Architects on Affordable Housing

The City of Vancouver has launched an initiative to tackle the growing issue of housing costs, with the intent of increasing the supply of affordable housing in Vancouver with a broad range of dwelling types to meet the needs of the city’s increasingly diverse population. Part of the Mayor’s Task Force on Housing Affordability is a working group led by select members of the architectural community along with leading local developers. The Working Group on Form and Design’s primary goal is to identify existing design and building code requirements that may be unnecessarily adding to the cost of various forms of affordable housing including social housing, laneway housing, rental, and home ownership units catering to more modest income households. It will also be considering other building form and design issues that may assist the task force in its deliberations.

In researching and preparing a report for the Mayor’s Task Force on Affordable Housing, this working group, chaired by Michael Geller MAIBC FCIP, invites input from design and construction experts including architects, engineers, code consultants and others who work in the built environment. AIBC members and other registrants are invited to take part in an open forum on Tuesday, March 6, 4:00 to 5:30 at the AIBC Office, #100 – 440 Cambie Street, Vancouver.

This is your opportunity to share insight, opinions and ideas for how to improve the efficiency and applicability of standards and requirements that impact the long-term  affordability of housing in Vancouver. To confirm your participation in this important discussion, please r.s.v.p. via e-mail by Friday, March 2 to

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