Inspired by an idea from Joy Kogawa, this series is designed to create a space for conversations with these Japanese Canadians and the broader JC community. Encouraging dialogue, reconnecting over common interests and priorities, and opening doors to creating a virbrant intergenerational community.
Kicking of the first session of the "We Should Know Each Other" speaker sessions will be Raymond Moriyama.
Raymond Moriyama is an internationally renowned Canadian architect. His well-regarded work includes the Canadian War Museum (2005) in Ottawa, the Canadian Embassy (1991) in Tokyo and the National Museum of Saudi Arabia (1999) in Riyadh after winning a national award. He has designed several buildings at Brock University in the 1970s through to the latest campus expansion, also serving as the university's chancellor. Partnering with Ted Teshima in 1970, Moriyama + Teshima architects designed the Scarborough Civic Centre (1973), Metro Toronto Reference Library (1977) and the Bata Shoe Museum (1995) in Toronto.
Moriyama has received numerous awards for his work, including the Order of Ontario, Order of Canada, Order of the Rising Sun (Japan) and the Governor General award for architecture. Being of Japanese descent, Moriyama and his family were evacuated from their home in Vancouver and confined to an internment camp during the Second World War. He has said that these years have particularly formed his later architectural career.
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