|Honorary Degree Recipient, Raymond Moriyama, May, 1987 (Photograph Collection, A-7987)|
Convocation date: May 20, 1987
Discipline / contribution: architecture ; urban planning
Citation / biographical information:
Eminent Chancellor, on behalf of the Council and Senate, I present to you Raymond Moriyama, of Toronto, Ontario, architect and planner.Degree received: Doctor of Laws
Raymond Moriyama was born in Vancouver, British Columbia. He received a Bachelor of Architecture from the University of Toronto in 1954 and a Master of Architecture from McGill University in 1957.
Mr. Moriyama formed an architectural and planning firm in Toronto almost immediately, and since 1970 has been a principal of Moriyama and Teshima Architects. He is married and father of five.
Mr. Moriyama has had a distinguished career as architect and urban planner. His designs have changed, and continue to enhance the urban landscape of cities throughout the world. Recent projects include the Metropolitan Toronto Library, National Music School of Canada, Canadian Music Centre, Place St. Charles in New Orleans, Calgary Civic Centre and the Canadian Embassy in Tokyo. Mr. Moriyama has been concerned not only with the bricks and mortar of buildings but with the development or redevelopment of entire urban in cities as diverse as Calgary, Miami Beach, Toronto and Buffalo.
One cannot review Mr. Moriyama's endeavors without being impressed by the recurring application of his expertise in incorporating and relating nature, environment and science to, and for, modern urban man. In this regard, one must mention his role in the design of the Metropolitan Toronto Zoo, the Ontario Science Centre, Science North (the Sudbury Science Centre), the Arborteum Centre at the University of Guelph, and of particular concern to Saskatoon, the conceptual master plan for the Meewasin Valley. In the introduction to that plan, Mr. Moriyama stated that "If we have learned anything in the past...... it is this: the inflexible master plan, based on transient man-made "facts" and technology, is an illusion that denies the facts of time and change". We are currently in the ninth year of the century envisaged for the Meewasin Valley. The benefits of some developments, such as the Meewasin Valley Trail and Beaver Creek Conservation Area are easy to observe, but intangibles introduced by Raymond Moriyama, such as the concept of "fit" and of "balance" in planning will be of
more lasting importance. Mr. Moriyama recommended that "If the scales are to be tipped at all, let them tip on the side of listening to the whispers of the land and the wisdom of the forefathers rather than to the gods of unbridled technology".
Mr. Moriyama has received many awards for his work and honours for his civic service, including Civic Awards of Merit from Scarborough and Toronto, being honoured as one of DeBeer's Ten Canadian Men of Distinction, receiving honourary degrees from four Canadian Universities and being named as an Officer of the Order of Canada.
Eminent Chancellor, I present to you Raymond Moriyama and ask that you will confer on him the degree of Doctor of Laws, honoris causa.
Degree presented by: Profesor Wobeser
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