BCIT Scholars

The following British Columbia Institute of Technology students are this year’s recipients of graduate awards supported by the Architectural Institute of British Columbia:

  • Jayleen Chivers The AIBC Achievement Award – Degree Student
  • Noah Covington – Jarvis – The AIBC Achievement Award in Architecture
  • Ryan Williamson – The AIBC Award in Architecture

Is Your Architect A Computer? A New Exhibit Reveals How Building Went Digital … And Why You Should Care

By Jonathan Keats, Forbes
June 24, 2013

Building the Vitra Design Museum in the 1980s, construction workers hit a kink in the curvature of the roof. It was the architect’s fault. Frank Gehry’s spectacularly sculptural structure was simply too complicated to fully plan out with pencil and T-square. So for his next project, Gehry phoned up Lockheed, reasoning that the aerospace industry knew how to flawlessly model phenomenal complexity in 3D. Over the next decade, he became one of the first architects to enlist computers in his work. Without them, there probably wouldn’t be a Disney Concert Hall or Guggenheim Bilbao. Yet that hasn’t made Gehry a convert. As a revealing new exhibit at the Canadian Centre for Architecture shows, ambivalence about digital architecture was characteristic of most of the architects who pioneered it, including Peter Eisenman, Chuck Hoberman and Shoei Yoh. More …


Pressure Builds for Change in Britain’s Schools of Architecture

Architecture students are unhappy paying ever more for lengthy training that has remained largely unchanged since 1960s
By Oliver Wainwright, The Guardian
June 27, 2013

Wiry contraptions hang from the ceiling, while globular fungal forms nestle on tables between the spidery legs of 3D-printed creatures. A post-apocalyptic confetti of scalpel blades, empty Pot Noodles and cans of Coke is scattered among this landscape of foreign objects, while a sleeping bag pokes out from under a desk – perhaps with someone still in it. It is a familiar scene, repeated in the studios of UK architecture schools over the past few weeks, as bleary-eyed students prepare their portfolios for the final reckoning and begin sprucing up work for the summer exhibitions. The masochistic, sleep-deprived chaos may be nothing new, but beneath the usual end-of-year mayhem a deeper discontent appears to be brewing. More …

At Ground Zero For Vancouver’s Towering Debate

High-rises up to 36 storeys proposed for Commercial and Broadway neighbourhood raise looming citywide question: who decides?
By Charles Campbell, TheTyee.ca
June 25, 2013

News of the towers rippled through my neighbourhood in early June, at garage sales and block parties, at Micro Footie games and the Trout Lake Farmers Market. The city’s freshly minted draft Grandview-Woodland Community Plan calls for a radical remake of the area around the Broadway SkyTrain station: a possible 36-storey building on the Safeway site behind the station, towers up to 22 storeys in “transitional” zones including the area between 11th and 12th avenues near Commercial Drive, and more high-rises up to 26 storeys between Broadway and 7th towards Woodland. More …

Omicron Acquires Grant + Sinclair

Omicron Architecture Engineering Construction Ltd. has acquired the Vancouver firm of Grant & Sinclair Architects Ltd. The addition of architects Paul Grant and Douglas Sinclair along with their team brings a wealth of architectural expertise to Omicron with special emphasis on educational, institutional and custom residential commissions. It also strengthens Omicron’s position as one of the largest integrated development services, design and construction firms in Western Canada.