Women in Architecture

Join Women in Architecture for a special session titled Biomimicry as a Basis for Design. This session examines how nature’s genius poses solutions to the built environment, product design, business systems and leadership. The presentation also uncovers how biomimicry is poised to become an industry leader in innovation, energy efficiency and overall sustainability. An introduction to life’s principles will be reviewed, leading to a discussion about methodological integration and reconnecting with nature. The presenter is Dixie Hudson, program head for Interior Design at the British Columbia Institute of Technology’s School of Construction and the Environment. It takes place Thursday, March 14, 2013, 6:00 – 9:00 p.m. at Brooks Corning Showroom, 1038 Homer Street, Vancouver. Pre-registration is not required for this Brooks Corning-sponsored event.

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Tenants for Bullitt Center Must Think Green

By Eric Pryne, Seattle Times
March 3, 2013

Tenants who want to lease space at what’s probably the greenest office building in the world have to do more than promise to pay their rent on time. The first ones began moving into the just-completed Bullitt Center on Capitol Hill last week. The building’s owner, the environment-focused Bullitt Foundation, expects tenants will be partners in helping the project attain its groundbreaking goals. More … http://seattletimes.com/html/businesstechnology/2020481293_bullittleasesxml.html.

Sustainable Region Initiative

The Future of the Region Sustainability Dialogues and Sustainability Community Breakfasts are outreach components of Metro Vancouver’s Sustainable Region Initiative (SRI). They involve a series of high-profile debates and discussions intended to help decision makers shape the future of the region by presenting a range of views and stimulating fresh thought on regional issues such as housing, industry, labour and immigration, drugs and crime, regional economy, transportation, energy and agriculture. Please check the web site often to find out about future dialogues in your community.

17-storey Mixed-used Tower Approved in Heart of Vancouver’s Chinatown

By Darah Hansen, Vancouver Sun
February 22, 2013

City council gave its approval this week to a rezoning application that would see a modest commercial building in the heart of Vancouver’s historic Chinatown transform into a 17-storey mixed-use development offering 134 privately owned condos and 22 rental units targeted for seniors. Developer Ian Gillespie of Westbank Developments said his company intends to “take all the pigs from the trough away” and produce housing that is affordable for residents earning a moderate income. More … http://www.vancouversun.com/life/fashion-beauty/storey+mixed+used+tower+approved+heart+Vancouver+Chinatown/8005011/story.html.

How Architecture Students Would Shake up Our Cities

By Lisa Rochon, Globe and Mail
February 28, 2013

A city that runs out of fresh, invigorating ideas is like a Hollywood star who overdoses on botox, flames out, then dies. Do not confuse construction cranes with enduring urbanity. After all, the collapse of ancient Rome was well under way even while endless roads were being laid. In Toronto right now, for example, a lot of angst is being created over landing a mega-casino development – a deadening scenario and a sure sign that kick-ass imagination has gone missing. Shouldn’t a city intent on the future be lighting bonfires of creativity? More … http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/toronto/how-architecture-students-would-shake-up-our-cities/article9200756/.

2013 Wood Design Awards

Wood WORKS! BC has announced the winners of its 2013 Wood Design Awards, recognizing leadership and innovation in wood use. This year saw 98 nominations in 12 categories, including national and international projects undertaken by British Columbia architects. Top honours include:

  • Architect Award – Bo Helliwell Architect AIBC and Kimberley Smith Architect AIBC, of Helliwell + Smith Blue Sky Architecture in West Vancouver, praised for their organic approach to west coast modern design that celebrates the beauty and versatility of wood construction architecture.
  • Wood Innovation Award – Peter Busby C.M. AIA FRAIC Architect AIBC AAA MOAA BCID LEED AP, and Jim Huffman Architect AIBC of Perkins + Will, for the VanDusen Botanical Garden Visitor Centre as a leading example of creative and innovative approaches in the use of wood in building design, product design and/or processes.
  • Green Building Award – Peter Busby C.M. AIA FRAIC Architect AIBC AAA MOAA BCID LEED AP of Perkins + Will for the Centre for Interactive Research on Sustainability at the University of British Columbia, which demonstrates a significant contribution to improving the overall environmental performance of any building.
  • Residential Wood Design: – Kimberley Smith Architect AIBC of Helliwell + Smith Blue Sky Architecture, for Solar Crest on Sidney Island.
  • Multi-Unit Residential Wood Design – to Oliver Lang Architect AIBC, LWPAC Lang Wilson Practice in Architecture Culture, for  Monad.
  • Commercial Wood Design – McFarland Marceau Architects Ltd. for Vancouver’s Bioenergy Research and Demonstration Facility.
  • Interior Beauty Design – Andreas Kaminski Architect AIBC, of aka architecture + design inc, recognizing the  Queen of Peace Monastery in Squamish Valley.
  • Institutional Wood Design – Small – Graham D. Fligg Architect AIBC of Merrick Architecture – Borowski Sakumoto Fligg Ltd., for the  Klahoose First Nation New Relationship Centre on Cortes Island.
  • Institutional Wood Design – Large – Jana Foit Architect AIBC at Perkins + Will, for her work on the University of British Columbia’s Earth Sciences Building.
  • Western Red Cedar Award – Pam Chilton RD.AIBC of Vancouver’s Zimba Design for The Urban Longhouse in North Vancouver, recognizing the beauty of Western Red Cedar for interior or exterior applications on any type of project.

This year’s winners were chosen by a judging panel that included Tom Guenther P.Eng, Chair of the Civil Engineering Department – Okanagan College; Retired Architect Henry Hawthorn; Douglas MacLeod Ph.D., MRAIC, Chair of the RAIC Centre for Architecture – Athabasca University; Thomas Tannert Ph.D., Associate Chair – Wood Building Design and Construction, University of British Columbia; and Dwight Yochim RPF, Executive Director – British Columbia Truck Loggers Association. For additional information on this year’s awards, visit the Wood WORKS! BC site at http://www.wood-works.ca/.

Okanagan College Speaker Series: Jim Pattison Centre of Excellence

The next event in the Okanagan College Speaker Series will look at the Jim Pattison Centre of Excellence on the Penticton Campus of Okanagan College, a project of CEI Architecture Planning Interiors and one of the most water- and energy-efficient buildings in Western Canada. The talk will cover how the project evolved, how the building is performing relative to expectations, and what the future holds. Time and technology permitting, there will also be an online tour of the project’s energy and water consumption monitoring systems along with the automation control and mechanical system operations. Presenters include: Peter Csandl, manager of operations and energy systems at Okanagan College; Donna Lomas, regional dean for the South Okanagan Similkameen Region of Okanagan College; and Rob St. Onge, energy manager for Okanagan College. It happens Monday, March 11, 2013, 7:00 p.m. at the Okanagan College Penticton Campus Lecture Theatre, 583 Duncan Avenue, West Penticton. Admission is by donation. For more information, visit http://ocspeakerseries.wordpress.com/.