Design Philosophy: Shigeru Ban, Hon. FAIA, founded Shigeru Ban Architects in 1985. His signature style, dubbed Paper Architecture (also, incidentally, the title of a recent monograph on his firm), refers not to theoretical, unbuilt projects, but to his use of crushed paper pulp in structural tubes, which are especially prevalent in his disaster relief works around the world.
Leadership: Shigeru Ban, Hon. FAIA (principal); Nobutaka Hiraga (partner); Jean de Gastines, Dean Maltz (professional associates)
Offices: Tokyo, Paris
Year Established: 1985
Project Specialty: Cultural, Disaster Relief, Educational, Government/Civic, Healthcare, Hospitality, Industrial, Multifamily, Retail, Single-Family
Awards: 2014 Pritzker Prize, Thomas Jefferson Medalist in Architecture, Urban Land Institute Awards for Excellence: Finalist, Kirinda Project, Sri Lanka