Vancouver Heritage Foundation

Heritage Projects: From Idea to Completion

From research and planning to hiring the right people, a heritage project is a unique building project. Learn from an architect and a contractor what you need to prepare and plan for a heritage project and how to carry that through on site, from small restorations to HRA’s. From purchase through planning and working with the City, to working with trades and unexpected surprises on site, this workshop will go from idea to shovels in the ground, and will provide time for Q&A. This course will be of interest to both homeowners and professionals in the building industry, including contractors, architects, trades and planners.

Date: Saturday, March 28, 2015, 9:00 am – 1:00 pm
Location: Mission to Seafarers, 401 E. Waterfront Rd, Vancouver, BC
Cost: $45 + applicable taxes
Learning Units (LUs): 3.5 Core
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Vancouver Heritage Foundation

Researching the History of a Building: Vancouver Public Library Special Collections

Find out which resources are available to help you discover the history of your house. Kim McCarty from Special Collections, will introduce you to the art of research, all of the many resources available online through the VPL website and bring out a collection of documents, maps and resources from Special Collections.

Date: Wednesday, March 18, 2015, 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Location: VPL Central Branch, 350 West Georgia St, Vancouver, BC
Cost: Free but registration required
Learning Units (LUs): 2 Non-core
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Vancouver Heritage Foundation

Researching the History of a Building: Vancouver Archives

Author and historian, John Atkin, starts this session with a presentation on how to research a site using archives research, plus tips that go beyond water permits and fire insurance maps. Learn how to complement Archives resources with additional approaches. This is followed by a step-by-step introduction to using the Archives’ diverse holdings to learn about a building or site, with one of the Archives’ staff.

Date: Wednesday, March 11, 2015, 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Location: Vancouver Archives, 1150 Chestnut St, Vancouver, BC
Cost: $15 + applicable taxes
Learning Units (LUs): 2 Non-core
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Wood Works! BC

Engineering Essentials for Timber Design
This introductory level workshop is designed for practitioners who are interested in learning more about wood and increasing their capacity for wood design. Topics covered: design properties of wood, structural wood products, grading of wood, bending members, compression members, tension members, combined axial loads and bending members, connections. This content is suitable for engineers with limited experience in wood design or for architects looking to expand their knowledge of how wood works from an engineering perspective.

Location and Dates:

  • March 26, 2015 – Delta Ocean Pointe, 45 Songshees Road, Victoria, BC
  • March 27, 2015 – Pacific Gateway Hotel at Vancouver Airport, 3500 Cessna Drive, Richmond, BC

Cost: $275 + applicable taxes
Learning Units (LUs): 6.75 Core
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The Canadian Society for Marketing Professional Services

Unleash the Power and Potential of LinkedIn

Join The Canadian Society for Marketing Professional Services (CSMPS) for a fully interactive workshop that will provide valuable insights on leveraging LinkedIn for B2B Marketing and Lead Generation for your organization. The day will focus on B2B lead generation, business development and social selling strategies specific to the AEC sector. You will learn the conventional elements of LinkedIn statistics (the why) and best practices (the how) regarding LinkedIn security, profile optimization (personal and company), network development and engagement, as well as TOMA (top of mind awareness) and SME (subject matter expertise) practices.

Date: Wednesday, February 25, 2015, 8:30am – 4:30 pm
Location: Four Seasons Hotel, 791 West Georgia Street, Vancouver, BC
Cost: $399 CSMPS Members, $499 Non-members
Learning Units (LUs): 6 Non-core
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2015 Annual Meeting


Save The Date:

2015 Annual Meeting
Date: Saturday, May 2, 2015
Time: 1 p.m. – 5 p.m. (registration at 12 noon)
Location: Segal Building, Simon Fraser University (500 Granville Street, Vancouver)
LUs: 2 Non-Core (Architects and Architectural Technologists)

Note: Light buffet lunch will be served.  

Additional information regarding the annual meeting, including meeting agenda and supporting materials, will be provided prior to the event. Online Registration is now open; RSVP your attendance.

Call for Nominations:

Nominations are now being invited for the 2015/2016 AIBC Council. This is your opportunity to help shape the work of the body responsible for the self-regulating governance of the architectural profession in British Columbia in the public interest.

Nominations are open in the following categories:

Deadline For Nominations:
All signed Call for Nominations Forms, Nominee Declaration Forms, and Nominee Statement Forms must be received by the AIBC time stamped before 4:30 p.m. on Wednesday, March 18, 2015.

Forms may be submitted in hard copy to the Architectural Institute of British Columbia, 100 – 440 Cambie Street, Vancouver, BC V6B 2N5 or, scanned forms may be submitted by email to (facsimile signatures are not acceptable).

To enhance voting members’ ability to compare candidates, nominees must fully complete and submit the Nominee Statement Form. You can access the blank Council Member Nominee Statement Form or Intern Architect Liaison to Council Nominee Statement Form.

For more information, please visit the AIBC website.

Bylaw Review Feedback

All three Bylaw Review Information Sessions are currently full.  Thank you to all who have submitted an RSVP for their attendance.

If you are unable to attend an information session, you can still provide feedback and comments on bylaw amendments at any time, or ask questions, by contacting the Bylaw Review Committee at

For more information about the bylaw amendments, please visit the AIBC website.

If you have already submitted your RSVP for a session and find that you can no longer attend, please email to make your spot available for another attendee.

Vancouver Heritage Foundation

2015 Heritage House Tour

VHF’s Heritage House Tour is a unique opportunity to explore the architecture and history of Vancouver’s historic homes. The longest running and largest event in our calendar showcases the potential in all kinds of heritage and character homes in neighbourhoods across the city. From historic mansions to charming family homes with character detailing, this tour offers an inside look at how older homes can work for modern lifestyles, whether owners choose to upgrade and modernize, or restore and maintain.

Date: Sunday, June 7, 2015, 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
Location: Various houses in Vancouver
Cost: $40 + applicable taxes
Learning Units (LUs): 6 Non-core
To register:

Vancouver Heritage Foundation

2015 Vancouver Special House Tour

From small interventions in design to more significant reconfiguring of spaces, the 2015 tour will look at how five homeowners have reinvented their Specials. Where extra income was once desired, one family has since removed a secondary suite and reclaimed the main floor. Another has embraced the home’s mid-century roots with expansive glazing across the front and furniture collected from vintage shops along Main Street. We’ll even tour inside a Special that had been previously converted into a rooming house. When purchased by the current owners the rooms were full of abandoned furniture. They quickly set to work creating a welcoming, energy efficient home with a new high efficiency furnace, NEST thermostat and a new metal roof. Significant improvements in energy efficiency will be a focus on this year’s tour.

Date: Saturday, April 18, 2015, 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Location: Various houses in Vancouver
Cost: $30 + applicable taxes
Learning Units (LUs): 4 Non-core
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Vancouver Heritage Foundation

Heritage Week 2015 Walking Tours

Heritage Week celebrates built heritage across BC and kicks off with Heritage Day across Canada. In 2015, the theme is “Main Street: At the Heart of the Community”. Vancouver has several ‘Main Streets’ that have grown into our most vibrant neighbourhoods including Commercial Drive, Granville and Hastings Streets, and of course Main Street itself. Vancouver also has other streets that once were vibrant centres but have faded as the city has developed around them. During Heritage Week, several events will explore some of the current and former main streets of Vancouver, their legacy of historic buildings and places, and the opportunities for connecting heritage and community vitality.

Three walking tours with civic historian John Atkin explore the history, changing fortunes and present-day opportunities of three of Vancouver’s main streets, each at the heart of once separate communities.

  • February 20, 2015 – Vancouver’s Historic Downtown – From Gastown to Hastings Street –  10:00 am – 12:00 pm
  • February 21, 2015 – Hudson Street – Marpole History – 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
  • February 22, 2015 – Commercial Street – Cedar Cottage Neighbourhood – 10:00 am -12:00 pm

Cost: $15 per tour + applicable taxes
Learning Units (LUs): 2 Non-core per tour
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Vancouver Heritage Foundation

Shaughnessy Heights: “The Swellest and Most Beautiful Neighbourhood”

Join us for one of two Special Walking Tours to get more familiar with the First Shaughnessy neighbourhood, ahead of public consultation on how to best manage the rich heritage of the area. With its winding avenues, lush landscape and grand homes, Shaughnessy was originally created and managed by the Canadian Pacific Railway. It is one of Vancouver’s most desirable neighbourhoods and happens to be the city’s first planned community. On this walk, we’ll explore the neighbourhood’s heritage value, and examine its complex and intriguing development history while discovering some fabulous architecture.

Date: Saturday, March 7, 2015, 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Cost: $15 + applicable taxes
Learning Units (LUs): 2 Non-core
To register: Call VHF office at 604-264-9642

Canadian Home Builder’s Association of British Columbia

New Energy Provisions in the BC Building Code – Webinar

On December 19th 2014, the BC Building Code introduced significant energy efficiency requirements for houses and small buildings (Part 9 buildings). Key changes include a new Section of the BC Building Code (9.36: Energy Efficiency) that introduces new requirements for:

  • Insulation requiring effective insulation levels (as opposed to nominal R-values);
  • Three options for showing code compliance (prescriptive, trade-offs, and performance);
  • New ventilation requirements;
  • HVAC equipment & system design changes;
  • New radon rough-in requirements.

This three-hour webinar will provide an overview of the key changes to prepare builders and designers to understand and conform to Code requirements with minimum disruption to their projects.

Date: Wednesday, February 18, 2015, 9:00am – 12:00pm
Cost: $79
Learning Units (LUs): 3 Core
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40 Projects Shortlisted for the 2015 EU Prize for Contemporary Architecture – Mies van der Rohe Award


By Holly Giermann
February 10, 2015, ArchDaily

40 projects from 17 European countries have been shortlisted for the 2015 European Union Prize for Contemporary Architecture – Mies van der Rohe Award. Chosen from the 420 original nominees, five of the shortlisted projects will be chosen for the next round of selection, to be announced at the end of February in London. These selected architects will then present their projects before a committee on May 7, who will select one recipient of the highly esteemed international design award, as well as one recipient of the Emerging Architect Prize. The winners will be announced the following day at the Mies van der Rohe Pavilion in Barcelona.

The next round of the decision process will consist of the jury visiting each of the five finalists’ designs to gain feedback from their occupants. Additionally, two publications showcasing the original 420 nominees and the five finalists will be presented at the final selection panel to recognize the stellar designs that have emerged in Europe over the past two years.

Of the remaining 40 projects, 40% of their programs represent cultural architecture, with lesser percentages representing educational, mixed use, religious, and urban works projects. This break-down is 16 Cultural, 4 Education, 3 Mixed Use, 3 Religious, 3 Urban, 2 Commercial, 2 Hotels, 2 Residential, 1 Funerary, 1 Landscape, 1 Single-family House, 1 Social Welfare, and 1 Sport of the shortlisted works.

The remaining 40 projects are the following: Read more…

Seven unknown architectural wonders


By Husna Haq
February 3, 2015 BBC News

We’ve all heard of the Coliseum, the Great Wall of China, and the Taj Mahal. But what about the world’s undiscovered architectural wonders: the man-made marvels where most crowds don’t stray?

To uncover a few of those hidden structures, we turned to question-and-answer site Quora, asking “What are some lesser known architectural landmarks in the world?”


Palace of the Parliament, Romania
The world’s largest, most expensive and heaviest civilian administrative building, Bucharest’s Palace of the Parliament is truly an unknown wonder. “Built by hated communist dictator Nicolae Ceausescu… the building is so huge that it is difficult to take a photograph that does its scale justice,” said Quora user Jann Hoke, a lawyer who worked in the palace in the mid-1990s. Read more…

AIBC Vancouver Island Chapter

Lunch & Learn Seminar

AIBC Vancouver Island Chapter invites you to attend their next lunch and learn featuring two presentations:

“The Greenest Building is the One that is Already Built”, a one hour presentation by Richard Linzey, Manager of Heritage Programs and Services, BC Heritage Branch MFLNRO:

  • Most of the buildings that will exist in Canada in the next thirty years already exist. In fact, new construction is calculated to account for only about one percent of the built environment in 2050. BC’s climate action plan seeks to reduce GHG emissions to 80% of 2007 levels by 2050, and the retrofitting of existing buildings represents a significant opportunity to reduce our carbon emissions. Former UK architect, Richard Linzey, now a manager with the provincial Heritage Branch considers the assertion that ‘the greenest building is the one that is already built’ and illustrates the emerging nexus of heritage conservation, rehabilitation of existing buildings and climate action.

“West African Architecture”, a one hour presentation by Graeme Verhulst, Iredale Group Architecture:

  • Join Graeme Verhulst for stories and insights about the struggles and rewards of living and working in one of the poorest corners of the world. Graeme spent time as a sessional lecturer at an undergraduate level architecture program in The Gambia, West Africa, offered by the Gambia Technical Training Institute and the University of the Gambia. Topics covered include architectural education, the role of architectural education in international development, and West African vernacular architecture.

Date: Friday, February 20, 2015, 11:45 am – 2:15 pm
Location: Cedar Hill Golf Club, 1400 Derby Road, Victoria, BC
Cost: $25
Learning Units (LUs): 1 Core LU per presentation
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