City Of Vancouver Building Bylaw Now Available Online

The new City of Vancouver Building Bylaw, implementation date January 1, 2015, is available for purchase via  the Queen’s Printer:

The City of Vancouver Chief Building Official has released Bulletin 2014-009-BU confirming this.

Changes To City Of Vancouver Building Grade Application Process

Please be advised that the City of Vancouver is changing its building grade application process starting January 1, 2015. In many cases, building grade applicants will now be responsible for completing the survey and design of building grades. Information on the background of this change and new procedure can be found in the following brochure.

More information can be found at  If you have any questions please feel free to email or call at 604-873-7316.

Julio Montaner Jack Austin, Joanne Sullivan Douglas, Olav Slaymaker, Barry Downs enter Order of Canada

By Charlie Smith
December 27, 2014,

Five Vancouver residents have joined the illustrious club known as the Order of Canada.

HIV/AIDS researcher Dr. Julio Montaner, former senator Jack Austin, DA Architects + Planners founder Barry Downs, long-time B.C. Women’s Hospital and Health Centre anesthesia expert Joanne M. Sullivan Douglas, and UBC geography professor emeritus Olav Slaymaker were appointed to Order on Boxing Day.

Montaner, director of the B.C. Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS, was named an officer of the Order of Canada, which is the second-highest level.

The other four Vancouverites were named members of the Order.

The top level is companion of the Order of Canada, which went to three people this year: Montreal lawyer and International Olympic Committee member Dick Pound, Toronto businessman-academic-arts philanthropist James Fleck, and University of Ottawa law professor Donald McRae.

The Order of Canada was created in 1967 to honour outstanding achievement and there are more than 6,000 people named so far. Read more…

Call for Nominations: AIBC Honorary Membership

AIBC Council invites members and associates to bring forward nominations for AIBC Honorary Membership. This prestigious award recognizes non-architects who have made an exceptional contribution to the profession of architecture, or demonstrated a remarkable commitment and service to the institute. Areas of consideration include innovation, education, publication and public service. Do you know a worthy candidate for this significant award?

To Nominate A Candidate:
Download a nomination form and view additional information.

Nomination Deadline:
February 27, 2015 (4:30 p.m.)

For more information, please visit the AIBC website or contact Gayle Roberts, Professional Conduct Coordinator, at

Voir et être Vu (See and Be Seen)

The BCSLA invites you to attend the first Vancouver Island BCSLA Voir et être Vu (“See and Be Seen”).  The concept of “See and Be Seen” is a BCSLA driven initiative with the intent of providing a venue for Landscape Architects to showcase projects to likeminded colleagues.  “See and Be Seen” provides a “show and tell” forum, which gives localized offices and BCSLA members in and around Victoria, Nanaimo and Courtney the opportunity to present projects to a local audience.

Date: January 14, 2015
Time: 7 p.m.
Location: “Open Space Gallery” at 510 Fort St., Victoria
Email: for further information

“See and Be Seen” forums could highlight both individual and group projects.  These forums would include projects from individual practitioners as well as an expanded format including  larger projects that include other participating professional’s (i.e. planners, architects, engineers).  These combined presentations would reinforce the professional symbiotic relationships that evolve when creating projects of magnitude.

Victoria Landscape Architect Michael Bocking of Michael  Bocking Landscape Architect Ltd. will make the initial presentation which will be an overview highlighting landscape architecture on Vancouver Island, beginning with the Olmstead 1907 plan for Uplands to the present, touching on locally referenced public outdoor space design. Discussion to follow.

Immediately following will be a joint presentation by Victoria based Landscape Architect Scott Murdoch of Murdoch Degreeff Inc.  and Architect Franc D’Ambrosio of  D’AMBROSIO  architecture+urbanism.  The presentation will be a detailed examination of their collective relationship in the creation of the Reliable Controls project in Victoria.  Discussion to follow and light refreshments will be available.

New Registered Educational Provider: Lexcan Limited

Lexcan, a division of Lexsuco Corporation, was incorporated in 1968 with the objective of developing and marketing new, state-of-the-art roofing and waterproofing technology. Lexcan has pioneered the use of many modern commercial roofing and waterproofing systems, including EPDM, Modified Bitumen, TPO and fleece-backed membranes.

To learn more about all AIBC Registered Educational Providers, please visit the AIBC website.

New Registered Educational Provider: Tremco Roofing and Building Maintenance

An international construction products and services company with roots reaching back to 1928, Tremco Roofing and Building Maintenance has helped install roofing systems and managed building envelope projects for thousands of facilities. Tremco’s goal is to help building owners and managers maximize the return on their facility investments through project planning: firm budgeting and cost reduction; a complete line of the highest quality products; investigative, maintenance, and information-based services: preventive maintenance; general contracting capabilities; and support for air, water and energy management.

To learn more about all AIBC Registered Educational Providers, please visit the AIBC website.

New Registered Educational Provider: Big Ass Solutions

Big Ass Solutions engineers the most effective, efficient and visually iconic ceiling fans for industrial, agricultural, commercial and residential use. They offer online courses and in-person trainings to boost architects knowledge of air movement and thermal comfort.

To learn more about all AIBC Registered Educational Providers, please visit the AIBC website.

Women in Architecture

The Value of Beauty.  Can you see it? -Understanding the Interrelationship Between Architecture and Light

Join Galina Zbrizher, Principal of Total Lighting and Solutions, for a discussion on integrated design and the interrelationship between architecture and light. Galina’s work is recognized by numerous international illumination design awards.  She is a former Director on the Board of IALD and current Chair of the IES Hospitality Facilities Committee and one of key authors of Design Guide for Hotel Lighting. In more detail, the presentation will discuss how to achieve symbiosis between light and architecture.  The form of architecture is entirely reliant on the presence and quality of light; there is no form without light. Learn how by varying presence, quality, direction and intensity of light, the shape, character and meaning of architecture can be redefined and how to influence the space, reveal shapes, texture, color and create emotional response to the space by choosing how to define mass as form with light.

Date: Thursday, January 15, 2015, 6:00-9:00pm
Location: DIALOG office, 406 – 611 Alexander St, Vancouver, BC.
Cost: Free. Bring finger food snacks to share.
Learning Units (LUs): 1 Core.
To register: preregistration not required. Just show up. If front door is locked, call 778-320-4979 to be let in.

ES Computer Training

Risk Management
Risk Management is a full-day, hands-on workshop that will lead you through the process of identifying, analyzing, prioritizing and responding to risk factors throughout the duration of a project and in the best interests of its objectives. Proper risk management will reduce not only the likelihood of a potential risk occurring, but also the magnitude of its impact, to improve your overall productivity and performance. Our mission is to enhance peak capability within your organization. Risk Management will help you to streamline each and every one of your projects. To help you document the risk management process, a one year subscription to our RiskMP software will be provided to each course participant.

Location and Dates:

  • Wednesday, January 28, 2015 – Holiday Inn Vancouver Dowtown, 1110 Howe St, Vancouver, BC
  • Monday, April 13, 2015 – Holiday Inn Vancouver Dowtown, 1110 Howe St, Vancouver, BC

Cost: $399.00 + applicable taxes – Includes full-day workshop and software tools
Learning Units (LUs): 7.5 Core
To register:

AIBC Vancouver Island Chapter

Hilti Canada-Firestop Systems

Does your specification clearly identify how firestop custom details should be handled? Were you aware that you can use firestop for water abatement to expedite construction? Do you understand the scope and limitations of CAN/ULC-S115 when dealing with curtain walls? Cory Norman, Senior Field Engineer at Hilti Canada Corporation, will provide a comprehensive overview of firestopping, from theory to practice, by focusing on issues that challenge contractors and specifies in today’s local market.

Date: Thursday, January 15, 2015, 11:45am – 1:15pm
Location: Harbour Towers Hotel and Suites, 345 Quebec St, Victoria, BC
Cost: No admission charge.
Learning Units (LUs): 1 Core
To Register: Limited to the first 50, please register via VI AIBC Chapter or VI CSC

Role Call: Tsawwassen First Nation Design Panel

The AIBC invites applications from architects interested in serving on Tsawwassen First Nation 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 (