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.

2015 AIBC Annual Conference Registration Now Open!

2015 AIBC Annual Conference October 28-30, 2015Early Bird Pricing Through September 15

The AIBC invites you to attend the 2015 Annual Conference – What’s Now – Insights and Directions. The conference will be held from October 28 – 30, 2015 at the Vancouver Convention Centre.

About the Conference

The 2015 AIBC Annual Conference brings together the architectural and design community to learn about cutting edge trends and issues in the practice of architecture, including future design directions, innovative technologies, community needs and business practices.

This annual gathering is the largest of its kind in British Columbia and gives you the chance to network, socialize and celebrate the work of practitioners and theorists. As in previous years, the conference will be rich in professional development and provides the opportunity to collect learning units (LUs).

Conference Program

The 2015 AIBC Annual Conference runs over three days and features plenary sessions, seminars, workshops, panel discussions and an industry exhibitor show.

Due to the positive feedback we received last year, we are excited to introduce a plenary format for 2015. This year, the conference will feature four plenary sessions led by prominent speakers from Canada and the U.S. On the following day, participants can choose from four session streams that are based on the previous day’s four plenary themes. These sessions will be led by one or more of the same plenary speakers who presented on the previous day. Themes include Fluidity and Architecture, Architecture of Place, Designing Practice/Practicing Design and Disruptive Trends.

View the 2015 AIBC Annual Conference Program to learn more about presenters, plenaries, workshops and sessions!

Featured Workshop Presenters and Conference Speakers Include

  • Newsha Ghaeli – MIT SENSEable City Lab
  • Lara Kaufman Architect CA, LEED AP – Snøhetta
  • Bing Thom CM, Architect AIBC, FRAIC, AIA – Bing Thom Architects
  • James Cheng B.Arch, M.Arch, Architect AIBC, FRAIC – James K.M. Cheng Architects Inc.
  • Don Buchanan, MA Planning – City of Surrey, Transportation Planning
  • Michael Lingerfelt FAIA, LEED AP – Lingerfelt International (FL, USA)

Visit the 2015 AIBC Annual Conference website to view all of our amazing speakers.


Register for a day-long workshop, taking place on October 28, 2015. Choose one of the two specialized workshops; Practice Builder Bootcamp or Post Disaster Safety Assessment Program Training Workshop. Learn more about workshops at the 2015 AIBC Annual Conference.


The 2015 AIBC Annual Conference kicks off with an Opening Reception featuring an Exhibitors’ Networking Session and the presentation of the 2015 AIBC Architectural Awards. Other highlights include a Move Night Reception and the screening of Sagrada: The Mystery of Creation. View the list of events at the 2015 AIBC Annual Conference.

Register Now!

Register now. Early bird rates will be in effect through September 15, 2015. View conference pricing and register.

For detailed information about the 2015 AIBC Annual Conference, please visit the 2015 AIBC Annual Conference website.

Numbers Building for Female Architects

by Rebecca Keillor
Vancouver Sun, August 7, 2015
T’it’q’et Community Hall and Health Centre in Lillooet designed by Vancouver’s female lead firm, Urban Arts Architecture. Courtesy of Vancouver Sun, photo by Martin Knowles(Image: T’it’q’et Community Hall and Health Centre in Lillooet designed by Vancouver’s female lead firm, Urban Arts Architecture. Courtesy of Vancouver Sun, photo by Martin Knowles)

While architecture programs at Canadian universities like the University of B.C. are made up of a fairly even number of female and male students, the number of women who stick with it and make it to the level of partner is significantly

“Women enter the field and start working but the attrition rate is quite bad because it’s hard to stay in the field if you want to have children and balance different parts of your life,” says Cindy Wilson, principal at Vancouver’s Lang
Wilson Practice In Architecture Culture.

Entering the industry in the early 90s, Wilson says it was hard to find female mentors in architecture and the ones that were succeeding, like Zaha Hadid, were not relatable. Read more…

2015 Certified Professional (CP) Program – Webinar Enrollment Still Available

With a month left to register, interested architects and engineers are reminded to enroll in the Certified Professional (CP) Program. Though the in-person course is sold out, webinar enrolment is still available. If you are interested, we encourage you to register now. A wait list for the in-person course is also being maintained in case of cancellations.

Please see below for full details.

The 2015 CP Program is being offered jointly by the Architectural Institute of B.C. (AIBC) and the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of B.C. (APEGBC). This course, including successful completion of the exams, is required for architects and engineers to become Certified Professionals under the CP Program. This is an alternative to the conventional building permit and inspection process utilized by the City of Vancouver and the City of Surrey, as well as some other municipalities.

This course is intended for architects and engineers with a strong knowledge of Canadian building codes and experience in the building construction industry. Although the course is open to all, only architects and engineers can become CPs.

This course will consist of twelve (12) full-day seminars which are scheduled Wednesdays between September 16 and December 16, 2015 and two (2) 8-hour exams, which are scheduled on Wednesday, January 20 and 27, 2016. Those interested in becoming CPs are required to attend the sessions, complete two projects and pass all exams.

The in-person course is currently full, however, there are still spaces available for the webinar and registration is open. Participants in remote locations are responsible for their internet connections with recommended minimum download and upload speeds of 1 Mbps and 512 Kbps, respectively. Exams will be held only on site at the AIBC.

Date: Wednesdays between September 16 and December 16, 2015, 8:30am – 5:00pm
Location: Online
Learning Units (LUs): 84 Core LUs
To register: http://aibc.memberpro.net/main/body.cfm?menu=events

*Note: Webinar participants will be required to attend in person the two site visits (to be held in Vancouver and/or Surrey) and attend the exams held at the AIBC offices in Vancouver.

If you would like to put your name on a waiting list for the in-person course, or for further information please contact Krista Stripnieks, Professional Development Coordinator at kstripnieks@aibc.ca.

Minimalist Architecture Goes for Drama with Eaton’s in Vancouver

by Frances Bula
The Globe and Mail, July 19, 2015

Architect James Cheng is pictured at the newly redeveloped Pacific Centre office and retail complex in downtown Vancouver, British Columbia on July 15, 2015. Courtesy of The Globe and Mail, photo by Ben Nelms(Image: Architect James Cheng is pictured at the newly redeveloped Pacific Centre office and retail complex in downtown Vancouver, British Columbia on July 15, 2015. Courtesy of The Globe and Mail, photo by Ben Nelms)

All around the block of a building under construction at Georgia and Granville is the busy jumble of a city: neon signs, old terracotta buildings, black towers of the 1970s, lights, people, food trucks, noise.

But the almost-completed building itself is cool, serene. The glass walls of the top three stories reflect blue sky and clouds.

The rows of metal fins between the silvery windows are a study in linear geometry. Bands of large limestone tiles line the lower floors.

One entrance, angled onto the plaza, is a large, clear box that glows with white light at night.

The absence of colour and texture is exactly what architect James Cheng aimed for when he re-designed the former Eaton’s department store at the city’s main downtown intersection, a building that frequently made the most-reviled list. Read more…

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: August 27, 2015, 10am-11am
Location: Webinar
Learning Units (LUs): 1 Core LU
Cost: Free
To register: http://safti.com/aibc-webinar/