Sep 03, 2023

By Angus Gillespie

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Legendary Canadian architect Raymond Moriyama has died.

He built his first structure in a B.C. internment camp during the Second World War and went on to design some of Canada’s most iconic buildings.

Moriyama passed away on Friday, according to a statement from his firm, Moriyama & Teshima Architects. A cause of death has not been released.

The statement went on to say:

“We ask for particular respect and privacy for Raymond’s family. The world has lost a visionary architect and they have lost a treasured loved one.”

Born in Vancouver in 1929, Moriyama had a direct hand in the creation of the Canadian War Museum, Ottawa’s City Hall, the Bata Shoe Museum, the Toronto Reference Library, the Ontario Science Centre and the Canadian Embassy in Tokyo.

He was named a Companion of the Order of Canada in 2009. and received honorary degrees from 10 Canadian universities. He served as Chancellor at Brock University in St. Catharines from 2001 to 2007.

Raymond Moriyama was 93.

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