UBC student writes 52,438 word architecture dissertation with no punctuation — not everyone loved it

By Brian Hutchinson
National Post, May 8, 2015

NationalPost_UBCStudentDissertationThere was Patrick Stewart, PhD candidate, defending his final dissertation before a handful of hard-nosed examiners at the University of British Columbia late last month. The public was invited to watch; two dozen curious onlookers saw Stewart attempt to persuade five panelists that his 149-page thesis has merit, that it is neither outlandishly “deficient,” as some had insisted it was, nor an intellectual affront.

(Image: Dissertation of Patrick Stewart, PhD candidate. Courtesy of National Post.)

Unusual? It is definitely that. Stewart’s dissertation, titled Indigenous Architecture through Indigenous Knowledge, eschews almost all punctuation. There are no periods, no commas, no semi-colons in the 52,438-word piece. Stewart concedes the odd question mark, and resorts to common English spelling, but he ignores most other conventions, including the dreaded upper case. His paper has no standard paragraphs. Its formatting seems all over the map. Read more…

Oral Reviews

Three dates have now been set for the next round of oral reviews: Wednesday, June 17; Thursday, June 18; and Tuesday, June 23. The oral review is an interview-based examination open to Intern Architects who have:

  • Completed and logged at least 2800 hours; and
  • Completed the required AIBC courses.

Oral reviews are also open to those Alternative Qualifications Candidates who have:

  • Successfully completed their Oral Assessment;
  • Successfully completed all oral assessment panel recommendations and/or requirements; and
  • Completed the six required AIBC courses.

Applications, along with an employer’s letter and fee payment, must be received by Friday, May 29, 2015. Eligibility will be confirmed by the Registration and Licensing Department. For complete details and to download the application form.

Oral Review Preparation Workshop:
A free Oral Review Preparation Workshop will be held on Monday, June 1, 2015 at 6:00 p.m. Please RSVP to Belinda Chao, Admissions Coordinator, at bchao@aibc.ca.

Questions about the oral reviews and workshop can be directed to Belinda Chao, Admissions Coordinator, at bchao@aibc.ca or 604-683-8588 ext. 324.

In Passing: Jonathan Pemberton Miller Yardley

You’d be hard pressed to find someone who loved life as much as Jonathan Pemberton Miller Yardley Architect AIBC did. Whether learning a new piece of music for one of the many choirs he sang with, painting a foggy rain-soaked horizon, or helping to restore some of Canada’s most cherished heritage buildings, Jonathan always committed himself fully to everything he did.

Born in Lichfield, England, Jonathan made his home on Salt Spring Island with his wife Sue (née Wall) in 1974, renovating their beloved Southdown Farm, growing a massive veggie garden, and raising sheep, goats, cows, pigs, chickens, geese, horses – and three children.

In his life on Salt Spring, Jonathan always shared his warmth and joie de vivre with everyone around him, from hosting live Christmas nativities in the barn, to dancing the grapevine on the lawn to celebrate friends’ birthdays, to taking midnight dips in the pond just to see the stars.

A graduate of the Birmingham School of Architecture in England, Jonathan managed to quietly carve out an extremely successful career on the western edge of Canada. Though he was too humble to ever announce it, he received dozens of provincial and national architectural awards (including recognition as “Life Member of the AIBC” in 2008 for 30 years of continuous membership with the Architectural Institute of British Columbia), and had a hand in the preservation of nearly every renovated heritage building in downtown Victoria and Vancouver (not to mention some of our most cherished ones here on the island – Ruckle Provincial Park, Mahon, Beaver Point and Fulford Halls, to name a few).

An avid traveller, he and Sue have explored many parts of this world, taking equal pleasure in the sublime (soaring cathedrals) and the simple (a baguette and wheel of hard cheese). Venice was a special spot they shared with their closest friends on a number of trips, but walking the Camino de Santiago across France and Spain in 2003 with eldest son Thomas was a life-defining experience.

Taken by prostate cancer too soon with still so much life to live, Jonathan will be desperately missed by wife Sue, sons Thomas (Michelle Yardley) and Ben (Jessie Carlson), daughter Emma (Daniel Squizzato), granddaughters Lucy, Lila and Grace Yardley, and sister Jennifer Chapman, as well as many relatives in England and the U.S.A.

The family would like to thank Dr. Manya Sadowsky and all the nursing staff at Lady Minto Hospital for their compassionate care. A private ceremony will be held for family. Please send your good memories of Jonathan to 316 Isabella Pt. Rd., S.S.I., B.C. V8K 1V4.

To honour Jonathan’s memory, the family requests that you speak to your health professionals and government representatives about Dying With Dignity (dyingwithdignity.ca), in the hopes that Canadian law will be amended to eliminate unnecessary end-of-life suffering.

The information was sourced from an article written by by L. Sullivan for the Gulf Islands Driftwood on April 28, 2015.

Role Call: City of Duncan Advisory Design Panel (New ADP)

The AIBC’s Design Panel Committee is seeking volunteers to serve on the newly-formed City of Duncan 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. Duncan is the urban centre of the Cowichan Valley, and has a vibrant, unique downtown core. The Panel will review development applications for a variety of projects, including residential development consisting of five or more units, commercial or mixed use development, and any design-related policies, such as Development Permit Area Guidelines. While sustainable design credentials are not mandatory for this role, Duncan’s commitment to environmental sustainability would be well-served if applicants possess a working knowledge of sustainable building design and practice.

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 (akokol@aibc.ca).

Urban Land Institute BC: Mayor Robertson’s Annual Address

Save the Date! ULI BC is pleased to present Vancouver Mayor Gregor Robertson for a keynote address on affordable housing. This is an opportunity to hear the Mayor speak about what is on the horizon at City Hall, plans for addressing some of the City’s toughest housing challenges, and his vision for Vancouver’s future.

Mark your calendars! Further detail and registration will be available soon.

Date: June 17, 2015, 11:30am-1pm
Address: Pinnacle Hotel Vancouver Harbourfront, 1133 West Hastings Street, Vancouver
Phone: 604-689-9211

Visit the ULI BC website for details.

Urban Land Institute BC: How building healthy places is good for business

Hear from an expert panel of three respected community visionaries, as they discuss the emerging trends in building healthy places, and how to use this social innovation to generate value.

Around the world, communities face pressing health challenges related to the built environment. For many years, ULI and its members have been active players in discussions and projects that make the link between human health and development; we know that health is a core component of thriving communities.

Date: June 11, 2015, 3pm-6pm
Address: Terminal City Club, 837 W Hastings Street, Vancouver
Phone: 604-681-4121

For more information and to register.