Reminder: Annual Fee Payment Deadline – Friday February 1, 2013

This is a reminder to all members, associates and firms that your annual fee payments must be made on or before Friday, February 1, 2013.

Payments made online may be submitted until 12:00 a.m. (midnight) PST. Payments made in person or by mail must be received at the AIBC offices (#100 – 440 Cambie Street, Vancouver, B.C. V6B 2N5) by the end of business day, 5:00 p.m. PST. Note: if you are mailing your payment, you will need to allow for sufficient delivery time.

To pay your fees online, go to and log on. Payments can also be made by using PayPal™. Those registrants and members who have both a personal registration and a firm licence (certificate of practice) are reminded that you will need to log on to two different accounts.

If you encounter any difficulties, please contact Registration & Licensing Administration Assistant Emily Tyler or Licensing Coordinator Kim Underwood at immediately.

Call For Papers: 2013 Annual Conference

Call For Papers: 2013 Annual Conference
Vancouver Convention Centre West
Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
October 23-26

The Architectural Institute of British Columbia, in partnership with the American Institute of Architects – Northwest & Pacific Region, invites submissions from those interested in speaking, participating in panel discussions or facilitating interactive workshops at their 2013 Annual Conference.

About The Conference
The Architectural Institute of British Columbia’s annual conference brings together architects, intern architects, builders, engineers, interior designers, faculty, students and other members of the design community to learn about new industry trends, technological advances and best practices. This annual gathering, the largest of its kind in British Columbia, is also a chance to network, socialize and celebrate the innovative, impactful work of practitioners and theorists. The conference runs over four days and includes keynote presentations, plenary sessions, seminars, workshops, panel discussions, off-site tours, and an industry exhibitor show.

In 2013, the AIBC will for the first time partner with the American Institute of Architects – Northwest & Pacific Region. With a shared architectural aesthetic common to the Pacific Rim as well as alignment in design directions, community needs and business practices, it is a logical partnership that will generate a conference rich in professional development, dialogue and network-building. Over recent years, the AIBC Annual Conference has experienced steady growth with attendance ranging from 425 to 700 delegates; this year’s joint effort with the AIA-NWPR is certain to attract high numbers.

2013 Conference Theme
This year’s conference’s theme – Sea Change: Architecture on the Crest – calls attention to the dynamic, critical times in which we live. Forces of change, both natural and man-made, are shaking the foundations of our communities and stirring questions about our shared future. Global issues such as livability, sustainability, affordability and environmental impact are felt by all, with a particularly strong resonance within the architectural profession. The goal of this conference is to inform, excite, challenge and inspire in order to bring about positive change. It will also serve to underscore the important role that architects can and should play in helping to continue charting the course for successful, sustainable communities.

Conference Program
Through a rich program of presentations and discussions with focused session streams that touch upon distinct areas such as design, business and technology, this gathering will attempt to raise both the level of discourse and the standard of practice for members of the design community at all stages of their careers. A variety of presentation formats is sought, including lectures, interactive workshops and panel discussions.

The organizers seek presenters who are experts in their fields and familiar with presenting their area of expertise to groups of 30 to 120 attendees. Most sessions will be 1.5 hours including time for a question-and-answer period.

The following criteria will be examined when reviewing submissions and selecting applications:

  • Inspired content that is clear, concise, and educational in nature;
  • Relationship to conference theme;
  • Relevance to the profession of architecture in the Pacific Rim;
  • Connection to the strategic and educational initiatives of both the AIBC and the AIA- NWPR, including such aspects as health, safety, welfare, design innovation, environment, diversity, technology, business and community;
  • Compliance with the necessary standards for both AIBC and AIA learning units *; and
  • Speaker qualifications and experience presenting at similar regional or national conferences.

*        For additional information regarding the AIBC’s Continuing Education System, visit For additional information on the AIA Continuing Education System, go to


Submission Timeline


  • January 25, 2013:         Call for Papers issued
  • February 28, 2013:        Deadline for Expressions of Interest –  simply send an e-mail to indicating your intention to submit a proposal along with proposed session title and presenter name(s).
  • March 14, 2013:             Deadline for Completed Proposals. Click here to access the Proposal Submission Form: 2013-conference-submission-form-FIN

It is anticipated that the conference’s Professional Development Advisory Committee will identify its recommended selections through March with formal notification in April.


About the AIBC
The Architectural Institute of British Columbia is an independent, professional self-regulatory body established in 1920 by provincial statute – the Architects Act. It is the AIBC’s mandate to regulate the profession of architecture within the province of British Columbia in the public interest. This entails upholding excellence in the profession by establishing stringent education, experience and examination standards for entry to practice, as well as continuing competence and conduct standards through which architects maintain their exclusive rights to both practice and title in British Columbia.


About the AIA-NWPR
The American Institute of Architects – Northwest & Pacific Region, an extension of the American Institute of Architects in concert with the components, individual AIA members, schools and AIAS chapters therein, serves to promote the artistic, scientific, and practical profession of its members; to facilitate their intercourse and good fellowship; to elevate the standing of the profession; and to combine the efforts of those engaged in the practice of architecture, for the general advancement of the art. AIA members adhere to a code of ethics and professional conduct intended to assure clients, the public, and colleagues of an architect’s dedication to the highest standards in professional practice. The AIA-NWPR includes membership from Alaska, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Oregon and Washington as well as Guam and Micronesia.

4 Ways North American Homes Are Looking More Like Northern Europe

By Hadani Ditmars, Globe and Mail
January 23, 2013

Modular houses have had a bad rap in North America – a hangover, perhaps, from the mail-order homes once sold through catalogue or the tracts of identical postwar prefabs. Now, a growing number of architects are looking to Northern Europe, where modular is anything but mediocre. More …

Vancouver Deemed ‘Most Walkable’

By Yvonne Zacharias, Vancouver Sun
January 24, 2013

A Seattle-based company has determined that Vancouver is the most walkable city in Canada, followed by Toronto and Montreal. The company also ranked Vancouver’s neighbourhoods, naming downtown, the West End and Strathcona as the most pedestrian friendly neighbourhoods in the city. More …

Whitelaw Twining Law Corporation

Construction & Personal Liabilities Seminar

The Construction and Professional Liability Groups of Whitelaw Twining will be hosting a seminar, with a cocktail reception to follow, on Thursday, February 21, 2013. Topics include:

  • Risk Allocation in a Construction Contract – David Pluckett LL.B. will review standard and emerging contract clauses that impact the allocation of risk on construction projects.
  • Surety Claims – John Moshonas LL.B. will discuss evolving trends and review common issues that arise throughout the construction surety claim process.
  • REDMA and Pre-Sale Agreements – John Fiddick LL.B. will address the impact of disclosure and rescission provisions of the Real Estate Development Marketing Act (REDMA) on developers.
  • The Role of a Consultant on a Construction Project – Alexandre Maltas LL.B. will speak to the function of a consultant who reviews a contactor’s work or shop drawings and how responsibility for the work is shared between the contractor and consultant.

The seminar takes place at 2400 – 200 Granville Street, Vancouver. The seminar will go from 3:30 – 4:30 p.m. with the reception starting at 4:45 p.m. Those wishing to attend this complimentary event should contact the firm at by January 31, 2013.

0.75 Core LUs; 0.25 Non-core LUs

In Passing: Frank Tofin

Retired Architect Frank Peter Tofin passed away on December 27, 2012 at the age of 92.  Born in the North Bend, British Columba in 1920, Frank inherited a passion for design and construction from his father, a builder for the railroad. With the approach of World War II, he enlisted in the armed service where his natural skills as a mechanical draftsman were put to use as a project engineer and, eventually, architectural draftsman. He also served as an instructor for the School of Military Engineering.  Upon leaving the service in 1946, Frank found work with architectural firms in Winnipeg and, later, Kamloops. In 1952, he joined Vancouver’s McCarter Nairne and Partners as an architectural draftsman and specifications writer. In 1958, he moved to W.R. Ussner Architect before being hired by Thompson Berwick & Pratt Architects in 1959. It was with this background that Frank sought professional membership with the AIBC through alternative qualifications. He was made a member of the institute in 1960. In the years that followed, he contributed to the architectural fabric of Vancouver and, especially, Richmond. He received his RAIC Certification in 1978, and took on Retired Architect status in 1994. In addition to his career, Frank was also passionate about golf, bridge, and the restoration of violins. Predeceased by his wife Rose, he is survived by his daughters Arlene, Carole, Janet and Debbie. A Celebration of his life for family and friends will take place on July 20.