I-XL Masonry Supplies Ltd.

An Afternoon with Masonry
Three AIBC Core accredited programs are offered: Adhered Masonry Veneers, Designing with Concrete Masonry, and Designing with Clay Brick.

Presented by I-XL Masonry Supplies Ltd. and Shouldice Designer Stone. Lunch will be provided at noon with the first presentation starting promptly at 12:30pm. Each presentation is 1 hour in length with a short break following each.

Date: November 26, 2015, 12-4pm
Location: Sheraton Guildford Hotel, Tynehead room, 15269 – 104th Avenue, Surrey
Learning Units (LUs): 3 Core LUs
Cost: Free
To register: e-mail to bproctor@ixlmasonry.com

Heritage Vancouver Society

A Conversation with Brian Jackson about Heritage in Vancouver
Heritage Vancouver is having its annual event with the city’s head planner – A Conversation with Brian Jackson about Heritage in Vancouver. This year’s event will be particularly timely and salient as Vancouver’s first Heritage Conservation Area has just been approved by council and work proceeds onto the rezoning and character home component of the city’s Heritage Action Plan. The vote on the Georgia Viaducts will also be going to council on October 21.

Heritage issues over the past year have included the Heritage Action Plan, Heritage Schools, Sinclair Centre, the Main Post Office, First Shaughnessy, the Heritage Register update, St. Paul’s Hospital, and Waterfront Tower. This is a great opportunity to hear about what to expect for the future of heritage planning for our city as Mr. Jackson retires and a new head planner will take over.

Date: October 15, 2015, 6:30-8:30pm
Location: Committee Room 1, 3rd Floor, Vancouver City Hall, 453 West 12th Avenue
Learning Units: 2 Non-Core
Cost: General $10, Heritage Vancouver members $8.50
To register: www.heritagevancouver.org

2015 Wood Design & Building Awards

2015 Wood Design & Building AwardsThe Wood Design Awards invites entries to the 2015 program, the only North American program honouring excellence in wood architecture.

Entries should consist of building projects that show a wide range of wood product applications and demonstrate an understanding of the special qualities of wood, such as strength, durability, beauty and cost-effectiveness.

All projects completed in the period between January 1, 2010 and September 15, 2015 are eligible for entry (except previous winning projects of the Wood Design & Building Awards).

A jury of prominent architects from Canada and the U.S. will review all entries based on various considerations such as creativity, distinctive and appropriate uses of wood materials, ability to satisfy clients’ building and site requirements, and overall aesthetic appeal for the use and application of wood.

Submission deadline: December 4, 2015

For more information, contact Ioana Lazea or Natalie Tarini at 613-747-5544 ext. 227 or 225.

Visit the Canadian Wood Council website for details and to submit your entry.

2015 Vancouver Wood Solutions Fair

The Wood Solutions Fair is the premier event in Canada dedicated to design and construction with wood products and systems. This one-day educational event, hosted by the Canadian Wood Council and Wood WORKS! BC showcases wood uses in commercial, institutional, industrial and multi-unit residential construction through a trade show and seminars. It is the only industry event in Canada where participants can earn up to six continuing education credits while learning about the latest industry trends and innovations for designing and building with wood.

For more information please contact Zena at zcaul@wood-works.ca or 1-877-929-9663 ext 4.

Date: October 27, 2015, 7am registration, 8am–4:45pm seminars in session
Location: Vancouver Convention Centre – West, 1055 Canada Place, Level 1
Cost: Pre-registration and admission is free of charge for industry professionals
To register: http://ams.cwc.ca/Live/AMS/Pages/ams-event-details/8282?isPreview=False

Role Call: Municipal Advisory Design Panels

The AIBC invites applications from architects interested in serving on the following design panels:

  • District of Chilliwack
  • City of North Vancouver
  • District of North Vancouver
  • District of Oak Bay
  • City of Richmond
  • District of Saanich
  • City of Victoria
  • City of Surrey
  • District of Pitt Meadows
  • City of Vancouver – Chinatown
  • Municipality of Whistler
  • University Endowment Lands

The role of an advisory design panel member is to give impartial, professional advice directly on any proposal or policy affecting the community’s physical environment in the public interest.

To learn more about the procedures for serving on a panel, please refer to the following documents:

Please fill out an interactive application form and forward your submissions to the attention of Professional Services Coordinator Alexandra Kokol by email (akokol@aibc.ca).

The Wild Architecture of Soviet-era Bus Stops

by Liz Stinson, 
Wired, Sep 30, 2015

Image: Chris Herwig traveled throughout the former Soviet Union photographing elaborate bus stops. This one from Abkhazia was designed by Zurab Tsereteli.(Image: Chris Herwig traveled throughout the former Soviet Union photographing elaborate bus stops. This one from Abkhazia was designed by Zurab Tsereteli.)

Of all the places you’d expect to find an elaborately designed bus stop shaped like a giant seashell, the streets of Gagra, Abkhazia, probably wouldn’t be one of them. The disputed region, situated between Georgia and Russia along the Black Sea, isn’t known for its architectural marvels. And yet, there it is, a Gaudi-esque sculpture sitting right on the side of the road.

This mosaic of plastic and stone designed by Zurab Tsereteli looks like art, but it’s actually something more than that. It’s a fully functioning bus stop. And stops like these are way more common than you might think. Chris Herwig has seen hundreds of them. For the past 12 years, the Canadian photographer has traveled throughout the former Soviet Union snapping photos of the region’s unexpectedly crazy architecture for his new book “Soviet Bus Stops.” Read more…

Magic Mountain: Salzburg Development Connects Residents to Nature

by Mary Pepchinski
Architectural Record, Oct 1, 2015

For their site below the rock face of the defunct quarry, Hariri & Hariri Architecture designed six faceted housing blocks containing 100 apartments. Courtesy of Architectural Record, photo by Bryan Reinhart

(Image: For their site below the rock face of the defunct quarry, Hariri & Hariri Architecture designed six faceted housing blocks containing 100 apartments. Courtesy of Architectural Record, photo by Bryan Reinhart)

An abandoned sandstone quarry on Rainberg Mountain, above the historic city of Salzburg, Austria, is hardly the place one would expect to find a desirable urban neighborhood. But, nevertheless, that’s where developer Asset One decided to build 100 units of housing.

When New York–based architects Gisue and Mojgan Hariri first visited in 2006 in response to an invited competition, they found the site “derelict and magical.” Known as the Sternbrauerei, the quarter was dominated by the quarry’s soaring rock face to the west but also contained a defunct landmarked brewery and its storage vaults. Nineteenth-century villas and more recent low-rise apartment buildings border the northern edge, while a forest rises to the south. Read more…

The World’s Weirdest Skyscrapers

by Athlyn Cathcart-Keays
The Guardian, Sep 24, 2015

AlDar Headquarters in Abu Dhabi is world's first circular skyscraper. UAE-based MZ Architects have built a revolutionary ‘stacked dinner plate’ prototype – at a cost of around £1bn. Courtesy of The Guardian, photo by Alamy

(Image: AlDar Headquarters in Abu Dhabi is world’s first circular skyscraper. UAE-based MZ Architects have built a revolutionary ‘stacked dinner plate’ prototype – at a cost of around £1bn. Courtesy of The Guardian, photo by Alamy)

From the Elephant Building to the ‘Death Star’, architects and developers are going to ever stranger lengths in their efforts to stand out from the crowd. Where will this ridiculousness end? Read more…

2015 AIBC Annual Conference: Architectural Composites

Josh ZabelArchitectural Composites
October 30, 2015 – 10:30 a.m.-12 p.m.

Kreysler and Associates is a custom fabrication shop specializing in architectural composites, large scale artwork, and digital fabrication. Since its founding in 1981 in California they have been building composite forms and structures for a diverse range of clients and applications over the years such as sets for Star Wars, sculptures for Claes Oldenburg, fish tanks for the Monterey Bay Aquarium, acoustic panels for concert halls, and increasingly, building facades. As building codes are starting to catch up, and digital design tools become more widespread which are essential for the management of the complex forms that take advantage of these materials, the doors are rapidly opening to building with fiberglass and other composites.

About the Presenter
Josh Zabel is the Vice President of Business Development at Kreysler & Associates, a world-class composites fabrication facility. He has been at K&A since 2005 and has spent most of his tenure as Director of Digital Fabrication, managing the digital and CAD/CAM aspects of their operations. He has developed an expert understanding of composites, and is at the forefront of AEC industry efforts to advance their architectural potential. He holds a Master of Architecture from the University of California Berkeley and has earlier design experience at several boutique architecture firms around California.

Register today to attend this session.

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

2015 AIBC Annual Conference: Indigenous Perspectives in Re-imagining Communities and Landscapes

Kelly Ezdera-BaptyIndigenous Space: Architecture. Place. Time
October 30, 2015 – 8:30-10 a.m.

We are entering a new era of consciousness and geo-political space wherein Indigenous perspectives play a huge role in understanding the shaping of the places in which we build. As architects, designers, planners, and developers this is something that is lucid within our practice as shapers of space both physically and in our ability to render ideas of space visible. Across the Pacific Rim, Indigenous Nations are revitalizing their traditional ways of being and dwelling, redefining their contemporary occupation, as stewards of their ancestral places. In doing so, Native Communities are carving out their contemporary space, re-building ancient structures and/or re-imagining their communities and associations to their traditional landscapes, building contemporary spaces for cultural practice, governance, economics and generationally sustainable living. In this process the Architecture of Nations and Nation Architecture takes form.

About the Presenter
Born and raised in Inuvik and Hay River in the N.W.T. and the northern tip of British Columbia, in Fort Nelson, Kelly Edzerza-Bapty has lived and traveled across much of Canada’s Northwest. A member of the Tahltan First Nation of Telegraph Creek, Kelly is a recent Graduate from the School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture MArch program at UBC, and the second woman of First Nations descent to graduate from this program.

Being a northern resident of Canada, and attending post-secondary schooling in the south, the stark differences of culture, versus consumerism and how it manifest in the built environment are extensive through her dual perspective. Kelly has focused her research and practice on working remotely using land-based building, and her cultural influences, advocating for socio-economic and cultural revitalization in rural Canada.

This session is sponsored by Jardine Lloyd Thompson Canada.

Register today to attend this session.

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

AIBC Council Meeting Summary – 08 September 2015

At the 08 September 2015 council meeting, the AIBC Council dealt with the following items:

Council Motions
• Council endorsed the Bylaw Review Committee’s 2015-2018 work plan and approved motions on two bylaw initiatives. The first is in regards to a trio of administrative bylaw matters. The second, larger initiative pertains to investigations and discipline bylaws. Information regarding the bylaw amendments along with supporting rationales, and how to participate (via information sessions, and feedback forms) is posted on the AIBC website along with the BRC’s work plan.
• Council approved the motion that telephone or other electronic participation by councilors signifies they are “present” for the purpose of participating in and voting at council meetings.
• Council approved the motion that Council Meeting Rules be reviewed along with other documents, as required.
• Council approved the motion to prepare and forward thank you letters to recently resigned Lieutenant Governor appointees, Steve Simons and Mark Zacharias, in recognition of their contributions to the AIBC.
• Council approved the motion excusing Lieutenant Governor appointee David Toole’s absences from the previous three council meetings, further to section 12(c) of the Architects Act.
• Motions were also passed for committee changes, examination results and register amendments as well as terms of reference.

Other Business
• Planning for 2016 budget has commenced.
• Engagement 3.0 was approved by council and is currently underway. Whereas Engagement 1.0 and 2.0 focused on internal stakeholders, Engagement 3.0 involves canvassing key external stakeholders for their opinions on the role and value of the AIBC and the architectural profession at large. A final report will be prepared later this fall. The results of which will inform and shape the strategy for the larger AIBC Public Outreach Initiative.
• Extranet (Sharepoint) is being rolled out to all committees and will greatly assist with the distribution of documents.
• Per Council Communications policy, a Crisis Communications Plan has been developed to deal with crisis situations, issues and events.

Read adopted 11 August 2015 council meeting minutes.
• The next regular meeting of AIBC Council is scheduled for 10 November 2015. It will be held at the AIBC office between 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. For those interested in attending an AIBC Council Meeting, please confirm your attendance in advance by email to ttough@aibc.ca.

2015 AIBC Annual Conference: Featured Events

The 2015 Annual Conference – What’s Now – Insights and Directions will be held from October 28 – 30, 2015 at the Vancouver Convention Centre. The conference features plenary sessions, seminars, workshops, panel discussions, an industry exhibitor show and special events. View some of our special events below!


Exhibitors’ Networking Session (Oct 28, 5-9pm)

Exhibitors’ Networking Session Oct 28, 5-9pmThe Exhibitors’ Networking Session provides an excellent opportunity for conference delegates to connect directly with industry partners, suppliers and allied professionals whose services can benefit the growth and development of your firm and enhance the architectural services that you provide. Exhibitors are on-site throughout all two-and-a-half days of the conference, offering unparalleled opportunities for engagement & meaningful dialogue.

Learn more about 2015 AIBC Annual Conference Exhibitors.

The 2015 AIBC Architectural Awards Presentation (Oct 28, 6-7pm)

2015 AIBC Architectural Awards Presentation Oct 28, 6-7pmThe Architectural Institute of British Columbia showcases the best in architecture from the AIBC community through its awards program. While honours are given out in a number of distinct award categories, there is one common element: excellence. Winners of the 2015 AIBC Architectural Awards will be announced and presented at this cocktail mixer. Panels for award submissions will be be on display throughout the conference.

Register to attend the 2015 AIBC Architectural Awards Presentation.

The Opening Reception sponsored by BFL Canada.


Movie Night Reception & Screening Oct 29Movie Night Reception (Oct 29, 5-7pm)

Enjoy an evening of hors d’oeuvres and libations with your fellow conference delegates and UBC SALA Alumni prior to the screening of “Sagrada: The Mystery of Creation”.

Movie Night Screening (Oct 29, 7-9pm)

Barcelona’s La Sagrada Familia is a fascinating architectural project conceived by Antoni Gaudi in the late 19th century. More than 125 years after construction began, the basilica still remains unfinished. SAGRADA celebrates Gaudi’s vision and the continuing work of laborers, artisans, designers & architects as they strive to complete the colossal project.
Register to attend the Movie Night Reception & Screening.

Movie Night Reception sponsored by UBC School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture.

Movie Night Screening sponsored by RJC Engineers.

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

Construction Specifications Canada

Parking Structures: Design, Construction and Maintenance to CSA Standard S413
Parking structures are unique. They are exposed to many severe influences such as de-icing salts, freeze-thaw cycles, temperature changes, wear and snow removal. And even though they are subjected to these influences, they are quite often the most neglected part of a complex from both a design and maintenance point of view. In many cases, immediate savings are pursued in design and/or construction, which is then followed by minimal maintenance, resulting in potentially significant short and long-term consequences.

Design of parking structures is regulated by the Building Code (4.4.2) which requires design in conformance to CSA-S413. In this presentation, the design requirements in CSA-S413 Parking Structures will be reviewed. The importance of the requirements will be discussed with examples on what can happen if they are ignored both at the design phase and long-term occupancy phase. Attendees will acquire an understanding of architectural and structural design requirements of concrete parking structures under CSA-S413 and attendees will understand what can happen if these requirements are ignored both at the design phase and long-term occupancy phase.

Date: October 8, 2015, 12:30-1:30pm
Location: Sandman Hotel, 180 West Georgia Street, Vancouver
Learning Units: 1 Core LU
Cost: $33.60 CSC Members; $50.40 Non-Members
To register: http://vancouver.csc-dcc.ca