Bylaw Review: Information Sessions

Since 2011, the AIBC has been engaged in a comprehensive bylaw review process to address both substantive bylaw subject matter areas and more routine amendments. The Bylaw Review Committee (BRC), supported by AIBC Council, are advancing two bylaw initiatives this fall.

Bylaw Amendments: Administrative

The first is a set of three administrative or “housekeeping” amendments:

  • to modernize the former title of Executive Director to “CEO”;
  • to establish a sensible quorum for AIBC annual meetings;
  • to enact a bylaw to give the Code of Ethics stronger status.

Read the bylaw amendments and supporting rationales.

Bylaw Amendments: Investigations & Remedial Discipline

The second initiative is a recommendation for a suite of substantive “investigations/discipline” bylaw amendments to more firmly establish the institute’s investigations and disciplinary processes in bylaw. This initiative includes a new ‘remedial discipline’ process intended to give the institute greater flexibility to meaningfully address professional conduct complaints than is currently available.

Read the bylaw amendments and supporting rationales.


Given the relatively modest changes proposed for the administrative amendments, the AIBC will undertake a shorter consultation period for that initiative with a goal of returning to council with a submission in November 2015 so that an electronic vote may be possible within this calendar year.

In comparison, the timeline for consultation for the “investigations/discipline” bylaw amendments will be much longer. Consultation will extend through the balance of 2015, with the submission seeking council’s direction to proceed to a member vote not expected until February 2016. Increased council participation in the consultation process is planned given the subject matter and importance of this bylaw modernization initiative.

Information and Consultation Sessions

Council policy requires member consultation when any bylaw amendments are supported by council. AIBC council invites your participation at the following information and consultation sessions, which will address the proposed bylaw amendments. The sessions will open with a presentation, followed by a question and answer period.

Please RSVP your attendance using the RSVP link below.

Information Session: Administrative Amendments
Date: Tuesday, October 13, 2015
Time: 5 – 7 p.m.
Location: In-person (AIBC Office) and online
Learning Units (LUs): 1 Core
RSVP: In-person session (by October 9 at 5 p.m.)
RSVP: Online session (by October 7 at 12 p.m.)

The in-person and online session will be available to a maximum of 25 participants (each) on a first come, first serve basis.

Information Session: Investigations & Remedial Discipline
Date: Friday, October 30, 2015 (held during the 2015 AIBC Annual Conference)
Time: 12 – 1 p.m.
Location: In-person only (Vancouver Convention Centre West)
Learning Units (LUs): 1 Core
RSVP: In-person session (by October 20 at 11:59 p.m.)

The in-person session will be available to a maximum of 70 participants on a first come, first serve basis.

Member Feedback

Member feedback can be provided to the Bylaw Review Committee at any time. Please email the Bylaw Review Committee at:

Two online feedback forms are also available for your comments:

To learn more about AIBC Bylaw Review, please visit

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: October 20, 2015, 10-11am
Location: Webinar
Learning Units (LUs): 1 Core LU
Cost: Free
To register:

Fenestration Association of BC

Fenestration West 2015 Conference and Trade Show
Fenestration West is a highly focused educational, informative and networking event for window and door manufacturers, commercial glaziers, installers, architects, engineers, designers, spec writers, commercial construction contractors and owners. Topics include; Demystifying Energy Codes in BC; Energy Compliances issues for small buildings (challenges, successes and improvements); Ministry of Energy Update and Initiatives; Thermal Performance of Glazing Spandrel Systems and a Keynote address on the essential keys to retaining and attracting top talent.

Date: October 29, 2015, 9am-3:30pm
Location: Sheraton Guildford – 15269 – 104 Avenue, Surrey
Learning Units (LUs): 3.0 Core and .75 Non-Core
Cost: 175.00 + gst (members only pricing offered to AIBC members)
To register:

Vitrum Glass Group

Glass Fabrication Meets Design
Vitrum Glass Group, western Canada’s largest glass fabricator is opening its doors for an in-depth tour of the glass fabrication process. You will have the opportunity to see the products you specify being created right in front of you. Tour highlights will include: Insulated Glass Units, Tempering, Laminated Glass, Custom Glass Fabrication, Silk-Screened and Spandrel Glass. Choose one of two optional workshops to attend before the tour to learn even more and earn a total of 3 Core learning units.

Date: November 4, 2015, 3-5pm
Location: Vitrum Glass Group – 9739 201 St, Langley
Learning Units (LUs): 3 Core
Cost: Free
To register:

2015 AIBC Annual Conference: Why a Human-powered Mega City Could Have the Fastest Commutes

Steven FlemingWhy a Human-powered Mega City Could Have the Fastest Commutes
October 30, 2015 – 10:30 a.m.-12 p.m.

We have become so accustomed to understanding our cities as they are presented to us by the transport engineering professions that as architects we no longer see our profession as the mainspring of urban planning. This presentation will challenge such assumptions and will help architects imagine a hypothetical city of millions of people, with virtually no machines of transport at all, where average commute times are reduced by one third; in other words, a city with no transport engineering, but better transport, wholly within architects’ skills sets to design. Moving from hypotheticals to specifics, the presentation will show how space for such an alternative development paradigm exists in the hidden space of most cities; that is, in space left over after planning (SLOAP) and space left vacant as cities enter their postindustrial phase.

Register today to attend this session.

About the Presenter
Dr. Steven Fleming is the world’s leading thinker at the nexus of architecture and urban cycling. Having announced the importance of each field to the other with his internationally acclaimed book Cycle Space he has gone on to give keynotes and plenaries at such prestigious forums as the Centre for Architecture in New York, the Netherlands Architecture Institute and the European Cycling Federation’s annual event, VeloCity. He consults to governments, developers and fellow designers ready to treat cycling as a mainstream mode of transportation. He is a highly accomplished researcher and educator with appointments at Harvard (ongoing) and Columbia Universities in the U.S. and the Universities of Newcastle, Tasmania and Canberra in Australia. In the nineties he served as a government architect in Singapore where he designed and project managed 4 developments including a total of 1810 dwelling units. While in Singapore he also designed a 2.4 Hectare park, an early example of his life mission to design active environments.

This session is sponsored by HCMA Architecture + Design.

2015 AIBC Annual Conference: Post Disaster Safety Assessment Program Training Featured Speakers

The 2015 AIBC Annual Conference will feature the specialized workshop, Post Disaster Safety Assessment Program (SAP) Training. This workshop, based on California’s Safety Assessment Program (SAP), will provide guidelines and procedures for making post-disaster building evaluations.

The purpose of these evaluations is to determine whether damaged or potentially damaged buildings are safe for use or if entry should be restricted or prohibited. The instructors will provide attendees with an understanding of their potential role on a damage assessment team and provide guidance on evaluating structural, geotechnical, life safety and nonstructural hazards.

Upon completion of this full day training, Architects, Intern architects, Technologists and architectural students will be eligible to register on the AIBC’s Post Disaster Volunteer Database upon its creation.

Meet some of our featured Post Disaster Safety Assessment Program Training speakers below!

Michael Lingerfelt FAIA, LEED AP

Workshop W1 - Post Disaster (SAP) Training Presenter Michael LingerfeltWorkshop W1 – Post Disaster (SAP) Training (6 core LUs)

Michael is a high-energy executive with more than 33 years experience in design and project delivery who is the current Director of Project Architecture & Engineering for Walt Disney Imagineering. To date, he has built over $3.6B in hard construction. Michael has served on the American Institute of Architects Disaster Assistance Committee since 2007 and has been a California Emergency Management Agency Safety Assessment Program (SAP) Trainer since 2008. Over the course of his career, he has trained over 1,240 architects, engineers, building officials and inspectors.

Join Michael at Workshop W1 – Post Disaster (SAP) Training.


Daniel Stevens, M.Sc., A.B.C.P

Workshop W1 - Post Disaster (SAP) Training Presenter Daniel StevensWorkshop W1 – Post Disaster (SAP) Training (6 core LUs)

Daniel is the Director of Emergency Management for the City of Vancouver and has contributed to emergency management at the City since 2006. He has worked on a wide range of initiatives, including the development of emergency plans, hazard risk assessments, emergency operations centre redesign & emergency management information system implementation. Daniel has held senior positions in the Vancouver Emergency Operations Centre during large planned events and emergencies, such as the 2010 Winter Olympics, the 2011 Stanley Cup riot and various chemical fires.

Join Daniel at Workshop W1 – Post Disaster (SAP) Training.


Michael Andrews, CEM

Workshop W1 - Post Disaster (SAP) Training Presenter Michael AndrewsWorkshop W1 – Post Disaster (SAP) Training (6 core LUs)

Mike joined the tri-municipal North Shore Emergency Management Office (NSEMO) as an Emergency Planning Officer in 2012 after serving over 7 years with Emergency Management BC as a Regional Manager in the Southwest Region. In the course of his tenure with EMBC, he served as the Director of Provincial Regional Emergency Operations Centres (PREOCs) in all six regions of BC. His emergency management experience ranges from floods & fires to hazardous materials incidents & environmental spills and from search & rescue to public safety planning for the 2010 Olympics.

Join Mike at Workshop W1 – Post Disaster (SAP) Training.

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

Register Now!

View conference pricing and register. To learn more about the 2015 AIBC Annual Conference, please visit the 2015 AIBC Annual Conference website.

Preparing for Emergency Events – Post-Disaster Safety Assessment Program

With the recent earthquake in Chile, we are reminded of the need in B.C. to be prepared for an emergency event. In 2014, B.C.’s Auditor General published a report that the province is underprepared for a major earthquake. View or download the report: BC Auditor General’s Report from March 2014.

Following the release of this report, a series of public consultations took place. The AIBC’s Post-Disaster Safety Assessment Committee submitted feedback during this process and the results were published in December 2014. View or download the report: The Earthquake Preparedness Consultation Report.

Architects can participate as post-disaster volunteers to assist municipalities and regional districts in quickly assessing buildings for damage. This is critical, as getting people out of shelters and back into their homes as well as getting businesses up and running is key to recovery.

The AIBC is currently working to establish a training and certification program in B.C., in line with the California Safety Assessment Program (SAP) established in the United States.

At the 2015 AIBC Annual Conference Post Disaster SAP Training Workshop (session W1), we will be offering our next opportunity to train individuals interested in being volunteers in this program. Architects, intern architects, architectural technologists and other interested individuals are invited to attend the workshop on Wednesday October 28, 8.30a.m.-5p.m.

To register for the workshop and for additional information, please visit our 2015 AIBC Annual Conference website.

Meet AIBC CEO Mark Vernon in Kelowna

In a continuation of our province-wide outreach efforts, please join us in Kelowna for an opportunity to meet AIBC Chief Executive Officer Mark Vernon.

We look forward to seeing you on October 15!

Please RSVP your attendance by October 8 using the link below.

Meet & Greet with AIBC CEO Mark Vernon:

Date: October 15, 2015
Time: 4-6 p.m.
Location: Kelowna Yacht Club, 1370 Water St, Kelowna
RSVP by October 8:

Appetizers and refreshments will be served.

Per Continuing Education System (CES) guidelines, the meet/greet session does not qualify for learning units (LUs).

Thinking Beyond the Open House: A Primer on Public Participation for Architects & Engineers

Wanting to widen your knowledge about engaging with the public? Why is engagement important? What are some secrets to success? Join colleagues for this wine and cheese meet and greet.

The panel will share stories from the field about their consultation experience. A group discussion will follow.

Featured panelists: James Cheng of James Cheng Associates, Paul Wilting of Metro Vancouver, and Ray Wolfe of Stantec Architecture.

Date: October 8, 6-8 p.m.
Location: Devil’s Elbow Ale & Smokehouse, 562 Beatty St, Vancouver
Cost: $10 / $5 students
To register:

For more information, visit

Introducing RAIC’s New Executive Director

Jody Ciufo RAIC’s New Executive DirectorFollowing an intensive selection process, the board of directors of the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada (RAIC) is proud to announce the appointment of Jody Ciufo, of Ottawa, as the new Executive Director of the RAIC.

Ms. Ciufo brings extensive experience in management of national non-profit associations. She is currently the Executive Director of the Canadian Housing and Renewal Association (CHRA), the national voice for affordable housing issues.

During a 30-year-career, she has also worked with the Canadian Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences, the Canadian Council of Professional Engineers (Engineers Canada), the Canadian Automobile Association and the Canadian Red Cross Society.

“I am delighted to welcome Jody to the RAIC,” says RAIC President Sam Oboh, FRAIC. “Her expertise in the broader built environment sector in Canada, combined with a proven track record of success in many aspects of management will help take the RAIC to the next level. She brings substantial relationships with leaders of allied organizations, and therefore, the possibility of new collaborations and advocacy opportunities.”

Ms. Ciufo holds a Master of Business Administration from the University of Ottawa and a Bachelor of Arts, Honours (English Literature) from Carleton University. She is bilingual.

“Having served non-profit, membership and advocacy organizations throughout my career, I have a keen appreciation for the RAIC’s mission of service to its members and, on their behalf, to the broader public good,” she says.

Ms. Ciufo has been at the Canadian Housing and Renewal Association since 2009. Under her leadership, the association increased membership by 65 percent, restored financial viability and launched an aboriginal caucus. She also created an advocacy program, “Housing for All,” for the 2015 federal election, aimed at influencing the next federal government to reinvest in social and affordable housing.

From 2002 to 2009, Ms. Ciufo worked at the Canadian Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences, including three years as Executive Director. The Federation is a national organization representing 75 universities and 69 scholarly associations.

The organization raised its profile with 32 “Breakfast on the Hill” events that drew a total audience of 2,611, including MPs, senators, and media representatives. As Chair of the Canadian Consortium for Research, representing 18 national organizations, she led advocacy efforts and acted as spokesperson with MPs and government officials.

Ms. Ciufo assumes her duties at the RAIC in December. The board of directors warmly thanks Interim Executive Director Bruce Lorimer for his invaluable contribution.

Ms. Ciufo can be reached at

Bold Design Proposal for New VAG Features Stacked Wooden Boxes

by Marsha Lederman 
The Globe and Mail, Sep 29, 2015

The proposed design for a new Vancouver Art Gallery by Swiss architecture firm Herzog & de Meuron will be wrapped in wood. Courtesy of Herzog & de Meuron, The Globe and Mail(Image: The proposed design for a new Vancouver Art Gallery by Swiss architecture firm Herzog & de Meuron will be wrapped in wood. Courtesy of Herzog & de Meuron, The Globe and Mail)

The outside-the-box conceptual design for a new Vancouver Art Gallery resembles a series of different-sized boxes stacked on top of each other – a building wrapped in wood that’s designed to stand out from its city of glass surroundings. The vertically oriented building is to be surrounded by a low-slung, street-accessible structure framing a large open-air courtyard. A key component of the proposal, the 40,000-square-foot courtyard is meant to become a cultural magnet and draw even non-paying customers to the site.

After working together on a master plan and proposed conceptual design for more than a year, officials from the VAG and Swiss architecture firm Herzog & de Meuron revealed their proposal publicly on Tuesday.

“We believe that this building must stand out because it’s a public building,” said lead architect Christine Binswanger during an interview Monday. “It wouldn’t make sense to try to blend in and make a silent box.” Read more…

Passive House: No Furnace, No Problem

by Randy Shore
Vancouver Sun, Sep 28, 2015

Passive House built by Bernhardt Passive Homes in Victoria was recently certified by the Passivhaus Institut in Germany. Courtesy of Vancouver Sun(Image: Passive House built by Bernhardt Passive Homes in Victoria was recently certified by the Passivhaus Institut in Germany. Courtesy of Vancouver Sun)

The first thing you notice about living in a Passive House certified home is the level of comfort. No hot spots. No cold drafts, not even off the windows.

“It is a whole different level of comfort,” said Rob Bernhardt, president of the Canadian Passive House Institute West, the non-profit organization behind this week’s conference of designers and building professionals. “Most people don’t even have a reference point for it, if they haven’t experienced it.”

The conference will bring together more than three dozen experts for two days of talks, seminars and panels. Read more…

Meet the Photographer Who Immortalized Frank Lloyd Wright’s Architecture

by Diana Budds
Fast Co, Sep 18, 2015

Frank Lloyd Wright's Arizona home, Taliesin West, 1940, photo by Pedro E   Guerrero(Image: Frank Lloyd Wright’s Arizona home, Taliesin West, 1940, photo by Pedro E Guerrero)

A new PBS documentary shines a light on Pedro Guerrero, photographer to the starchitects of the 1950s and ’60s.

Fresh out of school, Pedro Guerrero (1917–2012) landed the role of Frank Lloyd Wright’s photographer and played a pivotal role in presenting the architect’s work to the public. During the 1950s and 1960s, he grew into a highly sought after photographer and also shot the work of famed modern architects like Marcel Breuer, Philip Johnson, and Eero Saarinen, among others. A new documentary in the PBS series American Masters sheds light on the man behind the lens.

Because of his warmth, accessibility, and good humor, Guerrero had a knack for making his subjects feel at ease plus the technical chops to convey the qualities of other artists’ work—a challenging feat. Read more…

Council of Educational Facility Planners International, BC Chapter, (BC Chapter – CEFPI)

The Fall Conference of the Council of Educational Facility Planners International
This conference will bring together representatives across BC to share best practice and experience in the design and construction of new school facilities. In addition to educational and social opportunities, there will be tours of two cutting edge new schools.

Date: October 15-16, 2015
Location: Penticton Lakeside Resort, 21 Lakeshore Dr W, Penticton
Learning Units (LUs): 5.5 Core LUs and 0.5 Non-Core LUs available
Cost: Different packages available
To register:

Engineers vs. God: Chile’s Building Codes Take Edge Off Massive Earthquake

By Jim Wyss
Miami Herald, Sep 17, 2015

A man walks past a lone Chilean flag where surfing schools once stood, swept away by an earthquake-triggered tsunami in Concon, Chile. Courtesy Miami Herald(Image: A man walks past a lone Chilean flag where surfing schools once stood, swept away by an earthquake-triggered tsunami in Concon, Chile. Courtesy Miami Herald)

At his engineering firm in Santiago, Chile, on Thursday — as aftershocks continued to roll through the city — Eduardo Santos was feeling pretty proud of his industry.

Wednesday night’s 8.3-magnitude earthquake had left 11 dead and a 175 houses damaged. While the toll wasn’t negligible, the quake — the world’s strongest this year — might have leveled less-prepared countries. Read more…