Jury announced for Moriyama RAIC International Prize

The Royal Architectural Institute of Canada (RAIC) Foundation announces the appointment of a distinguished jury to select the winner of the inaugural Moriyama RAIC International Prize – one of the largest architectural prizes in the world. The jury includes independent experts of international stature engaged in architectural practice, teaching, sustainable development and service to society and the architectural profession.

Jury members are: Edward Cullinan, Hon FRAIC, Royal Institute of British Architects Gold Medallist, founder of Cullinan Studio in London, England; Maxime-Alexis Frappier, MIRAC, winner of the RAIC 2013 Young Architect Award, cofounder acdf* architecture-urbanisme-intérieur in Montreal, Quebec; Barry Johns, FRAIC, Chancellor of the RAIC College of Fellows, founder of Barry Johns Architecture Ltd. in Edmonton, Alberta; Brian MacKay-Lyons, FRAIC, principal of MacKay-Lyons Sweetapple Architects and professor at Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia; Patricia Patkau, FRAIC, RAIC Gold Medallist, cofounder of Patkau Architects and Emerita Professor at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, British Columbia; and Bing Thom, FRAIC, RAIC Gold Medallist, principal of Bing Thom Architects in Vancouver, British Columbia. Wayne deAngelis, FRAIC, president of the RAIC, will serve as an alternate as needed.

“I am very proud to have a jury for this inaugural prize that is so balanced and made up of such deep talent, a combination of youth and experience and above all, respect within the profession,” says jury chair Barry Johns, who is also chair of the RAIC Foundation board of trustees.

Toronto architect Raymond Moriyama, FRAIC, the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada (RAIC), and the RAIC Foundation created this prize to raise the international stature of the RAIC and the Canadian architectural profession, and to encourage Canadian architects to aspire to international excellence. Moriyama’s vision for the award stems from his conviction that great architecture transforms society by promoting social justice, respect, equality and inclusivity, and creating environments for the well-being of all people. The Moriyama RAIC International Prize aims to become one of the world’s most prestigious international prizes in architecture; its intention is to celebrate a single work of architecture that is transformative, inspired as well as inspiring, and reflects the humanistic values of justice, respect, equality and inclusivity.

The deadline for submissions is August 1, 2014. The prize consists of $100,000 CDN and a sculpture by Canadian designer Wei Yew. The winner will be announced at a gala in Toronto on October 11, 2014. In addition, three $5,000 CDN scholarships will be awarded, each named in honour of one of the three finalists shortlisted for the Moriyama RAIC International Prize.

David Covo, associate professor and past director of the School of Architecture at McGill University, will serve as professional advisor to the jury, and says, “This is an exciting initiative, the beginning of a program that we believe will have a significant and lasting impact on architecture in Canada and the international community.”

And lastly, the Moriyama RAIC Student Scholarships program is open to any student registered full-time in a Canadian university architecture program. They will be chosen on the basis of a written essay responding to the question: ‘Why do I want to be an architect?’ The deadline for the scholarship program is September 1, 2014.

For more information about the Moriyama RAIC International Prize, please visit www.raic.org/moriyamaprize.