Five Myths About Green Building

By Monte Paulsen,

January 6, 2011

Green buildings have earned a reputation for being large, complicated and absurdly expensive. This is particularly true in Vancouver, where taxpayers are still forking out millions of dollars a month in interest payments on the world’s first LEED Platinum neighbourhood — the 2010 Olympic Village. More …

B.C. Architects Without Borders

By Jim Sutherland, BCBusiness

January 4, 2011

It’s October and David Thom is talking about the globalization of the architecture business. It’s an appropriate topic because the managing partner of IBI Group is strolling down a street in London, where the firm recently acquired Nightingale Associates, the U.K.’s largest architectural practice specializing in health-care, science and education. The London trip worked out especially well because it enabled Thom to breakfast with another of IBI’s managing partners, who happened to be passing through en route from the Middle East to Toronto, where he makes his base. The third, incidentally, lives in Israel. More …

Toronto a Few Bricks Short of a Cultural Renaissance

By Christopher Hume, Toronto Star

January 7, 2011

Whether it will be the long goodbye or the big sleep, 2011 could well go down as the year architecture in Toronto ran out of energy and out of town. Aside from the waterfront, the Ismaili Cultural Centre, Ryerson University, Regent Park and a few projects here and there, the excitement and frenetic pace of the last decade has all but ground to a halt. More …–hume-toronto-a-few-bricks-short-of-a-cultural-renaissance

Drawing on the Land: Contemporary Landscape Architecture

Now – March, 2011

AIBC Gallery: #100 – 440 Cambie Street, Vancouver
This exhibit offers a thought-provoking look at contemporary landscape architecture. Organized by the BC Society of Landscape Architects, it includes hand-drawn and computer-generated renderings selected through a juried process. Featured work includes YVR Canada Line Living Wall (Richmond), Whitewater Ski Resort Master Plan (Nelson), Botanical Garden Axon and Bloom Index (Choroni, Venezuela), and more. Also on view is a green wall designed and built by Vancouver’s Green over Grey. Selections from the BCSLA’s 2009 By the Hand exhibit, which showcased hand drawn works by BCSLA members, are also included.

Construction Specifications Canada: Breakfast Meeting: Common Tendering Mistakes and How to Avoid Them

Presented by John Logan and Rachel Mockler of Jenkins Marzban Logan LLP, this talk will provide attendees with insight on  recent tendering case law including the landmark Tercon Contractors Ltd. v. British Columbia (Transportation and Highways) court decision as well as a general review of the principles to consider when dealing with tender issues. Specific tropics will include:

  • Old tendering rules;
  • New tendering rules and developments in case law;
  • Explaining the concepts of Contract A and Contract B;
  • When is a Contract A created?;
  • Privilege Clauses – meaning, examples and review of relevant case law;
  • Unfair conduct in tendering;
  • Limits of liability in tendering;
  • Material non-compliance; and
  • The most common tendering mistakes and how to avoid them.

It takes place Thursday, January 20, 2010, 7:00 – 9:00 a.m. at the Sandman Hotel, 180 West Georgia Street, Vancouver. Breakfast will be at 7:00 a.m. with the seminar starting at 8:00 a.m. Register online at
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Vancouver Heritage Foundation: Avoid the Money Pit: Planning & Managing your Project

This is a full-day course about planning and managing your renovation. Whether you own an old house or are a professional who works with existing buildings, this course is a “must” before calling a contractor or picking up the crow-bar. Presenters James Burton MAIBC of Birmingham & Wood Architects and Jake Fry of Smallworks will bring together the principles and practices of cost-effective, efficient and creative renovation and rehabilitation projects. The day will also include illustrated presentations of local case studies as well as site visits at completed projects. This course is part of the Vancouver Heritage Foundation’s Old School Program, a unique public program where homeowners and professionals can learn how to reuse, repair and recycle buildings. The program offers 12 courses annually, providing a wide range of topics, skills and insights for making informed decisions about rehabilitating old buildings. This course will be held on Saturday, February 19, 2011, 9:00 a.m – 5:00 p.m. at the Strathcona Community Centre, 601 Keefer Street, Vancouver. The cost is $125. For more information and to register, please visit or phone (604) 264-9642.
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Oral Reviews

Notice to Eligible Candidates:the next set of oral reviews will be held on Wednesday and Thursday, February 23 and 24, 2011. Oral reviews are open to those Intern Architects who have completed and logged at least 2800 hours of work experience as well as successfully completed the required AIBC courses. Eligibility will be confirmed by the Registration & Licensing Department. Click here to view complete details and to download the application form.  Note: the application form, letter from employer and oral review application fee must all be received by Monday, February 14, 2011.
In preparation for the reviews, the Intern Architect Committee will be hosting an Oral Review Preparation Workshop on Wednesday, February 2, 2011, 6:00 pm at the AIBC offices. All IAs and Alternative Qualifications Candidates are welcome to attend.

If you have any questions regarding the oral review or the application for registration, or if you would like to sign up for the Oral Review Preparation Workshop, please contact the Registration & Licensing Administration Assistant Emily Tyler at



The 2011 Festival of Architecture, a joint partnership of the AIBC and Architecture Canada | RAIC, will bring together architects and allied professionals from across the country. Help to showcase Vancouver by sharing some of your local knowledge with festival visitors. Tell us about your secret escape, favourite architecture, choice restaurant, unique shop, best day trip, or some other not-to-be-missed local attraction for out-of-towners. Send it along to, so that it can be featured in the “Local Knowledge” section of the 2011 Festival web site.