2012 ARE Preparation Seminars

2012 ARE Preparation Seminars: Professor Gustavo E. Mibelli and Professor David Thaddeus

The following seminars present techniques, strategies and skills invaluable to any intern architect preparing for the Architect Registration Examinations 4.0.

ARE Preparation Seminar – Building Systems (2-day seminar)
Professor Gustavo Mibelli will be coming to Vancouver to present his two-day intensive Building Systems seminar. The course will be held September 8 and 9, 2012 at the AIBC offices (100 – 440 Cambie Street, Vancouver). This seminar was offered for the first time last year with great success and so we would like to give other interns the opportunity to attend this year. Registration is now open and available online – click here.

Gustavo E. Mibelli AIA has taught architecture for more than 25 years. As an architectural professor, he often guided an integrated design studio that incorporated systems, materials, and structures. He was born in Caracas, Venezuela, and currently works as a Senior Project Manager in Charlotte NC. He has degrees from North Carolina State University, Universidad Central de Venezuela, and Universidad Simon Bolivar. He has taught his ARE Mechanical and Electrical / Building System seminar in Jacksonville Fl, Raleigh NC, San Juan PR, San Francisco Ca, Charlotte NC, Anchorage AK, New Orleans LA, Atlanta GA, Houston TX and Dallas TX.

REGISTRATION DEADLINE: Friday, August 31, 2012.
For more information about registration, contact Vicki Charman, Admissions and Administration Coordinator via email – vcharman@aibc.ca, or telephone – 604.683.8588 x. 313.

ARE Preparation Seminar – Structural Systems (3-day seminar)
Professor David Thaddeus is coming to Vancouver to present his three-day intensive Structural Systems Seminar. The course will be held November 9-11, 2012 at the AIBC offices (100 – 440 Cambie Street, Vancouver). This seminar offers three full days of workshops, mock exams and questions & answers that will focus on preparing Intern Architects for the Structural Systems division of the ARE 4.0. These workshops present techniques, strategies and skills that are invaluable to any IA preparing for this exams. Prof. Thaddeus has brought his seminar to Vancouver for the past four years and each one proved to be invaluable to the interns who attended.  Registration is now open and available online – click here.

David Thaddeus is Associate Professor of Structures and Architectural Design at the College of Architecture, in the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. Before that, he was at the Gerald D. Hines College of Architecture, University of Houston. While teaching at the University of Houston, he developed a review course for the General Structures and Lateral Forces Divisions of the Architect Registration Exam (ARE) and first offered the course to interns in 1989. Professor Thaddeus continues to teach his ARE Review course across North America.

REGISTRATION DEADLINE: Wednesday, October 31, 2012.
For more information about registration, contact Vicki Charman, Admissions and Administration Coordinator via email – vcharman@aibc.ca, or telephone – 604.683.8588 x. 313.


Okanagan College: Green Building Design & Construction Certificate Program

Okanagan College is pleased to announce the offering of the Green Building Design & Construction Certificate program.  This program is offered online from September 17, 2012 to Feb 28, 2013.  Two weeks of the program are held on-campus at the Jim Pattison Centre of Excellence building in Penticton. To learn more, visit:  http://www.okanagan.bc.ca/greenbuilding.


Light House Sustainable Building Centre

Market Insights: Are We Happy? Green Building Materials and Rating Systems

From thermal bridging solutions to regenerative elevator systems and integrated computerized building operations, the building technology landscape is changing. At the same time, green rating systems continue to evolve and have become an integral part of the built environment. BOMA BESt has just come out with version 2.0, and LEED NC is set to release version 4 in 2013. Are green rating systems shaping building technologies or is the pace of technological innovation dictating the evolution of rating systems? Is this relationship helping or hindering the attainment of higher performance and environmentally preferable buildings? Join panelists Miranda Gardiner, (Senior Sustainability Specialist, Stantec), Sébastien Garon, (Principal, Sébastien Garon Architecture + Design), Patti Southard, (Program Manager, King County’s “GreenTools” Program) and  Wayne Ward, (Commercial Director, BRE Canada) in a discussion on the impact these two forces are having on each other, and get a glimpse of exciting current and emerging green building technologies to incorporate into your next project. It takes place Tuesday, September 18, 2012, 7:30  – 10:00 a.m. at B.C.I.T. Downtown Campus, 555 Seymour Street, Vancouver. Register online at http://marketinsights2012.eventbrite.com/?ebtv=C.

1.75 Core LUs

Call for Submissions: Redefining the West Coast Spirit Exhibition

July 26, 2012

Call for Submissions:
Redefining the West Coast Spirit Exhibition

The Architectural Institute of British Columbia invites submissions for its upcoming exhibition entitled Redefining the West Coast Spirit – Emerging West Coast Firms with Connections to the Land. This is an open call to AIBC-registered firms that represent emerging West Coast talent.


This exhibition will highlight the work of new and emerging architectural firms demonstrating leadership and commitment to West Coast Modernism. As such, firms should be in their first 10 years of practice. The exhibition is intended to ask and answer questions about what defines an evolving West Coast Modernism style, and how a new generation of practitioners is connecting its work to the West Coast environment.

In this exhibition the AIBC will feature the next generation of B.C. talent by profiling the work of relatively new and emerging firms.The exhibition is meant to provide emerging architects, designers and others an opportunity to showcase their own ideas about designing buildings, spaces and places in our unique coastal environment in an age of sustainability. The exhibition is also intended to provide the public with a glimpse into the creative process and technologies that shape today’s West Coast architecture.

Given the nature of this exhibition – an examination of the evolving ideas around West Coast Modernism and regionalism – this exhibition will have special focus on the design process that leads to West Coast Modernism and the work created.

Submissions should include whole projects, which may be buildings, spaces, landscapes, and places. Subject matter is not limited to actualized projects; both completed and purely ideas-based representations are welcome. The subject matter should support the exhibition theme of connections to the land. Projects should convey a sense of “groundedness” and place within their settings, and contribute to one’s understanding of West Coast Modernism.


There is no charge to submit a proposal for exhibition consideration. Please include the following in your submission:

  • Contact information including: submitter’s name and professional designations, firm name, address, phone number and e-mail address.
  • A written summary of the submission that addresses the following:
    • Curriculum Vitaes for each firm principal;
    • Date that the firm’s Certificate of Practice was issued;
    • Firm philosophy (one page maximum);
    • Firm design process (one page maximum);
    • A statement of firm’s view on West Coast Modernism (one page maximum);
    • A 500-word narrative (conceptual framework and project description) of at least three completed projects and how they relate to the firm’s philosophy and exhibition theme; and
    • Additional 500-word narratives for each un-built project submitted.
    • A CD or DVD containing low resolution (1090 pixels wide) digital files of the display panels and supplemental media that will be used to represent the firm’s work in the exhibition.

Submission Deadline:

Submissions should be sent to the AIBC offices at #100 – 440 Cambie Street, Vancouver, BC, V6B 2N5. The deadline for submissions has been extended to Friday, September 7, 2012. Those selected will be contacted by Wednesday, September 19, 2012.

Selection Process and Criteria:

Submissions will be reviewed and curated by the AIBC Gallery Advisory Committee and, unique to this exhibition, special curator consultant James Tuer Architect AIBC AIA BCSLA CSLA NCARB, principal of JWT Architecture and Planning and past recipient of the AIBC’s Emerging Firm Award.

It is anticipated that between 8 to 10 submissions will be chosen for the final exhibit. While entry is open to all AIBC-registered firms, given the subject matter of this exhibition, preference will be given to emerging B.C. firms that have maintained a practice for between three and 10 years.

Consideration will be given to proposals conveying a high level of design with specific consideration to the following:

  • Works of architecture that have been the subject of at least three articles, publications, exhibitions or other public presentations;
  • Firms crossing the boundaries between landscape and architecture and whose works (both built and un-built) speak to the unique West Coast landscape and environment;
    • Emerging firms that have taken it upon themselves to define West Coast architecture in their daily practice;
    • Demonstrated completed projects that illustrate the firm’s philosophy and how it represents the West Coast spirit; and
    • Submissions that draw the connection between design process and the final execution of work. Note: un-built projects – such as competition entries, research projects and  “the ones that got away” – are welcomed.

Entrants must have the rights for all ideas and images submitted, and all work must be accurately attributed as per AIBC standards. For specific AIBC attribution requirements pertaining to AIBC members and other registrants, please review Bulletin 44: Attribution: Giving and Taking Credit for Architectural Services.

The Exhibition:

If selected for this exhibition, participants will be required to produce and provide at least four but no more than six 30”x30” display panels that incorporate both text and images demonstrating the features of the submission that capture the spirit of West Coast Modernism. All boards must include accurate attribution information. Entrants are also encouraged to make use of design process sketches, renderings, diagrams, construction details and other visual representations including models. Each submission must also include a DVD containing labelled digital files of all submitted imagery (minimum resolution of 300 dpi at approximately 8”x10” size).

All exhibition materials must be received at the AIBC Offices by Wednesday, September 26, 2012 at 5:00 p.m.

The resulting exhibition will be on public display in the AIBC Gallery (#100-440 Cambie Street, Vancouver) from approximately October 1 to November 12, 2012. Opportunities for exhibition at other venues may also be considered.

In addition, a digital version of the exhibition may be created for present and/or future use by the AIBC and its curator consultant.

Important Notes:

  • This is not a competition; prizes will not be awarded.
  • Each submitter is responsible for covering any costs related to the Call for Submissions process and the production of exhibition materials.
  • While all submission ideas remain the intellectual property of the submitters, the AIBC and its curator consultant reserve the right to promote, reproduce and display these materials for online, mounted exhibition, print publication and media purposes.
  • If necessary, the AIBC Gallery Advisory Committee reserves the right to select some but not all panels submitted to accommodate this exhibition in future venues.
  • All exhibition parameters, including dates, are subject to change.


For questions or more information, please contact the AIBC Communications Department at communications@aibc.ca.

Simon Fraser University City Program

Urban Design Certificate Program: Economic Fundamentals (URBD 785)

In this two-day course, the relationships between economics and urban form will be explored from three perspectives: private sector, public sector and public/private partnerships. Under the leadership of instructors Michael von Hausen MLAUD MCIP CSLA LEED AP (President, MVH Urban Planning and Design, Inc.), Paul Rollo MBA and Gerry Mulholland (G.P. Rollo and Associates Ltd., Land Economists), participants will examine case studies and discover how economic factors from market analysis to detailed cost considerations influence urban design. It happens Friday and Saturday, November 16-17, 9:00 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. at SFU Harbour Centre, 515 West Hastings Street, Vancouver. For details and registration, visit http://www.sfu.ca/continuing-studies/programs-and-courses/area-of-study/community-development/urban-design.html.

14 Non-core LUs

Urban Design Certificate Program: Urban Transportation – Planning and Designing for Sustainability (URBD 790)

Streets have a vital role in place-making; successful streets balance requirements to move people and goods, connect buildings and public spaces, and create settings for life. In this course, Tamim Raad (Director, Strategic Planning and Policy, TransLink), will discuss planning and urban design issues for transit, cars, cycling, walkability, and parking. Learn about the relationship between transportation and built form, neighbourhood traffic calming, and the features of transit-oriented development by reviewing case studies to help analyze the competing demands for road space, including access, linkages, and urban design and public realm issues. This two-day course happens Friday and Saturday, November 30 and December 1, 2012, 9:00 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. at SFU Harbour Centre, 515 West Hastings Street, Vancouver. For details and registration, visit http://www.sfu.ca/continuing-studies/programs-and-courses/area-of-study/community-development/urban-design.html.

14 Non-core LUs

New Registered Educational Provider: Maxxon Corporation

The AIBC is pleased to welcome Maxxon Corporation to the institute’s Registered Educational Provider Program. Maxxon is an industry leader in the floor underlaymentsector offering quality products, training, research, and installation by a worldwide network of authorized dealers. Products and services cover floor leveling; gypsum underlayments; radiant heat thermal mass; sound and fire control; and environmentally-friendly products which may contribute toward LEED certification. For a listing of all AIBC Registered Educational Providers, visit: http://www.aibc.ca/member_resources/professional_dev/CurrentREP.html.

A Bold Idea to Transform The Ferry Terminal

By Knute Berger, Crosscut
July 26, 2012

Greater Seattle deserves both props and criticism for the way it is trying to do everything at once, largely on its own: Highway 520 expansion, Sound Transit, tunnel, SoDo, South Lake Union, the waterfront redevelopment and park, etc. We are in a huge and transformative phase, despite the recession. Like all long-term and massive makeovers, it’s a combination of forward-thinking and out-of-date ideas, practicalities, utopian hoo-hah. But the burdens of funding on taxpayers are enormous because federal funds are not available as they were in the good-old spendy days of Scoop and Maggie. More … http://crosscut.com/2012/07/26/mossback/109746/steinbrueck-seattle-waterfront-less-expensive/.

Architects Faced Double Challenge For London 2012

By Gregory Katz, Associated Press
July 25, 2012

When the world tunes in for the London Olympics opening ceremony Friday night, viewers will judge the new Olympic Park on whether it provides a spectacular backdrop for the world’s finest athletes. But for residents, the park will be gauged on whether it becomes an integral part of the British capital, providing not just sporting facilities but also housing, jobs and transport links for decades to come. That’s been the challenge for the architects trying to transform a derelict site into a showcase: How to dazzle the multitudes (who fondly remember the spectacular Bird’s Nest stadium from the 2008 Beijing games) while creating a viable, new London neighborhood from scratch? More … http://www.sfgate.com/news/article/Architects-faced-double-challenge-for-London-2012-3733813.php.

New Planning Director to Implement City’s ‘Vision’

By Jeff Lee, Vancouver Sun
July 25, 2012

After an extensive inter-national search in which it received 108 applications from all over the world, the City of Vancouver had to go no further than the municipality next door to hire a new general manager and director of planning. The Vision Vancouver-led council ratified the hiring of Brian J. Jackson to the position on Tuesday. For the last four years, he has been acting general manager of planning for Richmond. He begins work Aug. 27. More … http://www.vancouversun.com/business/planning+director+implement+city+vision/6985968/story.html.

Zero Waste Conference

Metro Vancouver invites government, businesses and citizens to attend its second annual Zero Waste Conference. The 2012 event, titled Rethinking Waste Management… the Design Difference, takes place Friday, September 14, 9:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Vancouver Convention Centre East. Participants in this one-day gathering will take a closer look at the crucial impact of design on our waste and our economy. Workshops will address such topics as improved product design and stimulating social change. In addition, three innovative teams will spend the day tackling a real-time, real-life design challenge. For more information and to register, visit metrovancouver.org/zwc.

CCA Grant Deadlines

AIBC members and other registrants should note the October deadlinesfor the following Canada Council for the Arts grant programs and other opportunities:




Please also be aware of the September 1and November 1postmark deadlines for the CCA’s Travel Grants program, which awards as much as $2500to architects, independent critics and curators to research an exhibition or publication project, or present their work to the public. Deadlines are throughout the year. For more information, visit http://www.canadacouncil.ca/grants/visualarts/yo127216997029843750.htm.

New Registered Educational Provider: Milgard Windows & Doors

The AIBC is pleased to welcome Milgard Windows & Doors to the institute’s Registered Educational Provider Program. Milgard is an award-winning company recognized for its innovation in window and door technology. Milgard’s quality commitment extends through its materials, manufacturing techniques, energy efficient product lines and warranty. For a listing of all AIBC Registered Educational Providers, please visit: http://www.aibc.ca/member_resources/professional_dev/CurrentREP.html.

Reminder: Oral Review Preparation Workshop and Oral Reviews

Reminder: Oral Reviews

The next set of oral reviews are scheduled for Wednesday and Thursday, October 24 and 25, 2012. The oral review is an interview-based examination open to those IAs who have:

  • completed and logged at least 2800 hours of work experience; and
  • completed the required AIBC courses.

Applications, along with an employer’s letter and fee payment, must be received by Wednesday, October 10. Eligibility and scheduling will be confirmed by the Registration & Licensing Department after this date. Click here to view complete details and download the application form. 

Bylaw 10 and Revised AIBC Bulletin 21: Architect AIBC Title

As members are aware, one of the bylaws amended at the May 2012 annual meeting was Bylaw 10, which replaced the initials “MAIBC” with “Architect AIBC” as an architect’s title in British Columbia. AIBC Bulletin 21 has now been updated to reflect this change, and includes guidance as to use of the title, including use with other titles and designations. Bylaw 10 is now in effect, and members are encouraged to amend letterhead, cards, web sites, title blocks and other documents and communication as soon as reasonably possible. If you have questions about the use of the new title, please contact  Director of Professional Services Paul Becker Architect AIBC P.Eng. (pbecker@aibc.ca) or General Counsel/Director of Professional Conduct & Illegal Practice Thomas Lutes  (tlutes@aibc.ca).

AIBC Bylaws Document Updated

A revised version of the AIBC’s Bylaws document is now available on the AIBC web site (http://www.aibc.ca/member_resources/doc_index/AIBC_Bylaws_JULY2012_Final_for_Publication.pdf). This updated resource, which provides a compendium of all AIBC bylaws, incorporates the 10  bylaw repeals and amendments voted on by members at the May 2012 annual meeting. These changes, including the architect title change from “MAIBC” to “Architect AIBC” (Bylaw 10), are all effective July 1, 2012.