An architect’s summer home: Downtown looks in a cottage context

January 30, 2014
By John Bentley Mays, Special to The Globe and Mail

For Torontonians enduring the city’s early January weather, next summer must seem impossibly far off. The worst of the winter is, more than likely, yet to come; and many weeks will pass before we can confidently stow away snow boots and mitts once and for all.

But the very bleakness of this time of year makes it a good moment to think forward to what’s waiting for us in a future that is not, after all, so very distant – things such as swims in lakes, barbeques on the deck and other pleasures of the warm months. And, of course, many Toronto people enjoy love cottage life.

Toronto architect Charles Gane is looking forward to April, when he will open up his 2,000-square-foot Georgian Bay cottage for its first complete season. More…

Destruction Looms for Arthur Erickson-designed Bank of Canada Atrium Garden

January 7, 2014
By Maria Cook and Michelangelo Sabatino, Ph.D. Published, The Cultural Landscape Foundation

The Bank of Canada’s garden and atrium in Ottawa, situated in a building between Canada’s first retail pedestrian mall and the federal institutional landscape, provide a welcoming public space in Canada’s capital city and exemplify architect Arthur Erickson’s skill as a maker of interior and exterior landscapes. The 12,749 square-foot atrium is now at risk of privatization and the garden threatened with destruction. More…

Hahn Oberlander Book Launch

Inform Interiors will be the site of a book launch for Cornelia Hahn Oberlander: Making the Modern Landscape.  This book celebrates her designs.  Cornelia Hahn Oberlander’s work is integral to the fabric of Vancouver and forms the living heart of the Robson Square Law Courts and the Museum of Anthropology. The launch takes place on Thursday, February 6th, from 5:30 – 7:00 p.m. Inform Interiors is located at 50 Water Street, Vancouver, BC.



ZGF Cotter Architects

US-based ZGF Architects and local firm Cotter Architects come together to form ZGF Cotter Architects, the award-winning US firm’s first office outside of the United States.

The new firm will build on Cotter Architects’ established presence in the local market and allow ZGF Architects to provide the exceptional level of design service for which the award-winning US firm is widely recognized.

The new firm will go forward under the leadership of Principal Patrick Cotter, Architect AIBC, with ZGF Partners Jan Willemse, AIA and Allyn Stellmacher, AIA, and Operations Director Bonnie Cotter.  The Canadian office expands ZGF’s network of five existing offices in Portland, Seattle, Los Angeles, Washington DC, and New York.

Marble Architectural Awards North America 2014

The Italian Trade Commission invites you to submit your proposal to participate at the Marble Architectural Awards North America 2014 which will be held in conjunction with CarraraMarmotech from 21 to 24 May in Carrara (Italy). The winners will enjoy the full hospitality of the Italian Trade Commission during the ceremony and the show.  Please find the electronic invitation below and click here to view the full Invitation to MAA 2014.

Marble Architectural Awards

Westgate Door Industries/Entrematic

Sectional and Overhead Coiling Doors

The Overhead/Coiling door industry has undergone some major structural and innovation changes this past decade. In an attempt to meet the increasing need to meet energy and performance efficiencies with these door systems, at the same time as giving the end user a much better Return On Investment (ROI), it is about time that door industry collaborated better with the design and specification community. Join Richard Sivertsen of Westgate Door Industries/Entrematic, to learn about the types of sectional and coiling door systems, collaboration between architects and specification writers, and innovation in the door industry. Taking place at the Harbour Towers Hotel & Suites (345 Quebec Street, Victoria, BC), on February 13, 2014, at 12:15pm to 1:15pm with registration and networking opportunities starting at 11:30am. Costs for this Lunch and Learn are as follows: $40 for pre-registered CSC members, $50 for non-members, and $25 for students. To inquire for more details and registration, please email

1 Core LU.

Canadian Centre for Architecture: Multidisciplinary Research Program

The Canadian Centre for Architecture (CCA) in Montreal is launching a Multidisciplinary Research Program on the social, economic and technological shifts that took place in Britain in the period 1945–1975 and, specifically, how these transformations and reform efforts were registered through culture. The CCA invites researchers or practitioners from any relevant cultural discipline to propose papers fitting this topic for a working seminar to be held in Montreal during April 2014. The seminar will be the first phase of an 18-month research program generously supported by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. More…

For further information on the seminar and the development of this research project, please visit the CCA website:

Study Centre Canadian Centre for Architecture 1920, rue Baile Montréal, Québec Canada H3H 2S6

Informa Canada

BUILDEX 2014 Architecture Day

In 2014, BUILDEX will celebrate 25 years in the Vancouver market. At its core, BUILDEX was developed as an avenue for related industries to come together annually to share ideas, spur innovations and build business. This year, join the delegates in AIBC Architecture Day on February 20, 2014, held at the Vancouver Convention Centre West (1055 Canada Place Vancouver, BC). Sessions will feature topics such as “Global Architecture and Cross-border Collaboration”, “How to Nurture Creativity”,  “Homes of the Future” and an Architectural Keynote panel focusing on “The Future of the Profession”.

AIBC registrants are encouraged to take advantage of the complimentary admission to the Architectural Keynote by registering prior to February 5th and entering promotion code ART14. To view a more detailed description of AIBC Architecture day sessions and more information, click here and view those marked with the AIBC logo.

1.5 Core, and 2.0 Non-Core LUs available depending on the session.


Three Dead Guys & Associates: How to revitalize a tired brand

The brand of a professional service firm goes through a natural life-cycle. This seminar will teach you how to revitalize a tired brand. Your brand story has never been more important in showcasing your firm’s goals, values and beliefs and aligning it with those of your employees and potential clients. Do you know whether your brand and marketing practices are helping or hurting? This session will discuss how to uncover the underlying motivation and story behind your firm and what you can do to successfully position your business for growth. Join Ben Garfinkel and Mark Busse on March 19th 2014 at 7:30am to 9:00am in this exciting event. Please visit the registration page for more details. 

1.0 Non-core LU.

Vancouver Heritage Foundation

Researching the History of a Building, Vancouver Archives

Join historian John Atkin for a 45 minute illustrated presentation on tips and tricks for researching your old house, followed by an introduction to the Archives collections. Send us your research address and the Archives staff will use it to share sample archival materials. Taking place at the Vancouver Archives (1150 Chestnut St, Vancouver), on April 8, 2014, 6:30pm – 8:30pm. For more information and registration details, please click here.

2.0 Non-Core LUs.

Vancouver Heritage Foundation

Neighbourhood Zoning Walk: Strathcona

Civic Historian John Atkin will lead a walk through Strathcona talking about the history of the neighbourhood and the unique characteristics of the zoning in Strathcona that have led to considerable heritage retention as well as infill density.  Taking place on April 5, 2014, 9:00am – 12noon, cost is $30. For more information and registration details, please click here.

2.5 Non-Core LUs.

Vancouver Heritage Foundation

Interior Wood Paint Stripping

This evening workshop will explore how to remove paint safely and effectively from interior wood in preparation for repainting or clear finishing. Safety, chemicals and equipment will be demonstrated and explained in this session. Bring your questions for Master Painter, Colin Griffinson, and his staff.  This evening lecture is taking place at Colin Griffinson’s  workshop, 102 – 8380 St. George St. Vancouver, on March 11, 2014 at 7:30pm – 9:00pm.  Cost is $25+tax. For more information and registration details, please click here.

2.5 Non-Core LUs.

Vancouver Heritage Foundation

Heritage 101: Introduction to Heritage Conservation

In 2014 VHF will offer a new format for Heritage 101 over two nights. You must attend both nights to receive credit for the course. This workshop introduces the foundations of heritage conservation practice,  and talks about how heritage is regulated at the City of Vancouver Heritage Department as well as across Canada, and the tools and standards used. Instructors will discuss why conservation is important economically, culturally and as a green approach to sustainable communities. This course is taught by Senior COV Heritage Planner, Marco D’Agostini, Heritage Consultant, Don Luxton, and Heritage Educator Judy Oberlander. This course is required for the VHF Certificate in Heritage Conservation and is offered once a year. Taking place Wednesday February 26th  and Wednesday March 5th, 5:00pm – 9:00pm, at the Vancouver Heritage Foundation (#402 – 510 W Hastings, Vancouver). Cost for this 2 day course is $130. For more information and registration details, please click here.

6.5 Core LUs.

Vancouver Heritage Foundation

Crofton House

Simon Richards of Cornerstone Architecture will talk about the City of Vancouver Heritage Award winning restoration of Crofton House Residence, a heritage building incorporated into the Crofton House School complex, that has been rehabilitated into office and amenity space.  This brown bag lunch and learn is taking place at the BCIT Downtown Campus (555 Seymour Street, Room 870), on April 30, 2014, at 12:00pm – 1:30pm. Please click here for more details and registration information. 

1.5 Core LUs

Vancouver Heritage Foundation

The Yale Hotel

Brent Beatson of Rize Alliance will give a talk on the restoration of the Yale Hotel that included a complete renovation of the SRO suites, seismic upgrading, and the refurbishment of the mechanical systems, the famous blues venue and the 1950′s neon. The original 1883 Yale Hotel hotel began as a CPR bunkhouse, survived the 1886 fire, and was refurbished as The Colonial Hotel in 1889. Brent will talk about the 2011 Heritage Revitalization Agreement that made the hotel restoration possible, & included the addition of the neighbouring apartment tower. This brown bag lunch and learn is taking place at the BCIT Downtown Campus (555 Seymour Street, Room 870), on March 26, 2014, at 12:00pm – 1:30pm. Please click here for more details and registration information.

1.5 Core LUs.