Our Heritage, Our Buildings

Many of the city’s landmarks date to the boom just before the First World War
By John MacKie, Vancouver Sun
April 6, 2011

Vancouver is known around the globe for its sparkling downtown of ultra-modern glass skyscrapers. But there are some magnificent older structures, as well. Here’s a snapshot of 10 of Vancouver’s best heritage buildings. It’s not an official list, but most of the buildings have Heritage A status on the city’s register, the highest ranking. More …


Summit AEC Technologies – Revit Architecture Foundations

Building projects are beginning to demand the use of Building Information Modeling (BIM). Revit Architecture forms the basis of a true BIM solution. This foundations course examines basic differences between modeling in Revit and standard CAD documentation. Participants are then taken through the basics of an entire Revit project and shown the capabilities of the Revit model. At the end of the course, attendees will be able to start work on a Revit project or become a useful member of a Revit project team. There are no prerequisites for this course, although knowledge of basic computer applications, building technology and construction is beneficial. This course will be of interest to architects, architectural technicians, designers, and project managers who want to gain a basic understanding of BIM with Revit.  It is not designed for CAD users who want to replace their current CAD program with Revit. The course will be held over three days, Wednesday – Friday, April 27-29 in Vancouver. For details, go to http://www.summitaec.com/trainingRAF.php.

19.5 Core LUs


Summit AEC Technologies – Revit Architecture In-Depth

As part of Summit Technologies’ structured implementation process,  it has developed a series of modules designed to provide training to facilitate creation and execution of specific deliverables for various project stages. These in-depth sessions are intended to provide “just in time” knowledge and procedures enabling project teams to leverage information in a BIM environment to arrive at stage specific deliverables in an efficient, timely manner. Specific deliverables and tasks are targeted. Examples common to a variety of project types include:

  • Space Planning, Conceptual Design and Presentation Drawings
  • Code Compliance Drawings, Room Data Sheets and Schedules
  • Creating Custom Content (casework, millwork, doors, windows, lighting fixtures etc.)
  • Drawing Mark-up and Review, Construction Scheduling and Contract Administration

This two-day course is well-suited to architects, architectural technicians, designers, and project managers and users who need to take their essentials knowledge to a higher level. Note: the concepts and discussions employed in these session may be beyond the understanding  of users new to Revit and those still unfamiliar with the concepts of BIM and the single model approach to building delivery. To ensure maximum benefit, it is suggested that session attendees have some Revit project experience and are currently involved in a project requiring specific deliverables. Some courses are suitable for novice users engaged in specific project tasks and can be effective as stand-alone sessions. It takes place Tuesday and Wednesday, April 19 and 20 in Vancouver. For more information and to register, visit  http://www.summitaec.com/trainingRAF.php.

13 Core LUs


IMAGINiT Technologies – Revit Architecture Conceptual Design & Visualization

As architects and designers begin a project, they frequently think about the overall massing of a building or the area of the footprint. Using Revit Architecture’s powerful Building Information Modeling (BIM) engine, this one-day online course covers tools for creating mass elements that can be modified into many shapes. Participants then add walls, roofs, and floors applied to the mass elements. The course also covers space planning tools for setting up areas for rooms, and applying colors to show the connections. For presentations and analysis, this course also shows how to create and render perspective views and create walkthroughs and solar studies. Fundamental topics include:

  • Creating in-place conceptual mass elements and conceptual mass families
  • Creating building elements from massing studies
  • Using rooms and areas for space planning and analysis
  • Creating perspectives, walkthroughs, and solar studies
  • Understanding the concepts of rendering and lighting

The eight-hour live web session will be held Wednesday, April 13, 6:30 a.m. – 2:40 p.m. PST. For more, go to http://rww.force.com/training/RWW_VFCourseDetail_New?id=a0N7000000FlV4YEAV.

8 Core LUs


IMAGINiT Technologies – Revit Architecture BIM Management

Building Information Modeling (BIM) addresses the entire building life cycle. Revit Architecture is a powerful BIM program that supports the ability to coordinate, update, and share design data with team members throughout the design, construction, and management phases of a building’s life. A key component in managing the BIM process is establishing a company foundation for different types of projects by creating standard templates and custom elements. Having this in place makes the process of any new project flow more smoothly and efficiently. The objective of this eight-hour online course is to enable participants who have worked with Revit to expand their knowledge in setting up office standards with templates that include annotation styles, preset views, sheets, and schedules, as well as creating custom element types and families. Fundamental topics include:

  • Creating custom templates with annotation styles, title blocks, and custom element styles
  • Creating schedules, including material takeoff schedules with formulas
  • Creating custom wall, roof, and floor types
  • Setting up a family file
  • Creating family geometry
  • Creating family types
  • Creating specific families, including custom doors and windows, in-place families, profiles, railings, and shared parameters

The live web training session takes place Tuesday, Apr 12, 6:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. PST. For more information and to register, visit http://rww.force.com/training/RWW_VFCourseDetail_New?id=a0N7000000FlV4TEAV.

8 Core LUs


The Lulu Series: Bing Thom

As part of its Lulu Series of public speakers, the City of Richmond presents Bing Thom CM MAIBC FRAIC AIA on “Transformative Architecture”. Thom, one of Canada’s most celebrated and accomplished architects, is a dedicated and artful city-builder with a rising global reputation. His Vancouver firm, Bing Thom Architects, has produced a portfolio of built work has earned praise not only for its inspired spaces and forms, but also the inspirational role its buildings play in the lives of communities. Thom will share his experience in the transformative power of architecture to uplift the physical, economic and social environment. The presentation is scheduled for Thursday, May 5, 7:00 p.m. at Richmond City Hall, 6911 – #3 Road. Seating is limited; please r.s.v.p. to lulu@richmond.ca.

IIDEX Call for Presentations

The deadline for submissions for the upcoming IIDEX has been extended to May 2, 2011. It takes place September 22-24, 2011 in Toronto. With more than 3,000 conference attendees and 75+ sessions, IIDEX is Canada’s largest conference focused on design, architecture and the built environment. Speakers and seminars will be selected based on varying criteria including: relevancy to the industry; timeliness; speaker experience; and how the particular topic compliments the overall seminar program. If you have an interesting seminar presentation or an idea that could be developed into an educational session, you are invited to submit your proposal at  http://www.iidexneocon.com/2011/presentations.php.


SAA Conference and AGM

Registrations are now being accepted for the Saskatchewan Association of Architects’ 2011 Conference and AGM, May 12- 14 in Regina. Featured session topics include “Net Zero Buildings: High Performance Enclosure Design” with Dr. Raymond J. Cole, Professor – School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture, University of British Columbia; and Dr. John Straube, Associate Professor – Department of Civil Engineering and the School of Architecture, University of Waterloo. For more information and to register, go to http://www.saskarchitects.com/web/2011-SAA-AGM.pdf.

BCIT Survey Request

The British Columbia Institute of Technology is currently conducting a needs assessment to determine the feasibility of introducing a Bachelor of Technology in Interior Design program. With this in mind, AIBC registrants are invited to take part in a short (5-10 minute) survey. Your feedback is valued as BCIT strives to develop a program that meets the current and future needs of the interior design industry. Your assistance with this research is greatly appreciated, and all responses will remain confidential. To access the survey, go to http://survey.bcit.ca/wsb.dll/s/8g117. The deadline is Thursday, April 21, 2011. Should you have any questions, please contact Tiia Manson RID, Program Head, Part-time Studies – BCIT Interior Design Department, by phone (604-456-81470 or e-mail (Tiia_Manson@bcit.ca).