Shigeru Ban to Receive Austin College Posey Leadership Award
On March 26, 2015, Austin College welcomed Mr. Shigeru Ban to campus and to the Perot Museum in Dallas as the recipient of the 2015 Austin College Posey Leadership Award. Mr. Ban’s work as an innovative architect and humanitarian—building disaster relief shelters of recyclable cardboard and paper—has given new insight to the world of architecture.
“When I started working this way, almost thirty years ago, nobody was talking about the environment. But this way of working came naturally to me. I was always interested in low-cost, local, reusable materials.” – Shigeru Ban
Mr. Ban has spent years volunteering and designing disaster relief shelters to give millions a place to call home. The founder and head of the non-profit Voluntary Architects’ Network (VAN), Mr. Ban has been named one the of the 21st century innovators in the field of architecture and design by TIME magazine and was the 2014 Pritzker laureate winner. Most recently, Ban has been selected as the “Le Grande de Commandeur” (The Grand Commander) in L’Ordre des Arts et des Letteres (Order of the Arts and Letters), to recognize his significant contributions to the arts.
GO! Forum Design Challenge
Our challenge is for students or student organizations to respond to one of five hypothetical disasters by designing and building a model of a structure, facility, or item that would improve the situation. We encourage you to be creative in your responses. Finished projects will be displayed on campus to celebrate Shigeru Ban’s visit to Austin College, and finalists selected by outside experts will be displayed at the Dallas Center For Architecture and the Perot Museum. Finalists will be awarded $75 and the grand prize winner will be awarded $250 and a Humanitarian Architect Award signed by Shigeru Ban. See more details and read the Design Challenge Guidelines!
Links of Interest
Photos and Resources
- Campus Flyer
- Shigeru Ban Images – PPT/PDF
- Shigeru Ban Images – PPT/PDF (widescreen)
- Shigeru Ban Presentation
2014 Video Galleries
- GO Forum Highlights
- Nathan Wolfe Presentation – Perot Museum
- Nathan Wolfe Presentation – Austin College
Global Outreach Fellowships
Each Global Outreach Fellowship is intended to provide meaningful and potentially life-changing experiences for a select group of Austin College students while benefiting the communities around the world. From teaching in impoverished areas, working on development programs in Africa, or starting a program of their own, the opportunities are limitless.
The 10 to 15 Austin College students selected annually as Global Outreach Fellows receive Global Outreach Fellowships to support their project and/or participation in an internship that fosters engagement with community development issues while providing a meaningful appreciation of both the possibilities and the obstacles in leading effective change in these areas. Fellowships awarded to Austin College students are specifically meant to support servant leadership opportunities and are not meant to support “for-profit” internships and/or opportunities.