Engagement 2.0 Closes

AIBC’s Engagement 2.0 initiative came to a close on December 5 and participation levels were an overwhelming success! Members, associates, volunteers and staff participated through the 12 week process.  Participant’s input will help shape where the AIBC goes next on such important subjects as Advocacy, Act Review and the Intern Architect Program. 

Next steps for Engagement 2.0 will be the production of a report by the consultant SB Communications & Public Affairs Ltd. AIBC Council will review the report in early 2015 to determine next steps, including how to report out to the membership on the findings.  

Learn more about stakeholder engagement.


E-voting for AIBC Bylaws Update: Council Supports Three Bylaw Changes for 2015 E-vote

At the May 2014 annual meeting, members approved bylaws to allow the institute to conduct bylaw amendment and council election votes electronically.

At its November 2014 meeting, AIBC Council gave support to having three bylaw amendments advance to member consultation in anticipation of an e-vote in the spring of 2015.  The Bylaw Review Committee recommended three “administrative” bylaw amendments for the purposes of this initial electronic vote.

In summary, the proposed bylaw amendments are:

  • Repeal of a bylaw that relates to how special meetings of council (unscheduled meetings) are called by AIBC Council. (The bylaw language was adopted as a council rule in 2012);
  • Amendment of a bylaw that provides a mechanism for continuation of AIBC meetings, including annual meetings, to allow for a more reasonable and modern rescheduling date; and
  • Addition of a bylaw that designates the AIBC’s executive director as the “head” of the institute for freedom of information (FOI) legislation purposes.  The AIBC is what is known as a “local public body” under BC FOI laws.

More information about the history of the e-voting initiative can be found on the AIBC web site.  While the AIBC is not currently planning an electronic vote for council elections in 2015, an e-vote is proposed for the 2016 council election.

The institute will be providing ongoing information via eNews and the web site as well as interactive member consultation opportunities with respect to these proposed bylaw changes.  At any time, feedback can be provided to the Bylaw Review Committee on this issue using the bylawfeedback@aibc.ca address.

AIBC Council will be reviewing rules for the process of e-voting later this month.  In keeping with council policy, members will be notified and given an opportunity to provide feedback before such rules come into effect.

2015 Annual Fee Invoices

AIBC 2015 annual fee invoices will be emailed to all members, associates, firms, licensees and affiliates tomorrow. Please follow the instructions on the invoice for payment options. Please note that payment online is our preferred option.  The deadline for payment is February 1, 2015.

If you do not receive the email by Monday, please check your spam folders or simply login online to your AIBC account via the AIBC’s web site to access your invoice and pay your fee.

AIBC Council has determined that there are no changes in the annual fees for 2015 for members, associates, affiliates and certificates of practice. Fees have increased by 5% for temporary licences (licensees).  Information regarding applicable fees and payment requirements can be found in Bulletin 01 (2015): Fees, Fines and Charges.

3-D print a whole house? How the future looks to one forward-thinking architect

Benjamin Dillenburger created a room as intricate as one built over hundreds of years, in a matter of days. His tool? A 3-D printer. Matthew Hague talks to the architect about pushing the boundaries of digital design and his dream of one day printing an entire house



By Matthew Hague
December 10 2014, Special to The Globe and Mail

The operatic curves of baroque architecture are enthralling to visitors of Europe’s 17th-century cathedrals, palaces and grottoes. But in a modern world obsessed with efficiency and expediency, enthralling isn’t good enough to justify the mountain-high price tag and years of manual labour required to erect such structures.

Which is why Benjamin Dillenburger’s designs are such a revelation.

In 2013, the German-born, Swiss-educated architect unveiled a room that is as dynamic and intricate as something built over hundreds of years. But the space, called Digital Grotesque, took days, not eons, to fabricate. And it didn’t involve a single stone chisel. The architecture was conceived using algorithms. It was then spat out by a 3-D printer (a massive one that uses layers of crushed quartz to make sandstone). Read more…

New Registered Educational Provider: Goldray Industries Ltd.

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