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Raymond Moriyama

Raymond Moriyama is a hero to many Canadians. His stories of being interned during the Second World War because of his Japanese heritage and his rise to become one of Canada’s most respected and accomplished architects continue to inspire.

Since founding Raymond Moriyama, Architect and Planner, in 1958, Raymond Moriyama has applied his humanistic vision to landmark buildings such as the Japanese Canadian Cultural Centre, the Ontario Science Centre, the Scarborough Civic Centre, the Toronto Reference Library and the Bata Shoe Museum, all in Toronto; Science North in Sudbury; the National Museum of Saudi Arabia in Riyadh; the Canadian Embassy in Tokyo; and, of particular personal significance, the Canadian War Museum in Ottawa, recipient of a 2008 Governor General’s Medal for Architecture. More recently the 124 Km Wadi Hanifa Project using bio-remediation has received the 2010 Aga Khan Award for Excellence in Architecture, 2011 UNESCO Prize, and stirring interest at the UN.

Raymond’s honours include a Gold Medal from the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada, a Lifetime Design Achievement Award from the Ontario Association of Architects, an International Fellowship from the Royal Institute of British Architects, an Honorary Fellowship from the American Institute of Architects, and honorary degrees from eleven universities. He has received the Order of Ontario and the Order of the Rising Sun (Japan), and is a Companion of the Order of Canada.