Raymond Moriyama (1929 -2023). The World Lost a Visionary Architect

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Raymond Moriyama (Vancouver, October 11, 1929 - Toronto, September 1, 2023) made the decision to become an architect 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 Architects. Mr. Moriyama has applied his extraordinary vision and understanding to numerous projects including the original Japanese Canadian Cultural Centre, Ontario Science Centre, Science North, Scarborough Civic Centre, Toronto Reference Library, Bata Shoe Museum, National Museum of Saudi Arabia, Canadian Embassy in Tokyo and the Canadian War Museum in Ottawa that received the Governor General’s Medal for Architecture.

Moriyama has received numerous honours including the RAIC Gold Medal, International Fellow of the Royal Institute of British Architects, Honorary Fellow of the American Institute of Architects and honourary degrees from eleven universities. He also received the Order of Canada, the Order of the Rising Sun (Japan), and was promoted a Companion of the Order of Canada for his contributions to the field of architecture, and for inspiring a new generation of young architects through his designs of some of Canada’s most innovative urban structures.”
“My hope is that this Prize will help raise not only RAIC’s stature internationally but also the stature of Canada and inspire all Canadians and Canadian architects to aspire higher.”

Raymond Moriyama, CC, O.Ont., FRAIC





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