Architects Head For War-torn Countries

By Elizabeth Hopkirk, Building Design
December 21, 2012

The world’s biggest practices are turning to war-torn countries including Iraq and Libya to boost flagging workloads elsewhere, according to this year’s WA100 survey which is published today. In Iraq alone there are projects in the pipeline worth billions of dollars, including a $1 billion tourist city in the eastern city of Kut. Architects polled for BD’s survey of the world’s 100 biggest practices identified Iraq as one of the five countries with the biggest potential for growth. More …

IES Illumination Awards

The Illuminating Engineering Society invites submission for its annual IES Illumination Awards, which single out professionalism, ingenuity and originality in lighting design. Recipients are honoured in a range of award categories, with winning entries chosen by a panel of judges selected from a broad professional spectrum and knowledgeable of lighting and design excellence. Entries may be submitted through the IES web site from January 7 to February 7, 2013. Eligible installations must have been completed during the preceding 24 months. For detailed program information and to take part, go to

Design for Troubled Waters

Cities need to grapple with complex ideas to prepare for the next superstorm.
By Jerry Adler, Architectural Record
December 17, 2012

Two large buildings stand about a quarter mile apart in Red Hook, on the Brooklyn waterfront. One is a 19th-century brick warehouse handsomely renovated to house apartments and Fairway Market, a much-beloved gourmet grocery; the other is the local outpost of IKEA in a sprawling yellow-and-blue shed whose ground floor is mostly parking. The storm surge from Superstorm Sandy wrecked Fairway, which will take months to rebuild. IKEA, by contrast, with its merchandise mostly off the ground floor, was scarcely damaged and reopened a few days later; FEMA even housed a temporary office there. More …

Canadian Architect Awards of Excellence

Canadian Architect magazine has revealed the list of winners for its 2012 Awards of Excellence, including three AIBC firms among the nine awards given:

  • BattersbyHowat Architects Inc. (Vancouver) for the UBC Geological Field School in Oliver, BC;
  • Kobayashi + Zedda Architects (Whitehorse, YT) for the Children’s First Centre in Inuvik, Northwest Territories; and
  • Zeidler Partnership Architects (Vancouver) for the GO Roof, Union Station in Toronto.

Additional winners include:

  • Atelier Big City, Fichten Soiferman et Associés, L’OEUF for the Centre Culturel de Notre-Dame-de-Grâce in Montreal, Quebec;
  • Dundee Kilmer Integrated Design Team: Joint Venture of architectsAlliance and Kuwabara Payne McKenna Blumberg Architects in association with Daoust Lestage Inc. and MacLennan Jaunkalns Miller Architects for the 2015 Pan Am/Parapan American Games Athletes’ Village | Canary District in Toronto, Ontario;
  • L’OEUF for the House in Four Fields in La Conception, Quebec;
  • The Marc Boutin Architectural Collaborative Inc. + el dorado inc (associated architectural firm) for the 1st Street SW Underpass Enhancement in Calgary, Alberta;
  • Paul Laurendeau | Francois R Beauchesne | Architectes en Consortium for the Ampthithéâtre Trois-Rivières sur Saint-Laurent in Trois-Rivières, Quebec; and
  • T B A | Thomas Balaban Architecte for the Spa Le St-Jude in Montreal, Quebec.

Two Awards of Merit were also given out:

  • Lemay (LemayLab) for the Mount Stephen Club in Montreal, Quebec; and
  • gh3 for the Real Time Control Building #3 in Edmonton, Alberta.

In addition, two post-secondary architecture students received an Award of Excellence for their graduating thesis projects:

  • Danielle Berwick, University of Toronto, for Theatrics of Psychiatry; and
  • Andrew Neuman, University of British Columbia, for Human Space: Density for Community and the Socio-Ecological Neighbourhood.

These annual awards, established in 1968, are given to architects and architectural graduates for building projects in the design stage. The awards recognize architectural design excellence with consideration given to response to program, site, geographical and social context, as well as evaluated physical organization, structure, materials and environmental features. This year’s awards jury included Donald Chong (Williamson Chong Architects, Toronto), Marie-Chantal Croft (Coarchitecture, Quebec City) and Bruce Haden Architect AIBC (DIALOG, Vancouver). Full coverage of the winning projects can be found in the December 2012 issue of Canadian Architect. For more information about the Canadian Architect Awards of Excellence and to view the winning projects, go to

Call for Nominations: 2013 Wood Design Awards

Wood Works! BC is now accepting nominations for its 2013 Wood Design Awards. This annual program is intended to honour excellence in wood-based projects and recognize the people and organizations that are pioneering and achieving this objective. It celebrates innovative structural and architectural uses of wood and provides an opportunity for architects, engineers, building designers, builders and project owners to showcase their projects. Nomination categories include wood construction projects (civic, private and public), institutional projects (large and small) and the Premier’s Award. For full details and to access the online nomination process, please visit Any questions may be directed to Linda Shauer at 1 (877) 929-9663, ext.6. The nomination deadline is January 25, 2013.

Appendix B

Appendix B – FINAL December 14 2013 (JH)

President’s Message, December 18, 2012

December 18, 2012

Third New LG Appointee Confirmed

The provincial government has successfully filled the remaining Lieutenant Governor Appointee vacancy on AIBC Council. I am pleased to welcome to the council table:

Dr. Mark Zacharias – Mark is currently Assistant Deputy Minister with the British Columbia Ministry of the Environment – Environmental Sustainability and Policy Division where he is responsible for provincial mapping and geographic information programs as well as its ecosystem-based management programs. He joined the provincial government in 1995, working on land and marine planning issues and has since worked in eight different ministries in a variety of increasingly senior capacities. Previously, he held ADM positions in post-secondary education and land management within the B.C. public service. Mark is also an Adjunct Associate Professor of Geography at the University of Victoria. His research focuses on meso-scale marine ecology and the confluence of conservation and policy issues. He holds Bachelors and Masters Degrees in Science from the University of Victoria and a PhD in Zoology from the University of Guelph.

Mark joins the recently-appointed Steve Simons and Joe Thompson along with David Toole as the four LG Appointees to council. The province’s Board Resourcing and Development Office designates LG Appointees, a voluntary role, to regulatory bodies such as the AIBC with the express purpose of protecting the public interest.

The next formal meeting of AIBC Council is scheduled for Tuesday, January 22, 2013.

Should you have additional questions, feel free to contact me directly.


David Yustin Architect AIBC
AIBC Council President

Sashaw New Head of ACEC-BC

The Association of Consulting Engineering Companies – British Columbia has announced the appointment of Keith Sashaw as its new President and Chief Executive Officer. Sashaw was previously the president of the Vancouver Regional Construction Association. He brings considerable association management experience, having also held senior positions with the Electrical Contractors Association of BC and the Canadian Home Builders’ Association of BC. His ACEC-BC term begins mid-February of 2013.

IAP Evolution

Effective January 1, 2013, several more changes to the both the national Internship in Architecture Program (IAP) and the AIBC’s own IAP will come into effect. The major outcome of these changes is a shorter, more focused program that reflects current and relevant experience gained by intern architects while working under the supervision and mentorship of architects, along with revised reporting guidelines. This latest round of changes builds upon significant changes to the IAP that were introduced in January 2012 and announced by the AIBC.

To assist in familiarizing IAs with these changes and current standards, we have created an overview document that summarizes the nature and impact of the various changes. It is available online: Changes to the IAP – Announcement (FINAL).

IAs are strongly encouraged to review and make themselves familiar with the changes that impart their program. The summary document includes contact information should you have any questions or concerns.

New Principal at DIALOG

Canadian-based design firm DIALOG has announced the addition of Marion LaRue LEED AP as a principal. With more than 25 years of project management experience across Canada and the United States, LaRue is an established industry leader specializing in sports and recreation facility design and the management of alternative delivery and P3 design teams. She will be based in DIALOG’s Vancouver studio.

Annual Fee Invoices

The usual December distribution of annual fee invoices has begun. Members and other registrants can expect to receive an e-mail containing a detailed invoice of fees required for 2013. Fee rates are determined by registration status, with this year’s rates reflecting a moderate 1.4% increase across all categories. If you have not received an invoice by Wednesday, December 19, please check your spam folder. Otherwise, contact or call the AIBC at (604) 683-8588. When logging in to make payment, please keep in mind that individual login identifications are different than your firm login id. Detailed information regarding applicable fees and payment requirements can be found in Bulletin 01 (2013): Fees, Fines and Charges, available online at The deadline for payment is February 1, 2013.

AIBC 2013 Course Schedule & Registration

The 2013 AIBC Courses Schedule, a listing of professional development sessions being offered in the coming year, is now available online. Please click her for professional development session listings. Those who are keen to register early are invited to click here to register online or by downloading the 2013 Course Registration Form (available via the Professional Development link above) and sending it to the AIBC. Note: due to the holiday season, any course registration forms received  will not be processed until after January 2, 2013.

New Registered Educational Provider: Bailey Metal Products Ltd.

Bailey Metal Products Ltd. is the largest manufacturer of lightweight steel framing in Canada, and a leading provider of drywall trims and accessories. With more than 60 years in business, the company aims to be Canada’s leading LSF/steel product manufacturer by exceeding customer expectations and providing a broad range of innovative products at great value. To learn more about all AIBC Registered Educational Providers, please visit

Coastal Communities Plan For Rising Water Levels

Municipalities are planning ahead, slowly building up surrounding lands, dikes
By Tracy Sherlock, Vancouver Sun
December 10, 2012

Rising sea levels combined with volatile and intense storms provide a challenge for B.C. coastal municipalities, but it’s a challenge they say they are meeting head on. Last year, the province set new guidelines for sea dikes and land use in coastal flood-hazard zones as part of the effort to manage an expected sea level rise of 1.2 metres in the next 100 years. More …

Vancouver Real Estate Market Crash? Not so Much …

By Mike Stewart, Vancouver Observer
December 6, 2012

For quite some time, many in the media have been predicting doom and gloom for Vancouver’s real estate market. The predictions are for a flood of new listings and falling demand; the reality, though, is it’s just not that bad. The November 2012 REBGV statistics confirm that supply is contracting and Sellers are actually pulling out of the market, as illustrated by the large drop in the amount of properties listed for sale across the region. A common assumption among more alarmist and less informed commentators is that recent softness in the Vancouver market is the beginning of a huge drop in prices. They contend that deeply indebted sellers will be forced to sell and buyers will not be able to buy. Many predict or allude to Canada experiencing a housing crash, not unlike what happened in the United States. More …