2011 Annual Meeting and Election

AIBC registrants will soon be receiving in the mail detailed information regarding the 2011 Annual Meeting,  AIBC Council and Intern Architect Liaison elections, and 2011 Members’ Forum (including members motions). Some of that information can also be found on the AIBC web site, including:

Watch for the President’s Report, Registrar’s Report, Treasurer’s Report and Executive Director’s Report, which will also be posted in the coming weeks.

Festival of Architecture Program

The 2011 Festival of Architecture Printed Program will begin to arrive in the mail later next week; alternatively, you can click here (updated) for a downloadable version (pdf, 2.4mb) today.

BCSLA Awards

Winners of the 2011 British Columbia Society of Landscape Architects Awards have been announced, and they include Maureen Connolly MAIBC in the Public Servant/Public Agency category. Connolly, through her work with the British Columbia Institute for Technology’s Centre for Architectural Ecology, was recognized for her support the professional role of landscape architects in the integrated design process for green roofs and living walls.

Honours for Britannia Mine Museum, TRB

The recently transformedBritanniaMineMuseumhas been awarded the 2011 Canadian Museum Association Award for Outstanding Achievement in Facility Development and Design. The museum was unanimously recognized for excellence in function, vision, innovation, and architecture, acknowledging its national significance and ambitious vision in creating a destination museum in a considerable short time frame. The long-standing site was reinvented in 2010 through a $14.7 million three-phase redevelopment project that turned a mining legacy site into a vibrant tourist destination. The redevelopment project focused on preserving the museum’s heritage buildings and mining collections while creating an enhanced visitor experience. In accepting the award, Executive Director Kirstin Clausen acknowledged the project’s many contributors including Vancouver-based TRB Architecture.

Jane’s Walk Vancouver 2011 – May 7 & 8

Update: 9 Walks Available Now. For more information, go to: http://janeswalk.net/cities/list/category/vancouver

Jane’s Walk is an annual series of free neighbourhood walking tours that helps put people in touch with their environment and each other by bridging social and geographic gaps and creating a space for cities to discover themselves. It honours the legacy and ideas of urban activist and writer Jane Jacobs who championed the interests of local residents and pedestrians over a car-centered approach to planning. Since its inception in 2007, Jane’s Walk has happened in cities across North America, and is growing internationally. Preparations are now underway for this year’s Vancouverevent, coordinated by Architecture for Humanity Vancouver. Local residents are encouraged to  get in touch and involved: lead a walk, become a volunteer or just cheer others on. Walks are led by anyone who has an interest in the neighbourhoods in which they live, work or hang out. Not only about architecture and heritage, these free tours offer a more personal take on local culture, social history and the planning issues faced by residents.

Construction Specifications Canada – Vancouver Island Chapter Luncheon

The next luncheon for Construction Specifications Canada’s Vancouver Island Chapter takes place Tuesday, May 10. The topic: Green Roof Technology – Materials, Performance & Design (and Site Tour). Green roof technology offers multiple environmental and economic benefits to urban areas, and is rapidly gaining popularity as a sustainable design option in North America. This presentation will provide an overview on green roof technology with a focus on the engineering performance and design considerations of green roofs for our unique west coast climate. Presenter Dr. Karen K. Y. Liu, Director of North American Research and Development for Xero Flor International, has been conducting green roof research for more than a decade, and has established afield facility dedicated to green roof research. She has also led the green roof research team at the British Columbia Institute of Technology’s Centre for the Advancement of Green Roof Technology. Her company has been successfully greening rooftops worldwide for more than 35 years. She will address how green roof systems can help achieve sustainability goals in such areas as energy saving, urban heat island mitigation, stormwater management and biodiversity enhancement. The presentation will also highlight the various categories where these systems can contribute to the Canada Green Building Council’s LEED® green building credits, and discuss building envelope details, installation and maintenance of green roof systems. This session will be held at the Ambrosia Conference and Event Centre, 638 Fisgard Street, Victoria, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:15 p.m., followed by a site tour of the green roof on the nearby Capital Regional District building. Also on the agenda is the chapter’s Annual General Meeting. The cost is $45 ($35 for pre-registered CSC members). For more information and to register, contact Chapter Chairman Terry Bergen at tbergen@rjc.ca or (250) 386-7794.

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Architectural Model Wanted

This year marks the 100th anniversary of the Journal of Commerce. To help celebrate, the JOC is looking for an architectural model to display at its 100th anniversary gala on June 9, as well as for a Journal of Commerce historical display at the AIBC office this summer. If you have an architectural model that you can loan to the cause, please contact Editor Bradley Fehr by phone(604-412-2260) or e-mail (bradley.fehr@reedbusiness.com).

BC Wood – Introduction to Lean Construction Basics

BC Wood invites you to take advantage of an introductory presentation on lean construction for architects, developers, contractors, and manufacturers and suppliers of wood-based building products. Construction projects can be complex and challenging to manage; broken schedules, escalating costs and unnecessary waste are common occurrences. ”Lean construction” advocates a better way to deliver construction projects, using a proven organizational structure and project delivery system that is focused on mitigating waste and increasing value to all project stakeholders. BC Wood has partnered with FPInnovations to offer this full-day seminar focused on methods to encourage collaboration among architects, developers, contractors and key suppliers that will maximize the value of building projects while minimizing waste in design and construction. It takes place Tuesday, May 17, from 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at the Hilton Metrotown, 6083 McKay Avenue, Burnaby. The seminar cost of $100 includes breakfast, lunch, program materials and hand-outs. For additional program and registration details, contact Roy Manion at rmanion@bcwood.com.

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Sustainable Architecture & Building Magazine

SABMag Continuing Education Resources

AIBC Registrants are reminded that Sustainable Architecture & Building Magazine (SABMag) is a registered education provider, and an approved source of self-reported learning units. SABMag, SAB Homes and the SAB Canadian Green Building Awards together represent one of the most significant sources of sustainable design information, practices and related products from the Canadian perspective. The magazine covers sustainable non-residential construction. SAB Homes focuses on green home building, and the SAB Canadian Green Building Awards annually awards the best Canadian green buildings as selected by a panel of independent design and building professionals. Learning units can be earned by reading designated articles, completing the related questionnaire, retaining a copy of the questionnaire for your own records, and submitting a self report. Recent questionnaires and self-reporting forms can be found online at http://www.sabmagazine.com/aibc-ceu.html.

Legacies, Lessons, and the Future: Harland Bartholomew’s Master Plan and Papers on the City of Vancouver, 1926-1948 – A Public Symposium

In celebration of the 125th birthday year for the City of Vancouver, and in collaboration with the City of Vancouver Archives, Bing Thom Architects is sponsoring the full digitization and public presentation of Harland Bartholomew’s Master Plan and Papers on the City of Vancouver. In 1926, Bartholomew and Associates was commissioned to develop the first master plan for the burgeoning city. While A Plan for the City of Vancouver British Columbia including Point Grey and South Vancouverand a General Plan of the Region was never officially adopted, it was the first major document to unite the city. From streets to parks to schools, Bartholomew’s vision set the stage for much of Vancouver’s current social, economic, physical, and cultural infrastructure. Beginning with this Master plan in 1926 until the end of his commission in 1948, Bartholomew wrote over 20 separate reports and documents, providing the first comprehensive urban visions and plans for today’s Vancouver. These documents will be freely available in a number of digital formats (http://vancouver.ca/archives/), and highlighted through a panel discussion on April 26, sponsored by Bing Thom Architects and the University of British Columbia School of Community & Regional Planning, to launch the project and provide a venue for public discussion of its significance. This public event will look back at the city that might have been, the metropolis that it has become, and the urban challenges and opportunities that lie ahead. It takes place Tuesday, April 26, 6:30 p.m. at Robson Square Theatre. Hosted by Eileen Keenan of Bing Thom Architects/BTAworks and facilitated by Peter Greenwell, Chair of the City of Vancouver City Planning Commission, panel participants include: Penny Gurstein, Director of UBC’s School of Community & Regional Planning and Centre for Human Settlements; Tom Hutton, Professor in UBC’s School of Community & Regional Planning and Centre for Human Settlements; Andrew Pask, Director of the Vancouver Public Space Network; and Gordon Price, Director of Simon Fraser University’s City Program. Archivist Leslie Mobbs will provide an introduction. Visit www.bartplan.eventbrite.com to register.