Raymond Moriyama Receives Honorary Doctorate from University of Calgary


Raymond Moriyama (M.Arch. 1957, D.Sc. 1993) has received an honorary doctorate from the University of Calgary. From the website of the Faculty of Environmental Design at U of C: "The Faculty of Environmental Design (EVDS) celebrates the lifetime achievements of distinguished Canadian architect, Raymond Moriyama, with an honorary doctorate and public event on Monday, June 10, 2013. Moriyama is one of Canada’s most celebrated architects and considered by many a hero for rising above his past as a former internee of camps during the Second World War, due to his Japanese heritage. As this year’s graduating architects, planners and environmental designers from EVDS walk the stage at the Jack Simpson Gym on Monday, they will be joined by Moriyama as he receives an honorary doctorate from the faculty.

"Throughout his extensive career as partner with Moriyama & Teshima Architects, Moriyama has produced many significant works of Canadian architecture, including the Bata Shoe Museum, Ontario Science Centre, Toronto Reference Library, Canadian Embassy in Tokyo, and the Canadian War Museum. His work is published widely and has won many awards including the Confederation of Canada Medal and the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada Gold Medal.

"Following the formal convocation ceremony, EVDS will celebrate the life’s work of Moriyama with two free public events. The first event — a symposium panel discussion featuring Raymond Moriyama, Ian Chodikoff, former editor of Canadian Architect, and Diarmuid Nash, Partner at Moriyama & Teshima Architects, moderated by Professor Graham Livesey — will take place at the Husky Oil Great Hall at the Rosza Centre from 2-4 pm. 'This is a rare opportunity to meet one of Canada’s architectural legends,' says Liyan Wong, a recent graduate of the EVDS Masters of Architecture program, responsible for the co-ordination of the Moriyama events. The second event, a gallery opening and reception featuring the original work of Moriyama, will be displayed in both physical and digital forms. It will be the first time much of these works will be seen by the public. The gallery opening will take place in EVDS Kasian Gallery in the Professional Faculties building, room 2145 from 5-6:30 pm. 'I am very excited to hear him speak about his career and work, especially after the privilege of helping to select the work that will be shown in the EVDS gallery,' notes Wong. 'This collection dates from Moriyama’s career from the 1950 to 1970s, and I know that the public will find it truly remarkable for its forwardness, diversity, and aesthetic strength.'"

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