Evergreen Line Letters of Assurance

The AIBC has officially endorsed the letters of assurance developed for use on the Evergreen Line Skytrain Rapid Transit Project. The institute previously reviewed the draft proposal and identified necessary changes that have been subsequently addressed by the Ministry of Transportation & Infrastructure and Translink. The project is slated for completion by 2016. For additional information, visit http://www.partnershipsbc.ca/files-4/project-elrt.php or http://www.evergreenline.gov.bc.ca/.

Call for Presenters: 20×20 at 2013 Conference

Presentation Date: Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Organizers of the 2013 Conference, taking place October 23-26, 2013 in Vancouver, invite you to be part of its 20×20 event, a high-energy evening of ideas and inspiration presented Pecha Kucha-style. *

The 2013 Conference marks a first-time partnership between the Architectural Institute of British Columbia and the American Institute of Architects – Northwest & Pacific Region. As a spirited warm-up to the opening night’s keynote address, the 20×20 event will bring together a select group of presenters to share their personal interpretations and observations of the conference theme: “Sea Change: Architecture on the Crest”.

The theme draws attention to the dynamic, critical times in which we live. Forces of change, both natural and man-made, are shaking the foundations of our communities and stirring questions about our shared future. Global issues such as livability, sustainability, affordability and environmental impact are felt by all, with a particularly strong resonance within the architectural profession. The goal of this conference is to inform, excite, challenge and inspire in order to bring about positive change. It will also serve to underscore the important role that architects can and should play in helping to continue charting the course for successful, sustainable communities.

Submissions & Selection

Entry is open to all members of the design community, not just AIBC and AIA NWPR registrants. Entrants can present individually or in multi-person teams, but must adhere to the strict 20×20 presentation style (see below *). Preference will be given to those proposals that demonstrate:

  • A focused, creative or inspired connection to the “Sea Change: Architecture on the Crest” theme;
  • Clarity of concept in both written and visual representations; and
  • A certain creative flair.

There is no charge to submit a proposal for consideration. Each submission must include:

  • Contact information, including the submitter’s name and professional designations, firm name, address, phone number and e-mail address. If submitting as a team of presenters, this information must be included for all team members.
  • Biographical information for the presenter(s), including an up-to-date resume.
  • A written summary of the presentation that speaks to:
    * The core idea or creative concept that the presentation is attempting to address; and
    * How the presentation relates to the “Sea Change: Architecture on the Crest” theme.
  • Three images that typify those to be used in the proposed presentation.

All proposals will be reviewed by the AIBC’s Intern Architect Committee, which includes volunteer architects, intern architects, architecture students and AIBC staff. Selection for inclusion in the 20×20 event will be made by the committee, with all such selections being final.

Those selected will be required to provide:

  • A full outline of the proposed presentation, including a slide-by-slide breakdown; and
  • The complete set of presentation images, in the correct order, in either PDF or PowerPoint format.

Conditions of Participation

While all submissions remain the intellectual property of the submitters, the AIBC reserves the right to promote, reproduce and display submitted materials. Images and content from this event may also appear in the AIBC journal, architectureBC.

Submitters must have the rights for all ideas and images submitted. Additionally, all work must be accurately attributed as per AIBC standards (see Bulletin 44: Attribution: Giving and Taking Credit for Architectural Services by clicking here).

Submitters are responsible for any costs related to the submission and presentation process, including the production of materials and any shipping or transportation costs.


  • All proposals must be received by Wednesday, September 11, 2013 (12:00 noon). Submissions should be sent to the AIBC Offices at #100 – 440 Cambie Street, Vancouver, BC, V6B 2N5. E-mailed submissions are encouraged and can be sent to registration@aibc.ca.
  • Those selected will be contacted by approximately September 20, 2013.
  • Final presentation outlines and complete sets of properly formatted images must be provided to the AIBC by October 11, 2013.
  • The 20×20 event will be held on Wednesday, October 23, 2013, 6:00 – 7:30 p.m. at the Vancouver Convention Centre West, Ballrooms C/D. Presenters must arrive by 5:00 p.m.

* 20×20 or Pecha Kucha began in Tokyo in 2003. The introduction of this unique presentation style challenged speakers to focus on and share their ideas within a very strict format: each speaker presents 20 images, each image lasting for only 20 seconds, resulting in an entire presentation at six minutes and 40 seconds. The automatic progression of the images makes for a fast-paced, focused and fun event where creative ideas are rapidly conveyed in a concise and memorable style.