UBC Continuing Studies

Building Green with LEED®: LEED Canada for New Construction 2009

This 36-hour course provides an in-depth review of the LEED Canada for New Construction Rating System. It helps building professionals develop their technical proficiency in this latest standard, supporting those planning to write the LEED Accredited Professional Exam with the Building Design + Construction Specialty. In addition, current LEED APs receive all of the continuing education requirements needed to update to the LEED AP BD+C credential.

Using a wide range of examples, case studies and resource materials, this course prepares you to:

  • Demonstrate technical proficiency with the specific requirements of the LEED Canada NC Rating System 2009
  • Recognize the synergies between specific green building strategies
  • Work collaboratively within an integrated design process to implement these strategies
  • Perform cost-benefit analyses of green building strategies to calculate simple paybacks
  • Grasp the limitations of design and the practical application of the Rating System
  • Utilize the LEED Letter Templates and other tools to develop certification documentation

Date: February 24-March 19, 2015, Tues, Thurs, Sat, 6:30pm-9:30pm
Location: UBC Robson Square
Cost: $990
Learning Units (LUs): 36 Core LUs
To register: https://cstudies.ubc.ca/courses/building-green-leed-leed-canada-new-construction-2009/lc901

A Chance to Salvage a Master’s Creation


Paul Rudolph Building in Goshen, N.Y., Faces Threat

By Michael Kimmelman
January 27 ,2015, The New York Times

Unless county legislators act quickly, a paragon of midcentury American idealism will be lost.

Paul Rudolph’s Orange County Government Center, in Goshen, N.Y., announces itself as a civic hub. It’s made of corrugated concrete and glass, organized into three pavilions around a courtyard, like an old wagon train around a village green.

A county proposal would tear down huge chunks of it, flatten the roof, destroy windows, swap out parts of the textured concrete facade and build what looks like an especially soul-crushing glass box. Goshen would end up with a Frankenstein’s monster, eviscerating a work that the World Monuments Fund, alarmed by precisely this turn of events, included on its global watch list alongside landmarks like Machu Picchu and the Great Wall of China.

The Brutalist-style Orange County Government Center in Goshen, N.Y., closed since 2011, and designed by Paul Rudolph, may get a shot at preservation.Rethinking a Spurned LandmarkJULY 6, 2014
Haters in Orange County government have been contemplating its demise for years, allowing it to fall into disrepair and shuttering the building, citing water damage after Hurricane Irene in 2011. Pictures of the interior from the early 1970s, when the center was still new, show a complex of animated spaces, by turns intimate and grand. Later renovations ruined the inside, making it cramped and dark. Rudolph was a master of sculpturing light and space, following in the footsteps of Frank Lloyd Wright, whose emotionalism he married to the cool Modernism of Europeans like Walter Gropius and Le Corbusier. Read more…

China’s World Expo pavilions embrace the “weird architecture” it is spurning at home


By Anne Quito
January 26, 2015, QUARTZ

For six months starting on May 1st, Milan is hosting the World Expo, which has been held every five years since 1851 as a showcase for human progress. The Expo is also prime venue for some incredible architecture-gazing, with grand displays of engineering and soft power on display.

Of the 53 countries constructing pavilions, China is building not one, but five. Aside from its monumental national pavilion—the second largest after Germany’s—the country is represented in four of the five corporate pavilions, mostly co-conceived with foreign architects.

Like many pavilions in the Expo, the designs of the Chinese-sponsored buildings are nothing if not adventurous—even though president Xi Jinping has called for an end to “weird architecture”  like the infamous “Giant Trousers” of Beijing, designed by Rem Koolhaas and Ole Scheeren.

These cutting-edge World Expo designs could be a sign that China may still yet swing back toward radical architecture—or maybe these designers just didn’t get the memo in time. Read more…

CERN Wants Artists and Architects Working Alongside Its Physicists


By Kelsey Campbell-Dollaghan
January 26, 2015, GIZMODO

What do art and high-energy physics have in common? Quite a bit, if you think about it: Space, time, and the structure of the visible and invisible world, for starters. That’s why CERN, the European Organization for Nuclear Research, has spent the past four years inviting artists into its headquarters, and why, for the first time, it’s now inviting an architect to stay.

Back in 2011, CERN set up a program called Collide@CERN that allowed artists to apply for a residency at its Swiss headquarters. “We believe that particle physics and the arts are inextricably linked: both are ways to explore our existence – what it is to be human and our place in the universe,” explained the program’s director, Ariane Koek, at the time. “The two fields are natural creative partners for innovation in the 21st century.”

The program’s first participant was the artist Julius von Bismarck, who CERN paired with the theoretical physicist James Wells—who studies everything from dark matter to the notion of extra dimensions. Together, the pair made some incredible installation art—and carried out projects that even involved other CERN scientists, including, in CERN’s words, “locking 30 physicists underground and asking them what they saw in the dark.” One work that came out of the collaboration was an installation in which a group of lamps swing out of unison for dozens of revolutions, but then, at the 78th turn, come back into a matching rotation. Read more…

Homeowner Protection Office: Building Excellence Research & Education Grants Program

The Homeowner Protection Office’s (HPO) would like to invite you to apply for their Building Excellence Research & Education Grants program.

This grants program provides a streamlined approach and enhanced framework to support and encourage externally generated research and education projects that align with their HPO mandate.

This is an opportunity for industry and consumer organizations, education providers and independent researchers to apply for funding for projects that improve the quality of residential construction and enhance consumer protection for buyers of new homes in British Columbia. Eligible projects may receive up to a maximum of $40,000 annually.

For more information, please visit www.hpo.bc.ca/building-excellence where you will find:

  • Frequently Asked Questions
  • Step-by-Step Guide to Completing Your Application
  • Application Form

The deadline to apply is 4:00 pm on March 16, 2015. Apply early as funding decisions are made throughout the application period. If you have questions please contact them toll free at 1-844-648-6400 or email  BuildingExcellence@hpo.bc.ca.

Role Call: City of Vancouver – First Shaughnessy Advisory Design Panel

The AIBC invites applications from architects interested in serving on the City of Vancouver – First Shaughnessy 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:

Please fill out an interactive application form and forward your submissions to the attention of Professional Services Coordinator Alexandra Kokol by email (akokol@aibc.ca).

Role Call: Consensual Resolution Review Panel

The AIBC is seeking one or more architects for the consensual resolution review panel. The panel reviews and considers whether to approve agreements under the AIBC’s consensual resolution process as established under the Architects Act and AIBC Bylaws. Consensual resolution is an alternative approach to resolving disciplinary matters that would otherwise proceed to a formal disciplinary inquiry. The panel meets as is necessary for the performance of its functions, including meetings by teleconference, videoconference or otherwise electronically.  The general qualifications and experience criteria for ‘architect’ appointments to the panel are as follows:

  • Member (Architect AIBC) in good standing (mandatory);
  • Understanding and appreciation of AIBC’s core regulatory mandate, including disciplinary and consensual resolution provisions in the Architects Act and bylaws;
  • Ability to review and consider proposed consensual resolution agreements in the context of confidentiality expectations; objective professionalism; and the public interest in the regulation of the profession of architecture; and
  • AIBC or related experience (i.e., committee, board, panel, council) in the areas of investigations, discipline, consensual resolution or professional conduct/discipline generally.

Those interested are invited to forward a letter of interest, with a brief summary of professional background or c.v., to Illegal Practice, Professional Conduct and FOI Officer, Jackie Buchan at jbuchan@aibc.ca.

Vancouver City Planning Commission – Vacancies 2015-2016

Applications are now online for vacancies on the Vancouver City Planning Commission, with a deadline of January 30.

The Commission welcomes new Commissioners with seasoned experience working in Vancouver’s unique planning and development environment. The Commission cohort often includes architects, urban planners, landscape architects, land economists, demographers, transportation engineers, housing specialists, community developers, builders and policy analysts.

Established by Council under By-law No. 5064, the Commission is a citizens’ volunteer advisory body charged with advising Council on planning matters affecting the future of the city. Commissioners are appointed by Council.

The scope of the Commission’s work encompasses a diverse range of topics including housing affordability, public realm, transportation, industrial lands and neighbourhood engagement. The Commission organizes conferences, consultations, competitions, presentations and research to help shape its advice to Council.

The Commission’s current major focus is on dialogues exploring the future the city in the context of the planning legacy of the past. The work plan for 2015 is under development and includes initiatives that build on the dialogues of 2014.

Our work is often collaborative, working with other organizations including SFU City Conversations and SFU Vancity Office of Community Engagement, UBC School of Community and Regional Planning and School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture, and Museum of Vancouver.

Vancouver City Planning Commission Application is at the City of Vancouver website.

Background on the Commission’s recent initiatives and current directions can be found on the Commission’s website: vancouverplanning.ca.

General information about the Commission, including meeting schedules and an outline of time commitment, can be found on the City of Vancouver website.

If you have any questions, please contact the Manager, Elizabeth Ballantyne, at vcpc@vancouver.ca.

Please note:
There are positions for architects reserved by legislation for the:

  • Gastown Historic Area Planning Committee
  • Chinatown Historic Area Planning Committee
  • First Shaughnessy Advisory Design Panel
  • Urban Design Panels

Nominations for these positions are made by the AIBC, through the Advisory Design Panel Committee.
Any architect seeking to volunteer on these design panels should to do so via the AIBC process.

The institute strongly encourages architects and associates to participate in civic life and volunteer directly to the city for the ‘at-large’ positions on these and other panels. The AIBC need not be contacted regarding these appointments.

AIBC Staff Evolution

Effective January 30, 2015, Roisin O’Neill, Director of Registration, Licensing & Human Resources, will be leaving the AIBC to join the College of Dental Surgeons of BC. On an acting basis, Joan Hendriks Architect AIBC MRAIC will be taking on the role of Director of Registration & Licensing.  On an interim basis, Tracy Tough, Executive Coordinator, will oversee Human Resources with assistance from Yana Vassilenko, Human Resources & Administration Coordinator.

2015 Vancouver Small Business Information Expo

The Small Business Information Expo will bring together over 40 organizations and government departments that support small business in a trade show like setting, including innovation focused programs. It is free to attend. In addition to the 40-plus exhibitors, panel sessions will be held throughout the day focusing on Trade, Procurement, Mentoring and Financing.

Event: 2015 Vancouver Small Business Information Expo
Date: Tuesday, February 3, 2015
Location: Beatty Street Drill Hall, 620 Beatty Street, Vancouver, BC

The 2015 Vancouver Small Business Information Expo is being organized by the Office of Small and Medium Enterprises (OSME) and Small Business BC.

Risky Business The Shift From Standard-Form Contracts


By Susan Lightstone
Architecture, RAIC/IRAC Architecture Canada, Winter/Spring 2015 Edition, Pages 17-21

Doug Corbett, RAIC, a Winnipeg-based practice leader at Architecture 49, tells of a custom contract prepared by a large Manitoba institution. “It contained a clause stating that we were liable if anyone was killed on the job site. That clause had nothing to do with our design work. We tried to get them to change it, but this is what was implied: ‘suck it up if you want the work’.”

Increasingly, institutional clients are turning away from the standard contracts for architectural services produced by various governing architectural bodies across Canada. As a result, architects find that more risk is being pushed their way—with little opportunity to negotiate terms.

“Whoever has the money structures the contract,” says Corbett.

Perkins & Will’s Design Director, Andrew Frontini, MRAIC, agrees: “It’s a changing landscape,” he says. “We’re getting work in a different way and defining our clients in different ways.”

Contracts are being created to suit the many ways clients want to structure projects, including variations on P3. Architects are now hearing terms such as Design/ Build, Design/Build/Finance/Operate/ Maintain/Transfer, Buy/Build/Operate and Enhanced Use Leasing.

“It means architects’ liability will be much broader,” says Frontini, who is based in Toronto. “The big challenge is understanding this and then getting yourself properly insured if you decide to take the work.”

There’s no point crying “it’s not fair”. The courts will show little sympathy following a 2010 Supreme Court of Canada decision (Tercon Contractors Ltd. v. British Columbia). Although the case involved a procurement dispute, it has wide-ranging implications for all types of contractual disputes.

The Supreme Court concluded there is “a public interest in leaving knowledgeable
parties free to order their own commercial affairs”. That means contracts negotiated by sophisticated commercial parties—such as architects—will ordinarily be enforced according to their terms. You’re expected to know what you’re signing, regardless of the size of firm.

As Frontini points out, contracts that architects are being asked to sign often don’t conform to the conventional owner/architect relationship. Gone are the days when a large institution contracts directly with an architect, using a standard contract. Many institutional clients want the ease of one-stop shopping. They want to contract with only one body—a project-delivery contractor—who will take on the responsibility for everything from designing, building, financing and operating to maintaining a project.

Glenn Ackerley, a construction lawyer with the Toronto law firm, WeirFoulds LLP, explains that this approach comes from the purchasing field and relates to bulk purchasing of commodities such as furniture, photocopiers and hospital equipment.

But how does this “one-contract” approach work when an architect is part of one of these omnibus purchase orders, given the significant  ifferences between buying a carpet and buying a building design?

According to Ackerley, the “onecontract” approach adds directly to the liability profile an architect assumes. He lays out the following structure: there is one “head” contract, typically between the institutional client (and possibly their funding partners) and the project-delivery contractor. What follows is a cascade of contracts falling out of that single agreement.

Instead of contracting directly with the institutional client, the architect becomes part of that cascade. The architect works under the head contract, but contracts directly with the project-delivery contractor, becoming part of the contractor’s “team”.

The obligations—and, thus, range of potential liabilities—have naturally expanded for that architect.

In addition to being liable to design a building that serves its intended purpose, the architect now has a duty of care to
the project-delivery contractor to ensure that the contractual demands the contractor has agreed to with the client are also met.

Here’s how it works: the contractor has committed to the client to deliver a building on time for an agreed price. If the architect has missed something in the design process that affects the contractor’s abilities to deliver the project, the contractor will be looking to the architect to share the cost and effort of fixing the problem. A risk that once might have been assumed solely by the contractor has been spread—via contract—to the architect.

(Ackerley notes that where the contracting model is a traditional one, for instance in the design of a custom home and between owner and architect, standard-form contracts still typically serve as the basis for agreement between the parties.)

Maura Gatensby, MRAIC, practice advisor with the Architectural Institute of British Columbia, notes that AIBC regularly issues cautions informing members when an RFP does not meet AIBC’s mandatory criteria for proposal calls. “We’re not in there to negotiate on behalf of an architect,” she says, but advisories from regulators at least alert architects of dangers ahead.

It is recommended that architects contact their insurer and lawyer to analyze the risks they might be taking by signing such a contract.

If you don’t inform yourself, “you might as well go to the casino and gamble,” says Toon Dreessen. He is a member of Council of the Ontario Association of Architects representing Eastern Ontario and a partner with Ottawa’s Farrow-Dreessen Architects Inc.

Lyne Parent, managing director of l’Association des Architectes en pratique privée du Québec, suggests architects be aware of guides and publications prepared by insurers. She mentions for example, a guide prepared by the Fonds des Architectes in Québec that advises architects that any penalties set in advance in a contract as liquidated damages will not be covered by insurance.

Though one-stop shopping combined with the tyranny of the lowest price will continue to pose challenges for architects, there are hopeful signs.

For example, Ackerley, the construction lawyer, says he is slowly seeing more interest in the Qualification-based Selection (QBS) method of selecting architects. In QBS, emphasis is placed on competence and professional qualifications in addition to price.

Gatensby, of the AIBC, points to a recent RFP issued by the City of Vancouver. It called for “architectural oversight” of the design and construction phases of a social housing project, providing quality-assurance services through the life of the project. She sees this as a positive step—a move away from seeing a contract for architectural services as something akin to buying a photocopier.

Susan Lightstone is a Toronto lawyer and author. She is currently editing a book on public inquiries in Canada and writing a short history of selected courthouses in Ontario.

UBC Architecture Co-op Program

The UBC Architecture Co-operative Education Program integrates a student’s academic studies with work experience. Students engage in an eight-month long (two continuous school sessions) work-term in a professional architectural firm or an office in related fields of design or construction. The program is offered to students who have completed their second year courses.

Architecture firms are encouraged to consider offering such a work opportunity to get to know a mature, motivated individual (and potential future architect) while making a valuable contribution to the profession. It is expected that the students will be engaged at a salary commensurate with their skill level.

For further information contact:
Co-op Coordinator: Greg Johnson gjohnson@sala.ubc.ca

Bylaw Review: Information Sessions

In November 2014, AIBC Council supported the Bylaw Review Committee’s recommendations to advance three “administrative” bylaws for electronic member vote in the spring of 2015. Read the three proposed bylaw amendments along with supporting rationales posted on the AIBC web site.

AIBC Council invites your participation at information sessions, which will address the proposed bylaw amendments. For your convenience, two sessions will be offered; both sessions will cover the same content. The sessions will open with a presentation, followed by a question and answer period. The first session will take place at the AIBC offices and the second session is offered online as a webinar.

Please RSVP your attendance for either of these sessions:

Bylaw Review Information Session:
Date: Thursday, February 12, 2015
Time: 5:00 – 6:30 pm
Location: Architectural Institute of BC
RSVP: http://bylawreviewinformationsession.splashthat.com/

Bylaw Review Information Session (Webinar):
Date: Thursday, February 19, 2015
Time: 7:00 – 8:00 pm
Location: Online
RSVP: http://bylawreviewinformationsessionw.splashthat.com/

The webinar will be available to a maximum of 25 participants on a first come, first serve basis.

For more information about the bylaw amendments, please visit the AIBC website. Members are encouraged to provide feedback and comments on bylaw amendments at any time, or ask questions, by contacting the Bylaw Review Committee at bylawfeedback@aibc.ca.

AIBC Vancouver Island Chapter

RDH Building Engineering Ltd.: Building Enclosures for the Future – Building Tomorrow’s Buildings Today

This educational session will cover the latest in building enclosure technology and design for more energy efficient and durable buildings within a Vancouver Island context. Presenter Graeme Finch Architect AIBC, RDH Building Engineering, will review the key building and energy code changes in BC made in December, 2014 that affect building enclosure designs, followed by guidance on how to construct more highly insulated wall and roof assemblies with minimal thermal bridging. Several case studies will illustrate how these emerging technologies have been utilized in new and existing buildings. Finally, cutting edge building science research and field monitoring information will be presented, demonstrating how insulation materials perform under different climatic conditions and how this affects insulation strategies for roofs and walls.

Date: March 5, 2015, 12:00pm-2:00pm
Location: Harbour Towers Hotel, 345 Quebec St, Victoria, BC
Cost: No cost to attend.
Learning Units (LUs): 1.5 Core LUs
To register: https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/roxul-presentation-building-enclosures-for-the-future-building-tomorrows-buildingstoday-a-tickets-15587237848

Illuminating Engineering Society, Vancouver Section

Light Pollution: New Directions In Outdoor Lighting

The Illuminating Engineering Society of BC (IESBC) presents: “Light Pollution: new directions in outdoor lighting” by Ian Ashdown, a consultant with nearly 40 years of experience in lighting design. The lecture will review the International Dark Sky Association and LEED V4 light pollution requirements and identify how intelligent roadway lighting and innovative lighting design can increase visibility and reduce urban light pollution while saving energy.

Date: Thursday, February 12, 2015
Location: The Arbutus Club, 2001 Nanton Avenue, Vancouver, BC
Cost: $60 for AIBC, IESBC, BCSLA, APEGBC members; $70 for non-members
Learning Units (LUs): 1 Core LU
To register: http://www.iesbc.org/Calendar/Light%20Pollution:%20New%20Directions%20in%20Outdoor%20Lighting