“I had the opportunity to work with Raymond on two distinct projects – the Bata Shoe Museum and the Canadian War Museum, both of which taught me the importance of thinking creatively and logically. Through these experiences, I learned that design goes beyond just creating a structure, but also involves shaping environments that convey stories and emotions. Raymond demonstrated to me the value of using context and detail to craft genuinely meaningful spaces”.
– Diarmuid Nash, Partner, Moriyama Teshima Architects
Raymond went beyond merely striving for architectural excellence in his work, but also endeavoured toward the betterment of the communities his projects were serving. He recognized that well-designed spaces had the potential to enhance the quality of life for residents and bring people together. Whether it was through the layout of a building, the arrangement of seating, or the use of natural light, Raymond sought to create environments that encouraged dialogue, engagement, and a sense of belonging. His community-focused projects, like the Bata Shoe Museum and the Canadian War Museum, were created to serve as hubs for learning, creativity, and social interaction. His designs often incorporated communal spaces that encouraged people to come together, share experiences, and build relationships.