Update: Bulletin 01: Fees, Fines and Charges

An updated version of Bulletin 01: Fees, Fines and Charges is now posted and will take effect as of January 1, 2016. This version will replace the November 18, 2014 edition. AIBC Council has approved the fees, fines and charges for AIBC registrants contained in the latest version of Bulletin 01.

The objectives of this revision is to provide more information, improve clarity and enhance the reader’s use and understanding of the relevant issues.

Significant updates include:

  1. A modest increase in annual renewal, across all categories. The 3% increase will enable the AIBC to address and meet the goals set out in the Strategic Plan.
  2. A change to annual renewal payments paid after February 1. Registrants (architects, associates, firms and temporary licensees) who remit their annual renewal payment after the February 1 due date are subject to an increased annual fee. The increase is 25% of the full annual renewal.
  3. The addition of defined dollar amounts for annual thresholds pertaining to Bulletin 03. Defined amounts regarding waivers and reduction of annual renewal fees were removed from Bulletin 03 and replaced with a reference to Bulletin 01 where thresholds will be provided annually.

Annual renewal payments can be made upon receipt of invoice notices which are scheduled to be sent out shortly.

2016 Annual Renewal of Registration

As we get closer to the end of 2015, many of us will be thinking of the start of the new year and planning for 2016.

Unlike past years, the AIBC is sending out its annual renewal notice earlier than usual. We are doing this to provide architects and associates the opportunity to plan and to pay in a timely fashion before the busy seasonal period arrives. In addition, it is a chance to reflect on what the AIBC means to you and the public that it serves. The AIBC’s primary role is to regulate the profession of architecture in the public interest. In all our endeavours, the AIBC upholds the highest standards of governance and operations that are representative of institutional excellence.

To meet and maintain our consistently high standards, the AIBC Council has approved modest increases in the annual professional dues: $28 for architects, $7 for interns and architectural technologists and $3 for retired architects.

This increase underwent extensive deliberation by Council and received final approval at the November 2015 meeting. The new annual professional dues will enable the AIBC to address and meet the goals set out in the Strategic Plan.

Please be advised that the 2016 annual fee invoices will be sent out by email in the coming weeks. The deadline for your annual payment to the AIBC is February 1, 2016.

Key Dates:
November 2015-January 31, 2016 – Annual renewal period
February 1, 2016 – Payment deadline

If you do not receive your renewal notice email in the coming weeks, please check your spam folders or login to your AIBC account on the AIBC’s web site to view your invoice and make your payment.

While we offer a range of payment options, we highly encourage you to pay online as it is the most efficient method for the processing of fees. When logging in to make your payment, please keep in mind that individual login IDs are different than your firm login ID.

Information regarding applicable fees and payment requirements is outlined in Bulletin 01: Fees, Fines and Charges. For further information or additional assistance, email accounts@aibc.ca.

On behalf of the AIBC, thank you for your attention to this matter.

Karl. W. Gustavson Architect AIBC
AIBC Council Treasurer

Fluidity and Architecture at the 2015 AIBC Conference

by staff
Journal of Commerce, Oct 29, 2015Image: Nana Last onscreen during the Fluidity and Architecture plenary session October 29, 2015 at the AIBC Annual Conference. Photo by Jay Shaw(Image: Nana Last onscreen during the Fluidity and Architecture plenary session October 29, 2015 at the AIBC Annual Conference. Photo by Jay Shaw)

The panel consisted of Lana Kaufman, Nana Last and Josh Zabel.

Last began (via Skype) by asking what is flowing in architecture; the space itself, the architecture, or what surrounds the architecture. Last said the term “fluidity” is commonly used in the media to describe some buildings, but is not used properly. Seamless connections between adjacent spaces and curvatures are being embraced by new projects and are gaining widespread attention.

“Fluidity is one of the defining aspects of 21st century architecture,” Last said, and it was pioneered in the 90s with the merging of computation and architecture. Read more…

BIG’s Twisted Vancouver Tower Named Future Project of the Year 2015

by staff
dezeen, Nov 6, 2015

Image: BIG's proposal for a 150-metre-high twisted skyscraper in Vancouver has won the title Future Project of the Year 2015 at the World Architecture Festival. Courtesy of BIG, dezeen

(Image: BIG’s proposal for a 150-metre-high twisted skyscraper in Vancouver has won the title Future Project of the Year 2015 at the World Architecture Festival. Courtesy of BIG, dezeen)

Bjarke Ingels’ firm contorted the form of its 49-storey Vancouver House, creating a 30-metre setback from the adjacent motorway flyover that prevents any windows or balconies from overlooking it.

Nine floors at the base of the tower will accommodate offices, shops and restaurants, which will spill out onto a series of public plazas that stretch underneath the elevated highway.

The judges selected the project because it “mitigates the destructive impact of the highway flyover on infrastructure and urban form, and generates an exemplar new urban typology.” Read more…

Fred Hollingsworth’s Sky Bungalow

by Eve Lazarus
evelazarus.com, Nov 7, 2015

Image: Sky Bungalow, 3355 Aintree Drive. Photo by Eve Lazarus(Image: Sky Bungalow, 3355 Aintree Drive. Photo by Eve Lazarus)

If you read my blog regularly, you know that I’m a huge fan of West Coast Modern, and especially of Fred Hollingsworth, an amazing North Vancouver architect who died this year at age 98 after changing the face of architecture.

But it wasn’t until I was at the West Vancouver Museum this summer that I heard the story behind the Sky Bungalow. So instead of writing up a talk for my book launch on Thursday, I decided to go check out the house. Read more…

Wood WORKS! BC

Wood Design Luncheon Conferences
Experts in their fields are on hand with presentations in the areas of architecture, design and construction in wood. The same three presentations are given in both locations and are tailored for decision makers in the construction industry: architects, designers, engineers, technologists, builders, and building officials. Suppliers are also on hand with their exhibits to answer questions about wood and wood products.

Date: Kelowna: November 24, 2015, 9am-2pm; Victoria: November 26, 2015, 9am-2pm
Location: Kelowna: Delta Grand Okanagan Resort & Conference Centre, 1310 Water Street; Victoria: Delta Ocean Pointe, 45 Songhees Road
Learning Units (LUs): 3 Core
Cost: Free
To register: www.wood-works.ca/bc