Women in Architecture Vancouver 20×20

In tradition of Pecha Kucha and many 20×20 events, Women in Architecture Vancouver (WIA) has invited its members to present their own works, research or interests. Each presenter will have 20 slides to present, 20 seconds per slide. It happens Thursday November 14, 6:00 – 9:00 p.m. at the Brooks Corning Showroom,1039 Homer Street, Vancouver. Please bring potluck food to share. Please r.s.v.p. at http://wia-vancouver.eventbrite.ca/. For more about WIA, visit www.wiavancouver.org.

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Role Call: Municipal Advisory Design Panels

The AIBC is seeking applications from architects interested in serving on the following municipal advisory design panels:

  • Chilliwack Design Review Panel
  • Whistler 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:

An application form is available by clicking here. Should you have any questions, contact Administrative Assistant Yana Vassilenko at yvassilenko@aibc.ca.

Save the Date: 2013 AIBC Holiday Open House

‘Tis the season to mark your calendars for the 2013 AIBC Holiday Open House. It will take place Wednesday, December 11, 2013, 5:30 – 8:30 p.m. at the AIBC offices (#100 – 440 Cambie Street, Vancouver). Plan on joining colleagues and friends in celebrating the very best of the season with local flavours and plenty of holiday cheer. Advance r.s.v.p. is requested by December 5. Click here to confirm your attendance.

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November Council Meeting

The next meeting of AIBC Council is scheduled for Tuesday, November 12, 2013, 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at the AIBC offices (#100 – 440 Cambie Street, Vancouver). Members, associates and the public are welcome to attend; please confirm your attendance in advance by contacting Executive Coordinator Tracy Tough by e-mail (ttough@aibc.ca) or phone (604-683-8588, #335). Click here for the meeting agenda.

Presentation House Gala & Auction

A reminder that Presentation House Gallery will hold its annual gala and benefit auction on Saturday, November 23, 2013. This year’s event will showcases the creative talent of leading Vancouver visual artists, designers and architects, who have been invited to interpret Italian designer Enzo Mari’s iconic Sedia 1 chair. Their responses to this unique challenge will then be auctioned in support of the gallery. Participants include Innes Yates Architect AIBC and John Wall Architect AIBC, as well as designer Omer Arbel, designer/visual artist/writer Douglas Coupland and artist Brian Jungen. The event, which takes place at Secret Location at 1 Water Street in Gastown, will feature a live auction and conclude with a seated dinner. During the evening, Presentation House Gallery will also be unveiling designs for its spectacular new purpose-built facility on the North Vancouver waterfront, designed by the Patkau Architects. Tickets are $250 each, tables of eight for $1,750. Contact the gallery directly at (604) 986-1351. Click here for more details.

Council Resignation

AIBC Council Member Michael Green Architect AIBC has resigned from council effective November 2, 2013. As per the provisions of the Architects Act, AIBC Council has begun a process to appoint an architect in good standing as a replacement for the duration of his elected term, which expires in May 2014. The Act requires this appointment to take place within 30 days of the resignation.

Sustainable Community Breakfast: Rolling Out Food Scraps Recycling in Multi-family Buildings

In 2015, food scraps will be banned from the garbage throughout the Metro Vancouver region. What does this mean for restaurants and other food businesses? Learn how food businesses are managing food waste, and how good things can happen when it’s diverted from the garbage. Speakers include Todd Jeannotte, Director, Catering & Conference Services and Chair, Green Committee – Four Seasons Hotel Vancouver; Jaclyn McPhadden, Sustainability Consultant – RecycleSmart Solutions; Erin Nichols, Manager – Community Angel Food Runner; and Stuart Lilley, Manager, Feedstock Supply – Enterra. It takes place Wednesday, November 13, 2013, 7:30 – 9:00 a.m. at the British Columbia Institute of Technology Vancouver Campus, 555 Seymour Street.  Click here to register online.

Sustainable Community Breakfast: Managing Food Waste From Food Businesses

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 website often to find out about future dialogues in your community.

 

National Holocaust Monument Finalists

A group with Vancouver representation is among the six finalist teams chosen in the final phase of the Canadian National Holocaust Monument competition. The two-phase national competition invited teams of architects, artists and other design professionals from around the globe to develop design concepts for the National Holocaust Monument to be built in Ottawa. The B.C.-based contingent includes Hossein Amanat Architect AIBC and Robert Kleyn Architect AIBC, along with University of Toronto Associate Professor David Lieberman OAA AAA MRAIC RIBC, landscape architect Daniel Roehr and artist Esther Shalev-Gerz. The monument is intended to honour victims and survivors of the holocaust and ensure a permanent place in the national consciousness and memory. Final project designs will go before the competition jury this early in 2014.

APEGBC Award For Honorary Member

The Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of British Columbia (APEGBC) celebrated its 2013 President’s and Project Awards on October 25, 2013 as part of its annual conference. Amongst the recipients was AIBC Honorary Member Paul Fast P.Eng Struct. Eng., of the Vancouver-based engineering firm of Fast + Epp , who received the R.A. McLachlan Memorial Award, APEGBC’s premier award for professional engineering, recognizing those who have made significant technical, professional service and community service contributions to the engineering profession.

Vancouver Civic Award for Wai

Joe Wai Architect AIBC is one of nine new recipients of the City of Vancouver’s Civic Merit Award. The award, Vancouver’s highest civic honour, recognizes individuals for outstanding achievement in a particular field of endeavour within the city and province, or in recognition of a specific service. In being presented with his award as part of a city hall ceremony on Wednesday, October 30, Wai was cited for his work in creating the Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden.

Know The Code? Courses on New Energy Efficiency Regulations

Effective December 20, 2013, both the 2012 BC Building Code and the 2014 Vancouver Building By-law bring into effect new energy efficiency requirements for Part 3 buildings. These new standards  – spelled out in ASHRAE 90.1 2010 and NECB 2011 – have been adopted in parallel, allowing designers to select one or the other. In preparation for the new regulations, the AIBC, BC Hydro, the province’s Building and Safety Standards Branch, the City of Vancouver and the Illuminating Engineering Society of BC (IES) have collaborated to offer a series of affordable training sessions for industry professionals. Specifically tailored for industry specializations, they are designed to provide designers with the specific information relevant to their work. All sessions will be taught by local leaders in their field, and each training units will comprehensively cover the new building code and building by-law energy requirements as well as both ASHRAE and NECB requirements, identifying where the standards will specifically differ. The architecture-specific sessions include General Overview & Compliance Requirements, and Envelope Requirements. Half-day courses (approximately three hours) will be offered from Tuesday and Wednesday, November 26 – 27, 2013 at the AIBC. The cost is $110 each. Space is limited; click here to register online.

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Presentation House Gala & Auction

Presentation House Gallery will hold its annual gala and benefit auction on Saturday, November 23, 2013. This year’s event will showcases the creative talent of leading Vancouver visual artists, designers and architects, who have been invited to interpret Italian designer Enzo Mari’s iconic Sedia 1 chair. Their responses to this unique challenge will then be auctioned in support of the gallery. The event, which takes place at Secret Location at 1 Water Street in Gastown, will conclude with a seated dinner. During the evening, Presentation House Gallery will also be unveiling designs for its spectacular new purpose-built facility on the North Vancouver waterfront. Tickets are $250 each, tables of eight for $1,750. Contact the gallery directly at (604) 986-1351. Click here for more details.

Has Architecture Lost Touch With the People?

By Kaid Benfield, The Atlantic Cities
October 28, 2013

I’ve been mulling this one for a few days. I seem to know a lot of people who do a lot of complaining about the architecture profession, particularly its alleged preoccupation with making artistic statements rather than, the charge goes, serving people. I think it’s a fair point to a degree, but for a lot of reasons I’ll try to work through here, I’m having a hard time figuring out to what degree, exactly. A related issue is the extent to which architects should, and do, listen to the people their buildings and places are supposedly serving. More …

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