Role Call: City of Maple Ridge Advisory Design Panel

The AIBC invites applications from architects interested in serving on the following design panel:

  • City of Maple Ridge

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 (

Defining a More Purposeful Architecture: A Guide to Current Architectural Trends


Jan 9, 2015
By  Michael Wacht, ArchDaily

The current state of architectural design incorporates many contemporary ideas of what defines unique geometry. With the advent of strong computer software at the early 21st century, an expected level of experimentation has overtaken our profession and our academic realms to explore purposeful architecture through various techniques, delivering meaningful buildings that each exhibit a message of cultural relevancy.

These new movements are not distinct stylistic trends, but modes of approaching concept design. They often combine with each other, or with stylistic movements, to create complete designs. Outlined within this essay are five movements, each with varying degrees of success creating purposeful buildings: Diagramism, Neo-Brutalism, Revitism, Scriptism, and Subdivisionism.

It is understood that there are many other concurrent architectural movements not mentioned here, most of those attributable as stylistic in nature. Such movements contain either a decorative, minimalist, or sculptural approach to design, where design is applied manually through aesthetic decisions. Such styles do not have as their identifying focus to create an architecture that is more responsive or adaptive to the users, site, context, environment, etc. Read more…

6 Modern Pyramids that Show Timeless Geometry is Here to Stay


By  James Hinton
Jan 17, 2015, ArchDaily

If you were a Greek tourist in the 1st century BCE you would likely have had something in your hand that would be quite familiar here in the 21st century. A guide book. The most popular guide book of the Hellenic world listed seven wonders of the world that should be visited by any Greek traveler.

Of those seven wonders, six no longer exist. The Colossus of Rhodes, the Lighthouse of Alexandria, and the Mausoleum at Halicarnassus were lost to natural causes, the Temple of Artemis and Statue of Zues destroyed by human hands, and no one knows what happened to the Hanging Gardens. The remaining wonder is the Great Pyramid of Giza. This colossal Egyptian structure is so grand a work that even today, 4,500 years after its construction, it is still considered by some to be the most impressive civil engineering project in history, beating out feats like the Panama Canal, the Hoover Dam, and the Golden Gate Bridge.

The pyramid isn’t just an ancient wonder. Read more…

Architect Using 3D Tech To Preserve, Rebuild Historic Tulsa

By Emory Bryan,
Jan 19, 2015, News On 6

TULSA, Oklahoma – A downtown Tulsa architect, intent on saving what’s here, is using a new tool on the city’s oldest buildings. It’s helping a preservationist decide what can be preserved.

Chris Lilly is an architect who never really gets to start from scratch – and that’s the way he likes it. He works in places like old warehouses that are sturdy enough for preservation and renovation, where no blueprints exist.

That’s where a machine comes in – a 3-D scanner that Lilly believes is uniquely able to determine what’s there.

“If you come out with a tape measure and a piece of paper, you’re only going to capture a small segment of what actually exists on a jobsite,” said Chris Lilly, Lilly Architects.

In eight minutes – the scanner can measure everything in a room – millions of times. With cones as reference points – the scans of different rooms are digitally connected to measure buildings inside and out. Read more…

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…

Affinity Institute

Construction Contracts and Risk Management

Led by top Canadian construction law experts, you will gain the practical tools and strategies necessary to maximize opportunities and manage risk in construction contracts and projects.  Looking at actual construction contract terms, you will learn how to better identify, understand, and evaluate risk associated with these classes – then negotiate to lower or eliminate the risk, improve terms of payment, and reduce exposure to claims and disputes.

Date: Thursday, January 22, 2015
Location: SFU Segal Graduate School of Business, 500 Granville Street, Vancouver, BC
Cost: $695 + GST. 15% discount for AIBC Members with Code AI92015
Learning Units (LUs): 6 Core LUs
To Register:

Wood Works! BC

2015 International Wood Symposium: Value, Quality and Efficiency – Taking Design and Construction to the Next Level

The 2015 International Wood Symposium is a one-day event specifically tailored to meet the needs of designers and builders. The program will inspire, educate and show examples of how wood building systems constructed off-site are expanding opportunities to create distinctive and expressive structures.  Off-site construction is becoming integral to innovative architecture, design, engineering and construction.  Experts from Finland, England, Austria, Scotland and Canada will present their experience, and the research currently taking place, show innovative applications that can be applied today and provide an overview of how these wood building systems are being used in diverse and complex ways. This comprehensive one-day international wood symposium is designed for architects, structural engineers, building officials and other design and construction professionals.

Date: Thursday, January 29, 2015
Location: Vancouver Convention Centre (West), 1055 Canada Place, Vancouver, BC
Cost: $249
Learning Units (LUs): Each of the six symposiums are worth 1 Core LU
To Register:

Illuminating Engineering Society, Vancouver Section

2015 IESBC IES Illumination Awards – Call for Submissions

IESBC is now accepting project submissions for the 2015 IES Illumination Awards. These awards showcase projects which demonstrate an exceptional use of lighting to effectively illuminate interior and exterior projects. Projects with a lighting component, constructed between Jan. 2013 – Dec. 2014 are eligible for consideration. Please note: a project can be submitted for judging in multiple award categories.

Award categories include:
• Best Interior
• Best Exterior
• Best Residential
• Best Energy Efficiency
• BC Control Innovation

Opens:  Thursday, Jan 1, 2015
Closes:  Saturday, Feb. 14, 2014 @ 11:59 PM EST
Cost:  $100 / entry per award category
Photos:  Up to 10 JPEG images, min. 1024 x 768 pixel
Narrative:  each image can include a description; max. 300 words in total
Optional Video:  max. 1 minute in .MOV, .M4V or .MP4 format (CANNOT contain narrative or music)
Details: If you have further questions on completion the online submission, or would like some advice on photos and narratives, please contact Robyn York, IESBC Illumination Awards Chair, at or by telephone at 604-353-0646.

ES Computer Training

Microsoft Project for Architects

Microsoft Project for Architects is a powerful course that will show you how to plan, monitor, and schedule projects using resources such as people, equipment, time, and money. This course will provide you with the skills to effectively track and analyze projects with a better understanding of the schedule and impact of changes. Microsoft Project for Architects offers a comprehensive understanding of Microsoft Project using a practical approach to project management. During the course students will participate in various hands-on exercises, ranging in complexity and type. You will learn everything you need to maximize your use of Microsoft Project!

Location and Dates:

  • January 26 & 27, 2015 – Holiday Inn Vancouver Downtown, 1110 Howe St, Vancouver, BC
  • April 15 & 16, 2015 – Holiday Inn Vancouver Downtown, 1110 Howe St, Vancouver, BC

Cost: $799.00 + applicable taxes for the 2-day seminar
Learning Units (LUs): 14 Non-core
To register:

Annual Fee Invoices For 2015

Thank you to AIBC registrants who have submitted their professional dues.

On December 12, 2014, annual fee invoices for 2015 were emailed to members, associates, firms and affiliates.  In the event you did not receive an invoice or if you have a question regarding your status with the AIBC, please contact Registration & Licensing staff at

For your convenience, fees may be paid online by logging into your account through the AIBC website.  When logging in to make payment, please keep in mind that individual login IDs are different than your firm login ID.

Detailed information regarding applicable fees and payment requirements can be found in Bulletin 01 (2015): Fees, Fines and Charges. The deadline for payment is February 1, 2015.

On behalf of the AIBC, thank you for your prompt attention to this matter.