Call for Submissions: Architecture Canada Awards of Excellence

Architecture Canada | Royal Architectural Institute of Canada invites submissions for the following RAIC Awards of Excellence:

  • Advocate for Architecture – recognizing long-term commitment to and support for the profession of architecture in Canada, at the national, regional or local level.
  • Allied Arts Medal – awarded to a Canadian artist/resident for recognition of outstanding creative achievement in the arts in any medium that is allied to architecture.
  • Green Building Award – to recognize outstanding achievements of high-performance architecture in Canada for buildings that are environmentally responsible and healthy places to live, work and play.
  • Innovation in Architecture Award – honouring excellence in architectural innovation, including the research and development and the applied use of new technology; unique adaptation of existing technology; new project delivery methods; new design processes; new details; or the development of new methods related to the construction process.
  • President’s Award for Media in Architecture – for a book, a unique story, article, radio or television piece that contributes to the wide-spread dissemination of architectural values and ideas.

Calls for submission to these Awards of Excellenceare issued every two years. The submission deadline for this year is January 10, 2013. For more information including award criteria and submission details, please visit

BC Building Code 2012

BC Building Code 2012

The digital version of the new BC Building Code is now available for purchase online. A new feature of the online version only is *Intent Statements”designed to enhance understanding of the codes by assisting in the interpretation of the technical requirements. Other features of the online publication include:

  • ·automatic updates for the duration of the 2012 Code;
  • ·easy-to-use search engine;
  • ·links torelated BC statutes and regulations;
  • ·access to the previous 2006 BC codes; and
  • ·ability to view historical changes from within the current code.

To make your purchase, go to New versions of the BC Fire Code and BC Plumbing Code can also be found there. Note: the print versions will not be available until the spring of 2013.

A working group with representation from the AIBC, the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of BC, the Building Officials Association of BC, the Plumbing Officials Association of BC and the BC Building & Safety Standards Branch will be presenting a series of seminars throughout the province to introduce and highlight the significant changes found in the 2012 British Columbia Building Code. Learn more at: