New Site for Federal Tendering

The Government of Canada has announced that it will no longer be using MERX for its tendering process. Effective June 1, 2013, federal government opportunities will be posted on This site will be the sole authoritative source of Government of Canada tenders subject to trade agreements or departmental policies requiring public advertising. Other significant changes with the new site include:

  • no subscription fees;
  • no registration to download opportunities or document request list;
  • an improved search feature; and
  • web/RSS notifications.

For additional information about the federal tending process, please click on the Tenders FAQ document.

University of Victoria Cultural Resource Management Program

Conserving Historic Structures (HA 489J)

The conservation of historic places is governed by well-established principles and standards. This intensive on-campus course will enhance one’s understanding of the practice of heritage conservation. It will address the central topics of the discipline, focusing on the preparation of a historic structure report. Through this course, participants will develop their ability to:

  • Understand heritage conservation as a professional activity, guided by well-established core principles and standards of practice;
  • Become familiar with the statutes, regulations, and codes that control heritage conservation in B.C. and Canada;
  • Investigate and document the history and heritage values of a historic structure;
  • Investigate and document the physical condition of a historic structure;
  • Identify the materials and systems commonly encountered in historic structures, and analyze the nature, extent, and causes of their deterioration;
  • Select appropriate conservation strategies and interventions for particular situations; and
  • Prepare a historic structures report, drawing on the information learned in the course.

Instructor Richard Linzey BA (Hons) DipArch. Dipl. Cons (AA) is the Manager of Heritage Programs for the British Columbia Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations. This one-week course takes place Monday to Saturday, September 30 – October 5, 2013 at the University of Victoria. The registration deadline is September 2, 2013; late registrations may be accepted if space permits. For more information, including registration information, click here.

28 Core LUs

University of Victoria Cultural Resource Management Program

Industrial Heritage (HA 489A)

Industrial plants can bring with them a series of challenges both from a technical and philosophical perspective. This intensive on-campus course will examine the nature of industrial sites and review the various approaches to their conservation. It will explore a technique for analyzing and understanding the processes and products of an industrial plant to allow the establishment of their appropriate values and significance – the underpinning of preparing a conservation program. The course will examine the issues surrounding industrial sites through the use of case studies and a field trip to provide firsthand experience. Through this course, participants will develop their ability to:

  • analyze an industrial site and learn to establish the values and significance associated with it;
  • examine the site from a cultural landscape perspective and the often-broad and complex relationships that exist within its surroundings;
  • identify techniques for the recording and documentation of industrial sites;
  • create a condition assessment of extant equipment as well as building structures;
  • evaluate the best use potential of the site from simple stabilization through to interpretation and adaptive reuse; and
  • prepare a conservation master plan.

Instructor Lorne Simpson MAAA MRAIC RCA is an Alberta-registered architect and senior partner with Simpson Roberts Architecture Interior Design, Inc. in Calgary. This one-week course takes place Monday to Saturday, June 17-22, 2013 at the University of Victoria. The registration deadline is May 20, 2013; late registrations may be accepted if space permits. For more information, including registration information, click here.

33 Core LUs

Get to Know Your Intern Architect Committee

The AIBC’s Intern Architect Committee would like to get to know you. Learn about and get in touch with committee representatives through the IAP web site.  In addition, IAC members have created their Facebook group to help facilitate conversation and collaboration within the province’s growing community of Intern Architects. You can access it by clicking here. The IAC offers services and support to Intern Architects seeking registration, providing input to the AIBC’s Registration Board about the Internship in Architecture Program. Committee members organize Intern Architect-specific events, coordinate and maintain study materials, and help inform policy decisions by acting as a representative body for the Intern Architect community in British Columbia.

Intern Orientation

The AIBC will be hosting an Intern Architect Orientation on Thursday, May 30, 2013, 12:00 noon to 1:30 p.m. at the AIBC offices.  All Intern Architects, architecture students and those interested in joining the Internship in Architecture Program (IAP) are welcome to attend. This optional orientation will explore the general trajectory of the IAP including recent changes, experience submissions, and examination information for both the Examination for Architects in Canada (ExAC) and the national Council of Architectural Registration Boards’ Architecture Registration Examination (NCARB ARE).  For additional information or to r.s.v.p. for the orientation, please contact Registration & Administration Coordinator Emily Tyler at