Among the world’s architecture prizes, the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada’s RAIC International Prize is unusual in both its generosity and mission.
(Baha’i Temple of South America – a temple in Santiago, Chile, by Hariri Pontarini Architects (Toronto, Canada) that is designed to be a place where people can feel calm, connected, and uplifted, whatever their beliefs. – Above Image)
This CAD $100,000 award recognises new architecture anywhere in the world that transforms its society and promotes equality, respect, and inclusiveness. The 2019 winner will be announced at a gala dinner on Friday, October 25th in Toronto, Canada. Tickets and sponsorship opportunities are available for this exciting event at the Westin Harbour Castle on the Lake Ontario waterfront. Everyone is welcome.
Top three finalists
The gala will celebrate the three outstanding finalists from Peru, Senegal, and Chile that emerged from submissions from 12 countries across six continents.
“We see in these exceptional buildings how architecture can strengthen community, bring together diverse peoples, lift the spirit, and exist in harmony with the environment,” says RAIC President Michael Cox. “Each of these projects offers lessons that can be applied elsewhere, and we hope they will inspire architects around the world as they design for human well-being.”
The Royal Architectural Institute of Canada, the RAIC Foundation, and distinguished Canadian architect Raymond Moriyama created the prize in 2013. Previous winners include Liyuan Library in Jiaojiehe, China by Li Xiaodong (2014), and Fuji Kindergarten in Tokyo, Japan by Tezuka Architects (2017).