AIBC Architectural Walking Tours

The AIBC’s Architectural Walking Tours begin July 1, 2013.  This summer’s program offers unique perspectives of both Vancouver and Victoria. Those interested are invited to take advantage of six distinct tours in each city. Click here to view our online schedules.

Update – Members’ Advisory: West Vancouver Centre for Art, Architecture and Design (the “Proposed Centre”)

On June 5, the AIBC issued an advisory to its membership regarding an Expressions of Interest issued by District of West Vancouver. Members are now advised that the district’s EOI (BC Bid #EOI13 29) is now in compliance with AIBC Bylaws. Subsequent to the initial advisory, the district contacted the AIBC to assure that all the necessary provisions for a sanctioned competition will be in place, in accordance with AIBC Bylaws. Interested members are now encouraged to submit their credentials to this EOI process.

CCDC Design/Build Contract Seminar (CCDC 14&15)

The Canadian Construction Documents Committee – will release two new design/build contract forms in July 2013. In preparation of publishing CCDC 14 – Design-Build Stipulated Price Contract and CCDC 15 – Design Services Contract between Design-Builder and Consultant, CCDC is offering half-day seminars in select locations around the province. Presentation locations and dates are as follows:

  • Vancouver                Friday, June 21, 2013, 8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
  • Victoria                     Monday, June 24, 2013, 8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
  • Prince George        Thursday, June 27, 2013, 1:00 – 5:00 p.m.

CCDC representatives will explain the philosophy behind these contract forms as well as outline important changes to Document 14 – 2000 Design-Build Stipulated Price Contract (CCA, CSC, RAIC) and Document 15 – 2000 Design-Builder/Consultant Contract (CCA, CSC, RAIC). Participants will receive electronic copies of the new contract forms and the accompanying guides (to be released in December 2013). For further information and to register, click here.

Current Exhibit: Canadian Green Building Awards

June 12 – July 10, 2013  

The Canadian Green Building Awards is an annual national program of Sustainable Architecture & Building Magazine and the Canada Green Building Council. The awards recognize sustainable design, architectural merit and innovation in order to advance knowledge and improve Canadian sustainable design practices of non-residential and residential buildings. The program is open to new and renovated buildings and interiors, as well as housing. The exhibition will feature this year’s award-winning projects from across the country. The AIBC Gallery, located at #100 – 440 Cambie Steet in Vancouver, is free and open to the public open Monday – Thursday from 8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. and Friday from 8:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

“This year’s winning entries include two projects by B.C. architects: Georgia Green Eco 4-Plex, Vancouver (Residential) by Nick Sully Architect AIBC – Principal of SHAPE Architecture Inc.; and UniverCity Childcare Centre, Burnaby by Karen Marler Architect AIBC, SAA, OAA, FRAIC, LEED AP – Partner of Hughes Condon Marler Architects.”

Sustainable Community Breakfast: Managing Growth – Integrating Land Use and Transportation Planning

Metro Vancouver, member municipalities and Translink are implementing a Regional Growth Strategy (RGS) that includes working together to better integrate land use and transportation in the region. Learn how the RGS will focus over two-thirds of the region’s growth into urban centres and Frequent Transit Development Areas (FTDAs), priority locations along transit corridors that could accommodate higher density development. Speakers include Lee-Ann Garnett, Senior Regional Planner – Metro Vancouver; Sarah Ross, Senior Manager, Strategy and Plan Development – TransLink; and Don Luymes, Manager of Community Planning – City of Surrey. It takes place Wednesday, June 12, 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.

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.

Wood WORKS! British Columbia

Lateral Design of Wood Structures: Load And Design Considerations For Engineers

This three-day workshop will be of interest to structural engineers who are interested in learning more about load and design considerations in the lateral design of wood structures. The workshop will start by discussing the workings of wind and seismic loads, load path/load distribution, and code and lateral design provisions based on the most recent CSA O86, engineering design in wood standard, and the National Building Code of Canada (NBC) 2010. It will cover prescriptive design provisions based on the Canadian Wood Council’s Engineering Guide for Wood Frame Construction and the NBC Part 9. In addition, the workshop will touch on lateral design considerations for mid-rise wood frame construction. It takes place Wednesday to Friday, June 26-28, 2013, 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. at the Delta Vancouver Airport Hotel, 3500 Cessna Drive, Richmond. For more information and to register, click here.

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Update: Consensual Resolution Bylaws

On May 7, 2013, architects and honorary members voted 96% in favour of proposed new consensual resolution bylaws 36.0 through 36.22. Under the Architects Act, notice of bylaw changes must be sent to the provincial government within seven days of passage. It then has 45 days to review such bylaws and consider whether to disallow them.

In anticipation of the “disallowance period” lapsing on June 24, 2013, the institute will be issuing a role call for its Consensual Resolution Review Panel in the near future. The proposed bylaws call for the review panel to include as many as five architects and two public members. Any architects and members of the public interested in serving on the panel are invited to contact the AIBC for more information. Please direct inquiries to Illegal Practice & Professional Conduct Coordinator Jackie Buchan at or 604.683-8588 Ext. 316.

Role Call: District of Squamish Advisory Design Panel

The AIBC’s Design Panel Committee is seeking volunteers to serve on the District of Squamish Advisory Design Panel. The role of an advisory design panel member is to give impartial, professional advice directly on any proposal or policy affecting the community’s physical environment in the public interest. To learn more about the procedures for serving on a panel, please refer to the following documents:

Additionally, the District of Squamish Advisory Design Panel’s terms of reference can be found online. Interested applicants can access an application form here: ADP_Application_Form_10012013. Should you have any questions, contact Administrative Assistant Yana Vassilenko at (604) 683-8588, ext. 314.