Canada launches architecture prize to rival Pritzker

Canada launches architecture prize to rival Pritzker
[Ontario] Canada
metalocus, JOSÉ JUAN BARBA
Canadian architect Raymond Moriyama
The Royal Architectural Institute of Canada and architect Raymond Moriyama have launched a $100,000 award to rival the Pritzker and Mies van der Rohe Prizes, which will be awarded every two years through an open competition.

The $100,000 CAD (€ 66,444) prize will be one of the biggest in architecture and is open to architects and architectural partnerships from anywhere in the world. It will be awarded to an "outstanding" building or project and can also be granted to a non-architect in recognition of an exceptional contribution to the built environment.

It has been established in partnership with Canadian architect Raymond Moriyama, who has made a gift to the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada (RAIC) to create the award, and will be known as the Moriyama RAIC International Prize.

"My hope is that this prize will raise not only the stature of the RAIC internationally, but also the stature of Canada, and inspire Canadians and Canadian architects to aspire higher," said Moriyama in a statement. "It is not a lifetime achievement award," added Moriyama. "Anybody, young or old could apply and have a chance of winning."

The recipient will be selected through an open competition, and submissions for the first edition of the prize are due by 1 August this year.



Raymond Moriyama’s decision to become an architect came early in life. He received his bachelor’s degree in Architecture from the University of Toronto and a Masters in Civic and Town Planning from McGill University.

In 1958 Mr. Moriyama started his practice, Moriyama Architect and Planner. He joined with Ted Teshima in 1970 to form Moriyama & Teshima more