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.