The AIBC and ExAC

Negotiations continue with regard to the AIBC signing on as a participant in the Examination for Architects in Canada (ExAC). The institute believes that ExAC participation is worth pursuing as it would provide another valuable option for intern architects in this province. However, recognizing any benefits this may afford the AIBC’s IAs, it is a complex decision involving numerous factors such as the long-term viability of the program; its effect on U.S.A. inter-recognition; transition; accessibility; administration, support programs, and cost for both participants and the AIBC. Consideration must also be given to future participation in the  NCARB/AREs, in which many IAs are already invested, as well as the professional advantages which flow from reciprocal licensing with the U.S.A. While the AIBC is confident any concerns can be addressed, it requires diligence and careful consideration before an agreement is reached. It remains the AIBC’s hope and expectation that ExAC will be offered in the Fall of 2013. Meanwhile, the institute will keep you updated to the extent possible, bearing in mind that the status and details of negotiations are necessarily confidential until an agreement has been reached. Your understanding is appreciated, and your thoughts are welcomed.

Executive Director Michael Ernest  Architect MAIBC (

In Toronto, The New Mantra is: Build Tall, Live Small

By John Bentley Mays, Globe and Mail
March 22, 2012

After 60 years of relentless advance into every corner of Toronto and the surrounding region, suburban tract-house sprawl is slowing, and may be grinding to a halt. Blame it on the towers. A citizen of the Greater Toronto Area who hits the streets in search of a newly built home to buy these days is more likely than ever before to land in a condominium high off the ground. More … 

City of Vancouver Discussions on High-rise Buildings

Can taller buildings set new standards in beauty and sustainability? The City of Vancouver invites you to take part in another public lecture and special Urban Design Panel session on the subject of high-rise design:

Architectural Excellence in High-rise Building Design in Vancouver

This public lecture will feature visiting architects Stefan Behnisch (Behnisch Architeken, Germany) and Peter Clewes (Architects Alliance in Toronto). Discussion focus on higher buildings and sustainability. The lecture takes place Tuesday, April 10, 2012, 7:30 – 9:30 p.m. at SFU Harbour Centre, 515 West Hastings Street, Vancouver. This is a free event open to the public.

Urban Design Panel: Special Session

Interested members of the public are invited to observe a special meeting of Vancouver’s Design Panel that will focus on a technical review of the proposed high-rise development at 1400 Howe Street. It happens on Wednesday, April 11, 2012, 11:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. in the 1st Floor Town Hall of Vancouver City Hall,  453 West 12th Avenue.

Homeowner Protection Office – Building Smart #16: 2012 Code Changes – Safety, Efficiency and Sustainability

The Homeowner Protection Office, a branch of BC Housing, invites you to attend Building Smart #16: 2012 Code Changes – Safety, Efficiency and Sustainability. Presented by Murray Frank of Constructive Home Solutions Inc., this three-hour seminar focuses on the key Part 9 code changes to the B.C. Building Code and the Vancouver Building By-law. Participants will learn about the impact the new requirements will have on various regions throughout the province.  This seminar will be coming to 22 communities across the province throughout April and May. For additional information and a schedule, you can find the seminar brochure online at To register, go to