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR)
1995Mainichi Design Prize
1995Established NGO, Voluntary Architects’ Network (VAN)
1993 – 95Adjunct Professor of Architecture atTama Art University
1985Established private practice in Tokyo
1984Received Bachelor of Architecture from Cooper Union
1982 – 83Worked for Arata Isozaki, Tokyo, Japan
1980 – 82Cooper Union School of Architecture
1978 – 80Southern California Institute of Architecture, Los Angeles, USA
1957Born in Tokyo


2022ZEN Wellness SEINEI,  Awaji Island, Hyogo, Japan
2019Swatch Omega, Biel / Bienne, Switzerland
2019Tainan Art Museum, Tainan, Taiwan
2017Mt. Fuji World Heritage Centre, Shizuoka, Japan
2017La Seine Musicale, Boulogne-Billancourt, near Paris, France
2014Oita Prefectural Art Museum, Oita, Japan
2014Aspen Art Museum, Aspen, USA
2013Cardboard Cathedral, Christchurch, Newzealand
2010Center Pompidou-Metz, Metz, France
2005Nomadic Museum, New York, USA/California, USA/Tokyo, Japan
2000Japan Pavilion, Expo 2000, Hanover, Germany
1995Paper Church Kobe, Hyogo, Japan