2011 AIBC Directory

In keeping with the institute’s commitment to sustainability and increased use of digital communications, the 2011 AIBC Directory is now available online (PDF format). Click here to access. If you would still prefer a printed version, please submit a written request to communications@aibc.ca.

Think Before You Build: Have computers made architects less disciplined?

By Witold Rybczynski, Slate
March 30, 2011

We generally assume that technological advances save time, boost efficiency, increase productivity, and so on. Once we get used to the latest conveniences, we can’t imagine life without them. I’ve been writing a book chronicling a building designed and built in the mid 1970s. During one of my interviews, an architect involved in the project reminded me that this was a time before faxes, cell phones, color Xeroxes, personal computers, and Power Point. The cumbersome and slow production of drawings and reports required extensive preparation—hurried changes were difficult if not impossible. Such working methods required what he described as “tremendous discipline and rigor of thought.” More …

Ghost 13 International Architecture Conference

Plan to Attend the Ghost 13 International Architectural Conference, June 14-17 in Shobac, Nova Scotia. Since 1994, The Ghost Lab on the Nova Scotian coast has been the research laboratory for MacKay – Lyons Sweetapple Architects, and an international meeting place architects who share a commitment to landscape, making, and community. During this year’s conference, 24 members of this virtual school will congregate to address a conference theme of “Ideas in Things”. Sub-themes include:

  • Architectural responses to: climate, material culture, community, landscape
  • Computer drawing and hand drawing in the design process
  • Regionalism and Globalization
  • The academy and practice
  • Craft: the master builder today
  • Tradition and modernity
  • Environmentally sustainable design
  • The curriculum for architecture now

Be part of what promises to be an historic event. Participation is limited to 200 registrants. There is also a special student rate. For more information and to register, visit http://www.cvent.com/events/ghost-13-international-architecture-conference-ideas-in-things/event-summary-0ed913f123d84e5da3ff7596ab1ddcb3.aspx.


Vancouver Client Seminar Series 29 April 2011: ASHRAE 90.1 and the Building Enclosure

As energy code requirements become more stringent and are enforced, it becomes more important to understand the trade-off paths that are found in the ASHRAE 90.1 standard and other regulations similar to ASHRAE 90.1.

This half day seminar will discuss ASHRAE Standard 90.1 and the role of the building enclosure to meet compliance with this energy code standard. The mandatory requirements and the three compliance path processes of the standard will be presented along with strategies to meet energy requirements and optimize the building enclosure design for energy efficient buildings. Methods to determine effective wall, roof and window R-values will be presented along with construction details to get the largest thermal benefit from insulation. The application of ASHRAE to LEED energy credits will be presented along with strategies that can be used to maximize potential points.

Graham Finch, M.A.Sc., EIT
Mike Wilson, M.Eng., P.Eng.
Brittany Hanam, M.A.Sc., EIT
Warren Knowles, P.Eng.
Dave Ricketts, M.Sc., P.Eng.
Date & Time
April 29, 2011. 12:00–4:45 pm
Roundhouse Community Centre
181 Roundhouse Mews, Vancouver, BC
Multimedia Room
Lunch will be provided.
Contact & RSVP
Elaine Collins, ecollins@rdhbe.com
Register at least one week prior to event please.
12:00–12:30 pm Lunch
12:30–2:30 pm Presentation
2:30–2:45 pm Break
2:45–4:45 pm Presentation/Q&A

4 Core LUs


BEEP Module II (April 7-8, 2011) – Cancelled

BEEP Module II Building Science: Theory, Design and Practice scheduled for April 7-8, 2011 has been cancelled due to lack of participants.

For those wishing to complete the AIBC’s Building Envelope Education Program (BEEP) please click here – (Professional Development web page) to review course descriptions and schedule.

The next course is BEEP Module IV Roles and Responsibilities and it is scheduled for Thursday, May 5, 2011. – 6 Core LUs


Construction Delay Claims Seminar

Women In Architecture – Vancouver is pleased to sponsor a lunch and networking session on Construction Delay Claims with speakers John Haythorne and Karen Martin of Fraser Milner Casgrain LLP. It takes place Thursday, April 7, 12:00 noon to 1:00 p.m. at The Granville Island Hotel, Vancouver. This event is open to all, both men and women, and will be of particular interest to architects, intern architects, engineers, engineers in training, construction managers, project managers, contractors, specifiers, and contract administrators. The $25 fee includes sandwich. Please bring exact change or check payable to “Women In Architecture”. Pre-registration is required as space is limited. Please e-mail confirmation to l.arpiainen@hcma.ca.


Advisory Design Panel Appointments for March 2011

The AIBC congratulates the following architects who have been appointed to serve on advisory design panels:

Delta Advisory Design Panel:
Stefan Aepli MAIBC
Tony Yip MAIBC
City of Surrey Advisory Design Panel:
Nigel Baldwin MAIBC
Robert Ciccozzi MAIBC
Walter Francl MAIBC
Tomas Wolf MAIBC

Thank you to all applicants expressing interest in volunteering to represent the profession.

Public Lecture on Architectural Excellence in High-rise Building Design

Can taller buildings set new standards in beauty and sustainability? The City of Vancouver will be hosting a public lecture and a special session on the subject of high-rise design in April. The special session of the Urban Design Panel will feature Jack Diamond (Diamond and Schmitt Architects, Toronto) and Rick Cook (Cook+Fox Architects, New York).

Public Lecture on Architectural Excellence in High-rise Building Design
Tuesday, April 19th, 2011 7:30 – 9:30pm
The Fairmont Hotel Vancouver
Pacific Ballroom
900 Georgia Street

Special Session of the Urban Design Panel
Technical Review of the Proposed Highrise Development at 1290 Burrard
Wednesday, April 20th, 2011 9:00 – 11:00am
The Fairmont Hotel Vancouver
Vancouver Island Ballroom
900 Georgia Street


Open-concept Architecture Transforms City

By Christopher Hume, Toronto Star
March 28, 2011

From Regent Park to the Ritz-Carlton, 60 Richmond to the Royal Ontario Museum, a new architecture of openness is remaking the city. The most obvious symbol of this phenomenon is the glass that has become the material of choice for buildings of almost any sort — cultural, corporate, condo, commercial, even health care. But more than glass, the new architecture is about connectivity. It seeks to bring people together, not keep them apart. It begins with the understanding that every building, like every person, is part of something bigger — a neighbourhood and its city. More …


CES Interim Transcripts

Between March 22-28, 2011, Continuing Education System interim transcripts were e-mailed to architects, architectural technologists, building designers and residential designers. The interim transcript includes all reported educational activities received by February 28, 2011. Please review your transcript to determine if it matches your own records. If you did not receive your interim transcript, or if you believe there are inconsistencies between some learning units on your transcript and your records, please contact Professional Development Coordinators Catherine Bolter (cbolter@aibc.ca) or Aleta Cho (acho@aibc.ca). The current CES reporting period ends June 30, 2011. You are required to report a minimum of 18 learning units by this date, of which a minimum of eight must be core learning units. Please be reminded that all self reports are to be completed online. If you need assistance with online reporting please contact the Professional Development Department.


How to Design a Building That Restores The Earth

By Katie Hyslop, TheTyee.ca
March 28, 2011

What if a building wasn’t just sustainable, but actually benefitted the environment? It’s a lofty goal, but the University of British Columbia is trying to achieve it with the construction of what they believe will be the greenest building in North America. More …


Breaking Free of ‘Podiumism’

By John Bentley Mays, Globe and Mail
March 24, 2011

If you really want to get Brad Lamb’s goat, show him a high-rise podium. The celebrity Toronto realtor and condominium developer hates podiums so much he’s even invented a word for Hogtown’s affliction by them. It’s podiumism. More …