MORIYAMA & TESHIMA ARCHITECTS

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MORIYAMA & TESHIMA ARCHITECTS

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Moriyama & Teshima Architects is a renowned Canadian architecture firm responsible for the design of major public buildings both in Canada and abroad. Raymond Moriyama (b. 1929) founded the firm in 1958. In 1966, he moved the office to a former service station here on Davenport Road. Ted Teshima (1938-2016), who joined that same year, became a named partner in 1970.

Moriyama designed the office to be a “workshop for the mind,” reflecting Modernist principles and Japanese influences. Access to the multi-level studio was via a landscaped courtyard and past a koi fish pond that extended into the lobby. Part of the pond had been the service station’s grease pit. The unique design of the building nurtured the growth and evolution of Moriyama & Teshima Architects for the next 45 years.

While here, the firm designed award-winning buildings such as the Canadian Embassy in Tokyo, Japan, and the Canadian War Museum in Ottawa. The firm also contributed to Toronto’s architectural heritage with prominent Modern buildings such as the Ontario Science Centre, the Scarborough Civic Centre, the Bata Shoe Museum, and the University of Toronto Multi-Faith Centre. The site was redeveloped after Moriyama & Teshima moved to 117 George Street in 2011.

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Sarah J. McCabe

Date

August 21, 2021

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Sarah J. McCabe, “MORIYAMA & TESHIMA ARCHITECTS,” Historic Plaques of Ontario: An Omeka Demo Site, accessed January 26, 2022, https://ontarioplaques.omeka.net/items/show/454.