Last Monday we gathered at the Toronto Reference Library where a Tribute to the Life of Raymond Moriyama, renowned architect and MTA firm founder, was held. Former and current members of MTA, industry professionals, close colleagues, and friends came together to pay tribute to a visionary.
We collectively reminisced about Raymond’s life and celebrated the indelible mark he left on the world of architecture. We wish to thank Idoia Arana-Beobide (Douglas Cardinal Architect Inc.), James Bird (University of Toronto – John H. Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape, and Design PhD Candidate and Nehiyawak and Dene Nations’ knowledge keeper), Bruce Kuwabara (KPMB Architects), Daniel Teramura (former Partner of Moriyama Teshima Architects), Trevor Boddy (Architectural Critic & Curator), and Carol Phillips (Moriyama Teshima Architects), who each delivered moving, thoughtful speeches during the event. Diarmuid Nash (Moriyama Teshima Architects) was a wonderful MC of the event.
Raymond’s influence was far reaching, and it was heartening to see the outpouring of admiration. Here’s to a life well-lived, a career that helped shape the urban fabric of Canada and beyond, and a man who continues to inspire us all.