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  • “This project is about the relationship of a building to its surroundings and its role in serving the community, rather than a building as a discrete object,"
    - Li Xiaodong, architect of the Liyuan Library.
  • The Aga Khan MuseumA modest library on the outskirts of Beijing, China, designed by architect Li Xiaodong, has won the inaugural Moriyama RAIC International Prize.
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Raymond Moriyama

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“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.”  

Prize

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The Prize Sculpture is a handcrafted sculpture designed by Canadian designer Wei Yew. Every edition of the prize will feature a new piece by Wei Yew, each based on a separate and unique interpretation of the Canadian landscape.

Moriyama RAIC International Prize Winner

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“This project is about the relationship of a building to its surroundings and its role in serving the community, rather than a building as a discrete object,” Li Xiaodong wrote in his submission statement.

The Moriyama RAIC International Prize designed by Canadian designer Wei Yew

Moriyama RAIC International Prize

 

Raymond Moriyama, FRAIC, the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada (RAIC) and the RAIC Foundation created the Moriyama RAIC International Prize to raise the international stature of the RAIC and the Canadian architectural profession, and to encourage Canadian architects to aspire to international excellence. It is hoped that the Moriyama RAIC International Prize will be regarded as one of the world’s most prestigious international prizes in architecture.

The Moriyama RAIC International Prize will be awarded every two years. It will consist of a monetary award of CAD $100,000 and a handcrafted sculpture designed by Canadian designer Wei Yew. Every edition of the prize will feature a new piece by Wei Yew, each based on a separate and unique interpretation of the Canadian landscape.

The prize is awarded to an architect, team of architects, or architect-led collaboration, based anywhere in the world, in recognition of a single work of architecture that is judged to be transformative within its societal context and expressive of the humanistic values of justice, respect, equality and inclusiveness.

The next Moriyama RAIC International Prize will be held in 2016.

* For further information on the Moriyama RAIC International Prize, please see the Terms of Reference.

Moriyama Raic International Prize Winner 2014

 

A modest library on the outskirts of Beijing, China, designed by architect Li Xiaodong, has won the inaugural Moriyama RAIC International Prize.

“This project is about the relationship of a building to its surroundings and its role in serving the community, rather than a building as a discrete object,”
Mr. Li wrote in his submission statement.

Mr. Li describes his practice in the following way: “What I am trying to do in my own practice might be described as reflexive regionalism,” he said. “It’s more about identifying original conditions than inventing original forms. It’s about combining technology, community, local materials, modern thinking and a traditional sense of identity.”

“We need more of these types of perhaps modest, yet powerful buildings which make architecture from a deep understanding of people, culture, context, site, materiality and light,” said Barry Johns, Chancellor of the RAIC College of Fellows and Jury Chair.

This image is from the essay written by one of the scholarship winners, Loïc Jasmin, Université de Montréal.

Moriyama RAIC International Prize Scholarship 2014

 

The Moriyama RAIC International Prize BMO Financial Group Scholarships are three scholarships awarded in conjunction with the Moriyama RAIC International Prize.

Raymond Moriyama FRAIC, the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada (RAIC) and the RAIC Foundation created these awards to raise the international stature of the RAIC and the Canadian architectural profession, and to encourage Canadian architects to aspire to international excellence.

Raymond Moriyama’s vision for these awards is based on his conviction that great architecture transforms society by promoting humanistic values of social justice, respect, equality and inclusiveness, and by creating environments for the well-being of all people.

Media

 

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“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


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 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.

Mr. 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.

Campaign

 

Raymond Moriyama and the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada (RAIC) Foundation have joined together to raise the profile of architecture in Canada through the Aspire Campaign.

Aspire Campaign Objectives

1. Establish an endowment fund to support the Moriyama RAIC International Prize, in perpetuity.
2. Elevate the aspirations of youth and university students throughout Canada in architecture.
3. Showcase Canada as a leader in the field of architecture to an international audience.

Aspire Campaign Goal
$5 Million

Projected Biennial Disbursement
$300,000


gala committee

 
  • Master of Ceremonies & Creative Director of Digital Media
    • Aliya-Jasmine Sovani
  • Chair
    • Chris Fillingham - Stantec, OAA, FRAIC, Hon AIA, Hon RAIA
  • Vice Chair
    • Heather Dubbeldam – Principal, Dubbeldam Architecture + Design
    • Karim Lakhani – The Lakhani Family
    • Mike Yorke - President | Carpenters and Allied Workers Local 27
  • Honourary Co-Chairs
    • Avie Bennett, CC OOnt
    • William Hatanaka
    • Eberhard Heinrich Zeidler, OC OOnt
    • David Mirvish, CM OOnt
    • Ted Teshima, Partner Emeritus, OAA, AIBC, FRAIC, FRSA
  • Committee
    • Andrew Bergmann – Partner, Wessex Capital Partners
    • Peter Berton – Partner-in-Charge, +VG Architects (the Ventin Group Ltd.) in Toronto
    • Christopher Borgal – Principal, Goldsmith Borgal & Company Ltd. Architects
    • Tracy Bowie - Vice President, IIDEX Canada
    • Blair Davies - Vice President and General Manager, Engineered Assemblies
    • Wally Eley – CEO and Principal-in-Charge, Crossey Engineering Ltd.
    • Marcus Gillam - President & CEO, Gillam Group
    • Brenda van Ginkel, Founder, The Narrative Build
    • Siamak Hariri – Founding Partner, Hariri Pontarini Architects
    • Barry Johns – FRAIC Chair, RAIC Foundation Board of Trustees and Chancellor, RAIC
    • Kimberly Long - CEO, Reprodux Ltd.
    • Lindsay Lorusso - Construction, Business Development, National Account Executive, Wasteco
    • Michael Mahoney – Executive Director, Corporate Special Programs and Director, Building Operations, Art Gallery of Ontario
    • Diarmuid Nash – Partner, Moriyama & Teshima Architects
    • John O’Keefe - Aercoustics Principal, Aercoustics Engineering Limited College of Fellows
    • William Petruck - President and CEO, FUNDING matters Inc.
    • Jim Strasman – Founding Principal, Strasman Architects
    • Gary Tibshirani - Partner & Director | Engineering Harmonics
    • Jeremy Vandermeij - Director of Marketing + Sponsorship, IIDEXCanada
    • Paul Westbrook – Executive Vice President at Hanscomb in Toronto

Sponsors

 

We are counting on you to make the Moriyama RAIC International Prize a reality. We believe the RAIC Foundation’s supporters, and all Canadians who value and celebrate architecture, will join together to promote excellence in architecture for future generations. The Moriyama RAIC International Prize intends to make a lasting impact on all of Canada.

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contact

 

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