In Passing: Reginald Joseph Bickford

Reginald Joseph Bickford, born October 11, 1916, died peacefully at home on June 27, 2015 surrounded by his immediate family, at the end of a long and colourful life. Born and raised in Swansea, Wales, his architectural apprenticeship was interrupted when WW2 took him to Sri Lanka for three years in the Royal Air Force, supervising the construction of heavy bomber airfields. He returned to Britain at the end of the war and, after completing his training, he worked for the Ministry of Works in Bedford. With a thirst for new horizons he immigrated to Eire where he spent seven years as Architect at Guinness’s St. James Gate Brewery. He was hired to design and oversee an extensive building program, which among other projects included the design of a theatre and a housing estate for brewery workers in Dublin’s Tenure district.

The wanderlust kicked in again. After applying to the governments of several Commonwealth countries, he accepted a job with Canada’s Department of Citizenship and Immigration. He brought his young family, wife Betty (nee Newman) and daughters, Janet Dorothy and Diana, to Ottawa. He soon transferred to Public Works. But his love of the sea drew him. After summer holidays in the Maritimes he was moved to apply for a transfer to the position of District Architect for B.C. and the Yukon based in Vancouver. In 1956 the family settled in West Vancouver. This job led him to explore the province and territory extensively and experience their hunting and fishing potential.

During his time with Public Works Canada, Reginald became a member of the Architectural Institute of British Columbia in December 1965. He served on the Examining Board and was active as a member of council between 1970 and 1972 ably filling the position of Honorary Treasurer. During 1970 Reginald was producer of the AIBC’s 50th anniversary film entitled “Architecture – New Directions” in conjunction with Simon Fraser University personnel. He was involved in a lot of committee work for the AIBC and the members of the AIBC voted to confer the status of Honorary Member of the AIBC to Reginald. After his retirement he was asked in September 1974 to act as Executive Director of the AIBC. This he did for 5 years. He also sat on the board of the GVRD in the 1970’s. He sat on the White Rock Design Panel during the time he lived In Ocean Park. In later years, living in Metchosin, he served on the Planning Committees for both Metchosin and Langford.

Reginald was always a builder of things. During his life, he built seven boats from an Irish currach to a small sail boat, a catamaran, culminating in a 28-foot trimaran. In Dublin, he built a house and two family house trailers one of which housed the family on their adventurous road trip from Ottawa to Vancouver. During his time in West Vancouver, he built a cabin on the shore of Green Lake, near 70 Mile House BC. This was a family project that evolved over several summers.

As soon as he moved into a home he set about renovating it to his liking. A few years after his retirement he began building a pioneering solar heated house in Ocean Park, BC. The house was constructed from wood cut and milled from the property on which it was built. You’d think he was set for life, now, but a family wedding in Victoria sent him exploring Vancouver Island as a place to live. He and Betty eventually found their dream home in Metchosin, with a view across the Straight of Juan de Fuca to the Olympic Mountains. Over the 35 years they lived there he transformed it into a rambling “plantation” with accommodation for visiting extended family and a suite for Diana, her husband Grant and children, Emerald and Trevor. It was a great blow to him when in 2011 he lost his beloved wife, Betty, after 70 years of marriage and partnership.

He leaves daughters, Janet, Dorothy and Diana (who lovingly undertook and supervised his care in his last years), grandchildren, Jane, David, Gwendolyn, Emerald and Trevor, great grandchildren, Steven, Anna, Alexis and Alicia, who at 18 months old enchanted him with a visit from Ottawa in his last weeks of life.

In lieu of flowers, we would welcome donations to the Victoria Hospice Society.

The date for the memorial service is to be announced.

The above information is sourced from Reginald Joseph Bickford’s online obituary.

AIBC Registers First Australian Architect Under New Cross-Border Agreement

Australian architect Andrew J.D. Scott is the first person to successfully satisfy the conditions for registration in Canada through the APEC Architect Framework of the Mutual Recognition Arrangement (MRA) between Canada, Australia and New Zealand. His architectural firm is located in Vancouver, B.C.The Architectural Institute of British Columbia (AIBC) is pleased to announce that Australian architect Andrew J.D. Scott is the first person to successfully satisfy the conditions for registration in Canada through the Mutual Recognition Arrangement (MRA) between Canada, Australia and New Zealand. The AIBC played an instrumental role in securing the agreement and has granted the first registration to Mr. Scott, who intends to practice architecture in B.C.

In Canada, the profession of architecture is regulated at the provincial level. Representatives from architectural regulators across the country also sit on the nationally-focused Canadian Architectural Licensing Authorities (CALA) board. The AIBC served as the APEC project secretariat, on behalf of CALA, when the agreement was finalized. Former AIBC Council President Scott Kemp was in attendance at the MRA signing ceremony held in New Zealand earlier this year.

(Image: Australian architect Andrew J.D. Scott is the first person to successfully satisfy the conditions for registration in Canada through the APEC Architect Framework of the Mutual Recognition Arrangement (MRA) between Canada, Australia and New Zealand. His architectural firm is located in Vancouver, B.C.)

Following two years of negotiations, the MRA was signed between CALA, the Architects Accreditation Council of Australia (AACA) and the New Zealand Registered Architects Board (NZRAB) under the APEC Architect Framework. The framework is intended to facilitate the provision of architectural services between participating economies around the Pacific Rim.

The trilateral MRA allows for APEC architects to gain access to fast-track cross-border registration for senior architects between the three countries. Canada, Australia and New Zealand maintain an APEC Architect Register of senior architects who have met a number of criteria including having at least seven year’s senior experience.

A domain specific interview is part of the APEC registration process. The purpose of this interview is to ensure that the candidate has the necessary skills, knowledge and ability to practice architecture in Canada. One of the main duties of the architectural regulators is to safeguard the public by ensuring only those individuals that are qualified are granted registration. The interviewers unanimously recommended that Mr. Scott be granted licensure through the AIBC.

The AIBC congratulates Mr. Scott on his historic registration. He is an Australian architect who has been practicing in New South Wales since 1987 and obtained his APEC designation in 2010. Mr. Scott’s design and consultancy work has taken him to the United States, Malaysia, Indonesia, the United Arab Emirates, India and now Vancouver, B.C. where he has lived since 2010.

“We are delighted to welcome an architect of Andrew’s calibre to the architectural profession in Canada where he can apply his expertise to the benefit of our communities,” says Mark Vernon, AIBC CEO. “Similarly, we encourage Canadian architects to take advantage of the opportunities the MRA presents to gain registration in Australia and New Zealand where they can further expand on their architectural knowledge.”

For more information on the MRA, visit the CALA website at

New Registered Educational Provider: Air System Supplies

Air System Supplies are manufacturers’ representatives for a variety of air distribution products including grilles, registers, diffusers, louvres, fire dampers, fans, and flexible duct. They also offer vibration isolation and seismic restraints, as well as noise control building materials and interior room acoustics products.

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

New Registered Educational Provider: Entrance Automation Systems Inc.

Entrance Automation Systems provides sales, service, installation and preventive maintenance of the Horton Automatic door line. They also service all major brands of automatic pedestrian doors.

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

SAFTI First Fire Rated Glazing Solutions

NBC Code Considerations in Fire Rated Glass
Advances in new fire rated glazing and framing technology and performance have made it possible for architects to design clear and innovative spaces like never before. With fire and safety glazing codes changing dramatically over the last few years, there is much confusion on which products are appropriate for certain applications based on current code requirements. This webinar program aims to: Review NBC and fire test requirements when designing for life safety and explain the relationship of fire safety and human impact safety. It will also clarify the difference between fire protective vs. fire resistive glazing code requirements addressing life safety and provide you with the latest product information.

Date: July 23, 2015
Location: Webinar
Learning Units (LUs): 1 Core LU
To register:

Canadian Passive House Institute West

Introduction to Passive House Design and Construction
This one day course will provide you with a fundamental understanding of the elements of the Passive House Design, which leads to cost effective, low energy buildings with increased occupant comfort and reduced mechanical systems. You will learn about; Passive house design fundamentals, super insulated envelopes, methods for achieving extreme air tightness, Passive house quality windows, leading ventilation design principles. You will also learn about Passive house economics and costs, including what to consider when conducting an economic comparison.

Date: September 26, 2015
Location: Vancouver City Hall, 453 W 12th Ave, Vancouver, BC
Cost: Different options, see registration page
Learning Units (LUs): 5.75 Core Lu
To register: