Canada's Raymond Moriyama launches architecture prize to rival Pritzker

Canada's Raymond Moriyama launches architecture prize to rival Pritzker

Winner set to receive $100,000 CAD award

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Architect Raymond Moriyama has teamed up with the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada (RAIC) to launch an international $100,000 CAD prize, open to the entire architecture community

Raymond Moriyama, founder of Toronto-based Moriyama and Teshima Architects and the RAIC have recently created a new prize, the Moriyama RAIC International Prize, in hopes to raise the stature of the RAIC and "inspire all Canadians and Canadian architects to aspire higher," as Moriyama stated.

The new rival to the Pritzker and Stirling Prizes ­­– which will be awarded every two years – is open to architects and architectural partnerships from anywhere in the world, and will be awarded to an "outstanding" building or project as well as non-architects who have had an "exceptional contribution to architecture."

The recipient will be selected through an open competition, with submissions for the first edition of the prize due by August 1 this year, and the award ceremony set to take place in October at the newly completed Aga Khan Museum designed by Fumihiko Maki in Toronto.

"Raymond Moriyama conducted his practice with a rare degree of  humanity and humility," said chair of the RAIC Foundation board of trustees, Barry Johns, "The prize is a testament to his vision and generosity"

In addition to the grand prize, three students from Canadian schools of architecture will receive scholarships of $5000 CAD via an essay writing competition.