Japanese architect to get Mother Teresa award

Architect Shigeru Ban has become the first Japanese to receive the Mother Teresa Memorial Award for Social Justice.

The award is given by the Harmony Foundation in India to honor individuals and groups promoting peace, harmony and social justice.

Past awardees include Nobel Peace Prize laureate Malala Yousafzai and Doctors Without Borders.

Sixty-year-old Ban is from Tokyo, and has been active in designing and building low-cost temporary homes in disaster areas worldwide.

The foundation says Ban has made the world a better place through the power of architecture.

Ban introduced partitions made of paper and cloth that provide privacy in shelters for evacuees. His structures housed evacuees after earthquakes that hit northeastern Japan in 2011 and Kumamoto Prefecture last year.

Ban said he began his disaster relief works in 1995, and is honored to be recognized for his activities around the world.

He added he will continue to consider ways he can contribute to the world as an architect, and will put those into action.

The award ceremony will be held in Mumbai on December 10th.