Architecture Grad Builds Home Office Out of 8,500 Beer Bottles

by Lloyd Alter
Treehugger, July 22, 2015

An aspiring architect in China has built his very own office using thousands of recycled beer bottles. Courtesy of Inhabitat(Image: An aspiring architect in China has built his very own office using thousands of recycled beer bottles. Courtesy of Inhabitat)

It’s tough getting work as an architect these days but I doubt Li Rongjun, a recent grad of the Inner Mongolia University of Science and Technology, will have a problem. He has built himself a lovely little office out of 8,500 beer bottles that is a great advertisement for his talents. He isn’t interested in a conventional office job, telling China News Service: There is no creativity in those places. It’s a waste of life. Whether I succeed or fail, I want to give it a go…It will allow investors to see my products in real life and see my talent.”

“I want to build an office which combines artistic beauty with pragmatism”, he tells China Daily.”It is prettier at night. When the lights go on, the room looks radiant and the green light reaches as far as the road.” Dad was a big help, lending him the 70,000 yuan and helping lay the walls, noting that “although we are a family of limited means I immediately told him he would have my complete support.” Read more…

NCARB’s 2015 Report Projects Positive Future for the Architecture Profession

by Patrick Kunkel
Archdaily, July 15, 2015

NCARB's 2015 Report Projects Positive Future for the Architecture Profession(Image: Image from NCARB report, courtesy of Archdaily)

The National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB) has released “NCARB by the Numbers,” their annual report featuring statistics important to the architecture profession in the US. NCARB’s research portrays a positive future for the profession, with statistics showing that diversity is growing, architects are becoming licensed at an earlier age and progressing through licensure paths more quickly than in previous years, and more architects are becoming licensed than ever before.

The 2015 report covers the causes and effects of the results, looking into the impact of location and education. A section entitled “Jurisdictions by the Numbers,” lays out standardized relevant information for viewers to investigate conditions in the architecture profession in each state. The report also includes an analysis of the role of NAAB-accredited programs in helping architects achieve licensure. Read more…

Body Building: Welcome to Beyoncé Towers

By Oliver Wainwright
The Guardian, July 7, 2015

The Toronto towers influenced by Marilyn Monroe’s ‘iconic hourglass figure’. Courtesy The Guardian, photo by Allstar/David Giral/Alamy(Image: The Toronto towers influenced by Marilyn Monroe’s ‘iconic hourglass figure’. Courtesy The Guardian, photo by Allstar/David Giral/Alamy)

Queen Bey’s curves have inspired a new skyscraper. But it’s by no means the only superstar-shaped building out there.

At first, the architects tried to sound professional, talking about “significant research” and working to “site and climatic constraints”. But then Elenberg Fraser came clean about the true inspiration for the bulging curves of the building they’re planning for the Melbourne skyline, saying: “We trust you’ve seen the video for Beyoncé’s Ghost.” Read more…

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Acoustics and Noise Control in Building Design
Gain knowledge on basic acoustics & noise control principles, learn about standards for occupant comfort, and discover how to use noise control & acoustic products successfully in building design.

Date: August 13, 2015, 11:30am-1pm
Location: 3610 East 1st Avenue, Vancouver
Learning Units (LUs): 1 Core LU
Cost: Free
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Space is limited to 15 participants, so email today!

New BCIT Graduate Certificate in Building Energy Modelling

BCIT is offering a new Graduate Certificate in Building Energy Modelling starting September 1, 2015.

Energy Modelling is an important area of specialization of Building Science; as such, the Graduate Certificate in Building Energy Modelling builds on the strengths and success of the Building Science Graduate Program at BCIT with a focus on the fundamental heat, air, and moisture transport principles, and their application to building systems integration. Emphasis is placed on mechanical systems design, operation, and control; and their integration with the building envelope.

Students can expect to complete the Graduate Certificate in one academic year if they fast-track by registering in up to three courses per term, or complete the credential in two to three years if they take a lesser course load.

Admissions will be opening for applications soon. To be notified, please send an email to


Program prerequisites are the same as for the Master of Applied Science in Building Engineering/Building Science. Read complete pre-requisites here.

Post-secondary: one of the following:

  • A 4-year Bachelor’s degree in an engineering field or architecture with a GPA of 2.8 out of 4.0 (70%)


  • A 4-year Bachelor’s degree in a related Science field with a GPA of 2.8 out of 4.0 (70%), preferably with an Architectural and Building Technology (ABT) diploma (Building Science option) or equivalent building science industry experience.

Math: Differential Equations and Linear Algebra at the post-secondary level

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Vancouver Heritage Foundation Student Access Program

Vancouver Heritage Foundation’s Student Access Program encourages students to engage with architecture, heritage conservation and Vancouver’s history. Students who sign up for the program are put into a queue to receive complimentary tickets to Vancouver Heritage Foundation events such as house tours and educational courses. Vancouver Heritage Foundation is offering a small number of fully sponsored free tickets to students for our Mid-Century Modern House Tour coming up on September 26. Celebrating the architecture of the West Coast Modernists, this tour gets inside Vancouver examples of this remarkable style, including a 1962 home designed by Arthur Erickson.

Visit the Vancouver Heritage Foundation website for information and guidelines on the program and for information on the Mid-Century Mode House Tour.

To sign up to the Student Access Program, email or call our office at 604-264-9642.

Students can also receive complimentary admission to our house tours and many other events by becoming a Vancouver Heritage Foundation Volunteer.