Last year, the inaugural Moriyama RAIC International Prize was awarded to Li Xiaodong of China. It is one of the largest architecture prizes in the world, and it shines a new light on Canada.
On January 8, learn the inside story of this unusual Canadian award. Enjoy a special opportunity to hear from three key figures: Toronto architect Raymond Moriyama, Edmonton-based Barry Johns, Chancellor of the RAIC College of Fellows and Jury Chair, and Edmonton designer Wei Yew.
Li wrote in his submission statement “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.”
“Submissions represented works across a wide spectrum of architecture around the world today – from the object building that purports to change everything and everyone it serves, to some self-effacing projects that quietly look at the world with optimism and humility,” - Barry Johns.
“The crystalline sculpture’s quiet elegance is indicative of the qualities of humanity and humility prized by Raymond Moriyama,” - Wei Yew.
Raymond Moriyama CC, O. Ont, architect, planner
Raymond Moriyama, 85, created the Prize with the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada (RAIC.) He is one of Canada’s most distinguished architects, a Companion of the Order of Canada and winner of a Governor General’s Award in Visual and Media Arts. His outlook was shaped by early years spent in an internment camp for Japanese-Canadians during the Second World War. Major projects of his firm, Moriyama & Teshima, include the Bata Shoe Museum in Toronto, the Canadian War Museum in Ottawa, the Canadian Embassy in Tokyo and the National Museum of Saudi Arabia in Riyadh.