Why I Love Shigeru Ban

A few days ago, Japanese architect Shigeru Ban won the Pritzker Prize, a prestigious award given yearly to an accomplished architect with a large portfolio of significant projects.  Being an architect myself, I’m always interested to hear who wins the yearly Pritzker Prize.  When I heard that Shigeru Ban won this year, I was rather excited.  I’ve always admired Ban’s work, especially his humanitarian efforts and his usage of discarded materials (paper tubes, etc.) in his designs.

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I have a soft spot in my heart for Ban, though, because years ago, when I was a lowly student in the architecture program at the University of Utah, I had the privilege of hearing him speak at the AIA Convention taking place in Salt Lake City that year.  My classmates and I, crammed into the standing-room-only convention space in the downtown Hilton Hotel, hung onto every word that Ban spoke.  Here was a master in our midst, providing us a rare opportunity to listen to humble architectural/humanitarian opinion.  I was already a huge fan of Ban’s work, but I have to say, I was most impressed with Ban’s down-to-earth nature and his complete lack of ego (which is usually the trademark of most high-profile architects).  Ban inspired me with his work and his ways.

Congratulations to Shigeru Ban, for earning a well-deserved Pritzker Prize.

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First words.

Greetings!  Welcome to my very first post, the first of what I hope to be many, many more to come.

I realize that first meetings can sometimes be awkward (this coming from a person who is assuredly on the socially awkward side), so I’ll make this as brief as possible to get it over with quickly.

For numerous reasons, I’ve had a burning desire for a while to commit my musings to a blog. I’ve been a faithful journal writer/blogger for years.  I have boxes of handwritten journals that I treasure (the earliest records from 1992, jotted down in six-year-old penmanship on pink lined paper), and I continue to journal in ink and paper.  I’ve also authored a few blogs now and again in the past, but I feel inspired to turn over a new leaf, so to speak, in the form of a fresh, modern blog.

To sum up my presence, I’m a wife; a mother of two, with another one on the way; an architect; an artist; an amateur photographer; a novice chef + baker; an avid thrift shopper; a seeker of adventure in my own backyard; and a lover of good design and creativity.  I like to think that I view the world from a slightly different and interesting perspective.  I hope to share with you my musings of my life, which is one of creative idealism mixed with heavy doses of realism (in large part thank to my kiddos, who provide a daily reality check for this momma). Enjoy!

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