Jane’s Walk Vancouver

This coming weekend, communities around the world will be the scene of urban walking tours that offer a first-hand look at how public space is actually used. Jane’s Walk, as this increasingly popular initiative is known, honours the legacy and ideas of urban activist and writer Jane Jacobs, who championed the interests of  local residents in protecting the importance of experiencing a city by foot. This year, a growing number of Vancouver neighbourhoods —19 and counting— will be participating.  Anyone can attend, and all tours are free of charge. On Friday to Sunday, May 3-5, 2013, don’t miss this chance to take to the streets while engaging in frank discussion about everything from vibrant urban gardens markets and urban archaeology to transportation issues and gentrification. To see the full schedule of Vancouver walks, please click here. For more information, contact Elizabeth MacKenzie Architect AIBC at emack@shaw.ca.

Canadian Society for Marketing Professional Services

Driving ROI From Your Online Presence: The Secrets to Incorporating a Digital Marketing Strategy Into Your Professional Services Business

Professional services firms in today’s world require a healthy online community. But what happens when your website, e-mail marketing material and social media presence aren’t in full health? What if you were able to optimize your online community presence, starting with yourwebsite? These days, the website is often your company’s marketing hub. Consequently, common marketing issues can easily masquerade as website problems. Don’t miss this three-hour workshop with digital marketing strategist Erin Whittle. Learn how to enhance your corporate strategic online presence, one that not only supports tactical marketing efforts but also builds strategic business development and demonstrates return on investments. It takes place Thursday, May 30, 2013, 7:30 a.m. – 12:00 noon at the British Columbia Institute for Technology’s Downtown Campus, 555 Seymour Street, Vancouver. Click here to register. Breakfast will be provided.

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Vancouver Heritage Foundation

Old School: Heritage 101 – What is Heritage Conservation?

Join City of Vancouver Senior Heritage Planner Marco D’Agositni along with heritage consultants Judy Oberlander and Don Luxton for this one-day interactive course designed to link the theory and practice of heritage conservation. Using the Standards and Guidelines for the Conservation of Historic Places in Canada, their presentation will cover three key areas: a values-based approach to heritage conservation; the regulatory environment; and the importance of planning prior to undertaking a project. The Mission to Seafarer’s Building (401 East Waterfront Road, Vancouver) will be used as a “lab” for the purposes of visual observation as well as discussion of how to embark on a conservation plan. It takes place Saturday, May 11, 2013, 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Click here to register for this event.

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Course Offering: Blueprint for Business

Thursday May 23, 2013 @ the AIBC 9:30am – 5:00pm 

So you finally have the Architect AIBC title after your name and are itching to hang out your shingle for all those potential clients soon to be pounding at your door. Okay, the shingle is up … now what? Have we got a course for you. Blueprint for Business will walk you through the A-to-Z of business planning for architects, from your professional obligations to the forms of practice available to you. It will alert you to some fundamental issues and opportunities, from both the professional and business points of view, that merit your attention both before and after setting up shop. For those who have already established a firm but may have forgotten what the excitement was all about, this is a perfect refresher course. Your enthusiasm will be renewed. This full-day course takes place Thursday, May 23, 2013, from 9:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at the AIBC offices. Please click here to register online.  Should you have further questions, please contact Professional Development Coordinator Aleta Cho at acho@aibc.ca.

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