New Zealand Embassy Tokyo, Japan

Shigeru Ban awarded the Pritzker Architecture Prize

Shigeru Ban

Japanese architect Shigeru Ban has been named the winner of this year's Pritzker Architecture Prize. The prize, established in 1979 and often viewd as the 'Nobel' of architecture, is awarded to living architects who have made contributions to humanity and the built environment through the art of architecture.

Shigeru Ban was given the award primarily for his works in designing shelters after natural disasters in places like Rwanda, Turkey, India, China, Haiti, and of course Japan and New Zealand. "His buildings provide shelter, community centres and spiritual places for those who have suffered tremendous loss and destruction", the jury said in its awarding of Mr. Ban. Shigeru Ban is most well known in New Zealand for his strikingly beautiful Cardboard Cathedral, erected in the aftermath of the Christchurch Earthquake in 2011 after the original cathedral was toppled.

A photo gallery containing some of his works, including the Cardboard Cathedral, can be seen here on the New York Times website.

Transitional Cathedral, Christchurch, New Zealand

The Pritzker Architecture Prize

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