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Moriyama RAIC International Prize winner to speak at IIDEX 2017

The winner of Canada's largest international prize for excellence in architecture will be a keynote speaker at IIDEXCanada.

Yui Tezuka, of Tokyo-based Tezuka Architects, will discuss the firm's winning project, Fuji Kindergarten, on November 30 from 2:30 to 3 p.m. The kindergarten is the recipient of the $100,000 Moriyama RAIC International Prize which celebrates a work of architecture that is judged to be transformative to its community and represents respect and inclusiveness.

Yui Tezuka (born 1969, Japan) graduated from Musashi Institute of Technology in 1992 and completed her education at The Bartlett School of Architecture, University College of London, from 1992 to 1993. After living in England from 1990 to 1994, she and her husband Takaharu Tezuka returned to Japan and founded Tezuka Architects in 1994. Their office motto: “If you don’t know happiness, how can you provide happiness to others?”

Tezuka Architects has completed more than 100 projects, among them houses, schools and hospitals, including facilities for children undergoing chemotherapy, and kindergartens in tsunami-affected regions of Japan, as well as offices and community spaces. “Our architecture has a kind of openness, to the environment. And to the people inside…and also to nature,” Yui has said.

They are the recipients of numerous awards including the 2017 Moriyama RAIC International Prize (Fuji Kindergarten); The Best of All, OECD/CELE 4th Compendium of Exemplary Educational Facilities (2011, Fuji Kindergarten); Japan Institute of Architects Award (2015, Sora no Mori Clinic); Good Design Gold Prize (2013, Asahi Kindergarten) and AR Award 2004, (Echigo-Matsunoyama Museum of Natural Science).

Their work has also been showcased at international exhibits including the 2004 Venice Biennale of Architecture and the 2013 Carnegie International.

IIDEXCanada is a design and architecture trade show and conference held annually in Toronto. Design industry leaders from Canada and internationally are among this year's presenters.