New Registered Educational Provider: PUBLIC Architecture + Communication

PUBLIC is a firm that builds culture and shapes identity. Our work creates spatial experiences–beyond buildings–to the city at large, capable of spurring transformation, engagement and renewal. We work with people who are passionate about building collective experience and memory–who understand that small interventions woven throughout the city can have as bold an impact on community as megaprojects.

To learn more about all AIBC Registered Educational Providers, please visit the AIBC website.

2016 AIBC Architectural Awards & Awards Jury – Less Than Two Weeks Left!

In light of the modest number of submissions received so far, the Architectural Institute of British Columbia invites you to submit your application to the AIBC Architectural Awards program.

An esteemed jury with representation from both within and outside the profession will consider candidates for the Lieutenant-Governor of British Columbia Awards in Architecture (both medal and merit); the AIBC Innovation Award; the AIBC Emerging Firm Award and the AIBC Special Jury Award.

While honours are given in these distinct award categories, there is one common element: Excellence.

Winners are celebrated at the Architectural Awards Reception on May 18, 2016 as part of the AIBC Annual Conference, and featured in architectureBC.

Submit An Architectural Awards Application:
Please visit the AIBC Architectural Awards website for detailed information on how to submit your awards application.

Deadline for Awards Submissions: February 29, 2016 (5 p.m. PST)

Submit An Application To Sit On The Architectural Awards Jury:
The role of an awards juror is to consider candidates for the Lieutenant-Governor of British Columbia Awards in Architecture (both medal and merit); the AIBC Innovation Award; the AIBC Emerging Firm Award and the AIBC Special Jury Award.

The jury will be composed of individuals from both within and outside the profession. Individuals who have submitted projects for consideration in the AIBC Architectural Awards will not be considered as jury members due to a conflict of interest.

Jury Positions:

• Jury Chair
• Architect AIBC From Another Region / Jurisdiction
• Architect AIBC / Practitioner
• Intern Architect AIBC / Retired Architect AIBC
• Practitioner From Another Discipline
• Media / Public Representative

For detailed information and to make your submission, please visit the AIBC Architectural Awards website.

Deadline for Jury Applications: February 29, 2016 (5 p.m. PST)

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact

AIBC Council Meeting Summary – January 12, 2016

At the January 12, 2016 council meeting, the AIBC Council dealt with the following items:

President’s Report
• New council members Michelle Rupp (LG Appointee) and John Bass (UBC SALA Representative) were welcomed.
• Events attended since the last council meeting: AIBC Recognition Ceremony, Intern Friendly event, CALA National Meeting, RAIC Metro Vancouver Chapter meeting and strategic planning session, and AIBC Holiday Open House.
• On behalf of the AIBC, the updated CALA Reciprocity Agreement was signed, eliminating differential fees for out-of-province architects in every jurisdiction.

Governance Committee
• Per the Governance Audit (completed January 2015), the Governance Committee presented an updated suite of governance policies, reorganized and realigned further to the policy governance model. The council-approved policies will be posted to the website shortly, and a presentation on the Governance Audit itself will be made at the Annual Meeting.
• The committee will next review motions that should be captured as council policy, as well as a policy monitoring process and schedule.

Act Review Working Group
• Meetings continued with the Ministry of Advanced Education. Discussion covered the priority elements put forth by the AIBC.

Finance Committee
• The annual audit is nearing completion, with no adjustments yet being proposed.

Registration & Licensing Board Liaison Report
• Sean Rodrigues has completed his term as President of the CACB Board. The new president is Ron Kirkwood Architect AIBC, NTWA.
• The 74 Vancouver and Victoria ExAC candidates who wrote their exams in November will be notified mid- February of their results. A number of Oral Reviews will likely follow.
• Ten people signed up to write the AT exam.
• Oral assessments for BEA applicants will be coordinated in January and February.

CEO Report

• The council-approved 2016 budget incorporated a 3% increase. As at the end of December, 23% of the total amount invoiced was received. (Note at the time of this posting, approximately 95% of invoices were received prior to the Feb 1 deadline.)
• The November 2015 CALA Meeting addressed several items: 1) Further work regarding accreditation was required, 2) A dedicated CALA support person was approved in principle, 3) AIBC’s proposal to process APEC Architects was reviewed for approval by each regulator’s council (nearly all done as of the time of writing).
• Meeting with incoming RAIC ED Jodi Ciufo and President Allan Teramura was held. Of interest, their top priority is updating the Canadian Handbook of Practice.
• More than 150 guests participated in the annual AIBC Open House.

• Preliminary statistics from the Professional Conduct and Illegal Practice department indicate that the number of illegal practice infractions/inquiries was similar to last year. However, the number of files opened and resolved doubled.

Engagement 3.0
• Engagement 3.0, the third installment of AIBC’s engagement initiative, focused on external stakeholders. A series of questions was posed about “the AIBC” and the “profession of architecture/architects”. The feedback provided a window to the views of our external stakeholders. The Public Outreach Committee will take this information into consideration as it charts its next steps.

Register Update
• Council approved a motion at the last council meeting to establish qualifications for “student affiliates” and discontinued “student associates”. The register is now clear of the discontinued student associate class.

Other Business
• Motions were passed for committee changes, examination results and register amendments as well as terms of reference.


Read adopted November 10 council meeting minutes.

The next regular meeting of AIBC Council is scheduled for March 8, 2016. 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

British Columbia Institute of Technology (BCIT)

CESA 0158 – Introduction to Solar Electricity
Introduces the equipment used to generate electricity from solar power, such as photovoltaic modules, batteries, inverters and charge controllers. Participants are taught to identify the various components, understand how the components interact and interpret manufacturer’s specifications. Design principles of stand-alone photovoltaic systems are explained and participants visit demonstrations of PV systems on the BCIT campus. At the end of the course, the participants should be able to: Analyze the solar energy resource of a potential site; explain the function of each PV system component; interpret performance data for each PV system component; identify the different types of PV systems; specify the main component of an off-grid PV system; perform basic PV system maintenance.

Date: May 13-15, 2016, May 13: 6:30-9:30pm; May 14-15: 8:30am-4:30 pm
Location: BCIT Burnaby Campus Building SE1 room 220 – 3700 Willingdon Avenue, Burnaby
AIBC Learning Units (LUs): 18 core LUs
Cost: $367.79

British Columbia Institute of Technology (BCIT)

CESA 0159 – Solar Electric Design
Addresses more advanced PV system design as well as the requirements of the Canadian Electrical Code. The design principles of grid-tie PV systems, off grid hybrid systems and Building Integrated PV systems are covered in detail. Advances in PV technology, the economics of PV systems, computer programs for PV design, and the PV industry in general are also discussed. Students will also learn to: identify potential PV system designs suitable for a particular application and site; specify and design PV systems for various types of applications; relate the operating principles of PV system components to PV system design; estimate the energy production of a grid-tie PV system; and refer to and interpret sections of the CEC applicable to PV systems.

Date: May 27-29, 2016, May 27: 6:30-9:30pm; May 28-29: 8:30am–4:30pm
Location: BCIT Burnaby Campus Building SE1 room 220 – 3700 Willingdon Avenue, Burnaby
AIBC Learning Units (LUs): 18 core LUs
Cost: $367.79
Register:; prerequisite CESA 0158

British Columbia Institute of Technology (BCIT)

CESA 0178 – Introduction to Solar Water Heating
Introduces solar water heating technology and its common applications, including swimming pools, domestic hot water and hydronic heating. Participants will be introduced to main classes of solar collectors, including glazed, unglazed and evacuated tubes. They will be taught how to assess the solar resource at a particular site, and understand how various siting issues may affect system performance. The course will review the most common types of systems and their components, including performance estimates to enable appropriate sizing of systems. Participants will be taught installation basics, and what decisions can help effectively implement common systems in today’s solar technology market.

This course is designed for homeowners, designers, and builders.

Date: May 7-8, 2016, 8:30am-4:30pm
Location: BCIT Burnaby Campus NE01 Room 401 – 3700 Willingdon Avenue, Burnaby
AIBC Learning Units (LUs): 15 core LUs
Cost: $367.79

British Columbia Institute of Technology (BCIT)

CESA 0198 – Residential Energy Efficiency
The first step to reducing your home’s reliance on energy is reducing consumption, the second is to look at passive and renewable energy sources. This is the first course in the residential energy retrofit series. The focus will be on energy conservation in existing homes and will primarily focus on single family houses and townhouses. This course starts by presenting an overview of how homes use energy, then outlines how you can track your energy consumption. A history of local construction practices over the decades will be provided. The “house as a system” concept will be explained with examples. The course will also evaluate retrofit strategies as a means to reduce energy consumption and costs. Behavioural change as a conservation strategy is introduced. The rationale for conservation within homes is explored as the first step towards renewable energy retrofits. Students will examine building envelope components such as insulation, windows and air tightness, as well as mechanical components including heating systems, domestic hot water heating and ventilation. Both passive and active energy conservation strategies will be discussed. Tips and suggestions for effective energy efficient retrofit project management will be provided.

This course is designed for homeowners, designers, and builders.

Date: June 11-12, 2016, 8:30am-4:30pm
Location: BCIT Burnaby Campus NE01 Room 320 – 3700 Willingdon Avenue, Burnaby
AIBC Learning Units (LUs): 15 core LUs
Cost: $367.79

British Columbia Institute of Technology (BCIT)

CESA 0199 – Residential Renewable Energy
The rising utility rates, economy and growing concerns about carbon emissions are causing more homeowners to consider alternative and renewable energy resources to power their homes. For home owners who have already considered energy efficiency and have good insulation and efficient windows and doors, alternative and renewable energy may be the next logical step. This course discusses conventional and non-conventional energy resources, understanding fuel switching and changing to passive systems. The example of renewable energy sources discussed in this course include: Solar energy (thermal, photovoltaic), wind power (water pumping and electrical generation), hydro power (electrical generation), geothermal energy (heat and electrical generation), biomass (heat and fuel) and hydrogen (transportation).As part of this course, the rational and drivers for using renewable energy to produce energy in residential buildings will be addressed .An introduction to components of and the advantages and disadvantages of various renewable energy sources and their technologies in residential applications will be also discussed. Along with the factors that homeowners should take into account for each of these energy resources when considering them for residential applications; tips and suggestions for effective renewable energy retrofit project management will be provided. The important market trends and solutions as well as financial approaches in the renewable energy industry are introduced.

This course is designed for homeowners, designers, and builders.

Date: June 25-26, 2016, 8:30am-4:30pm
Location: BCIT Burnaby Campus NE01 Room 320 – 3700 Willingdon Avenue, Burnaby
AIBC Learning Units (LUs): 15 core LUs
Cost: $367.79
Register:; prerequisite CESA 0198

British Columbia Institute of Technology (BCIT)

CESA 5700 – Decision Making
This course presents an overview of various decision-making tools and methodologies. Performance indicators examined include: direct and indirect financial costs and benefits, and non-monetary costs and benefits. Emphasis is placed on full life cycle costing, assessment and energy analysis.

Date: April 6 – June 3, 2016
Location: Online
AIBC Learning Units (LUs): 36 core LUs
Cost: $564.91
Register:; prerequisite CESA 5600

British Columbia Institute of Technology (BCIT)

CESA 5800 – Change Management
Introduces concepts of organizational behaviour and change management, including group effects, motivators, and communication techniques to help facilitate organizational change that embraces a corporate culture of energy conservation and consumption reduction. Uses the fable ‘Our Iceberg is Melting’ based on the eights steps to successful change (setting the stage, what to do, make it happen and make it stick) developed by John P Kotter, to introduce the concept of successful change and the forces that drive it. Presents an overview of why organizations fail in their attempts to change due to complacency, ineffective guiding coalition, lack of vision, obstacles, failure to create short-term wins, declaring victory too early, and failure to anchor changes firmly in the corporate culture. Presents an overview of community based social marketing principles aimed at changing personal and group behaviours and attitudes to gain acceptance for energy conservation and reduction solutions, including identification of barriers and benefits, building commitment, using prompts and messaging to build community support, understanding incentives and how they can be used to motivate people to act while removing barriers to increase participation. Provides detailed framework/road map along with the practical tools for development and implementation of social marketing based energy conservation programs.

Date: April 6 – June 3, 2016
Location: Online
AIBC Learning Units (LUs): 36 core LUs
Cost: $553.99
Register:; prerequisite CESA 5100

British Columbia Institute of Technology (BCIT)

CESA 5210 – Community-Based Renewable Energy
This course provides an introduction to sources of renewable energy for heat and power and how they can support sustainability, energy and greenhouse gas management goals across the community. Students will be able to identify sources of renewable energy for heat and power and how they fit into the community energy and emissions planning process. Students will be able to move from project concept to implementation and work with consultants to develop pre-feasibility and feasibility studies. Students will be able to explain factors affecting project viability, outline issues that may arise during project planning and implementation and identify project planning and construction funding sources.

Date: May 3 – June 30, 2016
Location: Online
AIBC Learning Units (LUs): 30 core LUs
Cost: $472.78
Register:; prerequisite CESA 5110

British Columbia Institute of Technology (BCIT)

GROW 1000 – Green Roofs – Details, Installation and Maintenance
This course will provide design professionals, contractors, and planners, who already have a basic understanding of green roofs, with the knowledge to determine the appropriate green roof system, design performance criteria, installation and maintenance. Students will be exposed to leading edge information on materials, design details, and implementation methods. The course presents regionally-relevant solutions supported by the current research at the Centre for the Advancement of Green Roof Technology (CAGRT). Through a project, students will integrate the lectures with practical hands-on activities. Students will further apply their knowledge through case study discussions and a tour of the BCIT Green Roof Research Facility.

Date: April 30-May 14, 2016 (Saturdays), 9am-4pm
Location: BCIT Burnaby Campus NE03 – 3700 Willingdon Avenue, Burnaby
AIBC Learning Units (LUs): 18 core LUs
Cost: $279.23

Vancouver Heritage Foundation

Brown Bag Lecture Series

Former Remand Centre: Converting a Former Jail into Community Housing – February 24
Executive Director, Jonathan Oldman of the Bloom Group, and Asset Manager at BC Housing, Naomi Brunemeyer, will talk about the process, costs and community benefits of the 2014-2015 adaptive reuse project that saw the former police station holding cells at 250 Powell Street converted into community housing.

Taylor Manor: Creating Supportive Housing Inside a 100-Year Old – March 30
Mitch Sakumoto, Architect at Merrick Architecture, will discuss Taylor Manor, a 1915 Tudor residence last functioning as a long term care facility. Recently it was restored and rehabilitated to become supportive housing for homeless people living with mental health issues.

St. Georges Renovation and Restoration: Updating a 1912 School – April 27
Architect Robert Lemon looks at the award-winning 2015 restoration of the 1912 St. Georges Preparatory Boys School located in Dunbar.

Date: February 24, March 30 & April 27, 12-1:30pm
Location: BCIT Downtown Campus at 555 Seymour Street, Vancouver
AIBC Learning Units (LUs): 1 core LU
Cost: $15

Vancouver Heritage Foundation

Old School Courses – Researching a Building

Researching the History of a Building: Vancouver Archives – February 23
This workshop begins with an introduction by Historian and Author, John Atkin, using a Strathcona heritage home as a case study to illustrate the steps to researching a home to understand its past and/or inform restoration and repairs. This is followed by an introduction to the Archives’ actual resources with one of the Archivists, using examples of research materials from attendees’ submitted research addresses.

Researching the History of a Building: Vancouver Public Library – March 1
Learn about the historic maps, images, directories and abundant online reference materials available in Special Collections at the Downtown Branch of the VPL.

Date: February 23, 2016 & March 1, 2016, 6:30-8:30pm
Location: (Feb 23) City of Vancouver Archives, 1150 Chestnut St, Vancouver
(March 1) Vancouver Public Library, Central Library Special Collections, 7th Floor
AIBC Learning Units (LUs): 2 core & 2 non-core LUs
Cost: $20
Register: Visit for tickets

Vancouver Heritage Foundation

Vancouver Special House Tour
Back for its eighth year, Vancouver’s unique architectural style will be back on display this April. See how individual homeowners interpret the basic floorplans available in a Vancouver Special. See how creativity and personal style can transform the Specials practical shape and design into beautiful homes, embracing a chapter of Vancouver’s built history while reusing older homes.

Date: April 16, 2016, 1-5pm
Location: Various
AIBC Learning Units (LUs): 4 non-core LUs
Cost: $30