April 9 Special Meeting on Non-payment of Fees

AIBC Council President David Yustin has called a special public meeting of council for Tuesday, April 9, 2013, 11:00 to 11:15 a.m. at the AIBC offices. The sole purpose of this meeting concerns the ramifications for non-payment of annual fees. Interested members of the institute and the public are welcomed to attend.

BCIT Exhibition and Opening Reception

The British Columbia Institute of Technology’s Architectural Science Degree program invites you to celebrate the achievements of this year’s graduating class. From April 16 to May 29, 2013, the AIBC Architecture Gallery will feature “Challenging The Status Quo”, an exhibition of graduate projects, both individual and group investigations, for all 20 fourth-year graduate students. The projects focus on the Grandview –Woodlands area of Vancouver, with each student working on a unique site and self-selected program. The projects on display are the result of a year-long studio that required graduates to work from developing design concepts through to technical detailing, collaborating with various consultants and professional guests along the way. The studio, offered in conjunction with Vancouver’s CityStudio program, encouraged students to investigate their ideas on a broader urban scale and with consideration of both the goals for the City of Vancouver’s Greenest City 2020 initiative and the Living Building Challenge. An opening reception takes place Tuesday, April 23, 5:30 – 7:00 p.m. at the AIBC Architecture Gallery, 440 Cambie Street, Vancouver. Please confirm your plans to attend at communications@aibc.ca. For more information on this event or BCIT’s Architectural Sciences Degree program, contact Program Head Ron Kato by phone (778-331-1316) or e-mail (ron_kato@bcit.ca).

Final Notice: BEEP Module III

For those wanting to take the AIBC’s BEEP Module III course scheduled for April 18-19, 2013, this the last call for completed registrations. Please send in your information by fax (604-683-8568) or e-mail (acho@aibc.ca ) by 12:00 noon on Monday, April 8, 2013. To download a registration form, go to http://www.aibc.ca/member_resources/professional_dev/index.html. Note: if there is not sufficient registration, this course may be cancelled.

Mail Ballot: Proposed Consensual Resolution Bylaws

Members and honorary members will soon receive in the mail a bylaw ballot package. This package will include 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. In addition, the mail ballot cover letter, background information and proposed consensual resolution bylaws are available online: Mail Ballot Package InformationAll 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. Should you have any questions about the proposed bylaws, please direct them to the AIBC’s Bylaw Review Committee at bylawfeedback@aibc.ca. Questions about the mail ballot process can be directed to Illegal Practice and Professional Conduct Coordinator Jackie Buchan at (604) 683-8588 Ext. 316 or jbuchan@aibc.ca. Your participation in this important process is appreciated.

Architectural Institute of B.C. Tells Members to Ignore TransLink’s Request For Bids

By Carlito Pablo,  Georgia Straight
April 3, 2013

Under pain of “charges of unprofessional conduct”, architects have been told to ignore a request for bids issued by TransLink. The “member advisory” was issued by the Architectural Institute of B.C., the professional regulatory body established under the Architects Act. TransLink is inviting submissions for the repair or replacement of the building envelope systems of its SeaBus terminals and administration building. The facilities are located in the City of North Vancouver and the City of Vancouver. The request for proposals closes on Friday (April 5). More … http://www.straight.com/news/368196/architectural-institute-bc-tells-members-ignore-translinks-request-bids.

BC Building Code Amendments

New amendments to the BC Building Code, effective April 3, 2013, are available for download through the provincial government web site at http://www.bccodes.ca/errata-and-revisions.aspx?vid=QPLEGALEZE:bccodes_2012_view. For those with online version of the BC Building Code, this update will be uploaded automatically once the consolidation has been completed. For those customers with the offline BC Building Code, an updating link will be sent once the consolidation is completed.


Women in Architecture Vancouver: Getting Published

Women in Architecture Vancouver invites you to take part in an informal discussion with Anicka Quin, Western Living’s editor-in-chief, on how to be successful in getting your project profiled or story published. It takes place on Thursday, April 18, 2013, 6:00 – 9:00 p.m. at the MacKenzie residence, 4669 Drummond Drive (east of Blanca).Please call (604) 731-9157 to confirm you attendance. Potluck contributions are welcomed. Additional information on this and other WIA events can be found on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/pages/WIA-Vancouver/302510823101566?ref=hl.

British Columbia Building Envelope Council (Victoria)

Six-Storey Wood Frame Design Concerns and Considerations

Recent regulatory changes now allow for the construction of six-storey wood frame buildings. B.C.’s current economy requires a constant refinement of engineered designs to maximize structural efficiency while minimizing construction costs. While there are many benefits to designing and constructing these types of buildings, there are also challenges that affect more than the structural and seismic requirements. In this presentation, Leon Plett  MIStructE Struct.Eng B.Eng P.Eng LEED AP of Read Jones Christoffersen Ltd. will not only cover these considerations, but also touch upon the related concerns of architects, engineers, interior designers and builders. It takes place Wednesday, April 7, 2013, 12:00 noon – 1:30 p.m. at Harbour Towers, 345 Quebec Street, Victoria. Lunch will be provided. Register online at http://www.bcbec.com/seminars.php.

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Heritage Vancouver Society

Endangered Sites Bus Tour

Climb aboard for an exclusive guided tour of Heritage Vancouver’s 2013 Top Ten Endangered Sites. Tour guides Donald Luxton, author and president of Heritage Vancouver, and Anthony Norfolk, head of Heritage Vancouver’s  Advocacy Committee, will intrigue you with background and stories of this year’s endangered sites. Purchase your tickets early for this popular event at http://www.heritagevancouver.org/.

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Terrazzo, Tile & Marble Association of Canada

Tech Expo Vancouver

A reminder that Terrazzo, Tile and Marble Association of Canada’s 9th Annual Tech Expo happens on Friday, April 12, 2013. This free, one-day event will be of particular interest to architects, designers, specifiers and contractors hoping to learn more about such topics as:

  • Innovations in Grout Technology;
  • Ventilated Facades;
  • Ceramic Tile: An Eco-logical Choice;
  • Moisture Management in Tiled Showers;
  • Deciphering Design and Trends in 2013; and
  • Rain-screen Principle Wall System for Porcelain Tile and Stone Veneer.

There will also be a panel discussion on the 2012/2014 Tile Specification Guide 09300. The expo takes place from 8:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. at Simon Fraser University Harbour Centre, 515 West Hastings Street, Vancouver. Coffee and lunch will be provided, and space is still available. To register, visit http://www.ttmac.com/upcoming-events.html.

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Vancouver’s Architecture Gets a Shot in The Arm

By Kerry Gold, Globe and Mail
March 29, 2013

Earlier this month, Switzerland’s star architect, Harry Gugger, was in Vancouver visiting the site of the new office tower he’s designing for Credit Suisse and SwissReal developers. Mr. Gugger, a world-famous architect who designed the Tate Modern in London, told me he’s been here four times and he’s struck by the craftsmanship of many of our old buildings, including the one he’s modifying for Credit Suisse at 475 Howe Street. In 1929, it became Vancouver’s stock exchange for nearly 20 years, and so, it became known as the Old Stock Exchange. More … http://www.theglobeandmail.com/life/home-and-garden/architecture/vancouvers-architecture-gets-a-shot-in-the-arm/article10582686/.

Saunders: We’re a Nation of Suburban Apartment-dwellers, But Afraid to Admit it

By Doug Saunders, Globe and Mail
March 30, 2013

What kind of housing do you think is most uniquely Canadian: The Victorian semi-detached house? The suburban split level? The downtown glass condo tower? Think again. The dwelling that’s most Canadian, in its sheer numbers and popularity, is the slab farm – the block of high-rise rental apartment buildings, generally constructed between 1955 and 1979, located closer to the countryside than the city hall, in the suburbs or fringes of major cities. More … http://www.theglobeandmail.com/commentary/uniquely-canadian-housing-try-slab-farms/article10514962/.

Forest Sector’s Latest Push: High-tech Lumber For Tall Towers

By Brent Jang, Globe and Mail
March 31, 2013

Canada’s forestry sector is touting a new generation of high-tech lumber as a way to gain a foothold in a part of the construction industry from which it has long been shut out: condominiums. Officials at the Forest Products Association of Canada are pushing to have building codes changed to allow for taller wood structures. Such buildings are made possible, they say, by massive wood beams made from reinforced timber that could become the main ingredient in many new condo towers. More … http://www.theglobeandmail.com/report-on-business/forest-sectors-latest-push-high-tech-lumber-for-tall-towers/article10590330/.