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

Role Call: Post-Disaster Safety Assessment Program Working Committee

Post-Disaster Safety Assessment Program Committee is seeking new members.

Architects and interns have expressed an interest in playing a key role in supporting government responses following any major disaster. AIBC has been invited to join other professional associations who are involved in  municipal and provincial Disaster preparedness programs. The Post-Disaster Safety Assessment Program Committee will be working with municipalities and BC’s emergency management agencies to establish communication and deployment strategies, and to develop BC-specific content for a post-disaster damage and safety assessment course.  The course will lead to a contact list of trained volunteers who could be called upon by authorities having jurisdiction in the aftermath of a disaster.  Members who completed the 1-day Safety Assessment Course in the USA, or at the recent 2014 AIBC Shifting Perspectives Conference, or who may have attended BC Housing’s Rapid Assessment Course are encouraged to apply.

If you are interested in becoming a member of this committee or to learn more information, please contact Alexandra Kokol, Professional Services Coordinator at; or 604.683.8588 ext. 312.

AIBC Rulings on Associate Status Disclosure Now In Effect

Please be advised that the associate disclosure rulings connected to AIBC Bylaw 34.10 came into effect on April 17, 2015. The three rulings, approved by council earlier this year, require associates to notify clients and authorities having jurisdiction of their associate status when they are providing services on projects in the exceptions with no architect supervising. In such situations, associates must also notify clients of their professional liability insurance status. The council ruling applies to the three classes of AIBC associates: Intern Architects AIBC, Retired Architects AIBC and Architectural Technologists AIBC.

An updated Code of Ethics and Professional Conduct has been issued reflecting these changes. Since the rulings also relate to notification by associates of insurance status, updates have also been made to AIBC Bulletin 66 and Practice Note 10. Review the list of Professional Liability Insurance Providers in B.C.

AIBC Council passed the motion to establish regulatory requirements for associates at its January 2015 meeting. The council decision was made taking into account member feedback provided during an extended February-March 2015 notification period; results from the Retired Architect Survey, conducted in November-December 2014, where 18% of registered architects and 63% of retired architects participated; and recommendations from the Associates Task Force.

If you have any questions or would like more information, please do not hesitate to contact the AIBC at 604.683.8588 and ask to speak with Maura Gatensby Architect AIBC, Practice Advisor or Thomas Lutes, Barrister & Solicitor, Director of Professional Conduct & Illegal Practice.

Supporting Documentation

Code of Ethics and Professional Conduct
AIBC Bulletin 66
Practice Note 10
Professional Liability Insurance Providers in B.C.

Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of BC

Ventilation and Condensation – Part 3 Buildings
This course focuses on the relationship between ventilation and condensation performance problems within the living spaces of the building, as well as within enclosed spaces of the building enclosure such as vented roof assemblies, parapets, walkways and crawlspaces. Building code requirements and the science of ventilation and condensation will be presented followed by case studies that illustrate the concepts.

Date: May 27, 2015 8:30am-12:30pm
Location: TBD
Learning Units (LUs): 4 Core
Cost: $299.00 + GST = 313.95
To Register:

In Passing: Henry Yorke Mann

Henry Yorke Mann Architect AIBC, passed away on April 2, 2015.  He was surrounded by family and friends in his home the ‘Manndela,’ after experiencing a series of strokes in Oliver, BC at the age of 84.

“Henry Yorke Mann was an architect who understood the true spirit of architecture and lived fully in the Way of clarity and directness that embodied this understanding. Drawing inspiration from his friendships with former architect and poet Bud Wood and with painter Jack Wise, Henry forged a singular and powerful style that set him apart from his contemporaries. Through a deeply meditative and thoughtful process, he created spaces embodying a sense of presence and meaning rarely found in contemporary architecture. His characteristically dense detailing and profound exploration of archetypal forms produced timeless works of great personal and universal resonance. For Henry, the place of the architect is alongside great composers, musicians, painters and poets who aspire to fully express the beauty, depth and mystery of humanity. Both his built work and the loving memory of his genuine and generous character embody his ideal.” ~Norman Goddard

Join friends and family to Celebrate the Life of Henry Yorke Mann, Sunday, April 26, 11:00am-3:00pm at their home, 222 Old Camp McKinney Road Oliver, BC. Memorial contributions may be sent to Desert Valley Hospice Society, PO Box 1261, Oliver, BC, V0H 1T0 or online at
Published: April 16, 2015
By: © 2015 Henry Yorke Mann Architect B.arch. MAIBC. MRAIC., Newsletter

Heritage Vancouver Society

What is Neighbourhood Character?
In this panel, speakers explore the hot topic of neighborhood character in Vancouver.  What features give areas their distinctive character? How can we balance heritage conservation with other community and financial interests? How can we ensure new development is responsive to the neighbourhood context? A general discussion with the audience follows and at the end, everyone will be invited to submit feedback on the evening’s topic to the consultants leading the Heritage Action Plan.

Date: May 27, 2015, 7pm-9pm
Location: Djavad Mowafaghian World Art Centre, Goldcorp Centre for the Arts, 149 West Hastings Street, Vancouver
Learning Units (LUs): 2 Core
Cost: Free but registration required
To Register:

Garibaldi Glass

5th Annual Garibaldi Glass Day
Garibaldi Glass is once again putting on their 5th Annual Garibaldi Glass day. At this event attendees will learn about Aesthetics consideration, coating types, selection and energy performance. Other topics that will be discussed are: Introduction to Lean Philosophy & Project Management, and a Panel Discussion on How to add Value to your Projects.

Date: May 1, 2015, 1pm-7pm
Location: Garibaldi Glass. 8183 Wiggins Street, Burnaby, BC
Learning Units (LUs): 3 Core (1 per session)
Cost: Free

Architecture film festival adds stories to foundation

By Randall King
Winnipeg Free Press, April 15, 2015

LEGENDARY singer Frank Sinatra. Rumpled French comedy star Jacques Tati. And remote, rocky Fogo Island off Newfoundland’s northern coast.

What do they have in common?

Each have been touched by architecture in vastly different ways.

Those stories are told in the five-day Architecture + Design Film Festival, an event entering its fourth year celebrating the multi-faceted nature of architecture.

The film festival is the brainchild of Susan Algie of the Winnipeg Architecture Foundation, an organization with a mandate of educating the public about architecture. Read more…

Two B.C. winners of 2015 RAIC Innovation in Architecture Award announced

By staff of Canadian Architect
Canadian Architect, April 22, 2015

Two British Columbia projects that demonstrate new ways to use wood and steel have garnered the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada (RAIC) Innovation in Architecture award for 2015. The Wood Innovation Design Centre in Prince George is a centre of excellence at the University of Northern British Columbia. It aims to show that tall timber buildings can be economical and safe, and celebrates wood as a beautiful and sustainable material. The architect is Michael Green, FRAIC, of MGA | Michael Green Architecture in Vancouver. Read more…