OTTAWA — The Royal Architectural Institute of Canada (RAIC) and the RAIC Foundation recently announced the winners of the 2017 Moriyama RAIC International Prize Scholarships.
Osman Bari of the University of Waterloo, Alykhan Neky of Ryerson University and Tanya Southcott of McGill University each won a $5,000 scholarship for writing a 1,000-word essay describing the moment when they decided to become an architect.
The scholarships are presented in conjunction with the $100,000 Moriyama RAIC International Prize. The winner will be announced on Sept. 19 at a gala in Toronto, where the scholarship recipients will also receive their cheques.
According to a release issued by the RAIC, 180 eligible entries were received in both English and French from students enrolled in Canada's 11 accredited schools of architecture as well as students at Laurentian University, the RAIC Centre for Architecture at Athabasca University, the RAIC Syllabus Program and the University of Quebec in Montreal.
"These essays involve a return to some of the authors' formative experiences," said RAIC President Ewa Bieniecka in a statement. "Travel, work opportunities and education make incredibly strong impressions, as each entrant begins to understand the diversity that exists in this world. They know that to complete their journey as architects will require deep commitment. As such, each of this year's winning essays speaks of social relevance."
A five-member jury evaluated the submissions based on the applicant's expression of vision and aspiration, and on the strength of personal conviction.
"The jury was moved by the heartfelt responses evident in so many of these scholarship submissions, which expressed an inspirational range of personal stories about individual paths into the profession of architecture," said Elsa Lam, editor of Canadian Architect magazine who also served as chair.