Renowned Japanese architect Shigeru Ban, who has devoted much of his designs and construction to humanitarian efforts, has been awarded the Mother Teresa Memorial International Award for Social Justice.

The India-based award organizer Harmony Foundation made the announcement.

Ban, 60, who is also a guest professor of environment and information studies at Keio University, is the first Japanese winner of the award.

He has been creating simple temporary housing units in a low-cost fashion for those displaced due to natural disasters home and abroad since the 1995 Great Hanshin Earthquake, the foundation said.

Past recipients of the award include Medecins Sans Frontieres, known in English as Doctors Without Borders, as well as Nobel laureate Malala Yousafzai.

Ban is also renowned as the architect of a satellite of the Centre Pompidou in Paris located in Metz, in eastern France.

Ban won the 2014 Pritzker Architecture Prize, said to be the Nobel Prize in the field, as well as the Asahi Prize, which is sponsored by The Asahi Shimbun, in fiscal 2014.