Jury Announced for NewCity Design Awards

The City of Surrey is pleased to announce the selection of a distinguished jury to select winners of the 2014 NewCity Design Awards, part of the City Awards program. They include:

  • Rob Barnes, BCSLA, CSLA, Principal, Perry + Associates Landscape Architecture, Vancouver
  • Ryan Bragg, Architect AIBC, MRAIC, LEED AP, Principal, Perkins + Will Canada Co., Vancouver
  • Stuart Lyons, Architect AIBC, MRAIC, LEED AP, Principal, GBL Architects, Vancouver

The jury members, collectively and individually, have a broad range of qualifications and experience in architecture, urban design, sustainable development, and design review. They will help the City of Surrey recognize and honour some of the most innovative projects within our community. The City and the jury will also have the support of a professional advisor, Scott Kemp, Architect AIBC, Principal, Scott Kemp Architect, to guide the jury’s independent review process.

NewCity Design Award categories range from single family dwellings to commercial and mixed use developments. The awards will promote examples of design excellence in architecture, urban design, and landscape architecture completed since 2009.

Award submissions and nominations will be accepted online only at www.surrey.ca/cityawards until June 27, 2014. Award recipients will be honoured at a reception on October 22, 2014.

2014 AZ Awards Gala

AZURE, the contemporary design and architecture magazine, celebrates the finalists and winners of the AZ Awards for Design Excellence at a gala celebration on Friday, June 20 from 6:00 – 10:00 p.m. Join colleagues and designers from around the world in a celebration of international architecture, interiors and product design. The guest of honour will be Karim Rashid. Individual Tickets are $75, and a package of six tickets is $410. For more information and to register, go to: gala.azuremagazine.com.

IDIBC Summer White Party 2014

The IDIBC would like to invite you to attend their annual IDIBC Summer Party.  this event is a chance for the design community to let loose and celebrate the coming of the sun and the successes of our growing community. Join the IDIBC at the Earl’s V Lounge (1095 Mainland Street, Yaletown) to host the IDIBC’s Summer White Party.

Over 225 IDI members, designers at large, architects, students and fellow industry members and guests will be in attendance.

Deadline to buy tickets is Thursday, June 12th.  To buy your ticket or sponsor this event, please click here.

2014 Downtown Vancouver Art Walk Guide

The 2014 Downtown Vancouver Art Walk guide is now available.  You can use the brochure to plan your cultural crawl thorough the city’s galleries, food tours, public art, AIBC Architectural Walking Tours and more.

Download the guide and look for item number ten to find more information about AIBC Architectural Walking Tours.

This comprehensive map is your guide around Downtown Vancouver’s Arts & Culture.

Selections are curated to provide guide users with the must see locations around the city.

The Downtown Vancouver Art Walk is a combined effort of the Downtown Vancouver Business Improvement Association and Van Dop & Associates.

Role Call: City of Victoria Advisory Design Panel

The AIBC invites applications from architects interested in serving on the City of Victoria Advisory Design Panel. The role of an advisory design panel member is to give impartial, professional advice directly on any proposal or policy affecting the community’s physical environment in the public interest.

To learn more about the procedures for serving on a panel, please refer to the following documents:

  • AIBC Bulletin 65: Advisory Design Panels – Standards for Procedures and Conduct (here)
  • ADP Frequently Asked Questions (here)

To fill out an interactive application form on the AIBC website, click here.

Please forward all submissions to the attention of Professional Services Coordinator Yana Vassilenko by e-mail to yvassilenko@aibc.ca.

NCARB Announces Transition Plan for ARE 5.0

The National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB) has announced a transition plan to guide the implementation of major improvements and changes to the Architect Registration Examination® (ARE®). Architect candidates taking the current ARE 4.0 exam when ARE 5.0 launches will have the opportunity to receive credit for divisions passed in the current ARE 4.0 version.

The new ARE 5.0 will launch in late 2016, while ARE 4.0 will remain available for at least 18 months after the launch. The extension of the old exam will allow candidates the option of either finishing all exam divisions in the familiar current format, ARE 4.0, or transition to the new exam.

ARE 5.0: The Basics
The main things that architects and prospective architect candidates (interns) need to know are:

  • ARE 5.0 will launch in late 2016.
  • It will include six standalone divisions, compared to the seven in ARE 4.0, that align to commonly defined professional architect activities of practice management, project management, and project design.
  • The current “graphic vignette” software, which has been in use since the exam was computerized in 1997, will be replaced with new question types.

Read more on this topic.

Social Event & ExAC Information Session

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The Intern Architect Committee will be hosting a Social Event and ExAC introductory session on Thursday, June 19, 2014, from 5:30 p.m. – 8 p.m. at the AIBC. The ExAC session, which will start at 6 p.m., will cover exam eligibility requirements and general exam information.  Intern architects and newly registered architects who have previously taken the exam will be present to share studying strategies and answer questions. Please note: for reasons of exam security, actual examination content cannot and will not be shared. In addition to being an information and strategy session, this is also a great opportunity to socialize with fellow Intern Architects interested in taking the exam and a chance to form study groups.

Come and meet members of the Intern Architect Committee and AIBC staff to ask questions, mingle and have fun. Food and drinks provided. Door prizes available. This is a child-friendly event.

Thursday, June 19, 2014 5:30pm – 8:00pm

AIBC Offices, Architecture Centre, 100 – 440 Cambie St., Vancouver

By June 13, to the AIBC’s Admissions Coordinator, Belinda Chao at bchao@aibc.ca

If you are on Vancouver Island, you are invited to participate via Skype.
  There will be a gathering at Cascadia Architects Boardroom in Victoria (address below) arranged and hosted by Andy Guiry Intern Architect AIBC, member of the Intern Architect Committee.  Please see details below:

Thursday, June 19, 2014 5:30pm – 8:00pm

Cascadia Architects Boardroom
814 Broughton Street

By June 13 to Andy Guiry, aguiry@gmail.com

ExAC Registration Now Open

As of June 1 until July 15th 2014, Intern Architects can apply to write the Examination for Architects in Canada (ExAC). The registration form is now available here. Intern Architects are eligible to write the ExAC if they are in good standing with the institute and have had a minimum 2,800 hours of experience logged on a CERB, submitted and approved. Applications can be submitted to the AIBC in hard copy or PDF format via e-mail.  For more questions or information, please contact Admissions Coordinator Belinda Chao at bchao@aibc.ca.

Informa Canada

Sustainabuild Vancouver

The 6th Annual Vancouver Sustainabuild Conference, presented by Informa Canada, takes place Wednesday, June 25, 2014. This one-day conference on sustainable buildings and communities will explore “green” innovations in design, construction and operation. The venue is the Hyatt Regency Vancouver, 655 Burrard Street, Vancouver. For more information and to register, click here.

Please check specific session for its corresponding LU value.

Heritage Vancouver Garden Tour

Presented by Benjamin Moore (June 21, 22, 10-4)

This two day self-guided tour of 16 enchanting private Vancouver gardens is a fundraiser to support Heritage Vancouver’s efforts to create a future for our heritage.  From a teeny townhouse garden to a large country estate and everything in between there is lots to inspire and delight! New this year is a community tea.

Coming from out of town? Ticket holders will get 10% off at the historic Sylvia Hotel!  Tickets $35.00. Tickets available online and at selected garden centres. For info/tickets and details of booking at the Sylvia Hotel, see www.heritagevancouver.org  

Heritage Vancouver’s 10th Annual Garden Party

A Special Fundraising Event on Behalf of Heritage Vancouver

Join Heritage Vancouver and their guests for a spectacular evening of wine, hors d’oeuvres, and conversation in a beautiful garden. Meet and mix with community leaders, architects, elected officials and heritage supporters while at the same time demonstrating your support for the many projects undertaken by the Heritage Vancouver Society.

Larry and Sherry Killam’s home is an English dairy barn, in the Norman architectural style, dating from approximately 1640, imported from Portsmouth, England and converted to an open-plan house with views of the garden from every side. This is a unique opportunity to spend time in this beautiful private garden and also to view the living and dining areas of this historic building.

Individual Tickets ($120 donation w/ tax receipt issued): Please go to www.heritagevancouver.org for details of how to purchase tickets.

Thanks to the generous contribution of their host, and community sponsors the Dunbar Liquor Boutique and Legacy Liquor Store, all proceeds will support Heritage Vancouver Society initiatives to encourage the preservation of Vancouver’s built heritage.

Annual Meeting Summary

The AIBC hosted the 95th Annual Meeting on May 3, 2014, at Simon Fraser University (Segal Building), Vancouver. Once quorum (91) was met, the annual meeting was called to order. The number of members and honorary members in attendance was 108.

Please note that during the week of April 7, the 2014 Annual Meeting Booklet was posted on the AIBC website, and mailed to members, honorary members and other registrants.

The following are highlights of the meeting:

– The first order of business was to officially close the election period. Stationed in another room, election scrutineers began counting the ballots for the five council positions and the one intern architect liaison position. There were no candidates for the architectural technologist liaison. After all the ballots were counted, the 2014/2015 AIBC Council and election results were announced. There were 406 valid ballots cast for the council positions and 37 for the intern architect liaison position.

– Adoption of the minutes (amended) from the 2013 AIBC Annual 2013 June 1 Annual Meeting Minutes – Adopted.

– Recognition of those AIBC members and other registrants who passed away in the previous 12 months. PowerPoint Slide Deck, page 26-27.

– Presentation by AIBC Council president Scott Kemp Architect AIBC on the President’s Report entitled “Moving Forward”. The President’s Report, included in the 2014 Annual Meeting Booklet, can be found on pages 18-20.

– Filing of the annual Audited Financial Statements and appointment of the auditor were followed by the Treasurer’s Report, presented by AIBC councilor and finance committee member David Toole, LG Appointee, in lieu of AIBC treasurer Cal Meiklejohn Architect AIBC. The Financial Statements and Treasurer’s Report are located on pages 21-37 and 38-43, respectively, in the 2014 Annual Meeting Booklet.

– Following a presentation by Bylaw Review Committee chair Brian Sim Architect AIBC, members voted on two new bylaws permitting electronic voting (“e-voting”) for 1) annual council elections and, 2) bylaw amendments. Both motions passed by special (more than 2/3) majority. Documentation regarding the 2014 Proposed Amendments to the AIBC Bylaws was included in the 2014 Annual Meeting Booklet.  They can be found on pages 51-54.

– There were three presentations on council initiatives:
– Strategic Engagement Steering Committee: AIBC Council vice-president Darryl Condon Architect AIBC spoke about the organization’s stakeholder engagement initiative. He then introduced SB Communications consultant Stephen Bruyneel who gave a summary of findings from Phase 1 of the initiative, and outlined a number of recommendations for Phase 2.
– The Associate Task Force presentation was given by AIBC councilor Steve Simons, LG Appointee.
– The Diverse Membership Working Group presentation was given by AIBC councilor Mona Jahedi Architect AIBC.

Please refer to the Annual Meeting PowerPoint Slide Deck.

– As at past annual meetings, the floor was opened to the Members’ Forum. Two advisory “member motions” were brought forward, summarized as follows. The first motion asking council to consider posting online annual meeting material in one location (brought forward earlier in the annual meeting) carried. The second motion asking council to consider harmonizing the Architects Act with building codes in order to define the architect’s role was defeated. Please review the May 3 Annual Meeting Draft Minutes regarding the two member motions.

– AIBC executive director Michael Ernest Architect AIBC made an announcement that he will be leaving his position with the AIBC, effective October 2014 and no later than January 2015. During the transition period, Mr. Ernest and the AIBC Council will work towards a smooth handoff of operational matters to a new executive director. The room broke out in thunderous applause after AIBC Council president Scott Kemp personally thanked Mr. Ernest and lauded him on his contribution, passion and dedication to the AIBC.

-An appreciative thank you to those who attended and participated, to the AIBC staff and to registered parliamentarian, Mr. Eli Mina.

For more information on the AIBC Annual Meeting.

In Passing – Bonnie Karen Maples Retired Architect AIBC FRAIC

It is with great sadness that the AIBC acknowledges the recent passing of Bonnie K. Maples Retired Architect AIBC FRAIC. Bonnie was a tireless supporter of, and advocate for, the architectural profession in Canada and internationally.

Among Bonnie’s many distinctions, she was the first female president of the Architectural Institute of British Columbia, a position she held from 1995-1997. She also held such influential institute roles as Examining Board Member, Oral Examination Chair and NCARB Examination Grader (1988-1994); AIBC Council Member (1992-1994); and AIBC Executive Committee / Treasurer (1993-1994). On the national scene, Bonnie served as President of the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada from 2003-2004. She was also a member of Canada’s APEC Architect Project’s Monitoring Committee.

Bonnie graduated from McGill University (B. Arch) in 1976, and became registered with the Ordre des Architectes du Quebec in 1978. In 1982, she became a member of the Architectural Institute of British Columbia.

She held a particular interest and influence in the healthcare sector, both in private practice and in public service. Her professional career spanned work at Thompson Berwick Pratt & Partners (1981 – 1989); Howard Yano Architects (1989 – 1991); and Wensley Spotowski Architectural Group (1991-1994). Over the past several years, she worked at Providence Health.

She is survived by her husband, architect Alan Maples, their son Andrew, and mother, sister and brother in Montreal.

A service will be held on Saturday, June 14, 10:00 a.m. at First Memorial Boal Chapel in North Vancouver, 1505 Lillooet Road, North Vancouver, BC.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the BC Cancer Foundation in Bonnie’s name.

Brazilian architecture: there’s more to Brazil than the World Cup

June 5, 2014
By Domic Bradbury

As the World Cup grips the planet all eyes are on Brazil. But it’s not all about football. A new book by Dominic Bradbury on Brazilian architecture shows them to be world leaders in this field too.

Brazil’s natural beauty – from the epic coastline to its tropical rainforests – has always been one of its greatest lures. When you factor in a largely benign climate and a wealth of natural materials, you also end up with the foundations for an inspirational architectural style that has forged a fresh way of living with nature.

It is their intimate connection with the land that makes many Brazilian homes stand out, from the way that inside spaces flow right into the landscape, and outdoor elements – such as terraces, verandas, courtyards and balconies – are interwoven with the whole fabric of the home. Sometimes it’s hard to know whether you are inside or outside…more

2014 London Festival of Architecture Explores the Theme of “Capital”

The 2014 London Festival of Architecture opened this week, with over 200 events running throughout the city in the month of June. This year’s theme is “Capital”, an intentionally ambiguous theme which allows an exploration of the culture, people, economy and built environment of London. Some of the key topics to be interrogated will be the housing crisis afflicting London and the recent boom in the construction of tall buildings…more