We’ve got an eye for spotting talent

For decades, the annual Designer of the Year award has honored the best and brightest in the industry. The award recognizes mid-career professionals who not only have already demonstrated incredible design talent, but are on a trajectory to do great work for years to come.

Yesterday it was announced that the Pritzker Architecture Prize was awarded to Shigeru Ban, a 56-year old Japanese architect known for his humanitarian work building shelters for victims of natural disasters.

Back in 2001, Ban was the recipient of the Designer of the Year award.


Photo by Shigeru Ban Architects

The award was then hosted by Contract‘s sister publication, Interiors magazine, and Contract began presenting the award the following year in 2002. We are thrilled to include Ban among our legacy of honorees.


Ban has become the first Designer of the Year to win the Pritzker Prize.

To learn more about the Designer of the Year, and other annual awards, visit contractdesign.com/interiorsawards

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