Paul Becker to Step Down as AIBC Director of Professional Services

Paul BeckerAfter 40 years of professional practice, the last six of which have been enjoyed at the AIBC, Paul Becker Architect AIBC P.Eng. has decided to reduce his work load and step down from the role of Director of Professional Services as of March 1, 2016.

In Paul’s words, “I look forward to spending more time with family, friends and a number of photographic and other projects. I thank you all for the respect, good humour and support we have all shared over the years and look forward to our continued relationship.”

Paul has been an effective and thoughtful leader who has contributed immensely to the AIBC, not only to the Professional Services department but to the whole organization. We are fortunate to have worked with Paul and wish him and his family all the best during this transition to a new adventure.

The posting for the position of Director of Professional Services can be found here. If you have any questions, please contact Mark Vernon, AIBC’s ED/CEO, at mvernon@aibc.ca.

Corporation of Delta Request for Qualifications (Boundary Bay Fire Hall)

The Corporation of Delta recently issued a Request for Qualifications for the Boundary Bay Fire Hall that stated a second stage would include a competition, without reference to it being an AIBC-approved competition.

The AIBC has worked with Delta to assist in crafting an RFQ/RFP process that is in accordance with AIBC requirements. Delta is committed to selecting and engaging an architect per AIBC requirements and has issued an addendum (addendum #2) to this RFQ clarifying the issue. Note the addendum also revises the project schedule.

Architects are encouraged to respond to this opportunity. The deadline is December 7, 2015.

Controversial ‘Origami’ Tower Proposal Revised

by Naoibh O’Connor
Vancouver Courier, Dec 1, 2015

Image: The original plan for the Waterfront Tower at 555 West Cordova was widely panned, but the design team is revising its proposal. Courtesy of Vancouver Courier, photo by Dan Toulgoet(Image: The original plan for the Waterfront Tower at 555 West Cordova was widely panned, but the design team is revising its proposal. Courtesy of Vancouver Courier, photo by Dan Toulgoet)

Cadillac Fairview’s controversial Waterfront Tower is being re-imagined to be more sensitive to the historic Waterfront Station and The Landing heritage building, which flank the site, according to urban design consultant James Cheng of James K.M. Cheng Architects Inc.

Cheng was brought in as a project advisor after an avalanche of criticism derailed the original proposal last January. Cheng helped the design team develop new design principles and guidelines on which the latest scheme is being based. Read more…

Nine Most Popular Houses Published in Dezeen

by staff
Dezeen, Nov 17, 2015

Image: A spiralling concrete slide connects the kitchen and child's bedroom of this family house near Jakarta designed by Indonesian architects Aboday. Courtesy Dezeen, photo by Happy Lim(Image: A spiralling concrete slide connects the kitchen and child’s bedroom of this family house near Jakarta designed by Indonesian architects Aboday. Courtesy Dezeen, photo by Happy Lim)

We’ve published thousands of beautiful houses since Dezeen was founded. To mark our ninth birthday today, we’re revisiting the nine that have been most popular with our readers (+ slideshow). Read more…

Low-Tech Tool Helps Designers Create Healthier Spaces

by Carolyn Abate
Metropolis Magazine, Dec 1, 2015

The mindful MATERIALS initiative is designed to act as a sort of Dewey-Decimal system of icons that rest on the spine of product binders to easily and readily inform designers about the chemical content and environmental impact information of those products. Courtesy of mindful MATERIALS, Metropolis Magazine

(Image: The mindful MATERIALS initiative is designed to act as a sort of Dewey-Decimal system of icons that rest on the spine of product binders to easily and readily inform designers about the chemical content and environmental impact information of those products. Courtesy of mindful MATERIALS, Metropolis magazine)

When interior designers and architects want to provide clients with a variety of product options, they face a daunting task. To vet product information, they will conduct exhaustive online searches, on numerous databases. They comb through product sheets, one by one, seeking just the right fit. Regardless of the method they use, it is always time consuming. And time is the one thing most designers don’t have to spare. But sometimes it takes the simplest solution to solve a complex task.

The mindful MATERIALS initiative, recently launched by HKS, is about to transform how designers do their jobs. In the process, it will usher in a new era of product transparency for furnishing products. Read more…

Michelle Rupp Named New LG Appointee to AIBC Council

Michelle RuppThe provincial government has named Michelle Rupp as a Lieutenant Governor (LG) appointee to AIBC Council effective October 29, 2015. She holds a Master of Arts (Leadership Studies) degree, a Bachelor of Commerce degree and is an accredited Executive Coach. Michelle has almost 30 years of diverse business experience in the areas of leadership development, communications and marketing. She also has extensive experience in the not-for-profit sector, serving on the boards of the Minerva Foundation for B.C. Women, Vancouver College and Big Sisters of B.C.

The province’s Board Resourcing and Development Office designates LG appointees, a voluntary role, to regulatory bodies such as the AIBC with the express purpose of protecting the public interest. There are four such positions on AIBC Council. This appointment addresses one of two vacancies created by recent LG departures. A second appointee is expected in the near future.

Re-Imagining Urban Form and Policy in a Global Economy – The (Im)possibility of Design

UBC SCARP Urban Design Forum Mar 10-11, 2016This symposium examines the linkages between global capital flows, urban policy initiatives, the waxing and waning of local democratic control, and the urban form that these three interacting factors make manifest.

At the same time that cities like Vancouver, London, Dubai, and New York become festooned with glittering high rise “cash boxes in the sky”, places like Mumbai, India and Surrey, BC double their population in just a few decades – a growth fueled by the intra and extra national migration of people of far more modest means.
How do we makes sense of this? In that attempt, relevant questions that this symposium will explore include: Is it possible to combine top-down, highly organized and performance-oriented urban design strategies, with bottom-up more individualized grassroots and entrepreneurial approaches? Which of these approaches is more ecologically sustainable, more politically practical, and more economically astute? How can new forms of governance, urban policy and planning enable the emergence of alternative urban design outcomes? What is the role of design in the imagination and construction of resilient and democratic urban districts?

We hope that our forum will shed light on the dramatic changes occurring in our urban landscapes, and suggest ways to make them better.

Additional information regarding the symposium is available online.

Date: March 10-11, 2016
AIBC Learning Units (LUs): March 10 – 6.5 non-core LUs; March 11 – 7 non-core LUs
Register: http://www.urban-design-forum.sala.ubc.ca/

Clarification (Feb 23, 2016): This event is not self-reported. You will be asked to sign an attendance record at this event and your attendance will be submitted to the AIBC where the LUs will be reported to your account on your behalf.

Langara College

PROP 1073 Building Design & Construction
Course provides a concise overview of construction materials and methods for commercial and residential buildings, including high-rise towers. Emphasis is placed on key terminology and the economics of construction projects. Topics include: planning and design, site preparation, foundations, superstructure, envelope systems, mechanical systems, and interior finishes. There is also brief treatment of construction supervision, quality control, sustainability issues, and post-construction deficiencies.

Date: January 13, 2016 to February 17, 2016, 6:30-9:30pm (6 sessions of 3 hours)
Location: 100 West 49 Avenue, Vancouver
AIBC Learning Units: 18 Core LUs (identify yourself as AIBC member for credit)
Cost: $340
To register: Call 604-323-5322

Langara College

PROP 1049 House Construction
Learn about building techniques and the materials used in the construction and renovation of wood-frame homes in British Columbia. Construction topics include: footings and foundations, framing, the envelope system, mechanical systems, and interior finishes. The course also covers basic information on permits, zoning, inspections, codes, and important documents in the construction and approval process. Particularly good course for new Canadians.

Date: May 2016, 6:30-9:30pm (4 sessions – 12 hours)
Location: 100 West 49 Avenue, Vancouver
AIBC Learning Units: 12 Core LUs (identify yourself as AIBC member for credit)
Cost: $237
To register: Call 604-323-5322

Langara College

PROP 1066 Development Application Process
A practical introduction to the application and review process for property developments in Vancouver and adjacent municipalities. The course includes:

  1. a description of the provincial and municipal planning and development review framework as defined by federal, provincial, and municipal law and regulation;
  2. a step-by-step examination of the development application review process; and
  3. (3) actual examples of successful and unsuccessful development applications.

Emphasis is placed on due diligence and advance preparation.

Date: January 16-30, 2016, 6:30-9:30pm (3 sessions – 9 hours)
Location: 100 West 49 Avenue, Vancouver
AIBC Learning Units: 9 Core (identify yourself as AIBC member for credit)
Cost: $180
To register: Call 604-323-5322

Langara College

PROP 1022 Residential Construction
The Residential Construction course is designed to give participating professionals a working knowledge of the physical aspects of residential properties. The course covers how houses are sited, designed and constructed in Canada, as well as how factors such as design, material selection, and construction type affect their value. Also covered will be the identification and evaluation of problems due to design, construction or deterioration, their effect on value, and how problems should be reported.
Transfer Note: This course meets AIC and UBC BUSI 400 requirements

Date: January 12, 2016 to April 12, 2016, 6:30-9:30pm (13 sessions – 39 hours)
Location: 100 West 49 Avenue, Vancouver
AIBC Learning Units: 39 Core (identify yourself as AIBC member for credit)
Cost: $684
To register: Call 604-323-5322

Langara College

PROP 1096 BC Building Code Energy Efficiency Standards
Energy efficiency is becoming a critical aspect in the construction of homes. New regulations are now in place in the BC Building Code requiring that homes be built to efficient energy use standards. Ensure you are equipped with the up-to -date knowledge of the current standards for Zone 4 and 5 (Lower Mainland). This course is suitable for contractors, builders, and homeowners.

Date: TBA
Location: 100 West 49 Avenue, Vancouver
AIBC Learning Units: 12 Core (identify yourself as AIBC member for credit)
Cost: $300
To register: Call 604-323-5322

IESBC

Light as a Creative Tool
Maja will be presenting her practice based creative research on transforming the poetic experience of space. As a creative tool she use cutting-edge technology and especially light through which the space is experienced emotionally. Her focus has been on innovative experience that engages perception, emotion, and imagination. During experimentations across different media sheI discovered that light is an immensely potent tool to create poetic transformations of environments. Since then she have been studying and practicing how to manipulate senses by calibrating properties of light in purpose of art. Light as a tool has immense transformative power, especially when synthesizing both its creative and scientific properties.

What fascinates her the most about the essential nature of light is that it is primordial, it has existed since the beginning of time, and as such humans have innate response to it. Light is everywhere, it enables life, and conditions growth. It is also ephemeral and mysterious and as such it can be a potent artistic tool. Evolution of her creative practice has brought her to evidence-based research that investigates health benefits of light, art, and biophilia (nature inspired design) in purpose of creating immersive art that is driven by notions of health.

Date: December 10, 2015, 4:30-8pm
Location: Sutton Hotel – Chateau Lafitte Room, 845 Burrard Street, Vancouver
AIBC Learning Units: 1 Core
Cost: $75 for non-member – $50 for IES, PSA and AIBC member
To register: http://www.eventbrite.ca/e/light-as-a-creative-tool-tickets-19448408714

City of Kelowna Infill Challenge

The City of Kelowna launched an Infill Challenge to attract new models of infill housing in select areas of Kelowna’s Urban Core Area. The AIBC is supportive of what Kelowna is seeking to achieve with the Infill Challenge and recently worked with them to remove restrictions from architects participating or acting as team leaders. The updated Infill Challenge now falls entirely within the ‘Exceptions’ to the Architects Act and as such is not required to be an AIBC-sanctioned competition per AIBC Bylaws.

Architects are highly encouraged to participate. The institute hopes that the participation of architects will enhance the submissions and lead to higher quality of housing stock diversity and stronger neighbourhoods.

Learn more about the City of Kelowna Infill Challenge.

Cool Gardens 2016 Competition Call for Entries

Cool Gardens Call for Entries Deadline Dec 21

Cool Gardens is pleased to announce the Call for Entries for the international 2016 competition! Deadline to register is December 21, 2015.

Presented by StorefrontMB and The Forks, Cool Gardens is a public exhibition of contemporary garden and art installations. The exhibition takes place in Winnipeg, with a satellite in Brandon, from June 23 until September 25, 2016.

Cool Gardens aims to bring architects, designers, landscape architects, and artists together to challenge and celebrate the interface between urbanism, landscape, and design. The exhibit of cutting-edge garden designs places design culture at the centre of summer activities in Winnipeg, and at the same time, offers a pleasant relief from the summer exasperations. Four new installations will be selected by competition.

For more information, visit the Cool Gardens website at www.coolgardens.ca.