RAIC International Prize
RAIC International Prize Scholarships

Submission Requirements

 

I. RAIC International Prize

 

1. Background and Vision

In 2013, Canadian architect Raymond Moriyama FRAIC CM, in collaboration with the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada and the RAIC Foundation, created the Moriyama RAIC International Prize to share Canadian architectural values with an international audience and celebrate architecture that is socially transformative.  His vision for the Prize was based on his conviction that great architecture transforms society by promoting humanistic values of social equity, respect, and inclusiveness, and by creating environments for the well-being of all people.

In 2019, the prize was renamed the RAIC International Prize, under the direction of Mr. Moriyama and with his full support.

Previous winners are Li Xiaodong, Beijing, PRC, in 2014, for the Liyuan Library, and Tezuka Architects, Tokyo, Japan, in 2017, for the Fuji Kindergarten.

 

2. The Prize

The RAIC International Prize (the Prize) celebrates a single work of architecture that is judged to be transformative within its societal context. The 2019 Prize consists of a monetary award of CAD $100,000 and a sculpture by Canadian designer Wei Yew.

 

3. Eligibility

The competition is open to all architects, irrespective of nationality and location. Any architect, team of architects, or architect-led collaboration is invited to submit a building or a related group of buildings that has been completed and in use for the purpose intended for at least two years prior to the entry deadline. There are no prescriptions with respect to the scale of the work, the building program, or the cost of construction. Candidates are limited to a single submission per award cycle.   

 

4. Criteria

The intention of this award is to celebrate a single work of architecture that is transformative, inspired as well as inspiring, and emblematic of the human values of respect and inclusiveness.  The jury will consider a number of criteria in the evaluation of submissions, including:                   

  • the building’s formal and experiential qualities
  • the efficiency and effectiveness of the building in use
  • response to site, climate and environmental conditions
  • quality of engagement with the broader context - social, cultural, historic and political
  • craftsmanship
  • timelessness

 

5. Submission requirements

Entries may be submitted by an architect, a team of architects, or an architect-led collaboration.

Submissions shall include a completed Application Form and a Project Portfolio. The Project Portfolio shall be formatted as a maximum 30-page 8 ½” x 11” or A4 document, in either portrait or landscape orientation and should not exceed 15 MB in size. The limit of 30 pages does not include the covers or the Application Form. If the submission includes text in any language other than English or French, translations into either English or French must be provided.

The Project Portfolio should include the following information, in the order presented below:

  • An application form
  • A biography of the applicant(s)
  • A project description, not to exceed 500 words in length, outlining the objectives and significance of the project in language that is accessible to the general public
  • A media statement, not to exceed 100 words in length, crafted for website postings and media campaign requirements
  • Site plans, photographs and other documentation that describes the location and explains the organization of the site and physical context of the project
  • Architectural documentation, including, but not limited to, plans, sections, elevations and other drawings, and images of physical and virtual models
  • Photographs of the building in use (see Appendix 1. Digital image specification)
  • A web link to two high-resolution videos:
  1. Feature video:

A high-resolution feature video of a maximum of 5 minutes in length that shows the building in use in a variety of shots including but not limited to aerials, long shots and close ups. The video must not include any logos, titles, or text description and should not contain any complicated transitions between shots.

  1. Promotional video:

A high-resolution promotional video of maximum of 90 seconds in length that shows the building in use. The promotional video should be a condensed version of the feature video. It must not include any logos, titles, or text description and should not contain any complicated transitions between shots.

  • A numerical index listing all photographic and video images and providing full credit information, including names of photographers and agencies. Please include the signed release form (see Appendix 2. Release form).
  • Other materials that explain the building and its broader context
  • References to awards, publications and other forms of recognition of the project
  • Evidence of support for the project from users, clients, visitors, and others

 

If deemed necessary, the Professional Advisor may request additional information from candidates.

Each submission shall be delivered as a PDF attachment to awards-prix@raic.org with the subject header “RAIC International Prize Submission”, and also uploaded HERE, with the file name RAIC International Prize – submitter’s family name, submitter’s first name(s) (for example, RAIC International Prize – Wright, Frank Lloyd) by the deadline of 5 pm EDT, Friday, April 26, 2019.

There will be a registration fee of CAD $500 per submission. The registration fee must be PAID ONLINE HERE.

Questions may be addressed to the RAIC office at 1-613-241-3600 ext. 214, or via email to awards-prix@raic.org before 5 p.m. EST, Friday, March 15, 2019.

 

6. Professional Advisor

In accordance with its general rules and regulations regarding International Competitions, the RAIC will engage a Professional Advisor to administer the selection process in each award cycle of the Prize and the RAIC International Prize Scholarships.

The name of the Professional Advisor will be announced prior to, or at the same time as, the publication of the formal call for submissions.

 

7. Jury

The Professional Advisor and the RAIC Monitoring Committee shall appoint a jury of at least five persons, including:

  • the Chancellor of the College of Fellows of the RAIC, who shall act as Chair;
  • at least one recipient of the RAIC Gold Medal:
  • at least one member-at-large drawn from the Canadian architectural community;
  • at least one member-at-large drawn from the international architectural community.

 

In addition, the jury may include, at the discretion of the Professional Advisor and the RAIC Monitoring Committee:

  • a previous winner of the RAIC International Prize;
  • a member of the public selected for his or her particular knowledge and experience.

Each member of the jury will be required to sign an acknowledgement of these Terms of Reference, a confidentiality agreement and a conflict-of-interest declaration. Jurors will be required to declare potential conflict-of-interest situations as soon as possible after the submissions have been circulated. Decisions regarding conflict-of-interest situations will be the responsibility of the Jury Chair and the Professional Advisor.  

The names of the jurors will be announced with the publication of the formal call for submissions.

 

8. Selection process

The Professional Advisor and RAIC will prepare an information package for the members of the jury.

Following preliminary discussions, the jury will meet to review the submissions and establish a process for the selection of the winner. The jury may recommend that a small number of projects be shortlisted as part of the selection process, and that shortlisted projects be visited by one or more members of the jury prior to the final selection of a winner.

The procedures for the announcement of shortlisted projects, if any, and for the announcement of the winner of the Prize shall be determined by the RAIC in consultation with the Professional Advisor and the Chancellor of the College of Fellows.

The jury reserves the right to not award the Prize.

 

9. Schedule

The deadline for the receipt of all submission materials is 5 pm EDT, Friday, April 26, 2019.

The awards presentation will take place on Friday, October 25, 2019, in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

 

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II. RAIC International Prize Scholarships

 

1. Vision

The RAIC International Prize Scholarships are three scholarships awarded to students of architecture in conjunction with the RAIC International Prize.

 

2. Eligibility

The RAIC International Prize Scholarships are open to students registered in a Canadian university architecture program in the 2018-2019 academic year and to students registered in 2018-2019 in the RAIC Syllabus Program. Up to three scholarships, each in the amount of CAD $5,000 will be awarded in the 2019 cycle of the RAIC International Prize.

The award of the Scholarships will be based on individual student submissions that address a specific topic in the form of an original essay, not to exceed 1,000 words in length, with illustrations that complement and clarify ideas explored in the text.

 

3. Submission requirements

For the 2018-2019 cycle, the essay topic explores the notion of origins and is based on the following question:

Please describe the moment—the circumstances, the nature of the event—when you decided to become an architect, or when you knew that your decision to become an architect was the right one. Your ‘moment’ could be related to an encounter with a single building (like Arthur Erickson’s discovery of Taliesin West in an illustrated article in the August 1946 issue of Fortune Magazine), or with a place (like Le Corbusier’s visit to the Acropolis in 1911). Your ‘moment’ could also be related to a series of experiences, discoveries and reflections that eventually led you into architecture.

Submissions should be formatted as an 8 ½” x 11” document with illustrations, in either portrait or landscape orientation. Submissions should include an appendix (not to be counted in the limit of 1,000 words) with a maximum two-page curriculum vitae and documentation confirming the applicant’s student status.  The total document should not exceed 10 pages in length or 10 MB in size.

Each submission shall be delivered as a PDF attachment to awards-prix@raic.org with the subject header “RAIC International Prize Scholarships”, and also uploaded HERE, with the file name RAIC International Prize Scholarships – author’s family name, author’s first name(s) (for example, RAIC International Prize Scholarships – Wright, Frank Lloyd) by 5 pm EDT, Friday, April 26, 2019.

Questions may be addressed to the RAIC office at 1-613-241-3600 ext. 214, or via email to awards-prix@raic.org before 5 pm EST, Friday, March 15, 2019.

 

4. Evaluation criteria

Submissions will be evaluated on the applicant’s expression of vision and aspiration, and on the strength of personal conviction.

 

5. Jury

The Professional Advisor and the RAIC Monitoring Committee shall appoint a jury of at least five persons, including:

  • at least one member of the College of Fellows of the RAIC, who shall act as Chair;
  • at least one full-time faculty member in a Canadian School of Architecture.

 

Each member of the jury will be required to sign an acknowledgement of these Terms of Reference, a confidentiality agreement and a conflict-of-interest declaration. Jurors will be required to declare potential conflict-of-interest situations as soon as possible after the submissions have been circulated. Decisions regarding conflict-of-interest situations will be the responsibility of the Jury Chair and the Professional Advisor. 

The names of the jurors will be announced with the publication of the formal call for submissions.

 

6. Schedule

The deadline for the receipt of all submission materials is 5 pm EDT, Friday, April 26, 2019.

The awards presentation will take place on Friday, October 25, 2019, in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

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