Club AIBC June 2011 Updates – Playland 2011 PlayPasses

Club AIBC is brought to you by the Architectural Institute of BC (AIBC). This program is designed to provide you with valuable insider discounts on the products and services you want and need. Offers can be redeemed in a variety of ways – online, in-store and by phone. Go to to find out more.

June Features:

Playland 2011 PlayPasses

Buy your Season and One-Day PlayPasses online now and SAVE up to $5 off the regular gate price.

*Merchants and offers are subject to change and availability without notice.

Festival Lost & Found

Amongst the few items left behind at the 2011 Festival of Architecture is an elegantly designed pocket knife that may have some sentimental value to its rightful owner. If it is yours, please contact the Professional Development Department (

Heritage Vancouver Society – Preserving Modernist Buildings in Vancouver: How Well Are We Doing?

Heritage Vancouver welcomes a trio of guest speakers for two fascinating presentations on different approaches to the preservation of distinctive Modernist Architecture in Vancouver. The evening begins with a presentation by artist Gregg Simpson and writer John Mendoza, who will discuss award-winning buildings designed in the 1940s and ‘50s. This will be followed by University of British Columbia Architect Gerry McGeough MAIBC, who will outline some the successes in preserving and updating U.B.C.’s mid-century modern buildings in the context of the university’s renewal program. It takes place Thursday, June 16, 2011 at the Museum of Vancouver, 1100 Chestnut Street, from 6:45 – 9:00 p.m. The cost is $5 (free to Heritage Vancouver members). For more information, please contact

2 Core LUs

Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of British Columbia – Guards: Making It Right

This seminar is intended to educate design and construction professionals, as well as building authorities, on the various issues surrounding person guards that are common on many residential and commercial projects in North America, with emphasis on B.C. codes and practices. The ultimate aim is to improve, through cooperation and teamwork between disciplines and trades, the overall quality and success rate of guards on B.C. building projects in the province. Topics include:

  • Behavior of guards as structural systems
  • Part 3, Part 4 and Part 9 loading requirements
  • Validity of lateral loads
  • Serviceability requirements
  • Basics of guard systems in various materials. along with strengths and weaknesses of each system
  • Importance of professional responsibility for guard designs

Time will be set aside for questions and discussion. This half-day, two-part seminar is scheduled for Wednesday, June 22. Note: the late session will be more technical in nature, and is particularly suited for professional engineers and engineers-in-training. For details and to register, visit or contact Professional Development Coordinator Shirley Chow at

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2011 Advocate for Architecture Awards

Do you know of someone who is tireless in his or her promotion of architecture in B.C.? Is there an unsung hero who deserves recognition for their efforts to raise the profile and public awareness of the profession? The goal of the 3rd Annual Advocate for Architecture Awards, hosted the B.C. Chapter of Architecture Canada, is to recognize architectural professionals, emerging practitioners and members of our community whose efforts have increased society’s awareness and appreciation of the significant role architecture plays in our lives. These awards celebrate those whose work and dedication to improving the built environment have made a difference and who might not be recognized through traditional architectural award programs. Nominees should have furthered the public’s awareness and appreciation of design excellence through their leadership or outstanding service to the community in the area of architectural or environmental design advocacy. Award categories include:

  • Professional – to an individual trained in architecture who, through his/her influence as a client, project manager, volunteer, teacher or approving authority, has encouraged the profession and fostered the creation of good architecture;
  • Emerging Practitioner – to a student, intern architect or recently registered professional whose work or other activities has furthered the appreciation of architecture and the built environment; and
  • Community – to a member of our community whose appreciation and advocacy for architecture and architects have improved the environment and our communities.

Winners will be announced at the third annual BC Chapter of Architecture Canada Awards Dinner, Wednesday October 12, 2011 at the Italian Cultural Centre, 3075 Slocan Street, Vancouver. The cost is $65/person with all proceeds raised from this dinner will go towards future B.C. Chapter speaker series events and the advocacy of architecture in B.C.. Seating is limited, so please register early. For more information and tickets, visit

2011 Sustainability Congress – Future of the Region: Building a Shared Roadmap

Imagine the future: Is it the best of times? Or the worst of times? Is the Metro Vancouver of the future a place of want and insecurity? An environmental wasteland devoid of hope? Or will it be one of social cohesiveness and environmental responsibility, supported by a vibrant and equitable economy? Be part of Metro Vancouver’s 2011 Sustainability Congress on Saturday, June 25, 2011 at the Fairmont Waterfront in Vancouver. Against a backdrop of two divergent visions, the congress will engage citizens in a candid conversation about the future of the region. A panel of distinguished community leaders, moderated by commentator and journalist Vaughn Palmer, will weigh in on the impact of five global uncertainties (energy, food, climate change, dematerialization and security) that are profoundly shaping our lives and our region. Congress participants will then break into concurrent sessions in which they will further discuss these issues, followed by a closing plenary. Panellists include Tung Chan, Director – The Vancouver Foundation; Stephen Owen, VP – External, Legal & Community Relations, University of British Columbia; Robin Silvester, CEO – Port Metro Vancouver; and Bing Thom CM MAIBC FRAIC AIA, Principal & Creative Director – Bing Thom Architects; You can register online at For more information on the 2011 Sustainability Congress, please visit the congress website ( or contact the Corporate Relations Department at

Toronto Team Designs Architectural Shot Heard ’round The World

By Dave LeBlanc, Globe and Mail
Thursday, June 2, 2011

It could have been called “Clam House.” Also considered were “C-Section,” “Shade House,” and “PHNOSS,” which stands for “Passive House New Orleans Shotgun Style.” Today, despite the agreed-upon and somewhat pedestrian moniker of “Low Cost/Low Energy House,” this design by local good guys Sustainable.TO can also be called No. 1 with a Bullet. Announced last month, the young firm — with the experienced “green” hands of principal Paul Dowsett at the helm—was awarded first place in an international competition hosted by websites and More …

ABBARCH in Shanghai

Vancouver-based ABBARCH Architecture Inc. has opened a new office in Shanghai, China. Located in the Luwan District, the office will focus on projects for existing international clients and a further international presence in Asia.

In Passing: Stuart Stanley Lefeaux

Stuart Lefeaux Hon. Mem. passed away on Wednesday, June 1. He was 92. Stuart was born and raised in British Columbia. In 1945, he graduated from the University of British Columbia with a degree in Civil Engineering. He went to work for the Vancouver Board of Parks & Public Recreation, eventually becoming the board’s superintendent. A strong advocate for public facilities, he oversaw the creation of numerous important, iconic public spaces including the Bloedel Conservatory, Stanley Park Seawall, Stanley Park Zoo, Vancouver Aquarium and VanDusen Botanical Gardens. In 1971, the AIBC granted Lefeaux the status of Honorary Member. After his retirement in 1979, Stuart carried on his lifelong passion for music, travel, golf, fishing and the outdoors. He was predeceased by his wife Louise in 2007, and is survived by his son Peter and daughter Ruth. A celebration of his life for family and friends was held on Thursday, June 9, at the Stanley Park Teahouse, 2011. Those wishing to make a donation in his name are encouraged to support the Bloedel Conservatory (c/o VanDusen Botanical Garden Association (5251 Oak Street, Vancouver, B.C., V6M 4H1).

Design Exchange Awards Call For Submissions

Submissions are now being accepted for the 20th Annual Design Exchange Awards (DXA), which honour Canadian design excellence and recognize the critical role of design in all types of organizations including commercial entities (large and small businesses), not-for-profit organizations, and the public sector. The awards celebrate the success stories achieved through close partnerships between clients and designers in the fields of architecture, engineering, fashion, industrial design, interior design, landscape architecture, urban design and visual communications. The early bird deadline for submissions is July 4; final deadline is September 30, 2011. For more information about the award categories, eligibility and criteria, please visit