Update: Consensual Resolution Amendments to Architects Act

The AIBC has been seeking legislative amendments to authorize consensual resolution since the autumn of 2009, when a B.C. Court of Appeal decision involving the professional engineers led AIBC Council to put the institute’s successful consensual resolution process on hold pending statutory reform. Since that time, all charges of unprofessional conduct have been heard at formal disciplinary inquiries as the only statutory mechanism available. On November 3, 2011, Minister of Advanced Education Naomi Yamamoto introduced Bill 18: The Advanced Education Statutes Amendment Act for first reading. In doing so, she stated: “In this bill we will ensure the Architectural Institute of British Columbia may continue to engage in efficient and effective means of resolving disciplinary matters.”  This new bill would enshrine consensual resolution as an option to disciplinary inquiries for resolving professional conduct matters.  Bill 18 must now proceed through second reading, Committee of the Whole and third readings stages prior to coming into force. If enacted, the amendments would require AIBC members to pass a bylaw relating to consensual resolution practices and procedures.  Such procedures were previously established by AIBC Council in 2001 within the “Rules for the Professional Conduct Process of the AIBC”.  Updates on the status of this bill will be provided as it proceeds through the legislature. Questions can be directed to Director of Professional Conduct and Illegal Practice Thom Lutes at tlutes@aibc.ca.

Architecture Offers New Prescriptions For Building Health

By Lisa Rochon, Globe and Mail
November 11, 2011

This is what I see when I gaze into my crystal ball at the future of health-care design: a free-flowing Canadian hospital tuned into the needs of women, with a luminous pavilion marking its front entrance; a rehabilitation centre in Europe set in the quiet of a forest; and in Africa, magnetic neighbourhood centres of wellness to help stem the onslaught of chronic disease. More …