Royal Architecture Institute of Canada Launches Moriyama RAIC International Prize

John Hill
Published on
Apr 7, 2014

RAIC Gold Medal recipient Raymond Moriyama has launched the Moriyama RAIC International Prize in association with the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada (RAIC) and the RAIC Foundation. The biennial prize has been established to "raise the stature of the RAIC and Canadian architecture internationally and to encourage Canadian architects to aspire to international excellence," and to "advance [Moriyama's] belief in architecture that transforms society by furthering humanistic values of social justice, respect, equality, inclusivity and the well-being of all people." The $100,000 CAD prize will be given to "an architect, an architecture firm or an architecture collaboration from anywhere in the world for the design of an outstanding building or project."

In awarding an outstanding building over an individual architect's oeuvre, the prize is more akin to the European Union Prize for Contemporary Architecture - Mies van der Rohe Award and the Aga Khan Award for Architecture, rather than the Pritzker Architecture Prize. Regardless, the international openness of the prize draws parallel with the Pritzker over the geographical and cultural boundaries of the other prizes. The first Moriyama RAIC International Prize will be awarded in October at the Fumihiko Maki-designed Aga Khan Museum in Toronto, which is set to open in the fall.