Japanese architect and 2014 Pritzker Prize winner Shigeru Ban will visit Ecuador on April 30 to help with disaster relief following the recent earthquake, according to a press release from the College of Ecuadorian Architects – Pichincha Province (CAE Pichincha). Known for bringing innovative and high quality design to the people that need it the most, Ban has developed successful responses to disasters in Asia, Africa, Europe and Central America.
On April 16, a 7.8 earthquake hit the coast of Ecuador, killing nearly 650 people, injuring more than 12,500, and destroying nearly 7,000 buildings across the country.
Ban has expressed his solidarity with Ecuador and plans to visit the affected areas as well as lead a training conference in Quito on May 2nd.
More information on his visit will be released in the coming days.
View some of Shigeru Ban's past disaster relief projects, here.