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Science North architect Raymond Moriyama has died

Canada is mourning the loss of the visionary architect, who designed Sudbury's science centre

Tributes have been coming from across Canada for one of the country's best-known architects, Raymond Moriyama, who has died. He was 93.

Moriyama was known for his visionary architectural approach for some of Canada's best known buildings, which includes the Science North science centre in Sudbury. 

Moriyama died on Friday, said a statement from Moriyama & Teshima Architects, his firm. A cause of death was not revealed.

"We are deeply saddened to learn of Raymond Moriyama’s passing on Sept. 1, 2023. Our immediate thoughts are with his family and loved ones," said a tribute posted to the Moriyama Teshima Architects website. 

"During this time, we ask for respect and privacy as we process and grieve the profound loss of our firm’s founder."

Background on the Science North design was provided on the Canada Modern website

"Science North (Science Nord) is an interactive science museum in Greater Sudbury, Ontario, consisting of two snowflake-shaped buildings on the southwestern shore of Ramsey Lake. These buildings are connected by a rock tunnel, which passes through a billion-year-old geologic fault. The museum’s architect, Raymond Moriyama (of Moriyama & Teshima Architects, Toronto), said that his concept was 'a snowflake falling on a rock.' This became the inspiration for Kramer’s icon, and remains in use to this day."

Over the years, Moriyama's architectural achievements have included the following:

  • Toronto French School additions (2015)
  • Canadian War Museum (2005)
  • Science North, Sudbury, Ontario (1984)
  • National Museum of Saudi Arabia in Riyadh (1999)
  • Seneca College's Seneca@York campus Stephen E. Quinlan Building in Toronto (1999)
  • John Labatt Visual Arts Centre, The University of Western Ontario, London, Ontario (1993)
  • Ottawa City Hall (1990)
  • North York Central Library (1987)
  • Museum London in London, Ontario (1980)
  • Peterborough Public Library, Peterborough, Ontario (1980)
  • Toronto Reference Library (1977)
  • Albert Campbell Collegiate Institute (1976)
  • Scarborough Civic Centre (1973)
  • L'Amoreaux Collegiate Institute (1971)
  • Lester B. Pearson Collegiate Institute (1977)
  • Health Services Building, University of Waterloo (1968)
  • Harvest Bible Chapel, Markham (1967)[23]
  • Civic Garden Centre (now Toronto Botanical Garden), Toronto (1965)
  • Gordie Howe International Bridge (under construction as of 2022)
  • Burnhamthorpe Library and Burnhamthorphe Library Theatre (now Maja Prentice Theatre), Mississauga (1976)