Call for Submissions: Diversity by Design Exhibition & Emerging Professionals Exhibition

Call for Submissions: Diversity by Design Exhibition

The AIA Seattle Diversity Roundtable and the Architectural Institute of British Columbia invite B.C. architects and architecture firms to submit their work for inclusion in an exhibit of complete or in-process projects expressing the theme of “Diversity by Design”.  The exhibit will highlight individuals and businesses in both Washington and B.C. whose works reflect the spirit of gender and cultural inclusiveness, in keeping with the AIBC Council’s commitment to supporting new and diverse membership.

The exhibit will be mounted at the 2013 Conference, hosted by the AIBC and AIA Northwest and Pacific Region, October 23-26 in Vancouver. It will tell the story of diversity in the profession of architecture through final design products as well as processes that engage architects from gender or ethnic backgrounds that are under-represented in the profession. This might include work for clients representing ethnically-oriented or social service enterprise/organizations, or other projects or actions that address issues of race, gender, and ethnicity.

Eligibility

In keeping with intent of this exhibition, submissions must reflect firms, practitioners and projects that demonstrably support diversity within the profession – particularly through the encouragement of leadership by minority and women architects. The submission must also feature a project completed within the last five years, and whose lead architect is AIBC-registered.

Requirements

  • Interested firms and individuals are asked to submit:An exhibit panel in PDF format. The exhibit panel should feature a single project along with proper project attribution information (see AIBC Bulletin 44: Attribution: Giving and Taking Credit for Architectural Services), and be designed in keeping with the exhibit template provided (click here), which calls for a printed board at 22”x34”. Please use the following naming convention for your exhibit panel file: firmname_projectname_board.pdf
  • A one-page (8.5” x 11”) overview document (also in PDF format) detailing project information. This should include project name and location, design team, contact information (name, phone, e-mail address), and a statement about the relevance of the project to the “Diversity by Design” theme. Please use the following naming convention for your project overview file: firmname_projectname_cover.pdf.

To access the required templates as well as a sample version of a completed submission, click here.

Selection

Submissions will be reviewed and selected based on the message of architectural diversity and inclusion conveyed by the project team and/or the project itself.

Cost

There is no cost to submit. If selected, exhibitors will be responsible for all costs related to the printing and shipping of their exhibit boards.

Submission Deadline

5:00 p.m. PST on October 11, 2013. Submissions should be directed to:  communications@aibc.ca.

Contacts:

Rachael Kitagawa 206-624-5702

Titus Uomoto 206-898-9354

David Wiebe 604-522-6964

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Call for Submissions: Emerging Professionals Exhibition

Submission Deadline: Friday, October 11, 2013

The Architectural Institute of British Columbia and the American Institute of Architects Northwest and Pacific Region invite submissions for an Emerging Professionals exhibition as part of the 2013 Conference, October 23-26 at the Vancouver Convention Centre. This exhibition will highlight the work of new and emerging architectural talent who can demonstrate leadership in design, advocacy and commitment to sustainability. Recently-licensed architects (within their first 10 years of practice), intern architects and architectural students are invited to participate. Students should be registered in an accredited school of architecture in either British Columbia or the Northwest and Pacific Region.

This exhibition is meant to provide emerging professionals an opportunity to showcase their own ideas and creative approaches for designing buildings, spaces and places. Submissions can pertain to whole projects (buildings, spaces, landscapes, and places). The subject matter is not limited to actualized projects; both completed and purely ideas-based representations are welcome. However, it should in some way support the conference theme of “Sea Change” with an emphasis on the design process.

Submission Requirements
Interested individuals are asked to submit:

A 30” x 30” exhibit panel in digital (PDF) format. The exhibit panel should feature a single project using text, illustrations, plans, images and other graphic representations, along with proper project attribution information (see AIBC Bulletin 44: Attribution: Giving and Taking Credit for Architectural Services), Note: one presentation board per project submitted.

A one-page (8.5” x 11”) overview document (also in PDF format) detailing project information. This should include project name and location, submitter’s contact information (name, professional designations, phone, e-mail address), and a statement about the relevance of the project to the “Sea Change” theme.

Costs
There is no charge to submit for this exhibition. However, if selected, participants will responsible for all costs related to the printing and shipping of the 30” x 30” presentation board (mounted on foam core or eco-core) for display at the conference. Note: the presentation boards may be used in subsequent displays around the province and/or region and may not be returned.

Submission Deadline
Friday, October 11, 2013. You may submit your project safely and securely to the AIBC with the use of Dropbox, a free file sharing tool. Please share your project folder with communications@aibc.ca.

CALA Survey on Architectural Education and Internship

In preparation for the hosting of Canadian Architectural Certification Board (CACB) validation conference in 2014, the Canadian Architectural Licensing Authorities (CALA) is undertaking a national survey of intern architects, recent architectural graduates, newly-licensed architects and their firms. The goal is to better understand where improvements can be made to meet the needs and expectations of the profession when it comes to architectural education and internship. Invitations for B.C. representatives to take part in the survey, open until October 23, 2013, will be issued directly beginning next week.

Call for Submissions: Emerging Professionals Exhibition

Submission Deadline: Friday, October 11, 2013

The Architectural Institute of British Columbia and the American Institute of Architects Northwest and Pacific Region invite submissions for an Emerging Professionals exhibition as part of the 2013 Conference, October 23-26 at the Vancouver Convention Centre. This exhibition will highlight the work of new and emerging architectural talent who can demonstrate leadership in design, advocacy and commitment to sustainability. Recently-licensed architects (within their first 10 years of practice), intern architects and architectural students are invited to participate. Students should be registered in an accredited school of architecture in either British Columbia or the Northwest and Pacific Region.

This exhibition is meant to provide emerging professionals an opportunity to showcase their own ideas and creative approaches for designing buildings, spaces and places. Submissions can pertain to whole projects (buildings, spaces, landscapes, and places). The subject matter is not limited to actualized projects; both completed and purely ideas-based representations are welcome. However, it should in some way support the conference theme of “Sea Change” with an emphasis on the design process.

Submission Requirements
Interested individuals are asked to submit:

A 30” x 30” exhibit panel in digital (PDF) format. The exhibit panel should feature a single project using text, illustrations, plans, images and other graphic representations, along with proper project attribution information (see AIBC Bulletin 44: Attribution: Giving and Taking Credit for Architectural Services), Note: one presentation board per project submitted.

A one-page (8.5” x 11”) overview document (also in PDF format) detailing project information. This should include project name and location, submitter’s contact information (name, professional designations, phone, e-mail address), and a statement about the relevance of the project to the “Sea Change” theme.

Costs
There is no charge to submit for this exhibition. However, if selected, participants will responsible for all costs related to the printing and shipping of the 30” x 30” presentation board (mounted on foam core or eco-core) for display at the conference. Note: the presentation boards may be used in subsequent displays around the province and/or region and may not be returned.

Submission Deadline
Friday, October 11, 2013. You may submit your project safely and securely to the AIBC with the use of Dropbox, a free file sharing tool. Please share your project folder with communications@aibc.ca.

VAG Redesign Public Consultation

The Vancouver Art Gallery North Plaza is going to be redesigned, and those involved want to hear from you on this important public space. Help to create an inviting, dynamic plaza that works effectively with the art gallery, Robson Square and the surrounding areas. Plan to attend one of two upcoming open houses to see preliminary concept plan options for the open space to the north of the art gallery (bounded by Hornby, Georgia and Howe streets).

  • Tuesday, October 1, 2013             5:30 – 8:30 p.m.                Plaza Lounge, UBC Robson Square, 800 Robson Street
  • Saturday, October 5. 2013            12:30 – 3:30 p.m.              Plaza Lounge, UBC Robson Square, 800 Robson Street

Earlier this year, the City of Vancouver selected Nick Milkovich Architects as the primary consultants for the project, with a team that includes Hapa Collaborative, Matthew Soules Architecture, and Urban Forum Associates (UFA).Consultants and city staff will be on hand at each open house to answer questions and receive your feedback. In addition, an online survey will also be available through the city’s web site as of October 1. Click Here to view the promotional poster and for more information, visit www.vancouver.ca/block51.

Architects Gone Rogue! How to Use Your Skills From Architecture School Anywhere

By Linda Bennett, Architizer
September 26, 2013

Practicing architects and students of architecture are notorious for changing direction or leaving the field to venture into other creative industries. But that doesn’t mean those hours in the studio were a waste. Indeed, whatever their reason for leaving the profession, these trained architects often find that the urge to improve their environment persists throughout their professional life. Here, we will take a look at some amazing people who have left architecture while maintaining a focus on the interaction between people and their environment. More …

Women in Architecture

The next Women in Architecture social will feature Lorna Pawluk, a Vancouver lawyer who for the past 15 years  has been practicing law almost exclusively in the area of workplace health and safety. Ms. Pawluk assists her clients with regulatory consequences of workplace accidents and all aspects of workplace health and safety. She works for both provincially and federally regulated employers and in all sectors of the economy. Her WIA presentation will touch upon the health and safety obligations of those involved in various aspects of the construction industry. She will also explain how recently-introduced WorkSafe BC policies to deal with workplace bullying and harassment could impact you as an employer and as a worker. It takes place Thursday, October 10, 6:00 p.m. (presentation at 7:00 p.m. sharp) at Hughes Condon Marler Architects, 1508 West 2nd Avenue, Vancouver. Finger-food potluck contributions are welcome. Space is limited; please r.s.v.p. to wia.vancouver@gmail.com.

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UBC Continuing Studies Garden Design Lecture: Green Fuse – The Work of Dan Pearson

For the third annual UBC Continuing Studies Garden Design Lecture, United Kingdom-based garden and landscape designer Dan Pearson will discuss his professional career. Pearson, who was one of the earliest contemporary practitioners of naturalistic perennial planting in the U.K., will share his understanding and appreciation of natural landscapes and landforms, demonstrating how they shape his work today. This is a free lecture. For information and registration, click here.

University of British Columbia

UBC Continuing Studies: Living Roofs from A-Z

Uncover the history and design of living roofs. Drawing on the most current research, examine the living roof as a low-impact development tool as well as a future design solutions. A studio assignment will be used to explain the technical details of the construction and maintenance of a living roof. Following this weekend workshop, the instructor will also be available, on request, for an individual consultation via Skype.It happens Saturday and Sunday, November 2-3, 2013, 9:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. at the UBC Point Grey Campus. For more information and to register, click here.

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Call for Presenters: Banff Session 2014

The Alberta Association of Architects invites submissions for Banff Session 2014, May 2-3, 2014 at the Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel. This biannual conference in the Rocky Mountains provides an opportunity for those involved in the practice of architecture and interior design to discuss their work, ideas, beliefs, and attitudes in an arena of open dialogue, in a unique context unencumbered by the everyday pressures and activities of the workplace. It typically attracts a full house of approximately 450 architects, interior designers, academics, and students from all parts of Canada and the United States. The theme for Banff Session 2014 is Beyond Boundaries, exploring how the art of architecture and interior design has inspired us throughout history. With modern advances in technology, improved tools for design, and increasing limits to material properties, former boundaries that used to constrain architectural possibility are dissolving rapidly. Sub-themes include Evoking Memories of Influential Theories and Movements; Imagining the Future of Urban Spaces; Creating a Sustainable Vision; Transcending Social Boundaries; Exploring the Essence of Materials; and Articulating the Possibilities. Proposals for both keynote speakers and professional development presenters are welcome. All proposals must be received by November 1, 2013. For more information and a submission form, click here.

Role Call: AIBC Professional Conduct & Illegal Practice Board / Investigations Committee / Bylaw Review Committee

Volunteers are a key component of the AIBC’s governance model. The institute is currently seeking members with a keen desire to share their knowledge and skills, along with an ability to commit time and energy, for one of the above-mentioned board and committees.  Women and architects from the B.C. Interior and Fraser Valley are under-represented on the referenced board and committees and thus are encouraged to apply.

  • AIBC Professional Conduct & Illegal Practice Board

It is the role of the AIBC Professional Conduct & Illegal Practice Board to monitor professional conduct and illegal practice issues as they arise, and make recommendations to AIBC Council when necessary.  The board also keeps a close eye on potential issues and attempts to suggest clarifications and actions that guide council and the membership. The board is currently seeking renewal and invites the participation of experienced and interested members. To view the PCIPB’s terms of reference, click here.

  •  AIBC Investigations Committee

This committee conducts investigations of unprofessional conduct complaints and makes recommendations to the institute regarding how to proceed. The AIBC believes that public interest and the profession are best served by an investigations committee that includes members from diverse backgrounds. At this time, the committee is actively seeking representation from the B.C Interior as well as partners or senior architects from large firms, and encourages qualified architects to consider this opportunity. To view the committee’s terms of reference, click here.

  • AIBC Bylaw Review Committee

The Bylaw Review Committee has been tasked with reviewing bylaws and making recommendations to AIBC Council with respect to any bylaw amendments, deletions and/or new bylaws that may be appropriate in the context of the Architects Act and the AIBC’s public interest and professional regulation mandate. Share your knowledge and experience by  participating in this worthy endeavour. To view the BRC’s terms of reference, click here.

Interested members are invited to submit questions and expressions of interest to the AIBC, c/o Professional Conduct Coordinator Gayle Roberts at (604) 683-8588 extension 310, or by e-mail at groberts@aibc.ca.

Applicants for Building Code Appeal Board Chair

The provincial government’s Board Resourcing & Development Office is seeking candidates for chair of the Building Code Appeal Board. The Building Code Appeal Board tribunal, a quasi-judicial board, is established under the Local Government Act for the purpose of ruling on disputes arising from the interpretation or application of the codes referred in Section 692 of the Act. The tribunal has a complement of the chair, one vice chair and three members, and receives administrative support from the Office of Housing and Construction Standards. The term of membership is typically three years, with possible reappointment for an additional two years. The tribunal primarily makes decisions and hears appeals from persons who have a dispute with a local authority having jurisdiction over the application or interpretation of the BC Building Code. It hears approximately 35 applications each year, with considerable variation in content and complexity. Membership entails strong personal attributes along with core competencies that support operational and technical expertise as well as a level of legal, government and public sector knowledge. Detailed information and an online application processed can be accessed by clicking here.