Ted Teshima Architect AIBC was born in Sea Island (now Richmond), in 1938 and passed away at home on September 2, 2016. As a youth, Teshima excelled in math and drawing. He would discover architecture in high school and went on to obtain a degree in architecture at the University of Toronto.
In 1966, Teshima went to work for Raymond Moriyama Architects and Planners, where he served as the project manager and architect on many key projects, including the Scarborough Civic Centre. In 1970, Teshima became a partner at Moriyama & Teshima Architects and Planners, who designed The Metro Toronto Reference Library on Yonge Street (renamed as the Toronto Reference Library) and Science North in Sudbury.
Ted Teshima’s reasoned, logical and community centred approach to handling projects made him a natural leader. He was a key player for recent projects like the Kuwait University Master Plan and all projects for Imara and the Aga Khan.
Very involved as a leader in the profession, Teshima was a Fellow of the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada and Royal Society of Arts (England), a member of the Ontario Association of Architects and Architectural Institute of British Columbia, Director of the Board of the Ontario Heritage Foundation (1983-1990), and a member of the Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape and Design at the University of Toronto.
In 2002, Teshima was awarded the Order of da Vinci from the Ontario Association of Architects.