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New architecture prize aims to raise stature of Canada

The Royal Architectural Institute of Canada (RAIC) Foundation has officially launched an architectural prize worth $100,000, making it a one of the largest of its kind in the world.

Established by Canadian architect Raymond Moriyama of Toronto-based Moriyama & Teshima Architects together with the Foundation, the Moriyama RAIC International Prize will be awarded every two years and consist of CAD $100,000 and a sculpture designed by Canadian designer Wei Yew.

“My hope is that this prize will raise not only the stature of the RAIC internationally, but also the stature of Canada, and inspire Canadians and Canadian architects to aspire higher,” says Moriyama.

The prize is open to any architect, firm, or collaboration in the world for an outstanding building or project. It may also be granted to a non-architect for an exceptional contribution to architecture. The winner will be selected through an open, juried competition. 

Submissions are due by August 1, 2014. The first award ceremony takes place in Toronto on October 11, 2014.

In addition, three students of Canadian schools of architecture will each receive ‎scholarships of CAD $5,000. They will be chosen on the basis of a written essay.

“It is not a lifetime achievement award,” he says. “Anybody, young or old could apply and have a chance of winning.” Criteria include design excellence, client satisfaction, and quality of detail.

The idea first came to Moriyama in 1976 while on a three-month walk in the footsteps of Buddha through India and Nepal. More recently, he made a gift to the RAIC Foundation to create the prize. The Foundation, supported by donations, is aiming to raise a $5-million endowment for the prize.

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