Notarius Extends Help Desk Hours

Stating February 2, 2015, Notarius, the AIBC’s certification provider for electronic seals, are extending their help desk hours to 4 p.m. Pacific time, to better serve their customers in the western time zones.

Requirements pertaining to the electronic seal can be found in Bulletin 60, Signature, Seal and Delivery of Electronic Documents.
Architects are reminded that in accordance with this Bulletin, “Members must use their digital certificate issued by Notarius under authority of the AIBC for all documents requiring their signature and seal which they intend to sign/seal and or deliver

Contact Kim Underwood, Licensing Coordinator,  to obtain your electronic seal.
Contact Maura Gatensby Architect AIBC for any practice questions regarding electronic seals.
Contact Notarius

Informa Canada


In 2015, BUILDEX will celebrate 26 years in the Vancouver market. At its core, BUILDEX was developed as an avenue for related industries to come together annually to share ideas, spur innovations and build business. This year, join the delegates in AIBC featured sessions on February 25 and 26, 2015, held at the Vancouver Convention Centre West (1055 Canada Place Vancouver, BC). Sessions will feature topics such as Risk Management and Planning for Resilience, Post-Disaster Response and the Building Professional, Architecture Energized and an Architectural Keynote panel focusing on The Vancouver Landscape: Ecological Urban Architecture.

AIBC registrants are encouraged to take advantage of the complimentary admission to the Architectural Keynote by registering prior to February 5th and entering promotion code T15COMP.

AIBC featured sessions include:

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Thursday, February 26, 2015

To view a more detailed description of AIBC featured sessions and for further information, view those marked with the AIBC logo.

Core and non-core learning units for AIBC CES Participants are listed on the Buildex website and in their published programs.

New Registered Educational Provider: Applied Engineering Solutions Ltd.

Established in 2001, Applied Engineering Solutions Ltd. has completed thousands of projects in a broad range of sectors, size, and complexity. The team’s depth and knowledge of resources make it possible to handle diverse projects such as hospitals, research laboratories, commercial buildings, recreational facilities, hotels, educational institutions, residential projects, and industrial buildings. Areas of experience include in all types of LEED certified projects as well as with projects pursuing the Living Building Challenge.

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

12 Affordable Housing Ideas for Vancouver

Vancouver will always be an expensive place to live. However, with innovative planning and financing ideas, we can create more affordable housing choices throughout the region.

Simon Fraser University invites you to attend this free presentation with guest speaker Michael Geller.  The presentation will examine housing designs and financing programs from around the world that should have a place in Metro Vancouver. It will be of interest to municipal politicians and planners, architects, developers, and the general public.

Date: Monday, February 2, 2015, 7–9 pm
Admission: Free, but reservations are required. Reserve
Venue: Room 1400, SFU Harbour Centre, 515 W Hastings St, Vancouver

About the Speaker:
Michael Geller is an architect, planner, real estate consultant and property developer with four decades’ experience in the public, private and institutional sectors. He serves on the Adjunct Faculty of the SFU Centre for Sustainable Community Development and writes a weekly civic affairs column in the Vancouver Courier. A past-president of the Urban Development Institute, he travels extensively and writes a blog at

The City Program | SFU Continuing Studies

Telephone: 778-782-5254

Dawn of something new: How architecture is changing along with the North


By Matthew Hague
Special to The Globe and Mail, January 7, 2015

As Arctic communities undergo profound growth and change, artists and architects are responding in radical ways. They are creating enduring structures that actually reflect the ever-changing environmental and cultural context of the North.

Sandhornoya, a remote island in northern Norway, just above the Arctic Circle, has the kind of epic, sublime landscape that would have inspired Turner or Bierstadt. A white sand beach unfurls around an inky blue inlet, a black, jagged mountain knifes up through a scruff of green brush. The landscape is mystical on its own, but until September, 2015, it is even more fantastic. Along the shoreline, a stunning series of pavilions have been erected for SALT: the world’s first, year-long festival of Arctic art, architecture and culture.

Since it began last August, the event has swelled the island’s population well beyond its normal 400, attracting visitors from as far as Australia. One woman travelled from Britain (by plane via Oslo, plus a boat ride) simply because she saw a photo of the festival in a magazine and decided she had to be there. Read more…

Architect designs 30-metre-long canopy for Russia’s Milan Expo pavilion


By Nadia Beard
January 12, 205, The Calvert Journal

Russian-born German architect Sergei Tchoban has designed a 30-metre-long cantilevered canopy for Russia’s 2015 Milan Expo pavilion, whose theme this year is “Feeding the planet, Energy for Life”. The canopy, made from sustainably sourced timber and glass, will shelter the entrance to the Russian national pavilion and will feature a curving mirrored underside and a roof garden accessible to visitors above.

According to the architect, Tchoban and his team developed the pavilion as a celebration of Russian engineering. “Our basic starting point was to combine a simple yet memorable architectural structure with a facade formed from sustainable, ecologically sound materials,” Tchoban said. “But an equally important task in our architectural development was to inject the essence of Russia into the design.” Read more…