Why Don’t Architects Speak English?

By Knute Berger, Crosscut
March 26, 2012

Rick Santorum recently declared that as a condition of statehood, English must be the primary language in Puerto Rico. I know how he feels. If I were president, I might dictate that English be the primary language of architects and urban planners. Seattle is undergoing planning and “visioning” wherever you look, a way of keeping busy during the Great Recession, but also of preparing to meet the light at the end of the deep-bore tunnel. The waterfront is in the middle of re-conceptualization, sprawling South Lake Union is taking shape, the adjacent Denny Triangle is ripe for sprouting a new Amazon forest of towers amid what have been parking lots for half a century, and Seattle Center, looking at the Next50 on the anniversary of the fair, and has undertaken a competition for designers to re-imagine how the Memorial Stadium site and immediate surroundings could be remade as a modern civic space.  More … 

A Bridge Apart

Calatrava’s Calgary Peace Bridge breaks away from signature ‘fishbone’ structures
World Architecture News
March 26, 2012

This weekend, the city of Calgary celebrated the official opening of Santiago Calatrava’s Peace Bridge across the Bow River. The project was hindered by widespread dissatisfaction from the local community after Calatrava was selected by city officials in 2007 to conceptualise a landmark bridge without the presumed design competition, leaving many to resent the fact that local architects were overlooked for the scheme. More … 

Gustavson Appointed to AIBC Council

With the vacancy created by the recent resignation of Lynne Werker MAIBC from AIBC Council, Article 13 of the Architects Act stipulates that a replacement must be appointed by council  within one month to fill the vacancy.  I am pleased to announce that Karl Gustavson MAIBC MRAIC has accepted this appointment with the unanimous support of his council colleagues. Karl is a highly-regarded practitioner and an active contributor to the architectural community. He is a long-standing member of the AIBC’s Advisory Design Panel Committee as well as a past member of the Practice Board, and a supporter of Architecture Canada | RAIC at the local level. As a newly-appointed council member, Karl carries the same obligations, privileges, expectations and rights as any other council member. The length of his term is that of the resigned council member, expiring at the May 2012 annual meeting.


Gordon Richards MAIBC FRAIC CP
AIBC Council President

Fast Forward : Perspectives on Design

Fast Forward : Perspectives on Design brings together thinkers, doers and innovators in the fields of design, architecture and sustainable living. Featuring a morning seminar followed by master classes taught by top design professionals, this conference will pose questions, explore innovative themes, and offer a platform for skill development and the sharing of great ideas in an environment that fosters intellectual curiosity. Featured presenters include U.K. designer Johnny Grey and Michel Rojkind, an architect from Mexico City. It takes place Thursday – Saturday, May 3-5 in Vancouver. For more information, visit www.perspectivesondesign.eventbrite.ca.

Early Bird Registration Extended

Early bird registration for the 2012 AIBC Annual Conference has been extended to Sunday, April 8. Sign up by then for discounted pricing. This year’s gathering takes place May 9-11 at the Vancouver Convention Centre West, and features a full slate for professional development and networking opportunities highlighted by an opening night keynote address from acclaimed Chicago architect Jeanne Gang (link). New this year is a Thursday evening “movie night”, with a special screening of “How Much Does Your Building Weigh, Mr. Foster” (link). Out-of-towners will be particularly interested in a series of local site visits (link) offered on the Wednesday afternoon prior to the official start of the actual conference. Complete conference information and program information is available online at www.aibc.ca. Access to single sessions will be available starting April 9. Session space is limited, so do register early.