Name Change for TRB

In 1954, TRB was established as Toby & Russell Architects.  As of February 5, 2014 they renamed their firm.  TRB is now known as RATIO ARCHITECTURE. INTERIOR DESIGN. PLANNING.

Guidelines on the Use of CSA A440S1-09 (Canadian Supplement) for Determining Fenestration Performance Grades in British Columbia

Published: January, 2014

This guideline document was prepared to inform responsible parties abut the appropriate use and limitations of CSA A440S1-09, commonly known as the Canadian Supplement, for specifying fenestration performance grades. Click here here to view the full document.

Women In Architecture: Paths to Registration

Women in Architecture in Vancouver will be hosting an evening of socializing and discussing multiple paths to registering as an architect in British Columbia.  The event will take place on Thursday, 13 February 2014 from 6:00 to 8:30 p.m., at the AIBC, located in suite 100, 440 Cambie Street, Vancouver, B.C.

The evening will include networking, followed by presentation demonstrating various paths to registration by those who have either completed a specific path or are currently progressing towards registration. They cover the following routes:

  • Traditional route (IAP)
  • Foreign trained architect
  • US/Canada reciprocity
  • Intraprovincial reciprocity
  • Alternative qualifications – syllabus
  • Alternative qualifications – work experience

After brief presentations, there will be an informal Q & A and discussion broken up into informal groups where a specific path will be discussed. The loose format will allow attendees to visit a few groups comfortably.

Staff from AIBC will also be on hand to consult and answer questions. Click here to learn more and to register.

AIBC Electronic Voting – Member Update and Feedback Request

Members are advised that AIBC Council has supported the principle of electronic voting (“e-voting”) for council elections and bylaw changes. At its January 21 meeting, council asked the Bylaw Review Committee to inform and seek feedback from members leading to a possible bylaw vote authorizing e-voting.

Currently, council elections are conducted using paper ballots that must be mailed or delivered to the institute or staff before or at the annual meeting. Bylaw amendment votes are conducted by member vote at institute meetings (such as annual meetings) or by mail ballots.  All of these processes are governed by existing bylaws. After conducting its analysis, the Bylaw Review Committee concluded that the council election voting process and bylaw amendment process would benefit from e-voting.

A web page on the AIBC web site dedicated to the overall bylaw review process,  with specific information on the e-voting proposal, is now available; click here to view.  The Bylaw Review Committee is seeking  feedback and will be hosting a live information session on March 3, 2014, from 3:30-5:00 p.m. at the AIBC offices. An online question and answer session is also planned for that afternoon.  If you plan to attend, please r.s.v.p. at or use that e-mail address at any time to send in questions, comments or other feedback.

Architectural Technologist Examination

The next Architectural Technologist Examination will be held at the AIBC offices on Monday, February 17, 2014  from 1:00 to 3:00 at the AIBC offices for those eligible to write the exam.  The application form is available online – Click Here.  Eligibility requirements are outlined in full on the application form.

Associates who were previously registered as “Building Designers” and “Residential Designers” have now been transferred into the Architectural Technologist AIBC category of registration.  These individuals are required to complete the Ethics, Act and Bylaws course, if they have not already done so, and pass the AIBC’s Architectural  Technologist Examination by December 31, 2014.

The Architectural Technologist Examination will be held again on June 19, 2014 and November 20, 2014.  Please note that completion of the Ethics, Act and Bylaws course is mandatory to be eligible to sit the examination.  Click here for a full schedule of AIBC courses.

Oral Reviews

The next set of Oral Reviews will be held on Tuesday and Wednesday February 25 and 26, 2014.  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 or 604 683 8588 ext. 324.