Founded by Raymond Moriyama who started the firm as a sole practitioner in 1958. Ted Teshima, who joined the firm full-time in 1966, became a partner in Moriyama & Teshima Architects and Planners in 1970. Under their direction Moriyama & Teshima prospered and grew building a world-renowned reputation for work in architecture, interior architecture, planning and landscape architecture. Raymond and Ted are now consultants to the firm.
The four partners Ajon Moriyama, Jason Moriyama, Diarmuid Nash and Daniel Teramura have a wealth of experience in our most successful projects and are backed up by a group of people with solid experience and skills.
Moriyama + Teshima have been delivering high-quality, sustainable and award-winning architecture and landscape/environmental planning and design services for 50 years. They are particularly engaged by ‘Places for Learning’ including museums, science centres, libraries, cultural and faith facilities, and school, college and university buildings and master plans.
Rather than merely “sustainable design” they consider their approach as “design for a sustainable world” and, with their internationally renowned landscape/environmental planning group integrated into their office, they also produce ground-breaking environmental master plans and designs such as the “Meewasin Valley 100 Year Master Plan”, the “Niagara Parks 100 Year Vision, 20 Year Plan and Five Year Action Plan” and, currently, the bio-remediation of a 120km stretch of the Wadi Hanifah in Riyadh where, over the past ten years, they have literally brought a significant river ‘back from the dead.’ All of their environmental master plans have earned international recognition, significant awards and – in the case of the work on the Wadi – commendation by the United Nations.
Located in the heart of Toronto, their office is an open studio that reflects the diversity of the communities they design for. Under the leadership of 6 principals (4 partners leading the architecture group, and 2 principals leading the landscape/environmental planning and design group), and with a total staff of 50 including architect associates and interns, landscape architects, interior designers, graphic designers, and support staff, they offer a full range of design and planning services, working in a deeply integrated and collaborative way to achieve unique results that capture their client’s vision.
The list of their projects includes landmark projects such as the Saudi National Museum in Riyadh, the Master Plan and Infrastructure Design for the new 540Ha Kuwait University Campus, the Ontario Science Centre, the Bata Shoe Museum, the Toronto Reference Library, Science North, and – most recently – the New Canadian War Museum (boasting the largest green roof in Canada) in Ottawa.