In Memoriam: Ray Moriyama

Raymond Moriyama, co-founder of Moriyama Teshima Architects, recently passed away.

Raymond Moriyama (Photo: Moriyama Teshima Architects)

Architect Raymond Moriyama, co-founder of Moriyama Teshima Architects, passed away at the age of 93 on September 1, 2023.

Moriyama’s legacy includes the design of several prominent buildings across the globe, including the Canadian War Museum, Ontario Science Centre, and the Canadian Embassy in Tokyo.

Moriyama was born in Vancouver, British Columbia, and earned a Bachelor of Architecture from the University of Toronto along with a Master of Architecture in civic and town planning from McGill University’s School of Architecture.

His first major independent project, the Ontario Science Centre,  was completed in 1969, shortly before he teamed up with  Ted Teshima, in 1970, to found Moriyama Teshima Architects. The firm’s portfolio includes the Metropolitan Toronto Reference
Library, Toronto’s Bata Shoe Museum, and the National Museum of Saudi Arabia, in Riyadh.

Throughout Moriyama’s career, he received various awards in recognition of his achievements, including the RAIC Gold Medal and the Sakura Award. He created the Moriyama RAIC International Prize (now RAIC International Prize) in 2014.

“We are deeply saddened to learn of Raymond Moriyama’s passing on September 1st, 2023. Our immediate thoughts are with his family and loved ones,” writes Moriyama Teshima Architects. “During this time, we ask for respect and privacy as we process and grieve the profound loss of our firm’s founder.”

“The world has lost a visionary architect.”

Image credit: H. Masud Taj