SALA Exhibition Until May 10 Only

Don’t miss SALA Projects _ 2013, available for public viewing until Friday, May 10.  This two-week exhibition features the work by students in the University of British Columbia’s School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture. The location is 211 East Georgia Street (basement level, Georgia and Main), Vancouver, from 12:00 noon to 5:00 p.m. daily.  Click here for more information.

Sustainable Region Initiative

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.

Sustainable Community Breakfasts: Rental Housing Matters

Creating new rental housing is key to achieving Metro Vancouver’s housing diversity and affordability goals. But developing decent, safe, affordable rental housing close to employment, schools, services and transit is a challenge. Learn about several new rental housing initiatives that help address this challenge. Speakers include: Dena Kae Beno, Affordable Housing Coordinator – City of Richmond; David Brownlee, Special Projects Planner – City of Richmond; Bev Grieve, Manager of Planning – City of New Westminster; Don Littleford, Director, Housing – Metro Vancouver and Manager, Metro Vancouver Housing Corporation; and Wayne Wright, Chair, Housing Committee – Metro Vancouver and Mayor – City of New Westminster. Two presentations are scheduled

Vancouver            Wednesday, May 8, 2013

  • 7:30 – 9:00 a.m. at the British Columbia Institute of Technology Downtown Vancouver Campus,
    555 Seymour Street
  • Click here to register online.

Richmond              Wednesday, May 15, 2013

  • 7:30 – 9:00 a.m. at the Radisson Hotel Vancouver Airport, 8181 Cambie Road
  • Click here to register online.

The Places Project (Victoria)

Victoria-area architects are invited to take part in the third annual urban space exploration in downtown Victoria, part of the international Jane’s Walk series. The details:

  • The Places Project: Downtown Places and Passages – a Jane’s Walk
    Saturday, May 4, 2013
    1:00 – 2:00 p.m.
    Meet in the atrium courtyard of the Greater Victoria Public Library – Central Branch, 735 Broughton Street

As many know, Jane’s Walks are citizen-led tours that celebrate Canadian urbanist Jane Jacobs. This event will explore a number of downtown plazas and walkways, observing how space is used, how spaces are connected, and what the potential is for innovative and positive changes in our shared spaces downtown. The walk will amble through a variety of contrasting places downtown and conclude at a coffee shop where the conversation can continue for those who are interested. Participants will be joined by local graphic recorder Tanya Gadsby who will capture ideas and places along the way. Local architects who are also invited to collaborate on planning future events for The Places Project. For more information, please visit rethink urban or jane’s walk.

Thom Home For Sale

Architects and aficionados of residential design will be interested in knowing that a rare Ron Thom-designed home in West Vancouver is currently on the market. Located at 4194 Rose Crescent, the 2400 square foot home plus the studio captures the west coast contemporary style that made Thom as one of the country’s finest residential architects. Those interested in viewing the property, it will be open to the public on Saturday and Sunday, May 4-5 from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. For additional information, contact Chris Charles ( or go online to

Candidates for AIBC Council

The AIBC is pleased to announce that the following 12 members have put their names forward as candidates in the upcoming AIBC Council election:

  • Robert G. Chester  Architect AIBC
  • Darryl J.  Condon  Architect  AIBC
  • Eszter Csutkai  Architect AIBC
  • David  Dove  Architect AIBC
  • William (Bill) Gies  Architect AIBC
  • Gerald J. Gongos  Architect AIBC
  • Paula Grossman  Architect  AIBC
  • Mona Jahedi  Architect AIBC
  • Scott Kemp  Architect AIBC
  • Catherine Nickerson  Architect AIBC
  • Sean Ruthen  Architect AIBC
  • David N.M. Yustin  Architect AIBC

Additional information, including nomination forms and candidate statements can be found on the AIBC’s Annual Meeting web page. Beginning in early May, a package including the annual meeting information and election materials will be mailed directly to all AIBC members and honorary members in keeping with act and bylaw requirements. The election period will close shortly after the commencement of the 2013 Annual Meeting, taking place Saturday, June 1, 2013, 1:00 – 5:00 p.m. at the Segal Graduate School of Business, Simon Fraser University Downtown Campus, 500 Granville Street, Vancouver. Ballots will be counted during the course of that meeting, with the five successful candidates for a two-year term on AIBC Council announced prior to adjournment. In addition, Derek Deland IA.AIBC is the sole nominee for the position of Intern Architect Liaison to AIBC Council, a non-voting positon at the council table.

AIBC Power Outage This Weekend

The AIBC offices will be without power during the April 27-28 weekend in order for BC Hydro to carry out repair work. This planned outage will affect all AIBC systems including computers and telephone. As a result, e-mail and voice mail service will be unavailable effective Friday afternoon. It is anticipated that full operations will resume on Monday morning, April 29. Your understanding and patience is appreciated.

Integral Group

Client Seminar Series: The Energy Modelling Edge

In this seminar, Ali Nazari MASc Eng. will explain the benefits and applicable functions of various energy modeling services. When these services are effectively integrated in the design process, project design is enhanced and capital and operating costs are reduced. This presentation will also illustrate how these services should be applied during the different project development stages in order to yield the greatest benefit for both architects and owners. It takes place Tuesday, May 7, 2013, 12:00 noon – 1:00 p.m. at the Integral Group Vancouver Office, 180-200 Granville Street, Vancouver. To register, please click here. Lunch will be provided.

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Seattle Architect Olson’s Career Retrospective in Bellingham

By Michael Upchurch, Seattle Times
April 21, 2013

“Keep it simple — more simple.” Those words, scrawled in reference to a Mercer Island home he designed in 2004, appear to be Seattle architect Jim Olson’s guiding mantra as he dreams up buildings that, on the one hand, open themselves to nature and, on the other, serve as self-effacing frameworks for collections of fine art. More …

Role Call: Regulatory Coordination Committee

The AIBC’s Regulatory Coordination Committee seeks a new member. The committee acts as a resource to the AIBC’s Professional Services Board and the Director of Professional Services in matters related to the provision of architectural expertise on building industry regulations, as well as providing input for the institute’s professional development courses. Specific areas of involvement include:

  • the coordination of uniform interpretation and application of building and zoning regulations;
  • provision of a forum for the expression of mutual concerns between regulatory authorities and design professionals;
  • monitoring letters of assurance;
  • the Certified Professional Program; and
  • municipal regulation changes.

This committee typically meets at the AIBC offices from 12:00 noon to 2:00 p.m. (lunch provided) on the last Wednesday of every month excluding July, August and December. If you are interested in volunteering for this committee, please contact Administrative Assistant Yana Vassilenko at or Practice Advisor Maura Gatensby Architect AIBC at

Registration Deadline for BC Building Code II

Friday, May 3, 2013 is the registration deadline for BC Building Code II. This 6 Core LUs course, which is offered only once a year, takes place the following Friday, May 10, 2013. Those interested in taking this course are encouraged to register as soon as possible by visiting here. Note: you need not have completed BC Building Code I in order to take BC Building Code II. For a complete course details click here, select “Required AIBC Professional Development Courses” and scroll down to the description. Should you have further questions, please contact Professional Development Coordinator Aleta Cho at Registration will closed 5:00 p.m. on May 3.

British Columbia Building Envelope Council

Anatomy of a Roof Failure (Victoria)

In this presentation, Registered Roof Observer John Wells of Wells Klein Consulting Group Inc. will discuss the premature failure of a new single-ply roof system on a high-end Victoria high-rise condo building, as well as the investigative processes that led to the conclusions for this failure. The roof failure resulted in interior water damage claims well in excess of $150,000 and the requirement of a replacement roof (costing well in excess of $100,000) on a building that was less than six months old. This presentation takes place Wednesday, May 22, 2013, 12:00 noon – 1:30 p.m. at the Harbour Towers, 345 Quebec Street, Victoria. To register, go online to Lunch will be provided.

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Construction Specifications Canada – Vancouver Chapter

VanDusen Botanical Gardens Visitor Centre Tour

The VanDusen Botanical Gardens Visitor Centre is a leading example in the field of living building and regenerative design. This project is paving the way for buildings across Canada to look beyond LEED Platinum standards. Being amongst the first of its kind in the country has provided great triumph at times but also many lessons learned and challenges faced. Through rigid constraints has emerged creativity and new design methods. The design process evolved to encompass research, material testing and collaboration. In this session Perkins+Will Canada’s Harley Grusko LEED AP BD +C, and Max Richter Architect AIBC MRAIC LEED AP BD+C will discuss the lessons learned in pursuit of certifying the VanDusen Botanical Gardens Visitor Centre as both a LEED Platinum project and a Living Building. A tour to follow. It takes place Thursday, May 9, 2013, 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. at the VanDusen Botanical Garden, 5251 Oak Street, Vancouver. To register, click here. Lunch will be provided.

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Vancouver Heritage Society

Garden Party: A Special Fundraising Event

Make plans to attend Heritage Vancouver’s 9th Annual Garden Party, a special fundraising event on behalf of Heritage Vancouver. Hosted by Suzanne and Olin Anton, it will take place Thursday, June 20, 2013 from 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. in the Anton’s Kerrisdale garden (directions provided upon ticket purchase). Enjoy a spectacular evening of wine, hors d’oeuvres and conversation with community leaders and heritage aficionados while demonstrating your support for the many worthwhile projects undertaken by Heritage Vancouver Society. Admission is a $100 donation to the Heritage Vancouver Society (tax receipts will be issued) and includes wine and hors d’oeuvres. Purchase your ticket online or by cheque made out to Heritage Vancouver Society and mailed to: Heritage Vancouver Society, 1020 Denman Street, PO Box 47036 Denman Place, Vancouver, BC, V6G 3E1. If paying by cheque, please confirm via e-mail to All proceeds will support Heritage Vancouver Society initiatives to encourage the preservation of Vancouver’s built heritage.

Bylaw Ballot Deadline Next Friday

Members and honorary members are reminded that they have until Friday, May 3, 2013 to complete and return their ballot regarding proposed new consensual resolution bylaws. All should have received mailed packages that included a cover letter from AIBC President David Yustin, background information on consensual resolution and mail ballots, proposed consensual resolution bylaws 36.0 through 36.22, a ballot, a bylaw ballot envelope and a return envelope. Note: the mail ballot cover letter, background information and proposed consensual resolution bylaws are also available online: Mail Ballot Package Information. All ballots must be physically received at the AIBC offices before 4:30 p.m. on Friday, May 3, 2013, in accordance with the instructions provided. More…

Renfro Lecture

The University of British Columbia’s Belkin Art Gallery invites you to attend a keynote lecture with Charles Renfro, speaking about the importance of the arts within considerations of city building and design, and urban planning. Renfro is a partner in the New York-based architectural firm Diller Scofidio + Renfro, celebrated for its efforts to integrate architecture, visual art and the performing arts to produce landmark buildings. Part of the 2013 Peter Wall Institute for Advanced Studies International Roundtable discussion series and presented in partnership with Emily Carr University of Art + Design, it takes place Friday, May 10, 6:30 p.m. at the Lecture Theatre – South Building, Emily Carr University of Art + Design, 1339 Johnston Street (Granville Island), Vancouver. This is a free public event, with seating on a first come, first served basis. More…