The jury has been announced for the 2017 Moriyama Royal Architecture Institute of Canada (RAIC) International Prize.
Established in 2014 by Canadian architect Raymond Moriyama in conjunction with the RAIC and the RAIC Foundation, the prize consists of a monetary award of CAD $100,000, a sculpture designed by Wei Yew, and an invitation to participate in the jury for the following award.
Last year’s winner Li Xiaodong, of Beijing-based Li Xiaodong Atelier, will serve on the jury alongside notable figures within Canada’s architecture community, including Monica Adair, co-founder of Acre Architects, Manon Asselin, co-founder of Atelier TAG, George Baird, founding principal of Baird Sampson Neuert Architects, and Peter Cardew, founder of Peter Cardew Architects.
Bryan Avery, founder of London-based Avery Associates Architects, will be the international juror while Barry Johns will serve as the jury chair, with David Covo, associate professor of architecture at McGill University, acting as the professional adviser to the jury.
According to a press release by the RAIC, the prize is awarded to a building or group of buildings which “reflects Moriyama’s conviction that great architecture transforms society by promoting social justice and humanistic values of respect and inclusiveness.” The award is open to any architect, team of architects, or collaboration led by an architect, and limited to one submission per contestant.
In addition to the main prize, three students of Canadian schools of architecture each receive scholarships of CAD $5,000 on the basis of a written essay.
“I look forward to an innovative, transformative architecture to not only win the Prize but awaken ideas and thoughts that will alter our collective aspiration for the future of humanity,” Moriyama said.