Women in Architecture

“What if we were to get serious about energy conservation, and instead of aiming at 30% savings for one building on the block, aim at 90% energy savings, whilst making it affordable to all?” Dr. Wolfgang Feist, Passivhaus Institut, Darmstadt, Germany 1993

An introduction to the next generation of sustainable buildings – The Passive House Standard.

As today’s leading standard in low energy and sustainable construction, the passive house standard achieves energy savings in heating up to 90% while creating a tremendous and healthy indoor air climate. This presentation will introduce the basic principles and design fundamentals of the certifiable, performance-based Passive House Standard which can be applied to any building and any type of construction in any climate. It will lead into a lively discussion around its application and challenges.

Presenter Sandra Rohler is an architect trained and registered in Germany. She is a certified Passive House Designer, Passive House Tradesperson, LEED AP and certified Furniture Maker. Sandra has worked on numerous Passive House projects in Germany before moving to Vancouver in early 2005 where she worked for two Architectural Offices until she started rohler passive house design in 2010.

This free event takes place Thursday, February 21, 2013 from 6:00 – 9:00 p.m. at the DIALOG office (#406 – 611 Alexander St., Vancouver).
Note – the building entry door will likely be locked.  Call 778-320-4979 to ask to be let in.  Someone will come down and open the door for you.

Please bring: A potluck dish to share.

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January AIBC Council Meeting Summary

At its most recent meeting on Tuesday, January 22, 2013, AIBC Council considered a wide range of matters including:

  • Representation from the institute’s Professional Conduct & Illegal Practice Board, which oversees and monitors professional conduct and illegal practice issued. Chair Selwyn Dodd Architect AIBC spoke to the value of reestablishing a consensual resolution process and encouraged AIBC Council to support upcoming bylaw votes that would do just that.
  • A report from council’s Governance Committee, touching upon compliance reporting for AIBC policy suites 3 and 4 (Governing Process and Council/Executive Relationship), as well as opportunities for additional governance training for council members, and two recent council workshops focused on resolution of the associates issue.
  • A report from council’s Finance Committee, calling for the transfer of accumulated interest from the Contingency Reserve Fund to the institute’s operating budget.
  • Discussion about appropriate levels of surplus / contingency funds, and proper use thereof.
  • A Registration Board report advising of the AIBC’s recently-confirmed participation in the Examination for Architects in Canada (ExAC) in 2013 and outlining some of the financial implications.
  • A status report from council’s own Council Rules Working Group, summarizing ongoing effort to find a workable balance between the rights of individual council members versus those of council as a whole.
  • Proposed revisions to council’s Communications policies, including seven draft communications and engagement policies that would be less operationally directive and more appropriately aligned with council’s own strategic planning process.
  • Ongoing discussions regarding efforts to expedite the registration of intern architects.
  • Terms of reference for council’s newly-established Fee Structure Committee.
  • Further in camera discussion of legal opinion as to possible courses of action for addressing the ongoing associates issue. As an outcome, council established a new task force to consider the legal opinion and bring back recommendation to council.

Prior to the meeting, council received a presentation from Canadian Architectural Certification Board’s Executive Director, Mourad Mohand-Said. Further to the presentation, AIBC Council took time at its meeting to endorse the CACB’s terms and conditions for accreditation, in keeping with other regulatory authorities across the country.

Council also passed motions pertaining to various consent items dealing with financial policy compliance, committee changes, examination results and registration amendments. The next meeting of AIBC Council is scheduled for Tuesday, March 12, 2013, beginning at 11:00 a.m. at the AIBC Offices (#100 – 440 Cambie Street, Vancouver).

Canadian Society for Marketing Professionals

The Professional Services Video Revolution

In the digital age, video is the single most powerful tool a marketer has to tell their story. At this seminar you will learn what it takes to create a focused, potent video that can engage both your target market and your own people. Led by writer and creative director, David Martin of Hyphen Communications, this session will teach you the principles behind creating effective videos that can drive sales, improve new business pitches, and increase your company profile. It takes place Wednesday, February 27, 2013, 7:30 – 9:00 a.m., at the Four Seasons Hotel, 791 West Georgia Street, Vancouver. To register, visit http://www.csmps.com/events.html. Breakfast will be provided.

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February 12 Special Meeting on Consensual Resolution

AIBC Council President David Yustin has called a special public meeting of council for Tuesday, February 12, 11:00 a.m. at the AIBC offices. The primary purpose of this meeting is for council members to vote on proposed new bylaws regarding consensual resolution bylaws. Interested members of the institute and the public are invited to attend. If approved, the draft bylaws will be advanced to members for a vote requiring a two/thirds majority for adoption.

Click here see the meeting agenda: 2_0_AGENDA_2013_02_February_12_public_session

Click here to go to the AIBC’s Consensual Resolution Process and Bylaw Reform Executive Summary.

Click here to go directly to the draft consensual resolution bylaws.