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: https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/beyond-coffee-and-doughnuts-a-primer-on-community-engagement-for-architects-and-engineers-tickets-18694675277

For more information, visit www.iap2bc.ca.

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 jciufo@raic.org.

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…