More AIBC Involvement on BCBC Appeal Board

Congratulations to Honorary Member George Humphrey and Ed Mackinnon MAIBC, who have been reappointed by the provincial government to its BC Building Code Appeal Board for a three-year term. They are joined by Maura Gatensby MAIBC, whose reappointed was acknowledged last week.

2012 AZ Awards

Starting January 2, 2012, entries are being accepted for the 2012 AZ Awards for Design Excellence, sponsored by Azure Magazine. This annual, international program, which  celebrates excellence in design and architecture, is open to architects, designers, landscape architects, clients, manufacturers and students for work completed prior to December 31, 2011. Winners will be selected by an international jury representing multiple design professions. Architectural award categories include Commercial & Institutional; Landscapes; Residential; and Temporary & Demonstration Spaces. Register at

Making Architecture Accessible, Pretense and All

By Matt Chaban, New York Observer
December 12, 2011

To the general public, architecture simply means buildings, maybe the occasional shiny rendering displayed on a blog such as this one or inside the sales pamphlet for an as-yet-unbuilt condo. It might be some Frank Lloyd Wrigh models lining the rotunda of his Guggenheim Museum. For Tina DiCarlo, architecture is so much more. The fact of the matter is the general public equates architecture with buildings, so if you talk to them about an architect, let’s say Rem’s Exodus drawings from 1972, if you say that’s architecture, somebody would say, “Well, how, it’s on paper? It doesn’t make sense.” How is a book architecture? How is text architecture? How are Tschumi’s Manhattan Transcripts architecture? It’s just a drawing.” More …

Building Must Improve Our Communities

By Alan Teramura, Daily Commercial News & Construction Record
December 13, 2011

The practice of architecture is, as we all know, regulated by provincial legislation designed to protect the public interest. This legislation is silent, however, on something that one would also expect to be inherent to the architect’s métier; that is, the aspiration that one’s actions leave the world a better place in a more general sense. More …