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Shigeru Ban Wins 2014 Pritzker Prize

Japanese architect Shigeru Ban has been named the winner of the 2014 Pritzker Architecture Prize, reports Robin Pogrebin of the New York Times. “His buildings provide shelter, community centers, and spiritual places for those who have suffered tremendous loss and destruction,” the jury said in its citation about the architect’s work that is often semipermanent and uses sustainable materials. “When tragedy strikes, he is often there from the beginning.” Ban has built structures in places like Rwanda, Turkey, India, China, Haiti, and Japan. Born in Tokyo in 1957, he studied at the Southern California Institute of Architecture, Los Angeles, and Cooper Union’s School of Architecture, New York, graduating in 1984. As part of the prize, Ban will receive $100,000 and a bronze medallion on June 13, 2014 in a ceremony at the Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam.

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