Governor General’s Medals in Architecture — Call for Submissions

Governor General's Medals in Architecture Deadline December 3RAIC | Architecture Canada and the Canada Council for the Arts (CCA) are pleased to invite architects to participate in the competition for the 2016 Governor General’s Medals in Architecture. The RAIC, with the RAIC College of Fellows, is proud to organize and administer the competition. The Canada Council for the Arts is responsible for selecting and administering the peer assessment committee.

The deadline for submission is December 3, 2015 by 4 p.m.

For complete details including eligibility, procedures for entry and fees, visit the RAIC website.

2015 AIBC Annual Conference: Network, Meet Colleagues and Celebrate the 2015 AIBC Architectural Award Winners at the Opening Reception

Network, Meet Colleagues and Celebrate the 2015 AIBC Architectural Award Winners at the Opening Reception on October 28Opening Reception
October 28, 2015 – 5 -9 p.m.

Join us at this fun-filled opening night reception featuring the Exhibitors’ Networking Session and the presentation of the 2015 AIBC Architectural Awards. The evening is a great opportunity to meet potential clients and partners while enjoying delicious hors d’oeuvres and special give-aways.

Register now for the Opening Reception.

Visit the 2015 AIBC Annual Conference website for full details and to view conference pricing information.

2015 AIBC Annual Conference: Practice Builder Bootcamp Offers Insights into Starting Your Own Firm

2015 AIBC Annual Conference Practice Builder Bootcamp on October 28
Practice Builder Bootcamp
October 28, 2015, 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m.

Thinking about starting your own practice or buying into an existing one?

In this full day seminar style session, seasoned practitioners share their knowledge and experience to help inspire and guide participants who are considering ownership. Discuss the stumbling blocks and opportunities to successful ownership; whether establishing a new practice or leveraging your accomplishments to buy into an existing firm. Understand how to strategically position your new firm for success and growth. Gain an appreciation for the capital required to maintain a small firm through the emergent years to prepare for a thriving, sustainable practice.

The Practice Builder Bootcamp is intended as a precursor to the new AIBC practice builder series anticipated to launch in the fall of this year. This workshop is eligible for six Core LUs.

Register now for the Practice Builder Bootcamp Workshop.

Early bird rates will be in effect through September 15, 2015.

Visit the 2015 AIBC Annual Conference website for full details and to view conference pricing information.

11 Lost Icons of Postmodern Architecture

by Charles Holland
Dezeen, August 5, 2015

Image: Moore House by Charles Moore. Courtesy of DezeenPostmodernism began with an act of demolition. In 1972, the Pruitt-Igoe housing blocks in St Louis, Missouri were demolished following years of problems and neglect. Architecture critic Charles Jencks hailed this event as the death of Modernism and the birth of Postmodernism, an architectural style that would embrace popular taste and historic symbolism.

Since then, Postmodernism itself has grown old and if anything even more unpopular. It has suffered more than its fair share of lost or demolished buildings. But these losses are often more to do with the cycles of fashion than any innate deficiencies in the fabric of the buildings themselves.

Postmodernism is still at the bottom of the architectural depreciation curve, despite recent attempts at revivification. As a style that hit its peak in the 1980s, many of its landmarks were commercial and somewhat disposable building types including office blocks, shops and hotels.

(Image: Moore House by Charles Moore. Courtesy of Dezeen)

What follows is a tribute to some of Postmodernism’s more important lost icons, the buildings that future generations will come to mourn even if we don’t quite realise it yet. Their demolition is all the more acute for the combination of monumentality and lightness of the buildings themselves and the way that they combined an interest in architectural history with popular taste. Read more…

AIBC Council Meeting Summary – 11 August 2015

At the 11 August 2015 council meeting, the AIBC Council dealt with the following items:

President’s Report
Sara Kasaei was welcomed as this year’s Intern Architect Liaison to council.
• Two outstanding candidates were the recipient of the Michael A. Ernest AIBC Intern Architect Bursary. Each bursary is valued at $1,000.

• The May Statement of Financial Position continues to indicate that the AIBC is in good financial health.

Diverse Membership Working Group
• A summary of the 27 May Intern-Friendly event was provided.

Registration and Licensing Board
The first Australian architect registered via the new cross boarder agreement between Canada (CALA), Australia (AACA) and New Zealand (NZARB) under the APEC framework.
• The well-attended 2015 Induction and Retirement Ceremony provided an opportunity to celebrate incoming and retiring architects and other AIBC registrants. This year’s event included the bestowal of “Honorary Member of the AIBC” to Mr. Bogue Babicki.
More than 70 people participated (in-person and online) in the AIBC-hosted ExAC Info Session and Social event. Of note, ExAC will be held in Vancouver on 2-3 November and for the first time in Victoria on the same dates.

CEO(ED) Report
• A meeting was held with Andrew Wilkinson, Minister of Advanced Education to discuss the Architects Act. AIBC councilors Darryl Condon and Gordon Richards, and AIBC senior staff Thomas Lutes and Mark Vernon were in attendance.
• Numerous meetings were also held with various stakeholders including the Association of Consulting Engineers, RAIC, CALA/IRC, BC Construction Association and Regional Permits and Licensing Group.
The three bylaws, put to the AIBC’s first electronic vote, are now in force after successfully passing the government’s disallowance period. The amendments were approved by more than 95% of the voting membership.
The associate status disclosure initiative concluded with council rules in place as of 17 April 2015.
• The Certified Professional (CP) Program, a joint AIBC-APEGBC initiative, will be held at the AIBC offices starting in September. Though registration for the in-person session is sold out, there are still spots available for online participants.
• Since Oral Reviews continue to solicit high interest, the demand for Oral Reviewers is also high. Those interested in becoming an Oral Review Panelist are asked to contact Shawna Chilton, AIBC’s new Manager of Human Resources and Administration whose portfolio includes volunteer coordination. Shawna can be reached at
• Of note, while the number of Intern Architects AIBC taking ExAC is increasing, the number taking the NCARB AREs is decreasing.
• The Polish Consulate hosted, at the AIBC Gallery, a gala opening of exhibit “How Poles Built Up Vancouver” ; the event included a special visit from the Undersecretary of State from the Polish Government.
The AIBC is proud to have presented awards to five BCIT students at their graduation ceremony.
• After a year hiatus, the AIBC Architectural Awards Program solicited a record number of submissions. Winners will be announced at the 2015 AIBC Annual Conference Opening Reception on 28 October.
Registration for the 2015 AIBC Annual Conference, October 28-30, is now open.

Council Motions
• Council approved a motion to respond to the 2015 Annual Meeting’s Member Motion regarding mandatory liability insurance and directed the CEO (Executive Director) to establish an operational task force who will prepare a communique for the membership. Read council’s response to the member motion (scroll to the Annual Meeting Material 2015 Annual Meeting section).
• Council approved the motion to establish Monday, May 16, 2016 as the date for the 2016 AIBC Annual Meeting. Please mark your calendars. The 2016 annual meeting will occur on the first day of next year’s conference which will be held May 16-18, 2016. The conference schedule changes from being held in the fall to the spring. This adjustment aligns with the CES June reporting deadline and enables out-of-town conference delegates to also participate in the annual meeting.
• Council approved a motion to approve a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the RAIC. The MOU advances the mutually beneficial relationship between the two organizations for the protection of the public through responsible architecture.
• Motions were passed for committee changes, examination results and register amendments as well as terms of reference.

Read adopted 02 May 2015 council meeting minutes.
• The next official meeting of AIBC Council is scheduled for 08 September 2015. It will be held at the AIBC offices between 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Peruvian Pods: Prism-like Cabins Hang High Above Cuzco’s Sacred Valley

By Sam Rogers
Wallpaper, July 29, 2015

Prism-like cabins, made from aerospace aluminium, solar panels and glass, offer all the modern comforts one could expect from an alternative housing solution. Courtesy of Wallpaper(Image: Prism-like cabins, made from aerospace aluminium, solar panels and glass, offer all the modern comforts one could expect from an alternative housing solution. Courtesy of Wallpaper)

Glamping is reaching new heights in South America – 122 m up a rocky cliff, in fact. That is where travel company Natura Vive’s Skylodge Suites hang, high above Peru’s Sacred Valley, near the city of Cuzco.

These three prism-like cabins – made from aerospace aluminium, solar panels and glass – offer all the modern comforts one could reasonably hope for when glamping high up in the mountains.

To reach the sky high accommodation, campers have to climb up via a laddered ferrata trail (and down with the assistance of zip lines).

The pods are spacious but by no means palatial, measuring just over 7m long and 2m wide, each containing a bedroom, a dining area and a private bathroom, separated by an insulated wall. Glass walls all round afford awe-inspiring views of the world below, while a small landing platform above offers an ideal picnic spot for adrenaline-seekers. Read more…

Doors Open Vancouver – Call for Volunteers

Do you love architecture, design, and sustainability? Do you take pride in Vancouver? If so, volunteer with Doors Open Vancouver (DOV)!

Vancouver’s second DOV event takes place on October 2 from 12pm – 7pm and October 3 from 10 am – 5 pm.

What happens at DOV? We throw open the doors of popular Vancouver buildings to the public! People enjoy free, behind the scenes access to Vancouver venues and can learn about civic services while experiencing Vancouver’s architectural, design, engineering, and cultural heritage.

Last year we had over 8,600 visits to 20 buildings — and the event was a success because of the nearly 200 volunteers who made the visitor experience so special. (Here’s a look at the volunteer experience during DOV 2014.)

So, once again, the City is seeking committed volunteers to assist the day of with set-up, greeting visitors, leading tours, social media, and encouraging public participation. We are particularly interested in volunteers who can speak a second language who can provide translation services for our visitors.

As a DOV volunteer, you will meet likeminded individuals, get an invitation to our exclusive wrap party, receive a collectable DOV t-shirt, and more!

If this sounds like you, register to volunteer at Short training sessions will take place in mid-September.

Doors Open was a quick start action identified by the Mayor’s Engaged City Task Force. Doors Open Vancouver is brought to you by the City of Vancouver in partnership with Vancouver Public Space Network, the Vancouver Heritage Foundation, Tourism Vancouver, and Cascadia Green Building Council.

SustainaBUILD Vancouver Conference

SustainaBUILD conference October 6, 2015SustainaBUILD provides a platform for industry thought leaders to converge in an intimate environment to learn, share knowledge and partake in industry dialogue.

This one day event provides the Architecture, Design, Engineering and Construction industries with pertinent information on green building practices, trends and predictions. Featuring five innovative sessions and over 15 industry leading speakers, this conference will provide the theoretical, practical and firsthand knowledge needed to help ensure the success of your next green build project.

Presenters will expand on green building theory such as LEED and Passive House. Additionally, speakers will address matters such as building technology, consumer preferences across commercial, residential, and institutional building types, and the sustainable building practices of three iconic green build projects.

Delegates will walk away with an enhanced knowledge of green building practices and a refreshed outlook on the state of the industry.

Date: October 6, 2015
Location: Hyatt Regency, Vancouver
Cost: $345 + GST (early bird); $390 + GST (regular)
To register:

For more information, visit the SustainaBUILD website.

NWTAA 2015 Architectural Photography Competition

NWTAA Photo Competition 2015 - Deadline Sep 11The Northwest Territories Association of Architects invites all professional and amateur photographers to submit architecture-themed photos for a chance to win cash prizes.

Photos of architectural subjects within the NWT, Yukon and Nunavut may be entered into one of three categories: Public Spaces, Architecture, and Interior Architecture. Subjects may be new or old structures and spaces, and additions and restorations of existing structures. Subjects must be located within the three territories.

Submission Deadline: September 11, 2015

For complete details, including eligibility & criteria, submission requirements, and available prizes, visit or call (867) 766-4216.

NWTAA 2015 Architectural Awards

The Northwest Territories Association of Architects invites all owners, architects and other professionals and stakeholders to submit their building projects as part of its inaugural Architectural Awards.

Past, present and ongoing Northern projects may be entered into one of three categories: Public Spaces, Interior Architecture and Architecture. Eligible entries will be judged by a guest jury, and may be published in a book celebrating Northern architecture.

Submission Deadline: October 15, 2015

For complete details, including eligibility, criteria, submission requirements, prizes and outcomes, visit or call (867) 766-4216.

Housing Foundations and Geotechnical Challenges: Best Practices for Residential Builders in British Columbia

Housing Foundations and Geotechnical Challenges: Best Practices for Residential Builders in British ColumbiaThe first of its kind in BC, this comprehensive guide educates builders and other industry professionals on soil types and  associated geotechnical challenges – from pre- to post-construction  of single and multi-family residences. A valuable reference tool, the guide is intended to present current best practice guidelines, and to emphasize basic building code requirements.

This publication received endorsement from the Architectural Institute of British Columbia and the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of British Columbia.

The Guide is available for download at

Visit the HPO website for additional information.

Vancouver and White Rock Modern Home Tours

Vancouver and White Rock Modern Home Tours September 19 & 20, 2015(Image: Overlooking Semiamhoo Bay, Galadriel is a refined, modern home with the warmth and strength inherently found in West Coast architecture from the Iredale Group Architecture and KBC Developments.)

Modern Home Tours is back in Vancouver for a third year in a row, and this year it is introducing the first ever White Rock Modern Home Tour.

The tours will give people a chance to explore and view some of the greatest examples of modern architecture right in their own city via self-guided driving tour.

In Vancouver, the tour features six magnificent homes from One SEED Architecture + Interiors Inc., Lanefab Design/Build, LCI Design, Natural Balance Home Builders with Frits de Vries architects, Kevin Vallely Design, and Wheeler Developments.

In White Rock, the tour covers five excellent homes from KBC Developments, Iredale Architecture, Treeline Construction Ltd., and Surfside Construction.

Date: September 19, 2015 (Vancouver) & September 20, 2015 (White Rock)
Time: 11am-5pm
Cost: $30 (advance), $40 (regular)
Transportation: Self-guided

Visit Modern Home Tours’ website to view photos, descriptions of the homes and to sign-up for a tour.

Compare Your Salary with the AIA Compensation Calculator

by Karissa Rosenfield
Archdaily, Aug 18, 2015

American Institute of Architects' (AIA) has released it annual compensation report

(Image: American Institute of Architects’ (AIA) has released its annual compensation report including a salary calculator tool. Courtesy of Archdaily)

Alongside the release of the American Institute of Architects’ (AIA) annual Compensation Report comes a new (free!) Salary Calculator Tool that allows you to compare your income with 17 architectural staff positions – from CEO to Intern 1. Read more…

New Venue, More Spaces Available for Law & the Architect Course – September 11, 2015

We have sourced a new venue to allow more participants to register, which means that there are more spaces available for this popular course. The new venue is:

Simon Fraser University
Harbour Centre
515 West Hastings St.
Room: 2270 Sauder Industries Policy Room

Register now at

For further information contact Krista Stripnieks, Professional Development Coordinator at

AIBC Recognition Awards Nomination Deadline Extended to August 31

Two Weeks Left to Nominate Outstanding Contributors to Our Profession!

We all know that there are many dedicated candidates out there deserving recognition! The beautiful summer we have been enjoying may explain why we have not received any nominations for our annual AIBC Recognition Awards. As a result, the AIBC is extending the deadline for nominations to August 31, 2015.

Take this opportunity to recognize committed volunteers and other individuals who have made positive impacts to the profession of architecture, the community or the Institute.

Nominations for the following AIBC Recognition Awards will be accepted until August 31, 2015:

AIBC Lifetime Achievement Award

This prestigious award, established in 2013, is intended to recognize current or former B.C. architects who have made exceptional, sustained and significant contributions to the profession of architecture and its public appreciation in the province through an outstanding, career-long body of work. Consideration will be given to those with notable work across an entire career generally greater than 25 years and may be bestowed posthumously.

AIBC Special Certificate of Recognition

This award is intended to honor AIBC architects, other individual registrants or architectural firms who have made positive contributions to the practice or profession of architecture through volunteer activities.

The Barbara Dalrymple Memorial Award for Community Service

Established in honor of the late Barbara Dalrymple, a prominent Vancouver architect with a strong commitment to her profession and the community, this award recognizes contributions made by AIBC architects, individual registrants or architectural firms, in the spirit of Barbara’s dedication to positive change and her legacy of professional and public service.

Nomination Forms

Visit the AIBC website to download a nomination form for each award category.

Nominations for all AIBC Recognition Awards are reviewed by the AIBC Recognition Committee. Nominations that meet the awards’ criteria are recommended to and selected by AIBC Council.

This year’s awards ceremony is scheduled to take place on November 19, 2015, at VanDusen Botanical Garden.

For more information about the AIBC Recognition Awards Program, please visit the AIBC website or contact Gayle Roberts at 604-683-8588, extension 310; or by email at