A West Vancouver Home by `The Other Guy’

By Adele Weder, Globe and Mail
November 26, 2011

“My parents were uncompromising: they never got talked into something they didn’t want,” recalls Kathleen Staples. She is speaking of the late Tom and Nancy Staples, whose architectural masterpiece of a family home is now on the market in West Vancouver. Tom Staples once told his daughter that getting the house built was the most difficult ordeal of his life, yet also the accomplishment of which he was most proud. More …

2011 AWMAC BC Awards of Excellence

Among the recipients for this year’s Awards of Excellence handed out annually by the British Columbia chapter of the Architectural Woodwork Manufacturers Association of Canada is architect Brad Lamoureux MAIBC. His firm, Lamoureux Architect Inc., was chosen for the Jack Sigurdson Award recognizing excellence in the design of architectural woodwork.

Is Postmodern Architecture on The Verge of a Comeback?

The movement peaked in the 1980s, but a comeback may be on the horizon
By Robert Campbell, Boston Globe
November 27, 2011

Why do fashions in architecture change so often? Buildings, after all, last longer than jeans. But they seem to go in and out of vogue almost as quickly. The question comes to mind because of a couple of recent omens that suggest we may be in for a revival of the style called postmodernism. More … 

RedVector – Online Courses

You are invited to take advantage of the wide range of online courses offered through RedVector. With a library of more than 1,000 interactive, web-based courses, RedVector is a leading provider of interactive online continuing education and training for the design and construction industries. Its innovative AEC Learning Management System incorporates the latest eLearning technology with convenient 24/7 access, full reporting, and live client support available seven days a week. To view their course offerings, go to http://www.redvector.com/.

Terrazzo Tile & Marble Association of Canada – Understanding the Basics of Ceramic Tile

This seven-hour introductory course covers the history of ceramic tile, its applications and uses, its various types, how it is made, specification, installation and maintenance. This is a web-based (online) course with continuous intake. You can register at http://www.ttmac.com/training-courses.html.

7 Core LUs

CACB Appointments

The Canadian Architectural Certification Board has announced its 2011-2012 Board of Directors and Executive Committee, including the reappointment of AIBC Council President Gordon Richards MAIBC MRAIC. The rest are as follows:

  • Ivan Martinovic  OAA MRAIC (President)

Canadian Licensing Authorities (CALA) & Canadian Council of University Schools of Architecture (CCUSA)

  • Carole Caron  AANB (Vice-President)


  • Bianca Lagueux  OAQ (Serretary-Treasurer)


  • Terrance Galvin  Ph.D. MRAIC


  • Branko Kolarevic  Ph.D


  • Lizbeth Guzman-Javalera

Canadian Architecture Students Association

It is the role of the CACB to assess and certify the academic qualifications of those holding a professional degree/diploma in architecture and who intend to apply for registration, along with responsibility for accrediting professional degree programs in Canadian university schools of architecture.

Architect’s Urban Intervention in Suburban-style Housing

By Hadani Ditmars, Globe and Mail
November 11, 2011

As you walk east from Vancouver’s 29th Avenue SkyTrain station, you are met by Renfrew Heights’s familiar mix of seventies-era Vancouver Specials and a few remaining prewar houses. The mix of stucco and brick Specials and fir-clad 1930s houses is what one expects in this family-oriented neighbourhood that borders Burnaby and features stunning mountain views. More … 

Rethinking Urban Renewal

The Dirt / American Society of Landscape Architects
November 23, 2011

Landscape architects were implicated in misguided urban renewal schemes, said Thaisa Way, PhD, ASLA, Associate Professor of Landscape Architecture, University of Washington at The Second Wave of Modernism II: Landscape Complexity and Transformation, a day-long conference organized by the Cultural Landscape Foundation at the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in New York City. Before Jane Jacobs and the many urban activists she inspired by her put a stop to the most egregious errors, habitats and landscape were destroyed, leading to the mass alienation of urban residents. Renewal was a horror, but then again, “people love the view of the Coliseum” in Rome (which really was one of the original urban renewal projects). More … 

Deadline: BC Building Code Public Review

This is a reminder that the review period for proposed changes tot the 2012 BC Building Code ends on Friday, December 16. The province’s Building & Safety Standards Branch, Office of Housing and Construction Standards has invited construction and development industry members as well as the public to comment on the proposed changes as well as several conceptual issues related to the industry. You are also invited your take part in policy discussion concerning Balancing Energy Efficiency and Housing Affordability; the Application of the BC Building Code to Existing Building; and Proposals for a Modern Building Regulatory System. To do so, access the online survey at http://www.housing.gov.bc.ca/building/bcbcsurvey/index.htm.

New Visions For The Viaducts – Vote For Your Favourites

By Brent Toderian, Planetizen
November 21, 2011

As my last post profiled, Vancouver is creatively working to define the future of our Georgia and Dunsmuir Viaducts – infrastructure that I’ve referred to as “the asterix” beside the statement that Vancouver has no freeways within our city. One of several inputs into that process is an open ideas competition called re:CONNECT. The deadline for submissions has come and gone, and we’ve been thrilled with the response, with 104 unique submissions from 13 countries (US, Mexico, UK, Ireland, France, Germany, Poland, Turkey, Slovenia, South Korea, Hong Kong, Australia and Canada). The international response is wonderful, but I’m particularly pleased with the number of local entries, showing the great energy and creativity around this key city-building question – 60% of the submissions were from Vancouver, and 75% from Metro Vancouver. More … 

Migrating Landscapes (BC) Special Event – Design Talks: Identity / BC

The Migrating Landscapes Organizer [Johanna Hurme, Sasa Radulovic and Jae-Sung Chon], Architecture Canada | RAIC and the Museum of Vancouver cordially invite you to Design Talks: Identity / BC.

Migrating Landscapes (BC) Jury Members will share their thoughts on the relationship between Identity and Design, as well as an informal dialogue on design in BC. Official selections from BC will be announced. The event will take place at the Museum of Vancouver on Friday November 25, 2011. Doors will open at 6:00 p.m. and the lecture will commence at 7:00 p.m. Refreshments will be served.

In Passing: Peter Sweeney

Peter Sweeney passed away on November 13, 2011 at the age of 67 after a struggle with cancer. Many members of the architectural community came to know and appreciate Peter in his role as a senior building official with the City of Vancouver, where he spent most of his professional career. A good friend of the AIBC, he was a highly active member of the Building Officials of British Columbia (BOABC), serving on various technical committees as well as a member of its executive. He also represented the City of Vancouver and the BOABC on various industry and government advisory groups, including the AIBC’s Regulatory Coordination Committee, helping to build a legacy of higher standards and understanding, all in the public interest. Peter is survived by his wife Frances, and sons Neil (Tanis), Greg (Sandy), Brian (Isabelle), Michael (Nicki), and Brent (Robin). In lieu of flowers, those wishing to make a donation in Peter’s name are encouraged to do so  to the Delta Hospice Society, 4631 Clarence Taylor Crescent, Delta, BC, V4K 4L8.

Heritage Vancouver Society – Future of St. Paul’s Hospital

Heritage Vancouver and St. Paul’s Hospital invite you to an evening of conversation concerning the future of one of Vancouver’s historic landmark buildings, St Paul’s Hospital. Project leader Bonnie Maples MAIBC will provide an overview of the hospital’s history, talk about plans for renewal of the hospital on its current site, suggest potential uses for the historic Burrard building, and touch upon some of the challenges in restoring the building. Following the presentation, participants will be invited to ask questions and suggest ideas that might assist the hospital with its important renewal project. It takes place Thursday, December 1, 2011 from 7:00 – 9:00 p.m. at St Paul’s Hospital (Providence Building), 1081 Burrard Street, Vancouver. Admission is free but registration is required at hvs-stpauls.eventbrite.com.

2 Core LUs

University of Victoria Continuing Studies – Heritage Conservation Planning Specialization Program: Heritage Conservation Planning (HA 489L)

This course will provide an overview of heritage planning, the field within heritage conservation that addresses and resolves proposed interventions to historic places in the context of community planning and development. The objective of heritage planning is to manage change wisely ; both individual historic places and collective places (e.g., historic districts) will both be considered. The instructor will draw illustrations from his practice as a professional heritage planner, as well as from the broader experience of heritage planning in Canada and internationally. This is not a general introduction to heritage conservation, nor is it a course on conservation architecture or technology. It is designed to meet the needs of professionals involved in the management of historic places, whether in the public or private sector and at any level from beginning heritage planner to senior decision-maker. Topics include:

  • the organization of the heritage sector;
  • the planning and legal infrastructure;
  • research and investigation;
  • surveys, inventories, and registers;
  • evaluation;
  • conservation standards;
  • assessment and mitigation of the impacts of proposed interventions;
  • conservation planning tools;
  • preparing a conservation plan;
  • public consultation;
  • sustainability;
  • conservation economics; and
  • conservation ethics.

Instructor Harold D. Kalman, Ph.D., LL.D is a heritage planner and architectural historian, and principal of the Vancouver office of Commonwealth Historic Resource Management Ltd. An honorary professor of architecture at Hong Kong University, he taught at the University of British Columbia before entering private practice. and continues to lecture and teach worldwide on conservation and cultural heritage. In 2006, he received the British Columbia Heritage Award followed by the Heritage Canada Foundation’s Gabrielle Léger Award for Lifetime Achievement in 2009. This on-campus course takes place March 12-17, 2012, with a registration deadline of February 13, 2012 (late registrations may be accepted if space permits). Visit http://www.uvcs.uvic.ca/aspnet/Program/Detail/?code=PSCHCP for further information and to register.

36 Non-core LUs

University of Victoria Continuing Studies – Heritage Conservation Planning Specialization Program: Conservation in Context – Changing Historical, Theoretical and Operational Perspectives (HA 489K)

Heritage conservation does not take place in isolation. This course will address the complex range of principles and practices that create a framework for effective heritage preservation and conservation planning and decision-making. The practical implications of international and national heritage conservation charters, principles, standards, and guidelines will be discussed, along with legal, programmatic, and financial incentives and constraints. As you consider the contexts that shape your heritage conservation activities, this course will strengthen your ability to:

  • trace the evolution of preservation and conservation activity in Canada and beyond;
  • work within a principled, systematically organized and systemic framework for conservation decision-making;
  • identify programs, funding opportunities, and other networks that support conservation activity;
  • distinguish between intervention, conservation and management planning for places of heritage value, and work with methodologies for each;
  • respect and integrate the values and interests of communities in conservation decision-making;
  • recognize the range of options for intervention, use and development (additions, modifications) that can be considered in managing historic properties; and
  • anticipate the implications for conservation decision-making on contemporary concerns for values-based approaches, sustainability, risk preparedness, monitoring effectiveness, building performance upgrading (seismic and fire codes, energy performance, accessibility requirements), cultural landscape and other holistic approaches, environmental assessment approaches; and shifting emphases in legal and institutional frameworks.

Instructor Alastair Kerr is an expert in heritage planning and historic resource evaluation, and a leading theorist in heritage conservation in Canada. For the past 33 years, he has worked for the British Columbia Heritage Branch where he has had extensive experience in policy development, strategic planning, historic resource evaluation, historic site and heritage planning, heritage law, public consultation and participation programs, downtown revitalization, dispute resolution, and training. This on-campus course runs January 30 to February 4, 2012, and the deadline for registration is January 3, 2012 (late registrations may be accepted if space permits). For further information and to register, go to http://www.uvcs.uvic.ca/aspnet/Program/Detail/?code=PSCHCP.

36 Non-core LUs