AIBC Bursary for Intern Architects

We are pleased to announce that applications for the Michael A. Ernest AIBC Intern Architect Bursary are being accepted from April 28 to May 21, 2015. This bursary, in the form of a $1,000 credit at the AIBC, will be awarded annually to an intern architect in good standing who is intending to become a registered architect but has limited financial resources at the present time.

Michael Ernest Architect AIBC has been a part of the fabric of the AIBC and the British Columbia architectural community at large since the 1970s. Mike retired as Executive Director in December 2014. In recognition of his long standing contribution to the profession, AIBC Council established the Michael A. Ernest AIBC Intern Architect Bursary. This is the first call for applications for this award.

Intern Bursary Application Form

Completed applications should be addressed to Joan Hendriks, Director of Registration and Licensing and must be received by May 21, 2015. The successful recipient will be notified by May 28, 2015.

Please contact if you require more information.

Members Approve Three Bylaw Amendments by Electronic Vote

The AIBC’s three administrative bylaw amendments put forward for electronic vote have received strong approval from the institute’s voting members. The requisite 2/3 support for each of the three bylaws was received. The approval rates are as follows:

  • Bylaw 18.2 at 95 per cent
    Repeal of a bylaw that relates to how special meetings of council (unscheduled meetings) are called by AIBC Council. (The bylaw language was adopted as a council rule in 2012).
  • Bylaw 19.2 at 97 per cent
    Amendment of a bylaw that provides a mechanism for continuation of AIBC meetings, including annual meetings, to allow for a more reasonable and modern rescheduling date.
  • Bylaw 3.6 at 97 per cent
    Addition of a bylaw that designates the AIBC’s executive director as the “head” of the institute for freedom of information (FOI) legislation purposes. The AIBC is what is known as a “local public body” under BC FOI laws.

The voting results show an overall participation rate of almost 30 per cent from the approximately 1,880 members and honorary members who participated. This exceeds the voter turnout at previous annual meetings and paper ballot bylaw amendment votes.

Under the Architects Act, notice of bylaw changes must be sent to the provincial government within seven days of passage. The government then has 45 days to review such bylaws and consider whether to disallow them. If no action is taken by the province during that time, confirmation to members of final bylaw status will follow.

This occasion marks the first time AIBC conducted an electronic vote and judging from the participation and voting results, it has been a tremendous success. The smooth transition from paper to electronic ballots was made possible by the use of a proven service provider and project management by AIBC staff. As the voting results indicate, we received robust participation from members and honorary members. We look forward to conducting future votes electronically, including the 2016 council election.

Our thanks goes out to all members and honorary members who participated in this important process, as well as the members of the institute’s Bylaw Review Committee.

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

AIBC Annual Meeting – Register to attend today!

Have you registered your attendance at the AIBC annual meeting yet? May 2 is rapidly approaching and we invite all AIBC architects and other registrants to attend this important event. Ensure your voice is heard on matters related to the profession.

The annual meeting is a great opportunity to hear from your elected council about the past year, learn more about the institute’s plans for the upcoming year and to discuss areas of interest or concern. Meet AIBC CEO Mark Vernon, welcome new registrants and catch up with colleagues over a light buffet and refreshments.

Over the course of the meeting, your 2015/2016 council will be announced as well as the results of the three bylaws put to electronic vote. Further, members in attendance will vote on conferring honorary membership to this year’s nominee.

Architects and architectural technologists can earn two non-core learning units from attending the annual meeting. To assist in recording these learning units, an online registration system is in place. Pre-registration is not mandatory but highly encouraged as it assists with managing learning units as well as catering.

The quorum requirement for the AIBC annual meeting is 5% of eligible registrants. To date, we have about 60% of the quorum required for the annual meeting. Your participation is vital; we look forward to seeing you there!

For more information about the annual meeting and to register.

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

Note: A light buffet lunch will be served.

New Registered Educational Provider: MSL Louisville Fibreboard

MSL Louisville Fibreboard manufacture a wide range of superior, innovative and environmentally friendly products while ensuring their availability, service and profitability to meet the expectations of their customers and their company.

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

In Passing: Joel Anthony Barrett

Joel Anthony Barrett Architect AIBC passed away peacefully Easter Sunday in White Rock at the Peace Arch Hospice surrounded by his loved ones. With heavy hearts all his family said goodbye to a sweet wonderful soul. Joel was born on October 8, 1930 in Didsbury, Alberta to Roger and Emma. With his five brothers and sisters, he lived a small town life and accomplished all that he set his mind to becoming an excellent student, gifted pianist and fine artist. He went off to the University of Manitoba to study Architecture and later to Columbia University in New York where he received his Masters in 1956, at a time when few did, let alone a young man from a prairie farming town. Joel settled in Calgary where he joined the firm that would become Stevenson, Raines, Barrett, Hutton and Seton shortly after his arrival. As the firms Design Partner through 1988, he designed some of Calgary’s most notable buildings such as the Calgary Centre for Performing Arts, Calgary Airport, Mount Royal College, and many churches such as St. Anthony’s and St. James just to name a few. He received many awards such as the Governor General’s award and was honored when named a fellow by the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada. During these early years he met a beautiful young secretary named Marion who caught his eye and became the love of his life, best friend, wife, and the mother of his children. They enjoyed for 58 wonderful years together. Family, friends, and gatherings were the focal point of their early years. In 1989 they relocated to Vancouver for a new lease and lifestyle. They settled in West Vancouver where they enjoyed the west coast lifestyle for over 25 years. During Joel’s career at CJP Architects in New Westminster, he designed many excellent schools, hospitals and government buildings always with the needs of the occupants as his main focus. He enjoyed many years working side by side with his son Mark, Joel retired at 79. During his cherished 55 + year career he mentored many young architects and always cared deeply for the craft. Joel is fondly remembered for his kind demeanor, warm smile, sense of humor and keen intellect. Visitors all enjoyed his hospitality and ample beverage offerings “what are you drinking?” He had great pool and ping pong skills developed during his youth and hustled many quarters from his unsuspecting offspring in basement challenges. His artistic talents were many including 50 plus years of hand drawn Christmas cards featuring his children, family and grandsons. Joel enjoyed golf, tennis, spy novels, crossword puzzles, painting and most of all spending time with Marion, his children, Granny, his nephews and nieces and two grandsons. The last few years were challenging following a few strokes, but with the loving and constant care from Marion and Brad he still enjoyed these last couple of years and rarely complained. He will be greatly missed and forever fondly remembered. Joel is survived by his wife Marion, sons Mark and Brad, daughter Terace and daughter-in-law Andrea, grandsons Jordan and Drew, nieces Karen, Lucille and Donna, nephews Terry, Russell, Dean, Lane, Tim and Lance, his eldest sister Betty and sister in-law Marlene.In lieu of flowers, donations in Joel’s name to the Peace Arch Hospice Society would be greatly appreciated. Their warm care and compassion sustained our family through Joel’s final journey with dignity, love and respect, befitting such an incredible man. Our words cannot express the impact he has had on our lives and how he will be missed. A Celebration of his Life will be held on April 25, 2015 at 12:00 p.m. at the Hazelmere Golf Course Clubhouse in South Surrey.

The above information was sourced from the Vancouver Sun, published on April 18, 2015.

In Passing: Fred Hollingsworth

Fred Hollingsworth Retired Architect AIBC wasn’t as famous as his contemporaries Arthur Erickson and Ron Thom. But he stood with them as one of the key architects in Vancouver’s west coast modern movement.

“He was a very modest man, he always underplayed his own accomplishments,” said heritage expert Don Luxton. “But I think he was an amazing designer, and a propelling force in modernism at the time.”

Hollingsworth died April 10 at the Lynn Valley Care Centre in North Vancouver at the age of 98. He had been in poor health since he suffered a stroke about a year-and-a-half ago.

Hollingsworth first came to prominence in the late 1940s, designing simple, elegant postand-beam homes in North Vancouver.

“They were small, like 900 square feet,” said Luxton. “A big one was 1,200.”

But he made up for their small size with innovation. Hollingsworth’s homes were incredibly cool, with open floor plans, French doors and wings that separated the living from the sleeping spaces.

They usually came with builtin cabinets and furniture, funky brick fireplaces, and sunken living rooms. Clerestory windows near the ceiling bounced light into the house, and radiant heat came up from the polished cement floors.

The homes often had plywood walls, because they were cheap.

“The kind of people who were building these things were schoolteachers and electricians,” said Fred’s son Russell Hollingsworth, also a successful architect.

“So tradespeople, young professional people just starting out. He didn’t have wealthy clients. As a matter of fact he didn’t really have a wealthy client till very late in his life, when he did a house for Nat Bosa in West Van.”

Luxton said Hollingsworth drew inspiration from architectural legend Frank Lloyd Wright.

“He knew Wright – he used to go down there and visit him in Taliesin West (in Arizona),” said Luxton.

“Some of his buildings are very directly based on Frank Lloyd Wright’s Usonian houses. Frank Lloyd Wright pursued the whole idea of low-cost housing, especially in the postwar period, and Fred’s thinking was inspired by that, the idea of keeping the houses very simple.”

“(My dad) developed a line of houses called the Neoteric houses,” said Russell Hollingsworth. “There’s more of these houses on the heritage list in North Van than any other architect, by a long shot.

“My dad was not in any way an elitist architect. He was the opposite. He had a real thrust in life to bring modernism and creative platforms for living to regular people, not just wealthy people.”

Fred Thornton Hollingsworth was born in Golborne, Lancaster, England on Jan. 8, 1917. He immigrated to Canada with his family in 1929, and grew up in Marpole.

His first passions were model airplanes – he was the Canadian national model airplane champion in 1935 and 1939 – and music. He played sax and sang in the Fred Hollingsworth Orchestra, a jazz band, in the 1930s and 40s.

After the Second World War he fell in love with architecture. He designed his first house in 1946 in North Vancouver – his own, where he lived until he had his stroke. He didn’t have an architectural degree when he started designing houses – he entered the profession through an apprenticeship program, and didn’t become a registered architect until 1959.

But that didn’t stop Vancouver’s top architectural firm, Sharp and Thompson, from hiring him in the late 1940s. At Sharp and Thompson, Hollingsworth became close friends with Thom.

“The two of them were really pivotal in the development of the west coast school,” said Russell Hollingsworth.

“This was before Erickson came along, they were really in the forefront of it. They were both enthralled with Wright’s work, and other west coast guys, and they imported that up into the rugged wilds of the Pacific Northwest.”

Fred Hollingsworth is survived by Russell, daughters Lynn and Kim, and his wife Phyllis, who still lives in the home he designed in 1946.

The above information was sourced from an article written by John Mackie for the Vancouver Sun on April 20, 2015.

New Registered Educational Provider: Armstrong World Industries

Armstrong is a leader in the design and manufacture of floors and ceilings. They provide a portfolio of residential and commercial products and services developed to inspire their customers to deliver the exceptional interiors they envision for themselves and their clients.

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

‘Design empathy’ builds inclusive spaces for people with autism

By Alex Bozikovic
The Globe and Mail, April 15, 2015

GlobeMail_Architecture_AutismFluorescent lights. A wall painted bright yellow. A smoke detector that keeps beeping through a meeting. These are things that you might encounter in an office or a classroom without much notice. But what if you saw those fluorescent lights flickering intensely and heard them emitting a painfully sharp buzz? Or if that yellow wall seemed to be vibrating, like a broken computer monitor? Or if the bleep of the alarm was the loudest sound you could hear?

(Left: The Northern School for Autism in Australia, designed by Hede Architects, is built specifically to support students on the autism spectrum, Hede Architects)

Many people with autism have this sort of discomforting experience every day. Their experience of sensory inputs, such as sound, light and textures can be radically different, and apparently innocuous design details can be powerful barriers to their comfort and success, from school to the workplace and beyond. Among designers and researchers, there is growing interest in understanding how to recognize the needs of this group – which is at least 1 per cent of the population. And at the heart of autism-focused design is one central insight that can benefit everyone: that we all experience the world in different ways, and that being able to choose a comfortable environment can be a powerful thing.

“What I have always found is that when you design for autism, the general population benefits,” says A.J. Paron-Wildes. Read more…

NFCA Floor Covering Reference Manual Available Online

The National Floor Covering Association (NFCA) Floor Covering Reference Manual is now available online and offered at no charge for six months to architects and specification writers. The manual is the industry standard for floor covering installations in Canada.

Full specification guides for resilient, carpet, hardwood, laminate, bamboo and cork flooring are included in the manual along with guides for cementitious underlayment and existing flooring removal.

A brief instructional video is available that explains how to register. Registration approval takes 24 – 48 hours.

For more information and to register.

A Lecture by Jacques Herzog, Herzog & de Meuron

Award winning architect Jacques Herzog will give a lecture at the Orpheum Theatre in the context of the current exhibition at the Vancouver Art Gallery Material Future: The Architecture of Herzog & de Meuron and the Vancouver Art Gallery. Learn about the firm’s vision of how architecture can shape cities and cultural life. The presentation will be followed by an open Q&A with the public.

Jacques Herzog established Herzog & de Meuron with Pierre de Meuron in Basel in 1978. He studied architecture at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich (ETHZ) from 1970 to 1975 with Aldo Rossi and Dolf Schnebli. He was a visiting tutor at Cornell University, USA in 1983. With Pierre de Meuron, he is visiting professor at Harvard University, USA (1989 and since 1994), professor at ETH Zürich since 1999, and co-founder of ETH Studio Basel – Contemporary City Institute since 2002. In 2001, he was awarded the Pritzker Architecture Prize together with Pierre de Meuron.

The architectural firm Herzog & de Meuron has been commissioned as the design architects for the future Vancouver Art Gallery, in collaboration with Perkins+Will as the local executive architects.

Date: Wednesday, May 6, 2015, 7:30 pm
Location: Orpheum Theatre, 601 Smithe Street
Tickets: $10 general admission, $7 for Gallery Members and students with valid ID

For more information.

RAIC Festival Registration Reminder

Register now for the RAIC | AAA Festival of architecture taking place in Calgary June 3-6 and save $350!

Courses are filling up fast so register before the April 30 earlybird deadline to take advantage of the lower rates.

Keynote speakers include Vassilis Sgoutas, Zita Cobb, Todd Saunders, and Brian MacKay-Lyons, FRAIC.

Reserve your room now at the Hyatt Regency to enjoy Festival rates. Room rates will be held under this block until May 1, 2015.

For more information.

SALA Projects: An exhibition of student work from the UBC School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture

Dates: May 11-23

Hours: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday: 9am–5pm
Thursday, Friday: 9am–9pm
Saturday: 9am–5pm
Sunday: Closed

Location: Pendulum Gallery
Atrium – HSBC Building
885 West Georgia Street

Reception: May 14, 6-8pm*

For more information.

*free hors d’oeuvres and cash bar

Zaha Hadid, Ben van Berkel and more design 3D-printed shoes for United Nude

By staff of Dezeen
Dezeen, April 13, 2015

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Image: Flames by Zaha Hadid

Milan 2015: five well-known architects and designers have created pairs of sculptural shoes for footwear brand United Nude made entirely on a 3D printer (+ slideshow).

United Nude founder Rem D Koolhaas enlisted architects Zaha Hadid, Ben van Berkel and Fernando Romero, and designers Ross Lovegrove and Michael Young, to create pairs of women’s shoes solely using 3D printing.

“We want to push the technology but I also wanted to push the silhouettes,” Koolhaas told Dezeen. “I also wanted to create conversational pieces and shoes that are not necessarily for everyday wearing but really are beautiful pieces and conversational pieces, almost like art.”

The shoes each took about 24 hours to print using a sPro 60 selective laser sintering (SLS) machine made by 3D printing company 3D Systems. Read more…

Urban Planning and Architectural Design for Sustainable Development (UPADSD)

Development and planning problems continuously affect both rural and urban areas all over the world.

Urban development has led to deterioration of the environment and has also worsened the problems faced by rural areas, such as mountain regions, coastal areas and many others. Taking into consideration the interaction between different regions and developing new methodologies for monitoring, planning and implementation of novel strategies can hinder solutions and lead to environmental pollution and non-sustainable use of available resources.

Nowadays, sustainable development has become an inevitable choice for humanity after facing a series of resource and environmental problems that have become universal problems faced by all countries all over the globe.

The topic of how to scientifically develop while effectively using the limited environmental resources has become an important topic in academia, the private sector, and governmental departments.

IEREK organizes the Urban Planning and Architecture Design for Sustainable Development Conference to exchange the better understanding of the sustainable development between social and economic development with the environmental resources, exploring the problems between the resources of the environment and sustainable development in the academia, engineering technology, management and policy.

The Urban Planning Conference deals with all aspects of development and planning and brings together scientists and other stakeholders from across the globe to discuss the latest advances in the field, as well as to seek and highlight developments in managerial strategies and assessment tools for policy and decision makers.

Date: Oct 14-16
Location: Italy

Conference email:

More information and registration.

Masonry Design Awards Call for Submissions

The Masonry Institute of British Columbia is accepting applications for the 2015 Masonry Design Awards. Architects, building owners, masonry contractors and masonry manufacturers are invited to submit their entries for projects involving brick, block and stone completed in British Columbia between July 2012 and July 2015 and are due to the attention of the Association Selection Committee at Masonry Institute of British Columbia office by August 30, 2015.

The winners will be announced at a gala event to be held on Thursday October 1, 2015 at the new Robert H. Lee Alumni Centre at the University of British Columbia. An Award of Excellence, presented as a unique acrylic and brick trophy, will be presented to the winner in the categories of best use of masonry in Commercial, Institutional, Mixed Use and High Rise developments as well as Multi and Single Family Homes. An Honorable Mention will also be awarded in each category, along with a certificate for the masonry contractors and manufacturers associated with the winning projects. During the event, attendees to the event will have the opportunity to select the winner for the People’s Choice Award.

For further details on submission requirements or to obtain technical information, visit or contact