Raymond Moriyama, FRAIC, was born in Vancouver, British Columbia on October 11, 1929. Of Japanese origin, he was confined to an internment camp as a child with his family during the Second World War. At that time, Japanese Canadians on the West Coast were classified as security threats. He cites this experience as influential in his life and career as an architect. After the war, his family resettled in Hamilton, Ontario. Moriyama received his bachelor’s degree in architecture from the University of Toronto and a Masters in Civic and Town Planning from McGill University in Montreal.
In 1958, he began to practice architecture in Toronto, joining with Ted Teshima in 1970 to form Moriyama & Teshima Architects. Moriyama has many project credits to his name, including the original Japanese Canadian Cultural Centre, the Ontario Science Centre, the Toronto Reference Library and Bata Shoe Museum, all in Toronto. Projects also include the National Museum of Saudi Arabia, the Canadian Embassy in Tokyo and the Canadian War Museum in Ottawa that received the Governor General’s Medal in Architecture.
Moriyama has received numerous honors including the RAIC Gold Medal, International Fellow of the Royal Institute of British Architects, Honorary Fellow of the American Institute of Architects and honorary degrees from eleven universities. He also received the Order of Canada, the Order of the Rising Sun (Japan), and was promoted a Companion of the Order of Canada for his contributions to the field of architecture, and for inspiring a new generation of young architects through his designs of some of Canada’s most innovative urban structures.