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

Informa Global Exhibitions

BUILDEX Vancouver
BUILDEX Vancouver is Western Canada’s largest tradeshow and conference for the Construction, Renovation, Architecture, Interior Design and Property Management industries. With over 600 exhibits, and more than 70 educational seminars, BUILDEX attracts over 13,500 attendees annually.

  • BUILDEX is unique and affordable offering a build your own conference schedule – each session is priced individually and affordably.
  • BUILDEX features a large exhibition floor, showcasing over 600 exhibits specializing in products and services for building, designing and managing real estate.
  • BUILDEX is produced by the world’s largest conference, training and exposition producer, Informa. Informa is a global operator producing events that attract almost 1.2million delegates annually, in almost every corner of every continent.

Date: February 24-25, 2016, 8am-4pm
Location: Vancouver Convention Centre West
Learning Units (LUs): Sessions accredited individually
Cost: $35-$125
To register: www.buildexvancouver.com

Tremco Roofing & Building Maintenance

Pushing the Envelope: Innovation in Building Science
This presentation is broken down into four different topics: Innovation in Lifecycle Costing, Innovation in Vegetated Roofing Technology, Innovation in the Use of Drones in Building Science, Innovations and advances in Building Envelope Technology.

Date: November 24, 2015, 12-4pm (includes lunch and evening reception)
Location: Rosewood Hotel Georgia – 801 West Georgia St, Vancouver
Learning Units (LUs): 3 Core
Cost: Complimentary
To register: Email Tremcovancouverseminar@tremco.ca

Voting Set for Three AIBC Bylaw Amendments

The AIBC is holding an electronic vote on three administrative bylaw 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.

The AIBC Council supports the three bylaw amendments and encourages all members and honorary members to cast their vote.

An electronic ballot was emailed directly to eligible voters on November 16. The voting period closes on December 10, 2015 at 5 p.m. (PST).

Read about the bylaw review process and review the three proposed bylaw amendments (and supporting rationales).

2015 AIBC Holiday Open House

With the holidays around the corner, AIBC is gearing up for another AIBC Holiday Open House event!

Please join colleagues and friends in celebrating the very best of the season with local flavours and plenty of holiday cheer. We will be collecting food donations again this year to support the Strathcona Community Centre. Please give generously.

Date: Thursday, December 10, 2015
Time: 5:30–8:30 p.m.
Location: AIBC offices (#100 – 440 Cambie Street, Vancouver)
RSVP: http://2015aibcholidayopenhouse.splashthat.com/

Role Call: Consensual Resolution Review Panel

The AIBC is seeking one or two more architects for the Consensual Resolution Review Panel. The panel reviews and considers whether to approve agreements under the AIBC’s consensual resolution process as established under the Architects Act and AIBC Bylaws. Consensual resolution is an alternative approach to resolving disciplinary matters that would otherwise proceed to a formal disciplinary inquiry. The panel meets as is necessary for the performance of its functions, including meetings by teleconference, videoconference or otherwise electronically.

The general qualifications and experience criteria for ‘architect’ appointments to the panel are as follows:

  • Member (Architect AIBC) in good standing (mandatory);
  • Understanding and appreciation of AIBC’s core regulatory mandate, including disciplinary and consensual resolution provisions in the Architects Act and bylaws;
  • Ability to review and consider proposed consensual resolution agreements in the context of confidentiality expectations; objective professionalism; and the public interest in the regulation of the profession of architecture; and
  • AIBC or related experience (i.e., committee, board, panel, council) in the areas of investigations, discipline, consensual resolution or professional conduct/discipline generally.

Those interested are invited to forward a letter of interest, with a brief summary of professional background or c.v., to Human Resources & Administration Coordinator, Yana Vassilenko at volunteers@aibc.ca.

Disruptive Trends at the 2015 AIBC Conference

by JOC staff
Journal of Commerce, Oct 30, 2015

Image: Charles Leman pictured onscreen during the Disruptive Trends plenary session October 29, 2015 at the AIBC Annual Conference. Photo by AIBC(Image: Charles Leman pictured onscreen during the Disruptive Trends plenary session October 29, 2015 at the AIBC Annual Conference. Photo by AIBC)

The panelists were Charles Leman, Steven Fleming, Kira Gerwing, Robert Brown and Newsha Gaeli.

Fleming began by explaining that he is an advocate of not only architecture, but cycling. He, in fact, wrote a book called “Cycle Space” which meshes the two disciplines. He said as a cyclist he spoke extensively in the Netherlands, but other cities have had a hard time adapting the Dutch model of cycling paths.

Fleming said transportation accounts for a third of our energy use and with increasingly efficient buildings will become half of our energy use. Cycling addresses this to a certain extent but we need to “bridge the fast zones,” he said.

Leman said “A disruptive innovation is an innovation that helps create a new market and value network, and eventually disrupts an existing market and value system.” Read more…

Architecture of Place at the 2015 AIBC Conference

by JOC staff
Journal of Commerce, Oct 29, 2015

Image: Otto Condon presents during the Architecture of Place plenary session October 29, 2015 at the AIBC Annual Conference. Photo by AIBC(Image: Otto Condon presents during the Architecture of Place plenary session October 29, 2015 at the AIBC Annual Conference. Photo by AIBC)

The panelists were Kelly Edzera-Bapty, Don Lyumes, Otto Condon, Charles Kelley, and Kirsten Murray.

Lyumes, who is the manager of community planning for the City of Surrey, said the term “architecture of place” implies a relationship between a built form and the place surrounding it. He added that design consultancies and strategies are “fluid and borderless,” which means a tower block in any city looks and functions much the same no matter where it is located.

Edzera-Bapty, who is an intern architect with the AIBC, focused on indigenous space (she is Taltan First Nation, located in northern B.C.) to see how the indigenous sense of space intersects with architecture. Read more…

IIDEXCanada

IIDEXCanada Dec 2-3, 2015IIDEXCanada is Canada’s National Design and Architecture Exposition & Conference bringing together the interior design, architecture and real estate communities for a sourcing, networking and educational event that celebrates creativity and best practices. The Show, presented by Interior Designers of Canada (IDC) and the Royal Architecture Institute of Canada (RAIC), is held concurrently with Construct Canada, PM Expo, Homebuilder & Renovator Expo and World of Concrete Pavilion to create The Buildings Show, North America’s largest exposition, networking & educational event for design, construction & real estate industries.

For more information on IIDEXCanada, contact tmoreside@iidexcanada.com or visit www.iidexcanada.com.

Date: December 2-3, 2015
Location: 255 Front Street West, Toronto, ON
To register: https://www.microspec.com/reg/IIDEXCANADA2015/?_ga=1.65538986.584607762.1447189156

Bylaw Review: Investigations & Remedial Discipline

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, is now consulting with members on the following bylaw initiative:

Bylaw Amendments: Investigations & Remedial Discipline

This 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. The 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.

An initial member consultation session on this bylaw proposal was held on October 30, 2015 at the AIBC Annual Conference. The session’s primary focus was on the remedial discipline process. The presentation from this session is available for viewing.

Member Feedback

This bylaw initiative is complicated and the background memorandum with draft bylaws are extensive. Members are encouraged to review the material and provide feedback and ask questions. Bylaw consultation sessions and other feedback opportunities will be announced. Member feedback greatly helps in improving the draft bylaws. Council will review feedback and revised bylaws in February or March 2016.

Member feedback can be provided to the Bylaw Review Committee at any time. Please email the Bylaw Review Committee at: bylawfeedback@aibc.ca or complete the Online Feedback Form.

To learn more about AIBC Bylaw Review, please visit www.aibc.ca.