Nga Aho recognized as 2024 RAIC International Prize recipient

Nga Aho has been recognized as the 2024 RAIC International Prize recipient.

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The Royal Architectural Institute of Canada (RAIC) has announced that Nga Aho, a national network of Maori design professionals based in Aotearoa (New Zealand), has been selected to receive the 2024 RAIC International Prize.

This recognition represents the talent and hard work that Nga Aho has brought to the International and Canadian architectural communities.

The RAIC International Prize, established in 2013 as the RAIC Moriyama Prize, was created based on the belief of Canadian architect Raymond Moriyama that “remarkable architecture has the power to transform society by promoting humanistic values of social equality, respect, and inclusiveness” and aims to create environments that contribute to the well-being of all people.

This year, the Prize has been expanded to encompass the broader and ever-evolving mission, vision, as well as the values of the RAIC and Canadian architects, from coast to coast to coast. It also focuses on the theme of “Indigenous Architecture” to acknowledge and celebrate Indigenous practitioners who incorporate Indigenous knowledge, ways of knowing and doing in the built and natural environment.

This year’s theme is in alignment with the principles set out by Canada’s of Truth & Reconciliation Commission since 2008 about “how we treat each other as fellow human beings and the kind of relationships and communities we want to build for the future highlighting the significance of recognizing and honoring Indigenous knowledge and contributions in the field of architecture.”

In recognition of Nga Aho’s impact on Indigenous architecture, the RAIC Indigenous Task Force expresses the following statement.

“Around the Pacific Rim, Nga Aho have remained as leaders in the built environment of Indigenous Peoples. When we embarked on our journey to bring our nations together, we looked to Nga Aho. Participating in each other’s design symposia for over fifteen years has strengthened our resolve to keep traditional knowledge central to our work within First Nations, Inuit and Metis communities in this country. As co-Chair of the Indigenous Task Force I am honoured that by consensus we nominate Nga Aho for this year’s International Prize,” said Sim’oogit Saa-Bax Dr. Patrick Stewart, architect AIBC, FRAIC, NCARB, LEED AP, adjunct professor, McEwen School of Architecture, Laurentian University

The award will be presented at the 2024 RAIC Conference on Architecture, which will take place from May 14 to 18, 2024, at the Sheraton Vancouver Wall Center in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.