New Registered Educational Provider: Pacific Business & Law Institute (PBLI)

Pacific Business & Law Institute is a team of lawyers and professionals based in Vancouver who have been committed to researching pressing issues, trends and legal and social policy developments for over 25 years. The company offers over 40 courses, educational conferences and forums in locations across Canada.

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

New Registered Educational Provider: Surface Products Inc.

Surface Products Inc. is a leading distributor of unique building materials for the architecture and design industry. Their products are utilized in a variety of commercial, residential, retail, hospitality, institutional or office environments and are ideal for both interior and exterior applications.

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

New Registered Educational Provider: Garibaldi Glass

Garibaldi Glass is a leading glass manufacturer with over 48 years of experience. The company prides itself in total understanding of industry trends, products, innovations and technology advancements which allows them to partner and collaborate, to see visions come true.

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

New Registered Educational Provider: Avail Leadership

Avail Leadership is a human resources and leadership development consultancy that assists clients by providing: management training, HR consulting, succession planning consulting, organizational assessments such as employee engagement surveys and 360 reviews.

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

Construction Specifications Canada

Rainscreen and the Resurgence of EIFS
CSC Vancouver Chapter is hosting a luncheon presentation on Rainscreens and Exterior Insulation Finishing Systems (EIFS). Led by Andre Turrin, Technical Director of DuRock and member of EIFS Council of Canada Board of Directors, the presentation will address the four principal aspects of Environmental Separation that are applicable to EIFS, delve into the Fire Protection Articles of the National Building Code of Canada that apply to EIFS, and discuss the designing and detailing considerations with special attention to interfaces with other building elements, termination points, expansion joints, and drainage.

Date: Thursday, April 9, 2015. 11:30am-1:30pm
Location: Sandman Hotel, 180 West Georgia Street, Vancouver, BC
Learning Units (LUs): 1 Core
To register:

Three Bylaw Amendments Set for Electronic Vote

For the first time, the AIBC will be conducting an electronic vote. The vote will be on three “administrative” bylaw amendments.

AIBC Council supports the three bylaw amendments and encourages all members and honorary members to cast their vote. An electronic ballot will be emailed directly to eligible voters on 30 March. The voting period closes at 5pm (PDT) on 24 April 2015. Results will be announced at the 02 May 2015 Annual Meeting.

For  more information about electronic voting and to read the three bylaw amendments (and supporting rationales), please visit the AIBC website.

Role Call: District of Pitt Meadows Advisory Design Panel

The AIBC invites applications from architects interested in serving on the District of Pitt Meadows 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 (

Role Call: Investigations Committee

This committee conducts investigations of complaints made against architects, associates, temporary licensees and firms and makes recommendations to the institute as to how to proceed.  Committee members are expected to have a solid understanding of professional ethics and conduct in architectural practice. The AIBC believes that public interest and the profession are best served by an Investigations Committee (IC) that includes members from diverse backgrounds.

At this time, the committee is actively seeking more female architect members.  However, the Committee encourages any qualified members to consider this opportunity. View the Investigations Committee Terms of Reference.

Interested members are invited to submit questions and expressions of interest to the AIBC, c/o Professional Conduct Officer, Gayle Roberts at or by phone at (604) 683-8588 extension 310.

BC Society of Landscape Architects Annual Conference

The BC Society of Landscape Architects (BCSLA) invites you to attend their annual conference, entitled – Corridors: Connecting BC Communities.  The conference will be held form April 23 to 25, 2015 at the Fairmont Château Whistler.

The goal this conference is to look at communities outside of larger urban areas and to better understand that the diversity of these landscapes requires an individual to further develop techniques and tools within their profession. This year BCSLA is turning their attention to smaller communities in BC and to a range of issues.

As their conference is being held in Whistler, they will use the challenges, successes, and externalities of the Sea-to-Sky Corridor as examples of how issues now facing many more small communities have emerged, impacted, and been addressed over the last fifty years.

View the preliminary conference program. Should you have questions about the conference please contact Tara Culham, Executive Director by email at or by phone at (604) 682-5610 or toll free (US and Canada) at (855) 682-5610.

Council Meeting Summary – 10 March 2015

At the 10 March 2015 council meeting, the AIBC Council dealt with the following items:

  • President’s Report
  • Finance
    • The AIBC continues to experience good financial health. Audited 2014 financial statements will be included in annual meeting package.
    • FICOM is working on a long-term strategic outlook that aligns with the AIBC’s 5-year Strategic Plan.
  • Operational Constraints
    • The CEO performance evaluation process is being prepared for review in April.
  • Act Review Working Group
  • Strategic Engagement Steering Committee
    • Role has shifted to monitoring and coordinating future engagement processes.
  • Registration & Licensing Board
    • NCARB – January results for BC interns: 66.7% passing rate.
    • ExAC – November results for BC interns: The national success rate was 75.5% 
      Between 01 June – 15 July 2015, interns can register for the 02 – 03 November 2015 ExAC period.
    • Oral Reviews – February results for BC interns: 87.5% pass rate. The next Oral Reviews are scheduled for mid-June and mid-October. An Oral Review workshop is in the works. We are actively recruiting for new panelists. Please volunteer! Contact Belinda Chao at for more information.
    • A shout out to those who organized and attended the 06 February student event at UBC SALA.
  • CEO/ED Report
    • AIBC attended the First Nations job fair in Williams Lake organized by the Yunesitin First Nation in partnership with Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada.
    • AIBC’s Post Disaster SAP Committee delivered two sessions at this year’s Buildex.
    • Thank you to all AIBC registrants for your prompt attention in paying your annual dues. Internal discussions are taking place regarding proposals for streamlining next year’s fee billing cycle for the benefit of members and the institute.
    • Save the date! This year’s AIBC annual conference will be held 27-30 October 2015 at the Vancouver Convention Centre. The theme is: “What’s Now – Insights and Directions”. The format has changed. The first day will feature four plenary sessions, whereas the second day will host a number of break-out sessions tagged under four or five streams.
    • Staff moved in to suite #210. The space features two new rooms for meetings, courses and seminars.
    • Planning for the annual meeting is underway. Please join us on 02 May 2015, 1-5 p.m. at the Segal Building, Simon Fraser University (500 Granville Street, Vancouver). A light lunch buffet will be served. Register to attend AIBC’s 96th Annual Meeting and for more information.
  • Council approved motions to put forward three bylaw amendments to electronic vote. The motions were passed after council reviewed feedback submitted during the consultation period. Comments were submitted at the three information sessions (one live and 2 webinars), as well as by email.
    • Read the three bylaw amendments.
    • Simply E-Voting, the chosen service provider, will conduct the electronic vote 30 March 2015 to 24 April 2015. Detailed instructions and information will be made available to members and honorary members shortly by way of blasts and posts in eNews as well as communications sent directly from Simply Voting.  E-voting information, ballots, etc. will be emailed to the same address where eNews and blasts are sent.
  • Taking into account the comments that were submitted during the 30-day notification period, council approved motions regarding Associate Status Disclosure. The proposed council rulings were passed and will come into effect on 17 April 2015.
    • Read Council Rulings on Associate Status Disclosure.
    • The rulings’ essence is that prior to offering services to a client or an authority having jurisdiction on projects in the exceptions with no architect supervising, associates will declare their AIBC associate status as well as whether they have liability insurance. The AIBC’s Code of Ethics and Professional Conduct will be updated shortly.
  • The new Public Outreach Committee has an approved Terms of Reference. Their intention is to draft guidelines during the summer and report back to the membership in the fall of 2015.
  • Retired Architects are now able to sit on the Qualifications Committee per updated Terms of Reference.
  • Council endorsed an honorary membership nomination to be voted on by membership at the Annual Meeting.
  • Motions were passed for policy compliance, committee changes, examination results and register amendments as well as terms of reference.
  • Read adopted 27 January 2015 council meeting minutes.
  • The next official meeting of AIBC Council is scheduled for 02 May 2015 after the annual meeting. It will be held at the AIBC offices between 5-6 p.m.


  • On 20 March 2015, prior to the BC Wood Specialties Group Lunch and Learn Seminar, AIBC CEO Mark Vernon and AIBC Council President Scott Kemp, met with Vancouver Island members and associates.

AIBC Council Nominations Now Closed

Five candidates have submitted their nomination for the five available 2015/2016 AIBC Council positions. As a result, election ballots will not be mailed to members.

The new and returning AIBC councilors will be formally announced by acclamation for a two-year term effective May 2, 2015 at the annual meeting. The five councilors are:

  • Darryl Condon Architect AIBC
  • Catherine Nickerson Architect AIBC
  • Mona Jahedi Architect AIBC
  • Sean Ruthen Architect AIBC
  • David Yustin Architect AIBC

Regarding liaisons to council, Ye Chu Intern Architect AIBC is the sole candidate for the Intern Architect Liaison to the 2015/2016 AIBC Council.

The 2015 Annual Meeting will take place Saturday, May 2, 2014, 1:00 – 5:00 p.m. at the Segal Graduate School of Business, Simon Fraser University Downtown Campus, 500 Granville Street, Vancouver. For more information and to register to attend, please visit the AIBC website.

Call for Papers for 2015 AIBC Annual Conference

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The Architectural Institute of British Columbia invites submissions from those interested in speaking, participating in panel discussions or facilitating interactive workshops at the 2015 AIBC Annual Conference to be held at the Vancouver Conference Centre from Wednesday, October 28 to Friday, October 30, 2015.

About the Conference

The AIBC’s annual conference brings together architects, intern architects, architectural technologists, builders, engineers, interior designers, faculty, students and other members of the design community to learn about new industry and professional trends, technological advances and best practices. This annual gathering, the largest of its kind in British Columbia, is also a chance to network, socialize and celebrate the innovative, valuable work of practitioners and theorists. The conference runs over three days and includes plenary sessions, seminars, workshops, panel discussions and an industry exhibitor show.

This conference is expected to include a particular focus on matters related to cutting edge trends and issues in the practice of architecture, including future design directions, innovative technologies, community needs and business practices. As in previous years, the conference will be rich in professional development, dialogue and network-building opportunities. Anticipated attendance is approximately 400–450 delegates.

2015 Conference Theme: What’s Now – Insights and Directions

Architecture is a discipline that is constantly evolving and is continually influenced by changes in science, technology and society in general.

This year’s theme acknowledges that, as a society, we are continually re-inventing the way we think, live, work and play in our world. Architects respond to this ever-changing landscape by evolving in many ways – from the way they communicate and conduct business to the way they design and build for the future. Naturally in the process, points of friction arise, which keep architects engaged and excited. How architects respond to this ever changing landscape will determine the relevance of the profession in the future.

Conference Program

This gathering aims to raise both the level of discourse and the standard of practice for members of the design community at all stages of their careers.

This year there will be four plenary sessions on Thursday, October 29. Plenary session themes are intended to present between one and four speakers and their related subject and then engage in a question and answer session with the audience. Each plenary session, including the Q&A, is scheduled for 1.5 hours.

The plenary session themes for this year’s conference are:

Designing Practice/Practicing Design

  • In designing our practice, what constitutes the business of architecture? Is it about clients, staff, partners, consultants, authorities, contractors? What can we learn from practices in other professions, or from academics who study the structures of successful business teams?
  • In practicing design, what presentations remind us, teach us, and inspire us with the qualities of good design? And what are the traditional elements which make “good architecture”? What tools, current or future, will make achieving “good architecture” more feasible and more common?

Architecture of Place

  • How do architects respond to and influence the environment and society in the practice of their work?

Disruptive Technologies

  • What innovations create new values, new directions in professional practice, and thereby disrupt existing business or design models?

Fluidity: Restructuring Design – Insights from a paper entitled, Architecture and the Image of Fluidity by Nana Last PhD, Prof., Univ. of Virginia

  • “Along with spatial formations, fluid architectures are producers of spatial imagery that differ from their modern predecessors.”
  • “Against modernity’s advancement of the spatial image of production as repetition, is the increasingly common appearance of fluid formations in the work of numerous architecture practices.”

These four plenary themes will then become the themes for the four streams of sessions on Friday which will be presented by one or more of the same speakers from the associated plenaries on Thursday. There will be a total of 16 sessions offered on Friday.

table2Attendees who are interested in one of the Thursday plenary themes might attend all of Friday’s lectures on that particular theme or chose from a selection of sessions in each of the four themes.

Call for Papers

The AIBC is seeking presenters who are experts in their fields and familiar with presenting to groups of between 30 to 120 attendees. Please note that this new conference format requests all presenters to speak on both days – on Thursday and Friday, for a total of two sessions. All sessions will be 1.5 hours, including time for a question-and-answer period.

The following criteria will be foremost when reviewing submissions and selecting applications:

  • Inspired content that is clear, concise and educational in nature;
  • Relevance to a conference plenary theme;
  • Connection to the educational initiatives of the AIBC, including such aspects as design innovation, environmental sustainability, diversity, technological advances, business concerns and community, health, safety and welfare;
  • Compliance with the educational standards for AIBC Learning Units*; and
  • Speaker qualifications and experience presenting at similar regional or national conferences.

*For additional information regarding the AIBC’s Continuing Education System, review AIBC Bulletin 80: Mandatory Continuing Education System (CES) Rules and Guidelines.

Proposal Format

Please view and fill out the 2015 Annual Conference Proposal Submission Form.
(The Call For Papers Is Now Closed.)

Submission Timeline

  • Call for Papers issued: Wednesday, March 18, 2015
  • Deadline for submission of completed proposals: Wednesday, April 15, 2015

It is anticipated that the Annual Conference Professional Development Committee will identify its recommended selections through April with formal notification by April 30, 2015. Successful applicants will be required to sign a standard AIBC conference presenter contract by May 31, 2015. We look forward to your interest, and to welcoming you to our 2015 AIBC Annual Conference.

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Foster + Partners to create Canada’s tallest habitable building in Toronto

by Amy Frearson | Dezeen

British architecture firm Foster + Partners has revealed plans to build an 80-storey skyscraper that is set to become Canada’s tallest habitable building.

Called The One, the 318-metre-tall tower will have a glass facade with a diamond pattern of bronze struts running up the sides, and will occupy a site in downtown Toronto on the corner of Yonge Street and Bloor Street.

Full article.

Ontario Association of Architects 2015 Award Winners Announced

March, 13, 2015
by Jack Landau, URBAN

A list of winners has been released for the 2015 Ontario Association of Architects (OAA) Awards, featuring local and international projects designed by architects and firms hailing from Ontario. Covering developments ranging from single-family homes to large-scale developments, the 20 winners of the 2015 Design Excellence Award were selected from over 175 submissions, judged by a jury of peers from the design community based on criteria like creativity, contexts, sustainability, good design/good business, and legacy. A total of 29 winners over 9 different categories will be recognized at an upcoming awards ceremony as part of the Ontario Association of Architects’ annual conference, to take place in Hamilton on May 8th.

Full article.

Vincent Callebaut masterplans a self-sufficient city of science in Rome


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Philip Stevens | Designboom

French architect Vincent Callebaut has devised a masterplan to transform Rome’s military district into a self-sufficient urban ecosystem. The ‘città della scienza’, or the ‘city of science’, encourages the promotion of sustainable design, low carbon transportation and renewable energies.

Through referencing land art, a movement in which landscape and the work of art are inextricably linked, Callebaut’s proposal is covered with edible plants that are intelligent, self producing and organic. Consequently, roofs and balconies become the new grounds of a green city, while the orchards and food gardens become the primary structures that dominate the site. Full article.