From Architect’s Vision To Reality

By Nick Leech   
May 14, 2014, The National

Mahra AlShaya has a very special bond with her work, and she needs it. The 27-year-old architect commutes from Sharjah to Abu Dhabi every day.

“I feel like I’ve become part of Louvre Abu Dhabi. You can’t imagine how close the relationship is,” says Ms AlShaya, the senior development officer in the museum team from TDIC, the capital’s Tourism Development and Investments Company .

She is responsible for coordinating many of the key stages in the design process that is helping to take the Louvre Abu Dhabi from a vision to reality.

“I’m responsible for monitoring the design very closely and for seeing how the design is being delivered. It’s like watching a small baby growing, you become so attached to it.”

Put simply, Ms AlShaya is responsible for ensuring that the drawings that leave her office contain agreed and finalised designs that can actually be built.

“As the development team, we are responsible for coordinating the design. The delivery team are responsible for overseeing the construction,” she says.

“All of the coordination within the design process falls to us. We coordinate the design workshops, we obtain approvals from the authorities and we present the design to the project’s stakeholders.

“After we get full design approval, the responsibility for the project passes to our delivery team.”

Ms AlShaya visits the museum site once a week and attends monthly workshops where all of the project’s design consultants – including the architects and structural and mechanical engineers – meet representatives from the TDIC, Tourism and Culture Authority and Agence France-Museums. Read more…

In Passing – Stuart Ian Ashley Piets Retired Architect AIBC

Stuart Ian Ashley Piets Retired Architect AIBC passed away on May 7, 2014.  Stuart passed away peacefully at Victoria Hospice after a courageous, nine year battle with cancer.  Stuart will be greatly missed by all his family and many friends.  Born in England, Stuart came to Canada in 1970 and lived in Toronto with his wife for 11 years.  They later moved to Nanaimo before settling in Victoria in 1985.  An award-winning architect, his passion for design was undeniable as was his zest for life.  He pursued many varied interests with a remarkable intensity.  From cycling, x-country skiing and kayaking to art, photography and music, he was never idle.  Perhaps most of all, he loved sailing.  If he was not out on the water, he was often found at the marina working on his boat and visiting with friends.  Stuart served as the Registrar for the AIBC and also served as a member of the AIBC’s Illegal Practice Committee for several years.  He was the Chair of the Board of Directors at Glenlyon Norfolk School and sat on the Saanich Design Panel.  The family has requested that in lieu of flowers that donations be made to the BC Cancer Society or Victoria Hospice.

Terminal City Re-wired Exhibition

Alfie Italia would like to invite you to “Viva Friday!”  It all kicks off on Friday, May 23rd, at 6pm at 302 West Cordova street.  This inaugural night they will feature a collection of paintings by Peter Ridgway Architect AIBC.  Peter will be exhibiting 17 pieces from his recent collection of 35 at their opening exhibition entitled “Terminal City Re-Wired”.  The pieces are in part a response to the universal question of what our collective futures hold for us as a society of 7.2 billion on planet earth.

Part story telling, part visioning, a perspective of transformation evolves out of the work that ties into recent events; scientific discoveries of the intricate workings of the brain, our ability to communicate our thoughts electronically and what these might mean in our evolving world.  For more information please visit their website.

Midori Uchi’s Opening Ceremony

Naikoon Contracting Ltd. invites you to attend an open house for one of Canada’s greenest homes, Midori Uchi.  Environmental consciousness and design have been combined to create an ultra green, sustainable and energy efficient contemporary smart-home. Showcasing some of the most advanced green building materials and technologies on the market.

The open house will take place, Friday, May 30, 2014 at 10:00 am to 2:00 pm
 at 362 West 15th Street in North Vancouver
.  Please RSVP to by May 22nd to confirm your attendance and secure your space. Click here for more information.

Simon Fraser University Gerontology Research Centre

Housing Alternatives for an Aging Population Conference

With opening talks by CMHC staffers and by Charles Durrett, architect and cohousing pioneer in North America, this 1.5 day conference explores a range of tenure arrangements and housing forms for adults 55+ including cohousing, life-lease, ethno-cultural mixed tenure, assisted living and campus-of-care as well as “stay-put” options such as the “village model”, retrofitting, addition of smart home technology, modular or auxilliary units. The conference is taking place at SFU Harbour Centre Campus on May 28-29, 2014. For details and to register visit

10.5 Non-core LUs for the sessions
2.0 Non-core LUs for the public lecture

Quito 2014: XIX Pan-American Architecture Biennial

Continuously held since 1978, the Pan-American Architecture Biennial of Quito features a competition open to Architectural, Urban and Landscape Design projects built in the Americas during the last four years, and to published work on Theory, History and Criticism from those disciplines. Over 5000 projects have competed in the previous editions.

The competition also includes a worldwide contest on Social Habitat and Development.

The Pan-American Architecture Biennial of Quito welcomes Canadian designers to submit their works to its competition. Closing date is October 31, 2014.

Click to view the competition rules. For other related information, please visit their website or contact the Biennial representative in Canada, Juan Malo, at


New Mailing Time Set For AIBC eNews

New Mailing Time Set For AIBC eNews - Draft 2

Starting today (Thursday, May 15, 2014) eNews will be distributed Thursday mornings between 10am-12pm.

Thank you to the eNews readership for indulging the AIBC communications staff during the seven weeks of beta testing when eNews was distributed at different times of the day and on different days of the week.

The results are in. They indicate that the highest click throughs were received Tuesday and Thursday morning. Incidentally, these two times mirror industry research on best times for newsletter distribution. Thursday was chosen as it also had operational advantages.

If you have any comments or questions about eNews distribution or content, please contact Jennie Reckon, Communications Specialist,

AIBC Architectural Awards – Announcement

Over the last two years, we have ‘unbundled’ specific events formerly conjoined with our annual conference. The institute’s calendar for members and associates is now richer over the course of the year. Also, operational resources and attention are focussed more evenly on those events, received positively by their participants.

To date, the Volunteer Recognition and Induction/Retirement celebrations as well as the Annual Meeting … each with its distinct purpose and blend of members, associates, families and colleagues in attendance … have all benefited from their own autonomous promotion, delivery, venue and timing.

Next to undergo such re-positioning is the AIBC Architectural Awards, the multi-faceted program coordinated by the AIBC to showcase the best in BC architecture. That program’s next iteration is being planned for March 2015. One corollary, of course, is that our upcoming annual conference (October 8-10, 2014) will not include an adjunct Architectural  Awards Gala. Accordingly (and many thanks to the people who have already expressed interest) the ‘call’ and deadline for awards submissions will occur at a date later in 2014.

During the interval, we are taking  the opportunity to review the Architectural Awards program to ensure its ongoing success is in alignment with our mandate and 2014-2018 Strategic Plan.

Stay tuned for more information in the coming months ahead. Suggestions are encouraged to the attention of Grace Battiston, Director of Communications at

NAIMA Canada – Key Checklist For Inspecting Insulation Jobs

A free tool is now available to help inspect residential and commercial insulation jobs. Released by NAIMA Canada, Key Checklist For Inspecting Insulation Jobs is an information source for determining whether the insulation in walls, ceilings and floors is properly installed. Key Checklist is laminated and conveniently sized to fit into a shirt pocket or a toolbox. It also comes in a printer-friendly wallet sized version.

To request your free laminated copy from NAIMA Canada email or call 613-232-8093. Alternately, you can print the wallet sized checklist by visiting the NAIMA Canada website at

Living Future 2014 unConference

The International Living Future Institute is hosting its eighth annual Living Future unConference May 21 – 23, 2014.  Living Future is the forum for leading minds in the green building movement seeking solutions to the most daunting global issues of our time. Out-of-the-ordinary learning and networking formats provide innovative design strategies, cutting-edge technical information, and the inspiration needed to achieve significant progress toward a truly living future. The conference includes education sessions, plenaries and special events. It takes place at the Hilton Portland & Executive Tower in downtown Portland, Oregon. Click here, for more information and to register.

LUs Available for Many Sessions

#PROJECTURBANFABRIC Public Art At Sheraton Vancouver Wall Centre

By Katrina Pedersen
May 13, 2014, VancityBuzz

The British Columbia Society of Landscape Architects (BCSLA) has created a temporary art installation outside the Sheraton Vancouver Wall Centre in order to celebrate BCSLA’s 50 anniversary and welcome attendees of the 2014 BC Land Summit.

Volunteers have worked hard to design and create the temporary park outside the Sheraton Vancouver Wall Centre during the 2014 BC Land Summit on May 14 to 16. The goal of the public art installation is to demonstrate how landscape architects can change perspective and catch public attention. Mayor Gregor Robertson has proclaimed May 14, 2014 BC Land Summit Day.

The 2014 BC Land Summit – Collaborations & Connections – will be the first interdisciplinary conference organized by the new BC Land Summit Society (BCLSS). The first two BC Land Summit conferences (in 2004 and 2009) were organized by partnership of five professional organizations who all share ties to land and land-use in British Columbia and have agreed to combine their annual conferences into a joint professional development event.

The Landscape Architects temporary public art park will be available to see May 9 to 17 at the Sheraton Vancouver Wall Centre. Check out the public art and use #projecturbanfabric in your photos on Twitter or Instagram. More…

New Registered Educational Provider: Rockfon, LLC

Rockfon is a leading supplier of stone wool ceiling solutions. Discovered on Hawaii at the beginning of the 20th century, stone wool is a natural by-product of volcanic activity, making it a renewable and plentiful resource. All Rockfon solutions meet the strictest requirements for acoustical performance, fire protection and hygiene. To view a listing of all current Registered Educational Providers, click here.