Shigeru Ban to speak at RIBA – his first UK talk in seven years

In partnership with the Japan Foundation, the RIBA is proud to host a lecture by the 2014 Pritzker Prize Laureate Shigeru Ban on Tuesday 23 February. Speaking for the first time in the UK for seven years, Shigeru Ban will discuss his work with disaster relief projects through the Voluntary Architects’ Network (VAN), an NGO established by the architect in 1995. He will also talk about his other projects worldwide.

Shigeru Ban’s 2015 Nepal Project is currently on display in the Creation from Catastrophe: How Architects Rebuild Communities exhibition at the RIBA Architecture Gallery. The project demonstrates Ban’s unique approach to rebuilding after disasters, using sustainable and vernacular building techniques and materials such as paper tubes, bamboo and brick rubble.

Born in Tokyo in 1957, Shigeru Ban graduated from the Cooper Union and started working for Arata Isozaki & Associates in 1982. He founded Shigeru Ban Architects in 1985 and became consultant to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) in 1995.

Book tickets for Shigeru Ban’s talk at RIBA (£12 full price, £10 RIBA Members and students)