CACB Conference Position Papers

The Canadian Architectural Certification Board (CACB) is planning a September 2014 conference to review the holistic education of an architect. The theme of this conference – Education, Experience and Exam – will focus on the education of future practicing architects from a student beginning architecture school to licensure and registration. How we prepare graduates for success in this evolving and expanding discipline is critical to our collective futures. In order to develop more meaningful sessions, the conference organizing committee is position paper that will be used to shape and evoke stimulus for discussion by conference delegates. Conclusions and recommendations emerging from the conference will be considered by the CACB as a basis for alterations to the accreditation and certification processes. These position papers may also help to improve processes for internship and architectural registration and will be considered by the regulators. Architecture constituents (organizations, registered professionals, IAs, etc.) are invited to submit position papers that provide documentation and argumentation for specific challenges to the current paradigm of education, experience and examination. They are not limited in length but should be as concise and precise as possible, and must be received by April 1, 2014. Send them to

New Vancouver Building Bylaw

At its September 25, 2013 meeting, Vancouver City Council approved a new Vancouver Building Bylaw that brings about changes to support housing for renters, seniors and people with disabilities while eliminating red tape and supporting the city’s Greenest City 2020 Action Plan. The updated building code reduces administrative requirements for building and construction professionals while enhancing energy and water efficiency, accessibility, and fire and life safety requirements. Changes include:

  • Mandating of adaptable housing requirements such as wider doorways, stairways, and corridors, as well as requiring automatic door openers at the main entry of apartment buildings to support seniors and people with disabilities;
  • Making it easier to add kitchen and bathroom facilities to SRO buildings by waiving the renovation requirement that such changes be tied to other upgrades;
  • Setting improved energy efficiency targets for one- and two-family dwellings, which will have 50% fewer GHGs annually than the current provincial code;
  • Allowing the Chief Building Official to extend a building permit twice without requiring council approval; and,
  • Giving the Chief Building Officer authority to set a deadline by which a landlord must comply with legal orders.

Additional information is available online, click here.

Vancouver Heritage Foundation

Old School –  Maintaining Heritage Buildings: Energy Retrofits For Older Buildings

Breathe easy, stay warm, and save money: How to upgrade the performance of an older home without sacrificing heritage. This one-evening workshop will introduce the key building science principles that affect home performance, and present a range of affordable strategies for improving indoor air quality, thermal comfort and energy efficiency in older homes. The presentation will conclude with an extended Q&A session at which attendees may ask specific questions about their homes. The presenter, Monte Paulsen, is a Certified Energy Advisor and Passive House consultant who resides in a heritage home. The event takes place on Wednesday, April 2, 2014, at 7:00pm to 9:30pm, in the Town Hall Room at the Vancouver City Hall (453 W 12th Ave., Vancouver). Cost is $25 + tax. To register and for more details, please visit or call (604) 264-9642.

2.5 Core LUs

Vancouver Heritage Foundation

Old School –  Maintaining Heritage Buildings: Drafting a Statement of Significance

Statements of Significance (SOS) are more than just tools that commemorate important sites. They are mandatory documents to formally recognize historic places at local, provincial and federal levels. Led by BC Heritage Branch Senior Heritage Planner Berdine Jonker, this workshop will qualify participants to author SOSs, including knowledge of the formal conventions required for submitting them to three levels of government. This workshop is sponsored by the B.C. Heritage Branch. Heritage professionals and students, homeowners and heritage building and site owners are all welcome. The cost is $25. It takes place Saturday, November 16, 9:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. at the Unitarian Church Hall, 949 West 49th Avenue, Vancouver. Click here to register.

3.5 Core LUs

Vancouver Heritage Foundation

Old School –  Maintaining Heritage Buildings: Neighbourhood Zoning Walk

This walk with Civic Historian John Atkin will visit two neighbouring zoning districts – Mount Pleasant (RT-6) and Shaughnessy (FSD) – , comparing what the zoning regulations allow now, and how what is already there relates to current regulations. Participants will also hear heritage stories along the way. It takes place Saturday, October 12, 2013. The cost is $30. For details and to register, click here or call (604) 264-9642.

3.0 Core LUs

Vancouver Heritage Foundation

Hycroft Evening Lecture Series: 1913 – Vancouver’s Boom Year

Civic Historian John Atkin will speak to the Vancouver construction boom that took place in 1913, resulting in a significant number of wonderful heritage buildings now celebrating their 100th birthday.  It is scheduled for Tuesday, October 15, 2013, 7:30 – 9:30 p.m. at the University Women’s Club of Vancouver at Hycroft, 1489 McRae Avenue. The cost is $12. Click here to sign up.

1.5 Non-core LUs

Vancouver Heritage Foundation

Brown Bag Lunch & Learn: Designing Effective Small Spaces

Bruce Carscadden Architect AIBC, of Bruce Carscadden Architecture Inc., will reveal how the Burns Block – a synergy of city, developer and heritage interests – meshed with Carscadden’s own architectural aspirations. It happens Wednesday, November 13, 2013, 12:00 noon – 1:30 p.m. at the British Columbia Institute of Technology’s Downtown Campus,555 Seymour Street, Vancouver. The cost is $12. Click here to register online.

1.5 Core LUs