3rd International Holcim Awards

Entries are now being accepted for the 3rd International Holcim Awards. This competition, organized by the Holcim Foundation, celebrates innovative, future-oriented projects that contribute towards a more sustainable built environment. It recognizes sustainable practices in engineering, landscape and urban design, infrastructure, and materials and construction technologies. The main category is open to working professionals including architects, engineers, planners, builders and construction firms whose projects have reached an advanced stage in design with construction to take place no earlier than July 1, 2010. There is also a “Next Generation” category for students enrolled in the final year of a bachelor program, or in graduate or post-graduate programs. Entries must be submitted online by March 23, 2011. Go to www.holcimawards.org.


Copper In Architecture Awards

The Copper Development Association is seeking nominations for its 2011 North American Copper in Architecture Awards. The goal of this program, offered by the Copper Development Association in collaboration with the Canadian Copper & Brass Development Association, is to recognize and promote outstanding architectural applications of copper alloys in building design, including the restoration and design of new residential and commercial building projects in the U.S. and Canada. The submission deadline is January 31, 2011. To access an entry form and guidelines, as well as a complete list of last year’s winning projects, please visit http://www.copper.org/applications/architecture/awards/homepage.html.


enRoute Hotel Design Awards

Open for submissions: January 14, 2011

The enRoute Hotel Design Awards will celebrate the best Canadian-designed hotels around the world. Judged by an international panel of industry experts, the awards will recognize the outstanding achievements by Canadian interior designers and architects working in the hospitality realm. The competition is open to all Canadian interior designers and architects working here and abroad. (Canadians working at foreign firms may submit entries as long as they are credited as the lead designer/architect.) The competition is open to new hotels and resorts – as well as properties that have undergone extensive renovations – that were completed between January 1, 2008 and December 31, 2010. The hotel or resort project may be located anywhere in the world. For submission details, please visit http://enroute.aircanada.com/en/articles/hotel-awards.


Azure Magazine

Azure magazine offers special print & digital package promotions to AIBC registrants. Receive a year of Azure magazine (eight print issues) for $20.00 or receive the print & digital edition for $30.00. To sign up, click here.


American Clearinghouse on Educational Facilities – Call For Papers (ACEF Journal)

The Deadline for submission is March 31, 2011

The American Clearinghouse on Educational Facilities (ACEF) Journal promotes nationwide leadership in educational facilities and is dedicated to the support and professional growth of early childhood, kindergarten-through-grade-12 schools, and public higher education institutions. This electronic journal serves to dissemination research on effective educational practices regarding the planning, design, construction, improvement, operations, and maintenance of safe, healthy, high-performing educational facilities. The journal welcomes original contributions with relevance to educational facilities. It seeks to publish work that develops, tests, and advances theory, research, and practice of educational facilities. Consideration will be given to articles from a wide variety of interest areas including, but not limited to:

  • Environmentally Sound Practices
  • Facility Planning
  • Facility Design
  • Facility Construction
  • Facility Improvement
  • Facility Operations
  • Facility Maintenance
  • Facility Safety
  • Student Learning

For further information, please visit: http://www.acefacilities.org/ACEFJournal.aspx


Architecture Canada | RAIC Membership Offer

Architecture Canada | RAIC has introduced a special discounted rate for newly-registered architects. Those who have become registered within the past year are eligible for one year of full membership at $190 – a savings of $157.50 on the regular member rate. To take advantage of this offer, or for more information, please contact Membership Coordinator Angie Sauvé at asauve@raic.org.


Small Business Information Sessions

Small Business BC and the Office of Small and Medium Enterprises, part of Public Works and Government Services Canada, invites you to take part in a series of information sessions designed to better your understanding and awareness of federal procurement system and business opportunities. These monthly sessions are open to the public and free of charge. Upcoming Vancouver sessions include:

  • Friday January 7, 1:00 – 3:00:  How to Do Business with the Federal Government
  • Friday January 14, 1:00 – 3:00:  MERX, The Government Electronic Tendering System
  • Friday January 21, 1:00 – 3:00:  Understanding the Government of Canada Procurement Process and Responding to Bids
  • Thursday February 10, 10:00 – 12:00:  How to Do Business with the Federal Government

The workshops take place at the Small Business BC offices (located at The Station, 82 – 601 West Cordova Street, Vancouver) as well as being broadcast online. For more information and to register, visit http://www.smallbusinessbc.ca/seminars.


BUILDEX Vancouver

Don’t miss the February 9 early bird registration deadline for BUILDEX Vancouver, February 23-24, 2011 at the Vancouver Convention Centre West. This year’s event will feature more than 45 seminars, 100 speakers and 600 exhibits for professionals in the design, property management and construction. One of the featured sessions is titled “International Architectural Keynote: Going Local? The Long-term Global Implications of Architectural Regionalism”. Moderator Gregory Henriquez MAIBC (Henriquez Partners Architects) and panelists Helen Besharat MAIBC (Besharat Friars Architects), James Cheng MAIBC (James KM Cheng Architects Inc.), Steve McFarlane MAIBC (mcfarlane | green | biggar Architecture + Design Inc.) and Antoine Predock (New Mexico-based Antoine Predock Architect PC) will discuss the challenges and cultural costs for current global practices in addressing the social, environmental and economic contexts of designs. Visit www.buildexvancouver.com for the full list of seminars and to register online.