Responding to Concerns About Wood Frame Structures

John Ivison, Journal of Commerce
June 8, 2011

The column in the May 18 issue of the Journal of Commerce by Carolyn Campbell with the B.C. Ready Mixed Concrete Association significantly misrepresented the fire in the Remy in Richmond.

It notably confused the fire risk of a building under construction with the fire risk of a completed building. These risks are entirely dissimilar. More …

High-end Pre-fabrication Architecture Growing in Popularity

By Warren Frey, Journal of Commerce
June 8, 2011

Pre-fabricated architecture is transforming simple trailers and moving them to the cutting edge of design. Architect Tony Robins addressed the growing niche of high-end pre-fabricated architecture at the 2011 Festival of Architecture held recently at the Vancouver Convention Centre. Robins detailed how the modern history of pre-fabricated architecture began with caravans in the United Kingdom and trailer parks in North America, and said that in fact there’s a growing movement to build high-end modular homes that can be moved to a site by truck and then installed. More …

Saint-Michel Environmental Complex (SMEC) Soccer Complex Architecture Competition

This two-stage competition’s objective is to build a new covered soccer stadium (1,000 seats) and, at a later stage, an outdoor playing field at the Saint-Michel Environmental Complex (SMEC) in Montreal. The SMEC area use to be the Miron quarry and landfill site but has been converted to a major urban park in the last 15 years and where, most noticeably, the Cirque du Soleil has decided to build its headquarters. The SMEC is a model in sustainable development: hence, the new soccer complex is targeting a LEED-NC Gold certification. This is not an ideas competition: the laureate project will be built. (more…)

2011/12 AIBC Council

Following the results of the May 24 election, the following is your AIBC Council for the coming year:

Gordon Richards MAIBC MRAIC CP


Joan Hendriks  MAIBC

Tim Spiegel  PQS (LG Appointee)

Council Members:
James Belsheim (LG Appointee)
Robert Chester  MAIBC
Eszter Csutkai  MAIBC
Pierre Gallant  MAIBC MIRAC AAA
Veronica Gillies MAIBC MRAIC
Paula Grossman  MAIBC
Owen Pawson  LL.B  (LG Appointee)
Richard Peddie  Ph.D (LG Appointee)
Leslie Van Duzer
Lynne Werker  MAIBC
David Yustin  MAIBC

Liaisons to Council:
David Boswell BD
Michael Currie  AT
Jim Toy RID
David Zeibin  IA

2011 AIBC Volunteer Recognition

Congratulations to the following recipients of 2011 AIBC Volunteer Recognition Awards as announce at the Festival of Architecture on May 26:

Honorary Member Award:

  • George R. Humphrey B.Arch

Special Certificates of Recognition:

  • Scott Kemp MAIBC
  • Mark Whitehead MAIBC

The Barbara Dalrymple Memorial Award for Community Service:

  • Laurence (Chip) Barrett MAIBC
  • Alan Lowe MAIBC

Bulletin 81: Mandatory Continuing Education System: Reciprocity for Architects (MAIBCs) Resident and Registered Outside B.C.

The AIBC has issued Bulletin 81: Mandatory Continuing Education System – Reciprocity for Architects Living and Working Outside of B.C. This bulletin describes the protocols by which a B.C. registrant who is both registered and resident in another recognized licensing jurisdiction in Canada will now have the option of complying with the AIBC’s mandatory continuing education system via reciprocity. It is available online at here.

2011 AIBC Architectural Awards

2011 AIBC Architectural Award Winners

Congratulations to the following projects and firms, recipients of 2011 AIBC Architectural Awards as announced at the Presidents’ Dinner & Awards Gala on May 27:

Lieutenant-Governor of British Columbia Award in Architecture – Medal (2):

  • Arena Stage at the Mead Centre for American Theatre – Bing Thom Architects Inc.
  • Beaty Biodiversity Centre / Aquatic Ecosystems Research Laboratory – Patkau Architects

Lieutenant-Governor of British Columbia Award in Architecture – Merit (4)

  • The Cordova Street Stables – Gair Williamson Architect Inc.
  • Creekside Community Centre – Walter Francl Architecture Inc. and Nick Milkovich Architects Inc.
  • SAIT Parkade – Bing Thom Architects Inc.
  • Sauder School of Business – Acton Ostry Architects Inc.

AIBC Special Jury Award (3):

  • For Outstanding Programming and Place-making

The Woodward’s Redevelopment – Henriquez Partners Architects

  • In Recognition of Ingenuity

John Tizya Cultural Centre – Kobayashi + Zedda Architects Ltd.

  • For Elevating Infrastructure to Architecture

Ty-Histanis Community Infrastructure – David Nairne + Associates Ltd.

Further details could be found here. This year’s deliberations attracted more than 60 submissions. Appreciation goes out to all who submitted.

From The Vault: Vancouver’s Urban Landscape

The CBC Vancouver Archives and Vancouver Public Library are co-sponsoring a film screening and panel that will examine the urban landscape of Vancouver circa the 1960s. There will be three short films including a 1966 documentary on Arthur Erickson film that the panel will use as a jumping off point to discuss failed plans of the downtown core. Panelists include: civic historian John Atkin; urban planning critic Lance Berelowitz; Ray Spaxman, former Director of Planning for the City of Vancouver; and current City of Vancouver Director of Planning Brent Toderian. It happens Monday, June 20, 7:00 – 9:00 p.m. at the Vancouver Public Library Central Branch (Alice MacKay Room). Admission is free and seating is limited.