International Wood Symposium: 21st Century Wood Design and Construction Solutions

This is a comprehensive one-day international symposium designed to inspire and educate senior architects, structural engineers, design and construction professionals about how new technologies in wood products have opened the door to uncharted and unconventional design possibilities. World-class experts and industry leaders will present the research currently taking place, outline innovative wood applications as well as highlight some mass timber projects constructed in other parts of the globe. Join speakers from Norway, New Zealand, Germany, Chicago, IL, and British Columbia, on Thursday, January 23, 2014, 8:15am – 4:45pm, at the Vancouver Convention Centre – West, Level 2. For registration and further details please click here, or contact Zena Caul zcaul@wood-works.ca, 877 929 9663 ext 4.

Each of the six symposiums are worth 1 Core LU.

Geller to Serve on Moscow Competition Jury

Michael Geller Architect AIBC, FCIP, RPP, President of The Geller Group and Adjunct Professor of the SFU Centre for Sustainable Community Development, is headed to Moscow shortly. While in Russia, Geller will serve as the only North American invited to sit on International Financial Centre Competition jury. To learn more about the competition and to view the full jury listing, click here.

The Henry Company

Learn About Green Roofs

Whether you’re an architect, engineer, contractor or building owner you’re likely to have been impacted by green initiatives. In this half-day seminar, you will learn about local initiatives and legislation, and how to use vegetative roof systems to meet these requirements. Industry experts will present the latest research on stormwater, noise mitigation, and wind uplift. You will also learn about different types of green roofs and how to design and maintain a robust green roof system. This seminar takes place on Tuesday, February 4, 2014, 7:00 am – 12:00 noon, at the Deeley Motorcycle Exhibition & Conference Center (1875 Boundary Road, Vancouver). To register, please click here. For more information, please contact Cheryl Schell, 604-880-6634 or via email cschell35@gmail.com.

3.5 Core LUs

Glass Laneway Homes Coming to Vancouver

January 15, 2014
Vancity Buzz

With over 1,000 laneways homes either constructed or under construction in the City of Vancouver, demand for them has never been higher. Last year alone 348 permits were issued in Vancouver.

The vast majority of them lack architectural variety, but that may soon change as award winning architect Gair Williamson has designed a new prototype exclusively for Vancouver’s Smallworks.

Designed to meet the City of Vancouver’s new LWH regulation changes for a 33 foot lot, Williamson’s Glass Brick 33 Lane House embodies urban modernism at perhaps its greatest. More…

Oral Reviews

The next set of Oral Reviews will be held on Tuesday and Wednesday February 25 and 26, 2014.  There will also be a free Oral Review Preparation Workshop on Wednesday, February 5, 2014 at 6:00 p.m. The oral review is an interview-based examination open to those Intern Architects who have:

  • completed and logged at least 2800 hours; and
  • completed the required AIBC courses.

Oral reviews are also open to those Alternative Qualifications Candidates who have:

  • Successfully completed their Oral Assessment;
  • Successfully completed all oral assessment panel recommendations and/or requirements; and
  • Completed the six required AIBC courses.

Applications, along with an employer’s letter and fee payment, must be received by Friday, February 14, 2014. Eligibility will be confirmed by the Registration & Licensing Department. For complete details and to download the application form, click here. If you have any questions or concerns about oral reviews, please contact Emily Tyler, Registration and Administration Coordinator, at etyler@aibc.ca or 604 683 8588 ext. 324.

Sexism in architecture: on the rise

January 13, 2014
By Harriet Minter, Guardian Professional

Architects’ Journal survey says that two thirds of female architects experience some form of sexism over their career, with nearly a third reporting regular occurrences.

66% of female architects have experienced some form of sexism over their career, claims a survey from Architects’ Journal, with 31% reporting monthly or quarterly occurrences. This is a rise from 58% when the survey first launched in 2011.

On top of this, 88% of women respondents felt that having children would hold them back in their career and 62% thought that the building industry still doesn’t accept the authority of female architects. More…