Raymond Moriyama, who founded Moriyama + Teshima firm in 1958, and viewed as a hero by many Canadians, has been awarded the 2010 Sakura Award.
Held in an internment cam during World War II due to his Japanese heritage, he rose to become one of Canada's most respected architects.
The Sakura Award is presented once a year, at the Japanese Canadian Cultural Centre's annual Sakura Ball. In the spirit of the JCCC's vision, the award recognizes exceptional contributions made by individuals to the promotion and exchange of Japanese culture and enhancing awareness of Japanese heritage within Canada and abroad.
Moriyama’s notable projects include the original Japanese Canadian Cultural Centre, Ontario Science Centre, Science North, Scarborough Civic Centre, Toronto Reference Library, Bata Shoe Museum, National Museum of Saudi Arabia, Canadian Embassy in Tokyo, and the new Canadian War Museum in Ottawa that recently received the Governor General’s Medal for Architecture.
He has also received numerous honors including the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada Gold Medal , International Fellow of the Royal Institute of British Architects, Honourary Fellow of American Institute of Architects, the Order of Canada, the Order of the Rising Sun (Japan).
Born in Vancouver and educated in Vancouver, Tokyo, Slocan Valley (Bayfarm) British Columbia, Ryerson Senior Public School, and Westdale Collegiate in Hamilton, he received his Bachelor of Architecture from the University of Toronto in 1954 and masters of architecture degree in civic and town planning from McGill University in 1957. In 2001, he was elected the Chancellor of Brock University, first architect in Canada to receive such honour.
He and his wife, Sachi, have 5 grown children, two of whom architects and partners in the firm, and 10 grandchildren.