Fines Have Changed for CES Non-Compliance

AIBC Council Policy 7.2.8 indicates that CES participants who do not earn and report the required LUs to the AIBC by the end of a reporting period (this year the date is Monday, June 30, 2014) will be required to pay a fine to the AIBC and complete and report the required LUs within 90 days following the conclusion of the reporting period in order to avoid placement of a complaint of unprofessional conduct against the CES participant.

In accordance with council’s March 11, 2014 approved motions an architect CES Participant who does not earn and report the required LUs to the AIBC within a reporting period will be required to pay a fine of $931 to the AIBC and earn and report the required LUs no later than September 30, 2014.  An Architectural Technologist CES participant who does not earn and report the required LUs to the AIBC within a reporting period will be required to pay a fine of $226 to the AIBC and also become compliant by September 30, 2014.

President’s Message – April 29, 2014

April 29, 2014

Dear Architects, Honorary Members and Associates:

I am writing to address questions and issues of concern that have arisen from members during the current council election period and run-up to the annual meeting on May 3, this Saturday. It is difficult to decide what to do under these circumstances. We should all conduct our affairs in a professional manner and do nothing that reflects unfavorably on the profession. I always treat my fellow architects with courtesy and good faith.

I was reluctant to write for a number of reasons. First, I am constrained from addressing matters that are confidential or privileged and which cannot be discussed outside of their proper forum. I am bound professionally and under my fundamental fiduciary duty as a member of AIBC Council to honour confidentiality and related professional obligations. Second, I do not wish to convey any message other than the institute is, and remains, apolitical and does not favour any election candidates or promote any election ‘agenda’ or platform.

I do feel compelled, however, to provide the following basic information and perspective:

• Disclosing information or providing partial or mis-information about confidential and sensitive AIBC matters relating to, for example, privileged legal correspondence, financial negotiations, and complaints, investigations and professional conduct processes is deeply troubling. The institute works diligently to preserve confidentiality and respect privacy when it comes to matters that touch on the reputations, conduct and livelihood of members and other registrants as well as the institute’s own financial health. The institute is at an inherent disadvantage in addressing this topic since it must adhere to its confidentiality obligations. I can advise members and the public that in my many years working on behalf of the institute as a committee member, councilor and now President, I have developed a tremendous amount of confidence in how our core regulatory processes are handled.

• The AIBC does not compile and provide e-mail lists or addresses of members except to a bonded mailing house for approved publications. Some addresses for our members are readily available from a number of other sources. The AIBC is regularly asked for its ‘mailing list’, generally by individuals and businesses. The institute does not sell or otherwise provide such a list. The information that the AIBC must provide about members and other registrants, upon request, is determined by the Architects Act and freedom of information laws.

• The AIBC does not authorize members or firms to use the AIBC’s logo or the ‘design’ and look of its communications vehicles, such as the AIBC’s eBlast and eNews communication media. Official AIBC publications should be obvious to most readers, but members are welcome to contact the institute if they are not sure if an email, document or information has AIBC authority.

I am a passionate advocate for open, public discussion and debate about the profession I love and the institute I respect and serve. However, that debate and discussion does have boundaries of professionalism and common sense that I believe should be respected. Members interested in the many policy and governance issues that council is tackling are welcome to seek facts from the institute, to contact me directly and to do their own research.

I look forward to seeing as many of my fellow members, honorary members and associates at the annual meeting as possible. I encourage you all to vote and become informed, involved participants in the regulation of our profession.

Scott Kemp Architect AIBC

New Registered Educational Provider: Canadian Construction Women

CCW provides members with opportunities for support, mentoring, networking, community involvement, learning and development. CCW acts as a resource about construction and exists to attract and retain women in the industry. To learn more about all AIBC Registered Educational Providers, click here.

New Registered Educational Provider: CDm2 Lightworks

CDm2 Lightworks is a representative agent, integrator and dealer for manufacturers of world class lighting products, specialty systems and control solutions. CDm2 delivers innovative, fully integrated, cost effective and sustainable lighting solutions. To learn more about all AIBC Registered Educational Providers, click here.

City of Vancouver’s Development & Building Services is Moving Offices

The City of Vancouver announced that in the following few weeks they will move of their Development and Building Services Centre to a new office located at 515 West 10th Avenue (at the corner of Cambie Street and West 10th Avenue).

Please note that they will be closing early between May 6 and 9, 2014 for the move. All first and second floor services will be open between 8:30 am – 2 pm.  Click here to view the PDF notification issued by the City of Vancouver.

Beijing Bird’s Nest Stadium Architects Chosen to Design New Vancouver Art Gallery

April 29, 2014, VANCITY BUZZ

Switzerland-based Herzog & de Meuron has been selected to design the new and expanded $300 million Vancouver Art Gallery at downtown Vancouver’s Larwill Park.

The new museum building will be the first project in Canada for the Pritzker Prize–winning firm that has previously designed some of the world’s most iconic structures such as London’s Tate Modern, Beijing’s Bird Nest Stadium, Basel’s Schaulager, Miami’s Pérez Art Museum, Minneapolis’ Walker Art Center, San Francisco’s de Young Museum, and Tokyo’s Prada Aoyama.

At approximately 300,000 square feet, the new Gallery building will provide more than double the space of the current facility to support the museum’s collections, exhibitions, and programs, which have increased exponentially over the past decade.

It will also enable the Gallery to better serve its growing audience, expand the international reach and range of its program, and further enhance Vancouver’s standing as a major centre of cultural production. The Gallery plans to unveil conceptual designs for the new building in early 2015. More…

International Facility Management Association

Sustainability and the Built Environment

From April 30 – May 1, 2014, the IFMA BC Chapter is celebrating its 25th anniversary with a series of special events and educational seminars.Educational sessions include:

  • We’re Emphasizing the Wrong “R” – 1 Core LU
  • The Sustainable Experience 25 Years On – What Have We Learned – 1 Core LU
  • Material Impacts Changes in LEED v4 – 1 Core LU
  • LEED Canada for EBOM – 1 Core LU
  • 20+ Years in Sustainable Design (Lessons Learned) – 1 Core LU
  • Workplace Wellbeing – 1 Non-core LU
  • Sustainably Planned Neighbourhoods – What Are the Local Trends? – 1 Core LU
  • An Introduction to Building Information Management, BIM Models and the Cloud – 1.5 Core LU
  • From LEED to Living Building Challenge – 1 Core LU

Educational sessions take place at Moxies (Sandman Hotel), located at 180 West Georgia Street, Vancouver.
Click here for more information and to register. 

There will also be a Chapter 25th Anniversary Gala featuring Dr. David Suzuki on May 1 (beginning at 6:30 p.m.). This event takes place at the Vancouver Playhouse. Dr. Suzuki’s talk will address the topic of “Sustainability and the Built Environment.” Refreshments and hors d’oeuvres are included and a cash bar will be available. Tickets are limited and cost $70 for members / $85 for non-members. Click here to register.

1 Core LU

New Registered Educational Provider: International Facility Management Association

IFMA was established in 1980 as a not-for-profit, incorporated association dedicated to promoting excellence in the management of facilities. Globally, IFMA spots trends, conducts research, provides educational programs, and assists corporate and organizational facility managers in developing strategies to manage human, facility and real estate resources. Since its inception, the BC chapter has offered a wide range of educational programs, social events, and networking opportunities. To learn more about all AIBC Registered Educational Providers, click here.

DORMA Canada

Glass Wall Systems

DORMA Interior Glass Wall Systems bring the benefits of glass to the workplace – transparency, daylighting, versatility, efficiency, space saving, and low cost of ownership. The wall systems come in a range of sleek but rugged minimalist designs and configurations so desigenrs can select the system that best matches each project’s functional and aesthetic requirements. This one hour course explores fixed and moveable glass walls and covers such topics as: types & applications; design options; and specifications. This free lunch and learn course takes place May 21, 2014 from 12:00 – 1:00 p.m., with registration beginning at 11:30 a.m. The location is: Suite 1300, 1500 West Georgia Street, Vancouver. To register, please contact Lida Mosadegh at or call (778) 919 – 3987.

1 Core LU

UBC SALA Exhibition

SALA Projects 2014 is an exhibition of selected student work from the University of British Columbia’s School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture. Projects on display highlight student work from the Architecture, Landscape Architecture, and Environmental Design programs. This exhibition includes the top 70 design projects selected from over 400 completed SALA projects this year. The exhibition takes place at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre’s Plaza Pavilion, located at the corner of West Georgia & Hamilton Street, Vancouver. Exhibition dates are May 17 – May 30, 2014 and the exhibition is open daily from 12:00 – 7:00 p.m.