Deadline extended: Western Living Designers of the Year 2014

Western Living’s annual Designers of the Year competition celebrates the best new designs in Western Canada.

Categories include:

  • Architecture
  • Interiors
  • Furniture
  • Fashion
  • Industrial
  • Landscape
  • Eco
  • The Arthur Erickson Memorial for an emerging architect
  • The Robert Ledingham Memorial Award for an emerging designer

The submission deadline for the 2014 competition has been extended to April 14, 2014. For information about the competition, visit Western Living Magazine or contact Western Living Contributing Editor Amanda Ross, at: Winners and finalists will be published in the September 2014 issue of Western Living magazine.

City of Vancouver – Digital Copies of Building Plans Now Available

The City of Vancouver announced updates on the availability of Digital Copies of Building plans that will be starting March 25, 2014. Click to view, City of Vancouver – Digital Building Plans.

Liget Budapest International Design Competition

The Museum of Fine Arts Budapest and the Városliget Zrt., owned by the Hungarian State hereby announce an open, international, two-stage design competition for the design of museum buildings within the framework of the Liget Budapest Project on the territory of the City Park Budapest.

The first round of the competition was announced on February 27 2014, and the deadline for the submission of competitive projects is May 27, 2014.  For all those who are interested in this free, international, two-round, anonymous architectural competition, find the summary and its set of rules at the competition’s official website at:

This competition programme was compiled in accordance with the Hungarian legal regulations in force and the guidelines of the Union Internationale des Architectes (UIA).

Theme of Competition:
The two partners, Museum of Fine Arts Budapest and Városliget Zrt. are promoting four separate competitions in the framework of the Liget Budapest International Design Competition to construct the five new buildings, which will house six institutions. There is a competition for the common building of the New National Gallery and the Ludwig Museum of Contemporary Art, the building of the Museum of Ethnography and the Hungarian House of Music, while a joint call was announced for the FotoMuzeum Budapest and the Hungarian Museum of Architecture.

The international design competition forms a part of the Liget Budapest Project aimed at the complex development and renewal of Városliget (City Park). Through the construction of the new museum buildings, the complete renewal and expansion of the park’s green area as well as the reconstruction and development of the institutions already operating there, Városliget will be transformed into one of Budapest’s key tourist and cultural destinations and family event parks, making it known all over Europe.  The planned investment is the largest new museum development project in Europe to date.

For further information please contact:
Project Team
Liget Budapest

Cultural Values & the Contemporary Urban Landscape

Julian Smith will share current international thinking on cultural landscape theory and practice.  It is a relatively new planning concept, emerging at the intersection of nature and culture, continuity and diversity, the old and the new.  It is a response to changing attitudes in both the conservation field and the design and development fields. In a period when people are searching for more integrated approaches to community development, cultural landscape theory and practice provides a broad ecological approach to sustainable practice.  Julian has consulted with UNESCO, the World Bank, federal and provincial governments, and the private sector to help develop cultural landscape theory and practice as part of a more dynamic approach to cultural resources and practices in a wide variety of settings.

Event details:
Date: April 4, 2014 ( 7 – 9 p.m.)
Location: SFU Harbour Centre, 515 W Hastings Street, Vancouver
Admission: Free, reservations are required. Reserve

About Julian Smith:
Julian is an architect, conservator, and educator. He is internationally recognized for his contributions to the field of heritage conservation in general, and to cultural landscape theory and practice in particular. He began his career in the contemporary design field with Peter Eisenman in New York, and then spent a number of years in India researching the cognitive mapping of historic town centres.

Sponsored by: 
ICOMOS Canada, Parks Canada, City of Vancouver, and Heritage BC.

New Registered Educational Provider: Rowan Williams Davies & Irwin Inc. (RWDI)

RWDI is an international specialty consulting engineering firm that uses a variety of engineering, computing, and scientific capabilities to help designers create comfortable environments and high performance buildings and structures. To learn more about all AIBC Registered Educational Providers, click here.

AIBC Council Summary: March 11, 2014

At its meeting on Tuesday, March 11, 2014, AIBC Council dealt with the following matters:

– A request from a member to appear as a delegation to council regarding honorary membership. Vice President Darryl Condon Architect AIBC provided background to the request, indicating that it had followed proper process.  The request was referred to the Recognition Committee by the Governance Committee, who had initially considered it.  A vote of council was taken, and the request was defeated.

– A submission presented by the Bylaw Review Committee regarding member feedback and survey results on the proposed bylaw amendment with respect to electronic voting.  The results suggest strong support for the initiative, assuming cost and security protocols are managed. Council passed related motions.  The institute will prepare the bylaw notice supporting material for a member vote at the 2014 annual meeting.

– A report from Treasurer Cal Meiklejohn Architect AIBC regarding Financial Policy 2.12, which outlined changes to the policy based on continued work to address the Risk Assessment report submitted to council in September 2013.

– A report and accompanying motions from the Strategic Engagement Steering Committee calling for proceeding with the recommendations for stakeholder engagement in the form of open houses for information gathering purposes.  Council approved the motions.

– A report and accompanying motions from the Associates Task Force regarding independent design services provided by two of the three Associate categories (Intern Architects and Architectural Technologists). Council confirmed that a presentation of the issue will be given to members at the 2014 annual meeting.  As part of the motion, council requested further consideration of the Associates Task Force and staff of the enforcement risks, budget impacts, and effective implementation.

– A report and accompanying motions from the Act Review Working Group requesting council support for efforts to seek amendments to the Architects Act with respect to limited liability partnerships (LLPs), addressing non-compliance with continuing education system as an administrative matter rather than as a disciplinary matter, and to provide for basic duties and objects language in the Act.

– Council consented to receipt of reports from: the Governance Committee, the Finance Committee; and the Executive Director.  Other committees reported activities under separate agenda items later in the meeting.

– Council also passed motions pertaining to various consent items dealing with policy compliance, committee changes, examination results and registration amendments, and the appointment of the auditor for resolution at the 2014 annual meeting.

AIBC Annual Meeting & Council Election Nominations – Update

AIBC Annual Meeting & Council Election Nominations Banner

The nomination deadline for AIBC Council elections is now closed. All signed Call for Nominations Forms, Nominee Declaration Forms, and Nominee Statement Forms must have been received by the AIBC time stamped before 4:30 p.m. on Friday, March 21, 2014. For more information please visit the Nomination Process for AIBC Council and 2014 Annual Meeting web pages.

Council Nominees Announced:
Tuesday, March 25, 2014 please visit 2014 Annual Meeting to view the council nominees.

The Annual Meeting & Council Election Information Package:
The Annual Meeting & Council Election Information Package will be mailed out beginning April 9, 2014 to all AIBC members and honorary members. Included in the package will be the official notice, meeting agenda, meeting protocols, members’ forum protocols, draft minutes from the 2013 Annual Meeting, audited financial statements, Council Officer reports and Executive Director’s report.  In addition, the package will include information related to the 2014 Council Election: nominee information, election ballots and envelopes. The Annual Meeting & Council Election Information Package will  be made available online the first week of April 2014; please visit 2014 Annual Meeting web page to view.

The 2014 AIBC Annual Meeting will take place:
Date:         Saturday, May 3, 2014, 1:00pm – 5:00pm (registration at 12:00 noon)
Location:   Segal Building, Simon Fraser University Vancouver Campus
Address:    500 Granville Street

Register for the 2014 AIBC Annual Meeting:
AIBC registrants and members of the public are welcome to attend the 2014 Annual Meeting. Architects and Architectural Technologists who attend the 2014 Annual Meeting are entitled to two non-core learning units. To assist in recording these learning units, it is asked that Architects and Architectural Technologists register online in advance for this free event.

Use of 2012 BCBC & 2014 Vancouver Building Bylaw For Generic Alternative Solutions

The City of Vancouver, Community Services Building Policy Branch, issued Bulletin 2014-02-BU, Use Of 2012 BCBC & The 2014 Vancouver Building By-Law For Generic Alternative Solutions, on March 14, 2014.

The Bulletin states the following, “As directed by Council Policy, the Building Policy Branch will issue the next edition of Vancouver’s Building By-law (VBBL) in the objective based format using the 2012 British Columbia Building Code (BCBC) as its base document. Vancouver’s new Building By-law is coming into effect on July 1, 2014.

This bulletin provides an update with respect to the City’s development of the next edition of VBBL as well as the use of specific provisions in the 2012 BCBC and also the 2014 VBBL, which is currently in draft format, on a “generic” alternate solution basis.”  Click to view Bulletin 2014-02-BU.

Cancellation: UBC SALA Lecture

The University of British Columbia School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture public lecture featuring Benedetta Tagliabue, scheduled for Monday, March 31, 2014 at Robson Square, has been unexpectedly cancelled. The organizers apologize for any inconvenience.

UBC SALA Evening Lecture: Margolese National Design for Living prize winner Bing Thom

UBC SALA is hosting an evening lecture honouring Vancouver-based architect and urban designer Bing Thom, who is the winner of the second annual $50,000 Margolese National Design for Living Prize. The Margolese Prize is awarded by UBC’s School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture to a Canadian who has made and continues to make outstanding contributions to the development or improvement of living environments for Canadians of all economic classes. The jury, comprised of David Beers, editor of the online news source The Tyee; Phyllis Lambert, Founding Director and Chair of the Board of Trustees of the Canadian Centre for Architecture; and Nancy Noble, CEO of the Museum of Vancouver. The lecture will take place at 6:30 p.m. on Monday, March 17, 2014 at Robson Square (800 Robson Street).

AIBC Annual Meeting Draft Minutes – June 1, 2013

AIBC members are requested to review the June 1, 2013 AIBC Annual Meeting Draft Minutes.  These minutes are to be adopted as part of the upcoming May 3, 2014 Annual Meeting agenda.

New Mailing Times For AIBC eNews

Please be advised that the AIBC will be looking into a new mailing time for eNews.  Currently, it is sent out on Friday afternoon. During a short period of beta testing, we will continue to send out eNews weekly however it will be issued at a different time and/or day of the week.  Our goal is to identify a time slot when readers can fully benefit from convenient access to updates and timely announcements.  We will begin the beta testing phase during the week of March 24, 2014.

If you would like to provide input, please email, Jennie Reckon, Communications Specialist, at

AIBC Council Minutes – January 21, 2014

The adopted January 21, 2014 AIBC Council minutes can be found here: January 21, 2014 Council Minutes, Adopted

2014 AIBC Annual Conference – Shifting Perspectives


2014 AIBC Annual Conference
Vancouver Convention Centre West
Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
October 8-10, 2014

The Architectural Institute of British Columbia invites submissions from those interested in speaking, participating in panel discussions or facilitating interactive workshops at the 2014 AIBC Annual Conference.

About the Conference
The Architectural Institute of British Columbia’s annual conference brings together architects, intern architects, architectural technologists, builders, engineers, interior designers, faculty, students and other members of the design community to learn about new industry trends, technological advances and best practices. This annual gathering, the largest of its kind in British Columbia, is also a chance to network, socialize and celebrate the innovative, impactful work of practitioners and theorists. The conference runs over three days and includes a keynote presentation, plenary sessions, seminars, workshops, panel discussions and an industry exhibitor show.

This conference is expected to include a particular focus on matters related to the Pacific Rim, including information pertaining to future design directions, community needs and business practices. As in previous years, the conference will be rich in professional development, dialogue and network-building opportunities. An anticipated 400–450 delegates will be in attendance.

2014 Conference Theme
This year’s conference theme is Shifting Perspectives. The theme acknowledges that, as a society, we are continually re-inventing the way we think, live, work and play in our world. Architects respond to this ever-changing landscape by evolving in many ways – from the way they communicate and conduct business to the way they plan and build for the future. Naturally in the process, points of friction arise, which keep architects engaged and excited. How architects respond will determine architecture’s relevance in years to come.

Conference Program
This gathering aims to raise both the level of discourse and the standard of practice for members of the design community at all stages of their careers. A variety of presentation formats is sought, including lectures, interactive workshops and panel discussions.

The organizers seek presenters who are experts in their fields and familiar with presenting their area of expertise to groups of 30 to 120 attendees. Most sessions will be 1.5 hours, including time for a question-and-answer period.

The following criteria will be examined when reviewing submissions and selecting applications:

  • Inspired content that is clear, concise and educational in nature;
  • Relationship to conference theme;
  • Relevance to the profession of architecture in the Pacific Rim;
  • Connection to the educational initiatives of the AIBC, including such aspects as health, safety, welfare, design innovation, environment, diversity, technology, business and community;
  • Compliance with the necessary standards for AIBC Learning Units*; and
  • Speaker qualifications and experience presenting at similar regional or national conferences.

*For additional information regarding the AIBC’s Continuing Education System, visit

Submission Timeline 

  • Call for Papers issued:                                Tuesday, March 12, 2014        
  • Deadline for Completed Proposals:           Tuesday, April 15, 2014                 
  • Proposal Submission:                                 2014 Conference Submission Form                 

It is anticipated that the Annual Conference Professional Development Committee will identify its recommended selections through April with formal notification in April / May 2014.

Smart Economics in the Development of Real Estate

The Canadian Institute of Quantity Surveyors (CIQS-BC) is hosting a March Dinner Event. Guest speaker, Jim Cuthbert, shares valuable advice from his new book, Smart Economics in the Development of Real Estate. This book has a unique question and answer format, which is both explicit and rational, and demonstrates how to “crunch the numbers” on Development Projects using fifteen case studies. Attendees will have the chance to purchase a copy and have it signed by Jim at the event.

The event takes place on Wednesday, March 19, 2014 the Sutton Place Hotel.  Click here for more information. Click here to download a registration form.