We are deeply saddened to share the passing of Anson Finlay, a long-standing colleague at Moriyama Teshima Architects. Anson first began working with Raymond Moriyama on April 1st of 1966, and made his mark on some of the practice’s most significant public building designs, including the internationally regarded Science North project in Sudbury and the Toronto Reference Library in Yorkville. Over the 40 years that Anson worked at MTA, he served as Project Manager for countless university, library, art gallery, and government projects. Trained also as a Civil Engineer, he was highly adept at handling the interface between architecture and engineering disciplines and knew the importance of good teamwork and communication.
“My friend Anson was a man who lived every day with curiosity and joy. He had an inner child that loved to play, explore, and tell stories with witty remarks and a sparkle in his eyes. His passion for life touched our hearts and souls, made us laugh and smile, and made life more colourful. I will miss him terribly.”
– Phil Silverstein, MTA