The Ten Commandments of Architecture

By Jim Childress, ArchNewsNow. January 21, 2011

It was time to dust off the Ten Commandments of Architecture and hold them over my head like Charlton Heston (blessedly they were etched in Microsoft Word rather than stone). They have been passed down to me, in part, by Bill Grover, partner emeritus, and my current partners at Centerbrook Architects. I have done a bit of editing and updating through the years. More …


Atrium Building Tour (Victoria)

Vancouver island architects and designers are invited to  a tour of Victoria’s Atrium Building. Hosted by Architecture and Urbanism and in coordination with the Vancouver Island Chapter of Interior Designers Institute of British Columbia, the tour will provide a close-up look at the building at Yates Street, Blanshard Street and Johnson Street in downtown Victoria that now houses BC Ferries and B.C. Land Title & Survey Authority. Designed by D’Ambrosio Architecture + Urbanism, the venue offers 200,000 sq of office and retail space over seven storeys. It features a spectacular central atrium, large floorplates and a range of energy-efficient and environmentally-conscious features that LEED® Gold certification. The tour takes place on Friday January 28, 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.. The cost is $15 (free to AIBC and IDIBC members) with proceeds going to the Designer Survivors Tour for the Enbridge Ride to Conquer Cancer. Space is limited; please r.s.v.p. by Monday, January 24 to Amber Kingsnorth at


AIBC Vancouver Island Chapter Meeting

The February 2 meeting of the AIBC Vancouver Island Chapter will feature a presentation by Fire Protection Specialist Bassem Abadir of Hilti Canada.  His presentation will include fire protection and sound attenuation; smoke and acoustic  sealants/spray; and foam and construction chemicals.  The meeting runs from 12:00 noon to 1:00 p.m. at the Ambrosia Centre, 638 Fisgard Street, Victoria.  The event is free, but you must confirm your attendance by January 28 to Don Lovell MAIBC at

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Southern Interior Construction Association

Annual Consultant/Contractor/Owner Workshop(Kelowna)

Plan to attend this forum that invites input from all partners in the construction process, with a goal to identify common problems and common solutions. Topics will include:

  • Determining if the MMCD is the right form of contract for civil/structural projects;
  • Use of the new CCDC 5A and 5B Construction Management Forms of Contract;
  • Mitigating risks of project completion;
  • Process change orders; and
  • Use of BIM for construction

The date of this one-day workshop is Thursday, February 3, 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Coast Capri Hotel, 1171 Harvey Avenue, Kelowna. To register, please complete the registration form (here) and fax to (250) 491-3929.

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Bradlee Distributors

Our Connected World: A Peak into the Future, with Some Very Cool Insights (This Event is Full)

Bradlee invites you to an evening of food, networking, and learning on Thursday, March 17, 2011.  This event is a free event for AIBC members with the educational component being specific to architects and design professionals. Cocktails begin at 5:00 p.m., followed by a catered dinner at 6:00 p.m.  The educational seminar, led by Marilyn Sanford of La Scala, will then run from 7:00 to 8:00 p.m.  It will be held in the Bradlee Disttributors showroom, 13780 Bridgeport Road, Richmond. Please r.s.v.p. to Alexis by phone at (604) 244-1744 or e-mail to

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SFU City Program

Real Estate Development From the Inside Out

6 Mondays, February 14-March 21, 6:30 – 9:30 p.m.

This course provides industry insight for people who deal with real estate developers or otherwise want to learn how the development industry is structured, how it functions, who the players are, what motivates them, and how they interact. Instructor Herb Auerbach has more than 50 years of experience in the industry. Guest speakers include: Roger Bayley, Design Manager – Millennium Water Olympic Village; Michael Mortensen, Senior Development Manager – Grosvenor Canada; Norm Shearing, VP Development – Parklane Homes; Bruno Wall, President – Wall Financial (developers of the Wall Centre); and Elizabeth Yip, Real Estate Lawyer – McCarthy Tetrault. The cost is $395 + HST. It takes place at the Simon Fraser University Downtown Campus, 515 West Hastings Street, Vancouver. For details and to register, visit For a listing of all SFU City Program courses, go to

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SFU City Program

Free Public Lecture: Walking and Pedaling Toward a Healthier Planet,  with Mia Birk,  Alta Planning + Design

Can bicycling and walking really be the key to bringing our world back from the brink of disaster? Active transportation advocate, consultant and author Mia Birk says “Yes”.  In her new book, Joyride: Pedaling Toward a Healthier Planet, the award-winning bicycle transportation planner shows how in less than a generation, a team of visionaries turned Portland into a city in which people can and do choose bicycling as a normal, everyday means of transportation. The resulting impacts on emissions, oil use, physical activity, safety, and the economy provide hope that active transportation holds promise for cities across North America. Birk, Chief Executive Officer and Principal at Alta Planning + Design, has 20 years experience in sustainable transportation focused on pedestrian, bicycle, trail, and greenway planning, design and implementation. She is also an adjunct professor at Portland State University where she co-founded the Initiative for Bicycle and Pedestrian Innovation in the College of Urban Studies. From 1993 to 1999, she was the Bicycle Program Manager for the City of Portland.  It takes place January 26, 2011 7:00 p.m. at the Segal Centre, 515 West Hastings Street. This is a free public talk. To reserve a seat, visit

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CSC Vancouver (Construction Specifications Canada)

Specifier 1 Course

CSC Vancouver is again pleased to sponsor the live, classroom version of the Specifier 1 Course.  This 30-hour course is designed for those involved with the preparation of project manual specifications. This is an intermediate level course that will go beyond the concepts previously introduced in Principles of Construction Documentation; participants must have passed the PCD course as a prerequisite. While some of the same topics are included, the depth of comprehension and explanation exceeds that of the PCD course. This course can be credited towards the specification writing experience required to obtain the Registered Specification Writer designation. The course schedule is as follows:

Wednesdays: February 2, 9 and 16; 6:00 – 8:30 p.m.

Saturdays: February 5, 12 and 19; 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 noon, and 12:30 – 3:30 p.m.

Wednesday, February 23: final exam

Sessions are held at the Vancouver Regional Construction Association, 3636 East 4th Avenue, Vancouver. The cost is 750 + HST ($650 + HST for CSC members). Click here for  the registration form. For more information, e-mail

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Annual AIBC Architectural Awards

Submission Deadline: 12:00pm, March 18, 2011

Each year, the Architectural Institute of British Columbia showcases the best in B.C. architecture through its awards program. While honours are given out in a number of distinct award categories, there is one common element: Excellence. For submission details, please visit here.

Register Amendments

The AIBC is please to welcome the following new registrants, as approved by AIBC Council at its January 11, 2011 meeting:


  • Imu Chan
  • Kristalina Dinovsky-Kutev
  • Matthew Johnson
  • David E. Smith
  • Pablo Yuste

Architectural Technologist

  • Graeme Lin

Intern Architects

  • Amanda Elliott
  • Graham Elvidge
  • Vida Jahangiri
  • Matthew Lahey
  • Craig Mercs
  • Joshua Rudd

Intern Architectural Technologist

  • Li Liu


  • Steven Bartok

In addition, AIBC Council approved the following register amendments:

New Certificates of Practice

  • Genesis Network Architecture and Engineering Inc.
  • Leon Lubelski Architect

From Active to Inactive

  • Hewitt + Kwasnicky Architects Inc.

Firm Closure

  • Susanne Hunter, Architect