2014 AIBC Holiday Hours

The AIBC office will close for the holidays on Tuesday, December 23, 2014 at 1:00 pm and re-open on Monday, January 5, 2015 at 8:30 am. On behalf of AIBC staff, best wishes for a happy, healthy holiday season.

Vancouver Special Reno Proves There’s Hope For This Tired Design (PHOTOS)

By Sara Harowitz
December 1, 2014, The Huffington Post B.C. 

These days, the Vancouver Special — that infamous, boxy, working class home design — is not exactly, well, special.

Take, for example, this one.


When D’Arcy Jones of D’Arcy Jones Architecture was hired to renovate this humble abode, he knew some major things needed to be changed. Built in 1981, the home was old enough that it required a major upgrade, but not so ancient that it needed to be torn down.

The roof, walls, ground floor, and framing, therefore, are all from the original house — a move that is as environmentally friendly as it is labour-strategic. But there were still some substantial modifications, proving that this outdated build doesn’t have to sacrifice design.

Sitting on a small 33-foot-wide lot, the new space’s look is starkly different than its predecessor. Read more…

Canadian Specifications Canada (Vancouver Chapter)

CSC Luncheon – STC and Steel Framing: Dispelling Myths and Forging Innovative Designs

Presented by Ben Shafer, Acoustic Systems Specialist for PABCP Gypsum, this CSC Vancouver Chapter Luncheon will provide a comprehensive overview of designing acoustically-related interior partitions for a variety of steel stud configurations, including partitions with structural requirements. Ben will address the differences between the ASTM E90-09 lab tests typically performed on 25 gauge steel and the real world sound isolation performance of interior partitions that have structural components such as cross bracing, channel stiffeners, blocking and door frames. He will also introduce and explain new sound isolation measurements and standards related to SPC (Speech Privacy Class) and ASTC (Apparent Sound Transmission Class).

Date: December 11, 2014
Location: Sandman Hotel, 180 West Georgia St, Vancouver
Cost: $32 plus GST for pre-registered CSC members; $48 plus GST for non-members
Learning Units (LUs): 1 Core
To register: http://vancouver.csc-dcc.ca/

Highlights from the 2014 AIBC Recognition Awards

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On the evening of November 20, 2014, members of the AIBC community gathered to celebrate volunteerism and to pay tribute to some of the institute’s most dedicated volunteers. The evening’s gathering, which took place at the VanDusen Botanical Garden, included presentation of the institute’s AIBC Lifetime Achievement Award. There were two recipients of this award: Paul McCarley Merrick Retired Architect AIBC, and the late Bonnie Karen Maples Retired Architect AIBC. The award recognizes current or former members who have made exceptional, sustained, and significant contributions to the profession and its public appreciation in British Columbia through an outstanding, career-long body of work.

Outgoing members of the 2012/14 AIBC Council were also recognized: Laurence W. (Chip) Barrett Architect AIBC (former AIBC Council elected member); Calvin Meiklejohn Architect AIBC (former AIBC Council elected member); Lynne Werker Architect AIBC (former AIBC Council elected member); David N.M. Yustin Architect AIBC (former AIBC Council elected member); and Derek DeLand Intern Architect AIBC (former Intern Architect Liaison from 2012/13).

Photos from the ceremony are available on FLICKR. We will also post links to photos on our social media channels and in eNews.

The 2015 AIBC Recognition Awards call for nominations is now open through August 17, 2015. Please consider nominating a worthy candidate who should be recognized for his/her contributions to the profession, the community or the institute.  Visit the AIBC Recognition Program for more information.