Thread is shortlisted for the RAIC Prize
May 29, 2019

Thread, the artists’ residency and cultural center run by Le Korsa and the Josef and Anni Albers Foundation, has been shortlisted for The Royal Architectural Institute of Canada’s prize for socially transformative architecture. Designed by Toshiko Mori Architect, Thread impressed the jury with its blend of form, function, and social mission. It is in competition with two other buildings, in Peru and Chile, respectively, for the $100,000 prize, which will be announced on October 25, 2019.

“We see in these exceptional buildings how architecture can strengthen community, bring together diverse peoples, lift the spirit, and exist in harmony with the environment,” said RAIC President Michael Cox, FRAIC. “Each of these projects offers lessons that can be applied elsewhere, and we hope they will inspire architects around the world as they design for human well-being.”

“The jury was struck by the diversity of these designs, from the inverted traditional Senegalese roof that serves as a water collector, to the unique glass-and-marble winged roof that fills the temple with light,” said Jury Chair Diarmuid Nash, PP/FRAIC. “These architects have come up with unique and innovative strategies by listening to the needs of their communities.”

More information on the prize can be found here: