Architectural Walking Tour

The AIBC summer walking tours program offers unique perspectives of the cities of Vancouver and Victoria. Tours in 2011 take place throughout the months of July, August and September. For more information, please see the following brochure. Alternately, you can call (604) 683-8588 or email

Vancouver Walking Tour Brochure (pdf)

Victoria Walking Tour Brochure – (pdf).

2012 Venice Biennale Competition for Young Canadian Architects

Organizers of Migrating Landscapes, Canadaʼs official entry to the 2012 Venice Biennale in Architecture, are hosting an open ideas competition for young Canadian architects and designers. This competition will be the main process for creating the content for Migrating Landscapes exhibition, which is themed around migration and cultural identity, and will examine how Canadians express their cultural memories and migrant experience through contemporary settlements and dwellings. The competition invites interested participants to reflect on their migration experiences and cultural memories, and to design dwellings onto a new landscape for inclusion in the exhibition. Submissions will take the form of video narratives and/or a constructed model. The year-long event will also generate regional exhibitions from coast to coast leading  up to the Venice Biennale. There are two entry categories: students, and practitioners & academics. Registration runs from August 1 to September 15, 2011. For detailed information including competition brief, and to register, visit

Urban Land Institute British Columbia – BC Place Tour: Go Behind the Scenes

For more than 25 years, BC Place has been an emblem of British Columbia. As the largest event facility of its kind in the province, it has hosted more than 26 million people since opening in 1983. There’s no doubt that the old BC Place has served the province well. There’s also no mistaking that parts of the stadium — especially the original roof — were fast approaching the end of their lifecycles. ULI invites you to go behind the scenes with guest speakers David Podmore and Roy Patzer of PavCo, as well as Doug Hamming MAIBC and Darren Burns of Stantec, to experience the soon-to-b-completed new BC Place. The $365 million upgrade includes interior improvements, a seismic upgrade and a cable-supported retractable roof that will turn the stadium into a new architectural signature for the province. Discussion topics will include rezoning challenges, overall master plan, future of the adjacent lands, construction challenges and lessons learned. It happens Tuesday, July 14, 2011, 3:00 – 5:00 p.m. at the stadium (777 Pacific Boulevard). There is a fee of $20 with net proceeds donated to BC Children’s Hospital. A limited supply of guest safety equipment will be available; registrants are strongly encouraged to bring their own steel-toed boots, hard hat, safety vest and safety goggles. Register at

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Robert Ivy on the Future of Architecture

The Dirt
June 22, 2011

At a meeting of the D.C. Chapter of the American Institute of Architects (AIA), Robert Ivy, the new CEO of the national organization and former editor of Architectural Record, said architects are already expanding their offerings beyond traditional building design to “supplemental services.” Eventually, architects may even become “creative consultants” to a wide range of industries, particularly given the drop-off in building work with the economic downturn. Business schools around the country are now promoting the benefits of “design-thinking” and architects may be uniquely positioned to “intuit, analyze, and solve problems in different ways.” Perhaps much the same can be said for landscape architects and other design professionals though. More …