Call for Presentations: 2012 AIBC Annual Conference (Deadline Extended)

Presentation submissions are now being accepted for the 2012 AIBC Annual Conference, which will take place May 9-11 in Vancouver. Those interested in speaking, participating in panel discussions or facilitating interactive workshops are invited to bring forth a proposal. Session topics will span four distinct streams: Art; Business; Technology; and expansion on the conference theme of “Elevation: Reaching Higher Ground”. This year’s theme represents not only architecture’s physical impact on the built environment, but also the importance of setting new standards for architectural excellence, raising the level and quality of dialogue around the profession and, in doing so, growing the level of public awareness and connectedness with architecture. Like the theme, this conference will look beyond typical practice and respond to the growing changes in the way architectural services are being delivered with sessions that are eye-opening and thought-provoking. The extended deadline for submissions is December 15, 2011 with program selections made by mid-January. For additional information and submission forms, click here.

Surrey NewCity Awards

AIBC firms were well-represented at the first ever NewCity Design Awards, which recognize the most significant accomplishments in city-building for the City of Surrey. The awards were announced on Tuesday, October 25. Winners were selected by an independent jury of city-building professionals that consisted of architect David Down FRAIC from the City of Calgary, Seattle architect Susan Jones FAIA, and landscape architect Margot Long from Vancouver. Awards of Excellence were given in each of eight categories, including:

  • Commercial: Bing Thom Architects for Central City Office Tower and Retail Area
  • Commercial: ABBARCH Architecture Incs and Maruyama & Associates for Colebrook Business Centre
  • Government and Institutional: Bing Thom Architects and Phillips Farevaag Smallenberg Landscape Architects for Surrey City Centre Library
  • Interiors: Bing Thom Architects and Fast + Epp Engineers for Central City Atrium and Retail Galleria
  • Large Scale Residential: MCM Partnership, Creekside Architects, and DMG Landscape Architects for Morgan Crossing
  • Medium Scale Residential: Integra Architecture and DMG Landscape Architects for Salus,
  • Renovation and Adaptive Re-Use: Taylor Kurtz Architecture + Design for Kensington Prairie Community Centre
  • Small Scale Residential: Formwerks Architectural and DMG Landscape Architects for Nature’s Walk Townhouse Project

This marked the inauguration of the awards program, which will take place every two years.

2012 Wood WORKS! BC Wood Design Awards

Submissions are now being accepted for the 2012 Wood Design Awards. These annual awards honour excellence in wood-based projects including innovative structural and architectural use of wood, and recognize the people and organizations that are pioneering and achieving this objective. Categories include: Architect; Engineer; Residential Wood Design; Multi-Unit Residential Wood Design; Commercial Wood Design; Institutional Wood Design (both large and small); Interior Beauty Design; Green Building; Wood Innovation; the Western Red Cedar Award; and the  BC Premier’s Wood Champion. The deadline for nominations is February 1, 2012, with the awards announced on March 5, 2012. For further details and nomination forms, go to

How Campuses Are Being Made More Livable

By Philip Fine, Globe and Mail
October 24, 2011
Architect Gilles Saucier was recently given a great compliment. An individual working in a building he designed told him how much he now enjoys going to work. University administrators seem to know all too well the rejuvenating powers that a good space can offer its dwellers and seem to have harnessed that power for their recruitment and fundraising strategies. They’ve also been getting architects to help tame sprawling campuses or make traditional downtown campuses more green. More … 

Building Envelope Education Program (BEEP) Module V

This is your last chance in 2011 to take this course which focuses on the design and construction of building separators of more extreme environments and emerging technologies.  If you have already taken our Building Envelope Education Program (BEEP) Modules I – IV and want to attend the final course of the program, or if you’ve completed the Building Envelope Principles course and want to know more, then this is the course for you. It will be held on Thursday, December 1 at the AIBC offices. Downloadthe course registration form from the AIBC’s  Professional Development web site at Please send your completed registration as soon as possible to Professional Development Coordinator Aleta Cho via e-mail ( or fax (604-683-8568).

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Wood WORKS! BC – Wood Design Fall 2011 Luncheon Conferences: Innovative Wood Design – both in Europe and here in BC

November 29    Delta Grand Okanagan Resort, Kelowna

December 1       Delta Ocean Pointe, Victoria

December 2       Vancouver Island Convention Centre, Nanaimo

10:00 a.m.:  Building Enclosure Design Guide, Wood-Frame Multi-Unit Residential Buildings 

A new reference guide is now available for industry professionals involved with the design and construction of multi-unit, wood-frame residential buildings. Dave Ricketts of RDH Engineering, on behalf of the Home Owners Protection Office, will provide an overview of the guide including the behaviour of wood; the fundamentals of heat, air and moisture control; and the new building enclosure energy provisions mandated by the BC Building Code and the Energy Efficiency Act. His presentation will touch upon design guidance specific to assemblies, details, components and materials, as well as the maintenance and renewal of the building enclosure. The use of wood frame construction in five- and six-storey buildings will also be discussed.

11:00 a.m.: The Development of the Wood Economy in Switzerland: From Today’s Factors to Tomorrow’s Prospects

Now and in the future, conditions and challenges of the global wood economy will be focused on the scarcity of resources; the “green movement”; superior safety and health requirements for construction and interior products; and economic efficiency. In 2011, Switzerland was ranked first on the Global Innovation Index compiled by INSEAD business school; innovation in wood science, technology and design skills have been part of the reason for this achievement. The wood sector in Switzerland has benefitted from these efforts, and over the past 25 years has demonstrated some interesting aspects and achieved a strong measure of success. In this session Dr. Heiko Thoemen and Ronald Grioud, professors at Bern University of Applied Sciences, will discuss wood innovation as well as considerations about strategies, technologies, design, products, sustainability and the market. Potential solutions will also be presented, including efficiency increases for raw materials and energy, product innovation, new application fields, process optimization, and the creation of networks between architects, wood engineers others in the wood trade.


1:00 p.m.: Lessons From the Living Building Challenge

The Okanagan College Centre of Excellence in Sustainable Building Technologies is accelerating sustainability by striving to attain Living Building standards in a large-scale educational building. Opened in September 2011, it is one of the biggest completed projects to seek Living Building certification, and is at the forefront of sustainable design in North America. Innovation is evident from the design process to the development of prototype composite wood wall systems. This presentation will address the challenges and successes of the project. Representatives from CEI Architecture will outline the critical need for teamwork and holistic design in the pursuit of ambitious and practical sustainability.

Each three-part lecture takes place from 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.  Register online at

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Creating Atmospheres with Luciano Giubblei

As part of the Garden Design Lecture Series, the British Columbia Society of Landscape Architects and the University of British Columbia’s School of Architecture + Landscape Architecture present Italian-born, UK-based garden designer Luciano Giubblei to speak on “Creating Atmospheres”. Giubblei has won numerous garden industry awards for creating gardens that are living blends of art and architecture. In this free lecture, he will explains how and why he designs gardens, and demonstrate the composition of atmospheric layers to create a unique design. It happens Friday, November 18, 7:00 – 9:00 p.m. at UBC Robson Square, 800 Howe Street, Vancouver. Note: seating is limited so please reserve in advance. Go to