CES Reporting Period Deadline: Five Days Remaining to Earn and Report LUs

The AIBC’s Mandatory Continuing Education System (CES) two-year reporting period’s deadline is Monday, June 30, 2014. Take steps to ensure that you will complete your required LUs by checking your transcript and registering for opportunities to earn LUs.

Number of Learning Units Required:
For all CES participants reference Bulletin 80: Mandatory Continuing Education System (CES) Rules and Guidelines section 2.4 – 2.7 to identify how many LUs are required for the new two-year period.

Check Your Transcript:
See how many LUs you need to complete and report prior to the reporting period deadline, June 30, 2014, by checking your transcript online.

Opportunities to Earn LUs:
Check out learning opportunities offered by our Registered Educational Providers (REPs)*.  To find other resources to earn LUs, Google “free architectural continuing education.” Please note, upon completion of non-REP programs, you must self report online.

Report your LUs online:
Log into your profile and click on “My Courses” to access the “Self Reporting” page to report your LUs. Please note that learning units will no longer be “pending” review by AIBC staff.  They will be seen as “reported” right away. CES staff will, as usual, be reviewing reported learning units in accordance with the Rules and Guidelines in Bulletin 80 – e.g. sections 2.2, 2.3 among others. In cases where an AIBC review seeks more information or detail, or re-classifies a report in accordance with Bulletin 80, the CES Participant will be notified immediately.

For those of you who are eligible to report through the Out-of-Province Architects – Reciprocity Option (see Bulletin 80 section 2.8) and Bulletin 81 (Mandatory Continuing Education System: Reciprocity for Architects Resident and Registered Outside BC) make sure you submit the Declaration of Out-of-Province CES Compliance before June 30, 2014. You can access the Declaration of Out-of-Province CES Compliance after you log in to self-report. Note that compliance is required with the continuing education requirements of the designated home jurisdiction on the date the Declaration is submitted to the AIBC, for the home jurisdiction’s current reporting period.  You are also required to submit by e-mail a transcript showing CES compliance in your home jurisdiction’s current reporting period.

* There is no need to self report for courses approved under the REP program

If You Are Not Compliant:
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.

Should you have any questions or require assistance with the online reporting process, contact Professional Development coordinator Aleta Cho at acho@aibc.ca.

2014 AIBC Annual Meeting & Council Election Traffic Advisory

Annual Meeting Traffic Advisory Banner

The 2014 AIBC Annual Meeting will take place Saturday, May 3, 2014 from 1:00 – 5:00 p.m. (registration at 12:00 noon) at the Segal Building, Simon Fraser University (500 Granville Street, Vancouver, BC).  Please note that a special traffic advisory has been issued by the BMO Vancouver Marathon in regards to road closures that will be taking place May 3-4, 2014.  To view detailed information on these road closures and traffic control measures, click here.

Fenestration Association of BC

What Builders and Architects Need to Know about New Code Requirements for Windows and Doors

The 2012 BC Building Code introduced new performance and testing requirements for windows, doors and skylights (“fenestration”) that are having a transformative impact on the B.C. window and door industry. The Code now requires these products to be tested and rated to the NAFS-08 standard. It also requires performance grades for fenestration products to be determined using the Canadian Supplement to NAFS-08 on the basis of a building’s location, terrain, and height. As a result, architects and building designersneed to change their product selection and specification habits, and builders need to procure products that are tested to the NAFS standard and correctly rated for the building location. The session, presented by Fenestration Specialist Al Jaugelis of RDH Building Engineering Ltd, will cover such topics as: what has changed under NAFS; selecting performance grades with the Canadian supplement; application to Part 9 buildings; application to Part 3 buildings; and specifying products with NAFS. Additional sessions take place May 6, 2014 in Langley. The morning session runs from 9:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.; the afternoon session runs from 1:00-3:30 p.m. Both Langley sessions take place at RCABC (9734 – 201 Street, Langley, BC). Click here for more information and to register.

1.5  Core Learning Units

Vancouver Architects Build Timber-Lined Studio In their Own House

By Kenneth Chan
April 22, 2014, Vancity Buzz

Can you say ‘different’? Vancouver architects David and Susan Scott have built their own timber-lined studio on the lower floor of their home near Main Street and 19th Avenue in East Vancouver.

The stunningly designed interior by the husband-and-wife team was recently featured in British architecture magazine Dezeen. The duo needed a space to work in after founding their company a year ago, so they decided to convert the lower level of their 1911-built, 2-storey home – space that was formerly a butcher and grocery shop – into a uniquely designed studio area. More…

Q&A: Wendell Burnette on the Architecture of Place

By Guy Horton
Metropolis, April 21, 2014

Wendell Burnette’s journey through architecture has taken him from Frank Lloyd Wright’s Taliesin to some of the most beautiful landscapes in the world, where he has designed a type of architecture that resonates with the power of natural surroundings. It has also taken him to one of the world’s fastest growing cities, Phoenix, Arizona, where his practice, Wendell Burnette Architects, is based and where he calls home. More recently it has brought him to Los Angeles where he is the current Nancy M. & Edward D. Fox Urban Design Critic at the USC School of Architecture.

I spoke with Burnette about his approach to architecture, the importance of direct experience, and the meaning behind his current USC studio, “Earth Curvature”.

Guy Horton: I’m struck by how your work seems to be defined by a deep understanding of place. How do you achieve this?

Wendell Burnette: “Presencing” program is one way. When a building expresses its mission and engages the street it can be understood even from passing cars, or passing by on foot, as well as from the inside. A project like Maryvale (Palo Verde Public Library/Maryvale Community Center), for example, expresses a spirit of civic engagement. It reveals itself as a place for people, a place people want to be. In this sense, architecture can be inspiring programmatically. It gives something back by honoring the program and making it more transparent to the outside. Maryvale is a case where we re-presented a public program that had been hidden behind block walls. The old community center was like a cellblock. Now it’s a mind-body dialogue with the library and community center/gym both being revealed. This is one way you can get people to understand it’s there for them. Architecture can also embody the remembrance of a site, its history as a place.  More…

Architect Raymond Moriyama launches $100K prize

CBC News
April 04, 2014

Celebrated Canadian architect Raymond Moriyama is launching a $100,000 prize this fall that is being billed as one of the largest architectural prizes in the world.

Established jointly with the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada Foundation, the Moriyama RAIC International Prize will celebrate an outstanding building or project by an architect, a group of collaborators or an international firm anywhere in the world.

Alternately, the prize could also be awarded to an individual who has made an exceptional contribution to the field of architecture.

The $100,000 prize will be awarded every two years and will be accompanied by a handcrafted sculpture by Canadian artist Wei Yew — a distinctive trophy that will depict abstractions of the Canadian landscape.

Each winner will be chosen through an open, juried competition.

“My hope is that this prize will raise not only the stature of the RAIC internationally, but also the stature of Canada, and inspire Canadians and Canadian architects to aspire higher,” the 84-year-old Moriyama said in a statement.

“Anybody, young or old could apply and have a chance of winning.” More…

Architect Michael Green brings design flair to Fairview Slopes

By Hadani Ditmars
The Globe and Mail, April 21, 2014

Architect Michael Green is having a busy month. Shortly after his wooden high-rise project was written up in The Economist, his first multifamily project in Vancouver, 6th & Willow, was unveiled to great applause.

Fittingly for an architect who marries a certain Canadian idiom to an internationalist style, the 25-unit townhouse complex takes Vancouverist values to the next level. At the crossroads of False Creek and the Cambie Corridor, the project respects both the urbanity of the area and its connection to the natural world. At the same time, it offers an intriguing interplay between the public and private.

Developed by Edwin Liang of Kenstone Properties, 6th & Willow offers the quality and gravitas of the single-family home, with the scale and massing of an urban dwelling.

The project’s Fairview Slopes locale is undergoing a second wave of densification after its Expo 86-inspired growth spurt, but to date the area has been without a clear design directive. Long filled with bland suburban-style townhouses and low-scale retail, recent zoning changes now allow for more urban-style mixed use and some sites are being redeveloped. More…

Canadian Wood Council

Canadian Wood Council lunch seminars

Join Sukh Johal from Wood Works! BC, Les Jozsa, B.Sc. Forestry, and Andre Lema, Manager of Business Development in an exciting afternoon seminar orienting attendees to the properties of wood, and giving insight on issues relating to its use in design and construction. The seminar will include 3 presentations focusing on wide range of issues such as wood density, strength and stiffness, thermal insulating value of wood, wood-moisture relationships as well as natural durability. Taking place on April 23rd at The Grand Hotel Nanaimo (4898 Rutherford Road, Nanaimo, BC). Seminar will held at 11am-2pm, including a complimentary lunch. Please contact Don Lovell to RSVP at donwlovell@gmail.com. There will also be the opportunity to be a part of this seminar in Victoria on April 24th at the Ambrosia Centre (638 Fisgard Street, Victoria, BC), taking place at 11am to 2pm.Please contact Sukh Johal by April 18, 2014 to RSVP at sjohal@wood-works.ca.

3 Core LUs

This Architect Spends His Free Time Reinventing the World’s Subway Maps

By  Rachel Nuwer
smithsonianmag.com, April 15, 2014

Jug Cerovic decided to reinvent the world’s subway system maps because of Paris. Frustrated with the city’s standard metro maps, he decided to make a new map for his own use. After Paris, he moved on to Madrid’s subway map and soon established a set of standardized rules, Slate explains:

Cerovic uses shapes to indicate symbolic forms of various cities—circles for Moscow and Paris, rectangles for Beijing and Shanghai, a stadium shape for Berlin and Seoul, South Korea, parallelograms for London and regularly spaced straight parallel lines in gridded street pattern cities like New York and Mexico City.

By assigning each city a different shape, Cerovic, a Serbian architect based in Paris, avoids homogenization and preserves each subway system’s uniqueness, the Atlantic points out. The maps are meant to act like road signs. Cerovic told the Atlantic: “They’re not the same in the whole world but they’re very similar — so if you go to another place, you’ll seem to recognize the meaning of the signs.” More…

Architect designs new transit hub straight out of ‘The Jetsons’

By Rebecca Harshbarger
April 15, 2014, New York Post

Two architects have completely reimagined a Queens transit hub with a sprawling, sea creature-like design that includes apartments straight out of “The Jetsons.”

The towering, webbed Urban Alloy Towers, designed by Matt Bowles and Chad Kellogg, rise above the intersection of the Woodside LIRR station and the elevated 7 train stop at 61st Street in futuristic artistic renderings.

The steel structures have luxury apartments on the top floor, as well as space for affordable housing and stores.

The renderings of the vertical transit hub were created for a yearly skyscraper competition by the design magazine eVolo, and recently won an honorable mention. More…

How One Family Dominated Fin-de-Siècle NYC Architecture

By Curbed Staff
April 15, 2014, Curbed

Two of the most important people in the history of New York City’s built environment weren’t politicians, magnates, or architects. They were two members of a family of builders from Spain. Their surname? Guastavino. It may not ring a bell, but pretty much every New Yorker has seen the work of Rafael Guastavino, Sr. (1842-1908), and his son Rafael Guastavino, Jr. (1872-1950). Their ascent to acclaim typifies the American dream, and it’s one that still has missing pieces—but more on that later.

Rafael Sr. was born in Spain and studied at the École des Beaux-Arts in Paris. In 1881, he and his eight-year-old son immigrated to the United States, where the two would revolutionize American architecture. They brought with them a vaulted tile ceiling technique whose foundation can be found in a tradition the Moors brought with them to Spain from Africa. But the Guastavinos took it further. Spaces massive and intimate could be draped in intricate tile ceilings. Rafael Sr. made their signature tiles fireproof, while Rafael Jr. would develop ones with better acoustics. Together, they amassed 24 patents and created some of Gotham’s most stunning spaces. According to the Museum of the City of New York, which is hosting an ongoing exhibition on them called “Palaces for the People: Guastavino and the Art of Structural Tile,” there are 300 Guastavino-annointed spaces in the five boroughs alone, and over 1,000 of them across the country.  More…

In Passing: Robert Hull

Robert Hull Architect AIBC FAIA, passed away on April 8, 2014 at the age of sixty eight.  Robert was a beloved colleague and founding partner at The Miller Hull Partnership.  Robert passed away from complications related to a stroke suffered while on sabbatical in Port Elizabeth, South Africa.

Hull, along with his long-standing business partner David Miller, led The Miller Hull Partnership to national prominence as a leader in the practice of Pacific Northwest regional design.

The two met while studying architecture at Washington State University in Pullman, Washington, after which Hull served four years in the Peace Corps in Afghanistan, where he designed more than 100 sustainable schools. He began his design career in the New York office of Marcel Breuer which honed his modernist aesthetic, eventually joining his classmate at Rhone Iredale in Vancouver, B.C. before opening The Miller Hull Partnership in Seattle, in 1977.

During his 46 year career, Hull had a significant impact on the architecture of Seattle and the Pacific Northwest, receiving numerous awards and honors. Among the most prominent, his design guidance contributed to the firm’s receiving the 2003 AIA National Firm Award for sustained design excellence. He and David Miller received the Washington State University Alumni Achievement Award in 2006 and jointly earned the AIA Seattle Medal of Honor in 2010.

Hull was regarded for his natural ability to grasp the essence of a project and translate it into an inspired physical manifestation of client values. His design approach was that of an artist with an amazing eye for composition. His buildings fit amazingly well in their setting—urban or rural—and were extremely comfortable to occupy, but most of all, they were beautiful. Along with numerous residences throughout the San Juan Islands, many notable regional design credits include The Open Window, Epiphany, Bertschi and Bush Schools in Seattle, Conibear Shellhouse at the University of Washington, Seattle Pacific University Science Building and University Center for Performing Arts, Discovery Park Visitors Center and the iconic Fisher Pavilion at Seattle Center. In Oregon, his work includes the Tillamook Forest Center and Yaquina Interpretive Center on the Oregon Coast. He also led the design of numerous waterfront developments in San Diego, California including The Wharf and Pier 32 marinas.

Hull recently returned to Herat and Mazar e Sharif Afghanistan, where he was leading the design of both a health clinic and girl’s school respectively, in communities where he had served in the Peace Corps 40+ years ago.

Always generous and gracious with his knowledge and time, throughout the years Hull was an inspiration, mentor and role model to numerous design staff at Miller Hull, the architectural community, and students. Those who have benefited from the power of his inspirational work are legion. And among his many talents, he was gifted in the art of beautiful hand drawn design concepts.

At ease in the public forum, he was a respected and sought after speaker, and he participated in numerous regional and national design juries, including the national AIA Honor Awards. He is a former president of the Seattle Architecture Foundation.

Hull is survived by his wife and two sons.

A family funeral service was held in Cape Town, South Africa on Sunday, April 13, 2014. Details of a public celebration in Seattle of Robert Hull’s life in will be announced when confirmed.

BC’s 100 Best Buildings Contest

We all have our favourite buildings.  Buildings with architectural lines we love, old houses with never forgotten memories within their walls and shops that beckon us to visit.  Buildings that hold special significance and have become a touchstone in our lives.

The Architecture Foundation of BC (AFBC) wants to raise awareness and appreciation for these buildings — your favourite buildings.  To celebrate 100 years of architecture, the AFBC is presenting the BC’s 100 Best Building Contest.

No matter where you live in British Columbia, you are invited to nominate buildings whether they are located in your region or elsewhere in the province.  A building that you love and want to share with us.

Give your favourite building the recognition it deserves:
Click here to submit a nomination, or go to www.BestBuildingsBC.ca. But hurry! Nominations close on BC Day, August 4, 2014.

Then check out the nominations and vote for your picks from each region to make the TOP 100.

Your building could win!
Judges will select the top 3 from each region. It could be yours!


Thesis Survey – Calling All Architects!

As partial fulfillment of an architectural thesis, a student is requesting your participation in a blind survey to gain a better understanding of the daily challenges the modern architect faces.

The collected responses will be analyzed and used in a masters of architecture thesis on information and decision making. None of the data will be shared with others, only the student’s aggregate analytical findings will be incorporated in the final thesis. The deadline for completion of the survey is April 25, 2014.

The survey should take no longer than 12 minutes to complete. Your participation would be greatly appreciated.

AIBC Council Election, Email Lists and Personal Information & Protection of Privacy

The institute has become aware that various ‘group emails’ are circulating among members with respect to the current council election.  Please be assured that the AIBC does not provide mailing or distribution lists to members or the public. Note that some contact information for members is readily available to any person seeking it through various sources, including the AIBC web site, firm or organization web sites, etc.