The $100,000 RAIC International Prize for transformative architecture is inviting submissions for its third edition, the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada (RAIC) is pleased to announce.
This unique international award, formerly known as the Moriyama RAIC International Prize, recognizes the power of great architecture to transform society. In keeping with a focus on the social relevance of architecture, jurors will visit all finalist projects to see the buildings in use and appreciate their impact on society and human well-being.
The RAIC is accepting entries from architects anywhere in the world, of any nationality, until April 26, 2019. The buildings should be “inspired as well as inspiring” and reflect humanistic values of equality, respect, and inclusiveness. Projects should have been completed and in use for at least two years.
The library by Li Xiaodong of China, who received the 2014 prize, provides a hub for the local community and has stimulated economic development. The construction budget for the modest 175-square-metre library was CAD$185,000. Jurors praised the elegance of Liyuan Library’s sitting, its contemplative spaces, and its environmental design.
The 2017 winner was the Tokyo firm Tezuka Architects, founded by Takaharu and Yui Tezuka, for its Fuji Kindergarten. The oval-shaped school, with a large rooftop play area built around trees, restores a connection with nature and creates an environment where children can follow their instincts for play and movement.
该奖项包括一笔10万加元的奖金和一件由加拿大设计师Wei Yew设计的手工雕塑。每个版本的奖项都有Wei Yew的新作品，基于对加拿大风景的独特诠释。
The prize includes a monetary award of CAD $100,000 and a handcrafted sculpture designed by Canadian designer Wei Yew. Each edition of the prize features a new piece by Wei Yew based on a unique interpretation of the Canadian landscape.
In addition to the main Prize, three students from a Canadian university architecture program will each receive scholarships of CAD $5,000. They will be chosen on the basis of a written essay.
RAIC International Prize Official Website
The winner is selected in an open, juried competition. The members of the 2019 RAIC International Prize jury are:
Anne Carrier, FRAIC: Founder of Anne Carrier Architecture, a firm that received the Governor General’s Medal in Architecture in 2016 and The Architecture MasterPrize in 2018.
Stephen Hodder, MBE: Hodder Associates received the most important award in British architecture for a single building, the inaugural RIBA Stirling Prize, and has won over 40 major awards. Hodder is past president of the Royal Institute of British Architects.
Barry Johns, FRAIC: Principal of Barry Johns Architects, he was the first international recipient of the prestigious Leslie N. Boney Award from the American Institute of Architects for outstanding contributions to the profession in 2018.
Eva Matsuzaki, PP/FRAIC: Founder of Women in Architecture and the first female president of the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada in 1998-99.
Diarmuid Nash, PP/FRAIC, Chair of the Jury: Nash is a partner at Moriyama & Teshima Architects, and his designs have won two Governor-General’s Medals for Architecture. He is past president of the RAIC and Chancellor of the RAIC College of Fellows.
Gilles Saucier, FIRAC: Founding partner of Saucier+Perrotte Architectes, the first recipients of the Prix du Québec for design and architecture, and recipients of the RAIC Gold Medal 2018.
David Covo, FRAIC, Associate Professor, Peter Guo-Hua Fu School of Architecture at McGill University, will act as the Professional Advisor to the jury.