AIBC Council Meeting Summary: May 2013

At its most recent meeting on Tuesday, May 14, 2013, AIBC Council considered a wide range of matters including:

  • A submission by council’s Associate Options Task Force, detailing a framework of guiding principles for the admission and regulation of associate categories of membership. Council approved the following motions, as copied from the council submission itself (for the cover submission page and preamble to the motions, click here):

The following guiding principles for the admission and regulation of AIBC associates be adopted for future implementation:

a.       A reorganization of the current range of associate classes to a total of three:

Intern Architect Associate;

Retired Architect Associate (to be comprised of current retired architect and previously registered member classes); and

Architectural Technologist Associate (comprised of current architectural technologist, intern architectural technologist, building designer and residential designer classes);

b.       Discontinuation of the architectural graduate and student associate classes of associates (student associate class includes the subcategories architectural students, syllabus students and architectural technologist students);

c.        Replacement of all “.AIBC” designations with the three associate class designations in (a) above, and the establishment of guidelines, including bylaws, necessary for the use of these designations; and

d.       Establishing limitations and conditions, through bylaw creation and enforcement, of “independent practice” by AIBC associates, to conform with the expectation that work conducted by associates in the Architects Act exceptions occurs under the supervision of an architect.

2.       The following implementation principles be adopted:

a.         A transition process and timeline for implementation of the guiding principles in Motion 1 be established by the AOTF with the goal of implementing the replacement designations in Motion 1(c) by September 2013 and the balance of guiding principles by the AIBC 2014 annual meeting;

b.         The AOTF’s mandate and terms of reference be revised to reflect the tasks required for implementation of the guiding principles, including working with staff and external consultants as necessary;

c.          The AOTF’s composition be amended to include one intern architect associate liaison, one architectural technologist associate liaison, along with four elected council members and one LG appointee council member; and

d.         Staff be directed to work with the repurposed AOTF to develop required bylaws and other tasks related to implementation of the guiding principles.  


For additional information, see the summary report included with the AOTF submission.  Note: This is a supplementary information item. The report was not approved by AIBC Council. This topic is on the agenda for the upcoming annual meeting.

  • Replacement of the 2012 rules for council meetings with a revised set of rules governing such matters as meeting structure and authority, decision-making, in camera meetings, conduct and decorum can be found here.
  • Approval of a recommendation from the Voluntary Recognition Committee for the establishment of an AIBC Lifetime Achievement Award that would recognize outstanding, career-long body of work by a current or former member.
  • A status report from the Strategic Planning Working Group, outlining discussions to date in constructing a five-year strategic plan for the institute. Information will be shared with the membership as part of the upcoming annual meeting.
  • Additional reports from council’s Governance Committee, Registration Board, Fee Structure Committee, Finance Committee, and Intern Architect Registration Expediting Committee and Strategic Planning Working Group, along with a status report from the executive director.
  • Approval of recommended revisions resulting from the review of council policies 3.0 Governing Process and 4.0 Council-Executive Director Relationship.

Council also passed motions pertaining to various consent items dealing with policy compliance, committee changes, examination results and registration amendments. A special meeting of AIBC Council will take place on Wednesday, May 22, 2013. The 2013 AIBC Annual Meeting will be held on Saturday, June 1, 1:00 p.m. at the Simon Fraser University Downtown Vancouver Campus. Click here to view the 2013 Annual Meeting package documents.

Personal Information & Protection of Privacy

In response to concerns that have been raised recently, please be assured that the AIBC does not share personal information or provide mailing / distribution lists to its membership or the public. Note that some contact information for registered members is readily available to any person through various sources, including the AIBC web site.

Oral Review & Oral Review Preparation Workshop

The next set of oral reviews will be held on Tuesday and Wednesday, June 25 and 26, 2013. The oral review is an interview-based examination open to those Intern Architects who have:

  • completed and logged at least 2800 hours; and
  • completed the required AIBC courses.

Applications, along with an employer’s letter and fee payment, must be received by Wednesday, June 19, 2013. Eligibility will be confirmed by the Registration & Licensing Department. For complete details and to download the application form, click here.

Oral Review Preparation Workshop

For those planning to take part in the oral reviews on June 25 and 26, 2013, the AIBC will be hosting a free Oral Review Preparation Workshop on Wednesday, June 5, 2013, 6:00 p.m. at the AIBC offices. For any questions or to r.s.v.p. for the workshop, please contact Registration & Administration Coordinator Emily Tyler at

BC Hydro

2013 Power Smart Forum

The Power Smart Forum is one of British Columbia’s leading energy conservation conferences. This year’s event will feature a host of information-sharing opportunities including breakout and workshop sessions facilitated by industry experts from across North America. It takes place in Vancouver on October 22, 2013; registration is anticipated to open in August 2013. Click here to learn more.

Special Meeting of AIBC Council: May 22, 2013

AIBC Council President David Yustin has called a special public meeting of council for Wednesday, May 22, 2013 at the AIBC Offices. This will be a two-part meeting, beginning at 11:00 a.m. for a short period and recommencing at approximately 2:30 p.m.  The first agenda item concerns an update to the board of directors of the Canadian Architectural Certification Board. The afternoon session relates to directions from council’s Strategic Planning Working Group. Interested members of the institute and the public are welcome to attend.