AIBC Council Meeting Summary: January 21, 2014

At its meeting on Tuesday, January 21, 2014, AIBC Council addressed the following matters:

  • Council President Scott Kemp Architect AIBC FRAIC RIBA LEED AP welcomed new Lieutenant Governor Appointee S. Ross Rettie P. Eng, FEC.
  • Council consented to receipt of reports from: the President; various council committees and working groups; the Registration Board; and the Executive Director.
  • Council consented to approval respecting the recording of four motions earlier passed electronically (including prior meeting minutes); exam results; register amendments; and a number of terms of reference updates.
  • Draft documents submitted by the Operational Constraints Committee regarding the role of the Executive Director and performance evaluation process for the position were considered and accepted.
  • Council considered a submission presented by the Bylaw Review Committee regarding electronic voting for council election and bylaw purposes. Council was very supportive and passed related motions. Staff and the Bylaw Review Committee are now to consult with members and government leading (with council’s approval) to a possible bylaw vote by members later this year.
  • Council considered material submitted by the Act Review Working Group regarding possible amendments to the Architects Act’s provisions (Sections 36 and 37) to align the Act with Canadian internship and foreign-trained architect registration standards. Council supported the Working Group’s efforts to continue to seek legislative amendments to reflect these registration standards.

The next official meeting of AIBC Council is scheduled for Tuesday, March 11, 2014, 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 ( or phone (604-683-8588, #335).

Building For Wellness: Architectural Responses to the Changing Needs of Health Care

Jan 21, 2014
Canadian architect, Daily News

This exhibition at Harbourfront’s Architecture Gallery in Toronto is curated by Patrick Macaulay, and features the work of Diamond Schmitt Architects, KPMB Architects, Stantec Inc. and HDR Inc., Patrick Spear, Ian Chodikoff, and a visual arts installation by Brendan George Ko.

What role does architecture play in the health of people? In this time of mass data exchange, can technology change how we interact with our health-care providers? How should society as a whole address the health care needs of its population?

We are never more aware of the fragility of our health than when we are sick or injured. It’s in this vulnerable state that we often seek help at a doctor’s office, clinic or hospital. The experience of entering these traditional health-care institutions can be daunting as we put ourselves in the hands of the medical system.

The design and layout of health-care facilities is nearly homogenous across Canada, subscribing to the tenet that form follows function. The purpose of these utilitarian buildings is the efficient administration of medical services. Beyond a coat of mint green paint on the walls, little consideration has been given to the relationship between design and patient health. Recently, there has been a shift in thinking about patient care toward a more holistic approach that treats the patient from a range of perspectives. More…

Canada brings Arctic architecture into the spotlight for Venice Biennale

January 14, 2014
By Bob Weber, The Canadian Press

From the land of snowdrifts to the city of canals – five designs that use architecture to address the realities of Inuit life in Nunavut are Canada’s entry to this year’s Venice Biennale, one of the world’s top showcases for builder’s art.

“We all have the images of the Arctic that we get in National Geographic,” said Lola Sheppard, a Toronto architect and a curator of the Arctic Adaptations show that is to open in Venice in June.

“But the physical, tangible realities of what it is to live in the North and what are the daily realities – what is a road? What do commutes look like? How do you get things there? – I think those things remain unknown. I think that’s a really interesting and important story to tell.”

The show brings students from five of Canada’s top architecture schools together with architects working in the North and with various Nunavut organizations. The resulting designs address themes of health, arts, recreation, housing and education. More…


Sensing Spaces indulges architecture’s vaulting ambition

January 21, 2014
By Oliver Wainwright, The Guardian

What would buildings look like if their creators didn’t have to worry about annoying things like planning, budgets, climate and clients? Oliver Wainwright enters a world of Blade Runner cathedrals and waffle caves.

Standing face to face with an angel brandishing a golden goose can give you an entirely different perspective on the world. It is an experience that awaits in the Royal Academy where, jacked up eight metres into the air, you find yourself eye-level with one of the galleries’ ornate ceilings, swallowed into a scene of ovolos and astragals, anthemions and palmettes, a dense world of plaster mouldings.

Up here, everything looks bigger. More…