Shigeru Ban Architects has offices in Tokyo, Paris and New York and a long history of producing projects throughout the world. No matter where the project is produced, Shigeru Ban participates from beginning to end. Thus, he works on a selected number of projects. In each office Shigeru Ban has a partner that runs the day to day practice of architecture. Shigeru Ban Architects America (SBAA) is managed by Dean Maltz, who is responsible for all SBA projects in North America.
Committed to innovative architecture, the New York office has worked on numerous projects and exhibitions throughout the United States. SBAA has significant experience working on Museum Projects including the Aspen Art Museum in Aspen, Nomadic Museum in New York, and the Brandeis University Rose Art Museum near Boston. The firm has a repertoire of diverse building types such as the Forest Park Pavilion in St. Louis, a Hotel for Andre’ Balaz and The Metal Shutter House, a couture condominium in New York City. Distinct Residential Projects include Furniture House 6 for the Make it Right Foundation in New Orleans, and Furniture House 5 for The Brown Companies residential development as one of 34 the Houses at Sagaponac designed by world renowned architects.
Shigeru Ban and Dean Maltz began their personal relationship in 1980 as students at Cooper Union’s Irwin S. Chanin School of Architecture. While students, they spent a year together working for different architectural firms in Japan and upon graduation each pursued their individual careers. In 1999, they had the opportunity to work together for the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) on the design of the Paper Arch, for which they created a Professional Association, Shigeru Ban Architects + Dean Maltz Architect.
Together Shigeru Ban and Dean Maltz were members of Team Think for the World Trade Center competition for which they were selected as finalists. Shigeru Ban and Dean Maltz continued to work together on variety of projects and exhibition until in 2005 Dean Maltz became a Partner of Shigeru Ban Architects, establishing its New York office as Shigeru Ban Architects America.