BC Wood Specialties Group

BC Wood’s Global Buyers Mission
The 12th Annual Global Buyers Mission™ (GBM) – the 2-1/2 day event that is full of opportunities for architects and other wood products specifiers to see first-hand what is new in BC’s wood industry, learn, network and catch up with colleagues. The GBM is an invitation-only event, designed to bring together those who specify and source wood products, with Canadian wood manufacturers and suppliers. The event offers seminars by industry leaders from BC, the US, Europe and for the first time, Japan, two evening socials; opportunity to network with colleagues and industry leaders (spousal/guest program available). Also, meet with up to 100 exhibitors from BC’s and Canada’s value-added wood products industry and participate in the popular mini-seminars Friday afternoon, PLUS: 2 nights’ hotel accommodation, meals & transportation (all included with the registration fee)

Date: September 10-12, 2015
Location: Whistler Conference Centre, 4010 Whistler Way, Whistler
Learning Units (LUs): 8.75 Core LUs
Cost: $385.00
To register: https://reg.conexsys.com/gbm15 or contact Roy Manion rmanion@bcwood.com for details

Canadian Passive House Institute West

Using PHPP in Building Design and Certification
In this three-day 200 level masterclass course, participants will learn how to use the PHPP for residential building design and certification. Participants will be guided step-by-step through the relevant worksheets, while learning the correct conventions for measurements and calculations.

Date: October 5 – 7, 2015, 9am-5pm
Location: City Hall, 453 W 12th Ave, Vancouver
Learning Units (LUs): 16.75 Core
Cost: BC residents / non-members: $625
To register: http://canphi.ca/event/using-phpp-in-building-design-and-certification/

Canadian Passive House Institute West

Intro to designPH: The New Sketchup Plug-in for PHPP
In this two-day 200 level masterclass course, participants will learn how to use designPH for the design and certification of Passive House buildings. Participants will be guided step-by-step through the building design process, from building model creation to exporting to PHPP.
Date: October 9-10, 2015, 9am-5pm
Location: City Hall, 453 W 12th Ave, Vancouver
Learning Units (LUs): 10.75 Core
Cost: BC residents / non-members: $475
To register: http://canphi.ca/event/intro-to-designph-the-new-sketchup-plug-in-for-phpp-2/

Canadian Passive House Institute West

10 Day Passive House Design and Construction Course
This 100 level 10 day foundation course is offered in two parts (A & B) with an option to take part A only. Part A provides a comprehensive foundation to Passive House design and construction. Part B is designed to enable you to design or build your first Passive House and prepare you to take the International Passive House Exam. Please note that Part B can only be taken once Part A has been completed.

Date: Part A: November 5-8, 2015, 9am-5pm; Part B: November 20-22, 2015, 9am-5pm
Location: City Hall, 453 W 12th Ave, Vancouver
Learning Units (LUs): 42.25 Core
Cost: Parts A & B together for BC residents / non members: $1,650
For additional pricing options please visit http://canphi.ca/event/10-day-passive-house-design-and-construction-course/
To register: http://canphi.ca/event/10-day-passive-house-design-and-construction-course/

Informa Canada

The Pacific Northwest has experienced a major design boom that has been especially embraced in Vancouver, where the design community has become vast and mighty. Now in its eleventh year, IDSwest has had the utmost privilege of seeing it grow, supporting its members and championing it the world over. Please join us in September as we celebrate the creative and collaborative energy of the West Coast.

Date: September 24-27, 2015
Location: Vancouver Convention Centre West (1055 Canada Place)
Learning Units (LUs): 1 Non-Core per Session
Cost: Register by Sept. 4 to receive complimentary trade registration
To register: http://idswest.com/event-info/trade-day/

AIBC Vancouver Island Chapter

Wakefield Acoustics: Architecture and Acoustics
Building Code Acoustics Issues – Sound Transmission Class (STC). Noise Reduction Class (NRC) of materials. Speech Intelligibility Index (STI).

Date: September 2, 2015, 11:30am-1:30pm
Location: Cedar Hill Golf Club, 1400 Derby Road, Victoria
Learning Units (LUs): 1 Core
Cost: $25.00 (+ GST)
To register: https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/architectural-acoustics-tickets-18082413987

RAIC Metro Vancouver Chapter Announces 2015 Advocates of Architecture Award Recipients

by staff of Canadian Architect
Canadian Architect, August 11, 2015

The Metro Vancouver Chapter of the RAIC has announced the 2015 Award recipients of the Advocates of Architecture from its community. These individuals and organizations efforts have inspired a dialogue of critical issues relevant to the architectural industry and have contributed to society’s increased awareness and appreciation of the significant role architecture plays in all our lives.
 On Thursday October 29, 2015, these five remarkable British Columbians and organizations will be recognized and celebrated as they receive the 2015 Advocates of Architecture Award.

The recipients are:
 Adele Weder, Architectural Writer and Curator; Andy Yan, MCIP, RPP, GISP, senior urban planner with Bing Thom Architects and a researcher with BTAworks; Scot Hein, Adjunct Professor at the University of British Columbia; 
MEC (Mountain Equipment Co-op) and Corin Flood of Green Building Consulting and Design. Read more…

Help Re-imagine Downtown Vancouver

Re-imagine VancouverHow do you want downtown Vancouver to look, taste, and feel in 25 years?

Re-Imagine Downtown Vancouver is an initiative of SFU Public Square and the Downtown Vancouver Business Improvement Association to co-create a future-oriented and inclusive vision of downtown Vancouver for 2040.

Our downtown is changing and your help is needed to shape its future. What do you love about downtown Vancouver? What needs to change? How can we make this community one of the best in the world in which to live, work, play and learn?

Re-Imagine Downtown Vancouver is a chance to dream big and inspire new ideas for the future of downtown Vancouver. For those who currently enjoy what downtown Vancouver offers, and for those who hope to enjoy it in the future, this is your chance to collaborate in creating a compelling vision of what the downtown Vancouver experience could become over the next 25 years.

There are lots of ways to get involved, including:

Additional events and activities will take place over the next few months, visit the Re-Imagine Downtown Vancouver website for more information.

UBC SALA Call for Mentors

The UBC School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture (SALA) runs a mentorship program for all incoming architecture and landscape architecture students. Each student is paired with a mentor from the professional community who acts as a resource, advisor and connection to the profession. A new class of students will be starting soon, and UBC SALA is looking for members of the professional community who would be interested being mentors starting in September.

As the start of the new school year is rapidly approaching, those who are interested or would like more information should contact Nicole McDonald at mentoring@sala.ubc.ca as soon as possible or by August 20 at the latest.

UBC SALA greatly appreciates the support of its mentors in making this opportunity possible and instrumental for students.

Note: Active mentors can self-report 1 non-core learning unit (LU) per student per 12-month period under AIBC’s Continuing Education System (CES). Please refer to Bulletin 80: Mandatory Continuing Education System (CES) Rules and Guidelines for further information.