2016 AIBC Architectural Awards: Key Program Dates

Each year, the Architectural Institute of British Columbia showcases the best in B.C. architecture through its highly-respected 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 Special Jury Award; and The AIBC Emerging Firm Award. While honours are given in these distinct award categories, there is one common element: Excellence.

Winners are celebrated at the Architectural Awards Reception, which will be held during the AIBC Annual Conference, and featured in architectureBC.

Key dates for this year’s program are as follows:

  • Call for Awards Submissions:                              January 18, 2016
  • Call for Awards Jurors:                                          January 18, 2016
  • Deadline for Awards Jurors:                                 February 29, 2016
  • Deadline for Awards Submissions:                     February 29, 2016
  • Awards Jurors Announced:                                  March 24, 2016
  • Awards Adjudication:                                             April 2, 2016
  • Awards Winners Reception:                                 May 18, 2016

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

Reminder: Bylaw Review Consultation Session in Victoria

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 advancing the following initiative.

Bylaw Amendments: Investigations & Remedial Discipline
This Investigations & Remedial Discipline 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. This 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.

Consultation
Consultation for the “investigations/discipline” bylaw amendments will be extending through February 2016, with a submission seeking council’s direction to proceed to a member vote not expected until spring 2016. Increased council participation in the consultation process is planned given the subject matter and importance of this bylaw modernization initiative.

An initial consultation session on the “investigations/discipline” bylaw amendments was held on October 30, 2015 at the AIBC Annual Conference. The session’s primary focus was on the remedial discipline process. Two additional consultation sessions have been scheduled to take place in January: one at the Vancouver AIBC Office and a second session, in-person only, in Victoria at the Cedar Hill Golf Course. Please see below for attendance details.

Consultation Sessions
Council policy requires member consultation when any bylaw amendments are advanced for member vote. AIBC council invites your participation at the following consultation session, which will address the proposed bylaw amendments. The session will open with a presentation, followed by a question and answer period.

Please RSVP your attendance by the date indicated below using the RSVP link.

Victoria Session
Date: Thursday, January 28, 2016
Time: 10 – 11:30 a.m.
Location: In-person only (Cedar Hill Golf Course, 1400 Derby Road, Victoria, BC)
Learning Units (LUs): 1 Core
RSVP: In-person session (by January 25 at 5 p.m.) To date, 8 participants have registered.
The in-person session will be available to a maximum of 30 participants on a first come, first served basis.

Note: Registered participants who are subsequently unable to attend are kindly asked to withdraw using the RSVP link.

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

An online feedback form is also available for your comments: Investigations & Remedial Discipline Online Feedback Form

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

Next Round of Oral Reviews and Oral Review Preparation Workshop

Three dates have now been set for the next round of oral reviews: Wednesday February 17, Thursday February 18 and Tuesday February 23. The oral review is an interview-based examination open to Intern Architects who have:

  • Completed and logged at least 2800 hours; and
  • Completed the required AIBC courses.

Oral reviews are also open to those Alternative Qualifications Candidates who have:

  • Successfully completed their Oral Assessment;
  • Successfully completed all oral assessment panel recommendations and/or requirements; and
  • Completed the six required AIBC courses.

Applications, along with an employer’s letter and fee payment, must be received by Friday, February 5, 2016. Eligibility will be confirmed by the Registration and Licensing Department.

For complete details and to download the application form.

Oral Review Preparation Workshop
A free Oral Review Preparation Workshop will be held on Wednesday February 3, 2016 at 6 p.m. Please RSVP at feb2016oralreviewworkshop.splashthat.com. Questions about the oral reviews and workshop can be directed to Belinda Chao, Admissions Coordinator, at bchao@aibc.ca or 604-683-8588 ext. 324.

Call for Nominations: AIBC Honorary Membership

AIBC Council invites members and associates to bring forward nominations for AIBC Honorary Membership.

This prestigious award recognizes non-architects who have made an exceptional contribution to the profession of architecture or demonstrated a remarkable commitment and service to the institute. Areas of consideration include innovation, education, publication and public service.

Do you know a worthy candidate for this significant award?

To Nominate a Candidate:
Download a nomination form and view additional information.

Nomination Deadline:
February 26, 2016 (4:30 p.m.)

For more information, please visit the AIBC website or contact Shawna Chilton, Manager of Human Resources & Administration, at schilton@aibc.ca.

Call for Entries: 2016 AIBC Architectural Awards & Awards Jury

The Architectural Institute of British Columbia showcases the best in B.C. architecture through its highly-respected 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:
For detailed information including award criteria and submission requirements, and to make your submission, please visit the AIBC Architectural Awards website.

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

Submit An Application To Sit On The Architectural Awards Jury:
The AIBC invites applications to sit on the AIBC Architectural Awards Jury. The role of an awards juror is to consider candidates for all awards categories. Individuals who have submitted projects for consideration in the Architectural Awards will not be considered as jury members due to a conflict of interest. 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 communications@aibc.ca.

AIBC: Responding to Disasters

by Robyn Fenton and Marguerite Laquinte Francis

Image: Clockwise L to R: A damaged building requiring assessment during "Operation Windshield" simulation exercise coordinated by North Shore Emergency Management; damage assessors working in the "emergency operations centre" disaster with participation from members of the AIBC’s Post-Disaster Response Committee. Photos: Mike Wakefield(Images: Clockwise L to R: A damaged building requiring assessment during “Operation Windshield” simulation exercise coordinated by North Shore Emergency Management; damage assessors working in the “emergency operations centre”. Photos: Mike Wakefield)

Flash floods, earthquakes and wildfires have caused significant property damage and displaced many communities in Alberta and British Columbia in recent years. Did you know that in the immediate aftermath of natural disasters, individuals with design, construction and facility management expertise can be of great assistance to local authorities? In 2012, when Hurricane Sandy swept the East Coast, 80,000 affected buildings were assessed for safety and damage by first responders, municipal staff and trained volunteers within the first 30 days. In 2013, over 17,000 homes and businesses were damaged by the Southern Alberta floods. In August 2015, after the Metro Vancouver windstorms, the need for damage assessors once again far exceeded expectations.

On November 16, 2015, members of the AIBC’s Post-Disaster Response Committee participated in “Operation Windshield”, a full scale earthquake exercise coordinated by North Shore Emergency Management. The onsite training was a simulation of the response and coordination efforts that would be triggered by a credible 7.3 shallow earthquake in the central Georgia Strait. It included the full activation of the North Shore Emergency Operations Centre and the deployment of responders from the Districts of West Vancouver, North Vancouver, the City of North Vancouver, neighbouring municipalities, air and marine response and many other stakeholder agencies. For the design professionals who participated, it validated the importance of our contribution as advisors to municipalities and as members of rapid damage assessment teams.

In Canada, the responsibility for disaster response first lies at the municipal level. Should the event overwhelm their resources they would request help from the provincial government such as the Alberta Emergency Management Agency and Emergency Management BC. A fundamental and common function of disaster response is to evaluate the state of the built environment. This activity is broadly referred to as Damage Assessment (DA), and more specifically: rapid safety assessments and detailed damage assessments. These reviews which allow people to return to their homes and get businesses back up and running as soon as possible are central to reducing the demand for the limited emergency resources and allowing everyday activities to resume so that a community can recover more quickly. Although some international precedents exist, such as those of the Applied Technology Council www.atcouncil.org, there is no single Canadian standard. In BC, each jurisdiction establishes its own guidelines for DA leading to a patchwork of response protocols across the province.

Disaster response is commonly broken into three stages; within each, we find that design and construction professionals have a key role to play.

Emergency First Response (typically occurring within the first 7 days): Work during this stage includes the provision of emergency shelter, medical services, food, social and psychological support. Authorities and their staff will perform preliminary ‘windshield’ safety assessment to quickly get an understanding of the scale and scope of the damage. Specialty consultants including engineers and architects would likely be called upon to provide assessments of critical buildings and infrastructure.

Relief (within the first 70 days): The relief stage can begin immediately in certain parts of the affected area however it generally refers to the period of time following the initial impact of the event, when clean up begins. Rapid safety assessments of housing stock and smaller structures are performed in under an hour to triage buildings that are largely unaffected and suitable for occupancy from those which pose a risk to health, life-safety or are structurally unstable.

Individuals with varying levels of training and expertise in facility management, design and the construction industry are a valuable pool of resources to complement an assessment team given that the number of buildings to assess in any given community is far greater than the number of municipal staff available.

The relief stage also includes more detailed assessments of damage to infrastructure, more complex building types and historic properties. Generally this in depth analysis is led by structural engineers, geoscientists and senior architects who might also be supported by others in the industry.

Recovery (within the first 700 days and beyond): The recovery stage is that of rebuilding. It involves the planning and conceptualizing of a long term vision which will enhance the physical fabric and resilience of a community. Architects, engineers and other construction professionals have a more obvious role to play throughout this stage with the hope that by the end of this approximately two- year period, residents will have positively adjusted to the new reality of their post-disaster community.

For the last two years, the AIBC’s Post-Disaster Response Committee has been working with agencies from all three levels of government, post-secondary institutions and other professional associations to develop an interconnected system for damage assessment and volunteer deployment. Within this programme, our committee sees a formal role for the AIBC to train and certify our members on both rapid safety assessments and detailed damage assessments. The objective is to create a province-wide roster of trained DA volunteers who could be called upon to assist with smaller, localized disasters or those of greater impact. Our hope is that the agreements and strategies that are developed will be adopted as standard guidelines for communities across the province and that the communication structures created will aid in establishing a national network of trained volunteers able to support and provide assistance between provinces, territories and internationally.

The AIBC committee meets monthly. To participate in their work or to add your name to the list of volunteers for RDA, contact the committee through the AIBC’s main office reception@aibc.ca.

Robyn Fenton Architect AIBC is the founder of ReForma Architecture, a small scale firm working on residential and commercial projects on Bowen Island, BC. She is a volunteer on the AIBC Post-Disaster Response Committee as well as a board member and facilitator with the Vancouver Design Nerds Society.
Marguerite Laquinte Francis Architect AIBC is the Principal of MLF Event Architecture which specializes in temporary construction and site planning for major sporting events including the 2010 Winter Olympics, Marathons and the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup. Marguerite also studies emergency management at the Justice Institute of BC and chairs the AIBC’s Post-Disaster Response Committee.

New UBC SALA Representative to AIBC Council

New UBC SALA Representative to Council John BassThe AIBC welcomes John Bass, chair of the UBC architecture program, as the newly designated SALA representative on AIBC Council. He began his new role in January 2016, replacing Chris Macdonald who has served on council since 2012 as well as in years prior.

Chris has been a reliable presence on council and at the institute, serving almost 10 years in all. During his time at the AIBC, Chris has sat on multiple boards and committees, including the Registration Board, Annual Conference and Public Outreach committees to name but a few. We greatly appreciate his contributions and commitment to the institute and wish him continued success in his future.

Under the Architects Act, either the director of The University of British Columbia School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture or a full-time member of the faculty nominated by the director, is designated as the representative on AIBC Council.

For more information on the 2015/2016 AIBC Council, visit our website.

Bylaw Review: Consultation Sessions

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 advancing the following initiative.

Bylaw Amendments: Investigations & Remedial Discipline

This Investigations & Remedial Discipline 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. This 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.

Consultation

Consultation for the “investigations/discipline” bylaw amendments will be extending through February 2016, with a submission seeking council’s direction to proceed to a member vote not expected until spring 2016. Increased council participation in the consultation process is planned given the subject matter and importance of this bylaw modernization initiative.

An initial consultation session on the “investigations/discipline” bylaw amendments was held on October 30, 2015 at the AIBC Annual Conference. The session’s primary focus was on the remedial discipline process. Two additional consultation sessions have been scheduled to take place in January: a combined in-person and webinar event at the Vancouver AIBC Office and a second session, in-person only, in Victoria at the Cedar Hill Golf Course. Please see below for attendance details.

Consultation Sessions

Council policy requires member consultation when any bylaw amendments are advanced for member vote. AIBC council invites your participation at the following consultation sessions, which will address the proposed bylaw amendments. The sessions will open with a presentation, followed by a question and answer period.

Please RSVP your attendance by the dates indicated below using the RSVP link to select the consultation session you wish to attend.

Vancouver Session
Date: Thursday, January 21, 2016
Time: 5 – 6:30 p.m.
Location: In-person (AIBC Office) and online
Learning Units (LUs): 1 Core
RSVP: In-person session (by January 18 at 5 p.m.)
RSVP: Online session (by January 15 at 12 p.m.)
The in-person and online sessions will be available to a maximum of 25 participants (each) on a first come, first served basis.

Victoria Session
Date: Thursday, January 28, 2016
Time: 10 – 11:30 a.m.
Location: In-person only (Cedar Hill Golf Course, 1400 Derby Road, Victoria, BC)
Learning Units (LUs): 1 Core
RSVP: In-person session (by January 25 at 5 p.m.)
The in-person session will be available to a maximum of 30 participants on a first come, first served basis.

Note: Registered participants who are subsequently unable to attend are kindly asked to withdraw using the RSVP link.

Member Feedback

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

An online feedback form is also available for your comments: Investigations & Remedial Discipline Online Feedback Form

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

Reminder: 2016 Annual Membership Renewal

Thank you to AIBC registrants who have completed their membership renewal and submitted their professional dues.

On November 25, 2015, the AIBC sent out the annual membership renewal notice. The deadline for your annual payment to the AIBC is February 1, 2016.

Key Dates:
November 25, 2015-January 31, 2016 – Annual renewal period
February 1, 2016 – Payment deadline

In case you did not receive the notice or if you have an inquiry regarding your status with the AIBC, please contact Registration and Licensing staff at accounts@aibc.ca.

For your convenience, fees may be paid online by logging into your account through the AIBC website. When logging in to make payment, please keep in mind that individual login IDs are different than your firm login ID.

Detailed information regarding applicable fees and payment requirements can be found in Bulletin 01: Fees, Fines and Charges.

Thank you for your prompt attention to this matter.

2015 AIBC Recognition Awards Ceremony Photos Now Available

2015 AIBC Recognition Awards held on Nov 19, 2015Three outstanding recipients were presented with AIBC Recognition Awards in a ceremony held at the Van Dusen Gardens on November 19, 2015. The AIBC community, friends and family gathered to celebrate volunteerism and to pay tribute to the award recipients.

At the ceremony, the Lifetime Achievement Award was presented to Roger Hughes Architect AIBC FRAIC and the late Fred T. Hollingsworth Honorary Member of the AIBC, FRAIC, FAIA for their long-standing contributions to the profession of architecture. The Barbara Dalrymple Award was given to Dr. Nancy Mackin Architect AIBC in recognition of her exceptional dedication to professional and public service.

View photos from the 2015 AIBC Recognition Awards on FLICKR.

All photos by Jay Shaw Photography.

2016 AIBC Course Schedule

The 2016 course schedule is now available for viewing and registration on the AIBC website. Please note that registration is on a first-come first-served basis, so register early as some of these sessions can fill up quickly.

For further inquiries regarding AIBC professional development courses, please contact Krista Sutherland, Professional Development Coordinator at ksutherland@aibc.ca.

Call For Papers: 2016 AIBC Annual Conference

The Architectural Institute of British Columbia invites submissions from those interested in speaking, participating in panel discussions or facilitating interactive workshops at the 2016 AIBC Annual Conference to be held at the Vancouver Conference Centre from Monday, May 16 to Wednesday, May 18, 2016.

About the Conference
The Architectural Institute of British Columbia’s annual conference brings together architects, intern architects, architectural technologists, builders, engineers, interior designers, faculty, students and other members of the design community to learn about new industry trends, technological advances and best practices. This annual gathering of architects, the largest of its kind in British Columbia, is also a chance to network, socialize and celebrate the innovative, impactful work of practitioners and theorists. The conference runs over three days and includes a keynote presentation, plenary sessions, seminars, workshops, panel discussions and an industry exhibitor show.

As in previous years, the conference will be rich in professional development, dialogue and network-building opportunities. An anticipated 400–450 delegates will be in attendance.

2016 Conference Theme: Building A Resilient Future
Resiliency is (literally and figuratively) in the air. Scientists and world leaders have identified a two-degree increase in global temperatures as an irreversible threshold. The UN has outlined 17 Sustainable Development Goals for solving the climate crisis and ensuring social stability. The UN’s Conference of Parties (COP21) is working to achieve consensus around reducing greenhouse gases. Even Pope Francis has issued an encyclical on the same topic with the subtitle of: “Care for Our Common Home”. Cities are taking matters into their own hands and implementing strategies to become more sustainable.

How does the architectural profession respond to these necessary adaptations? How does design become not only more resilient but also more proactive in addressing the imminent concerns of rising temperatures, severe weather patterns, and compromised resources?

Conference Program
This gathering aims to raise both the level of discourse and the standard of practice for members of the design community at all stages of their careers. A variety of presentation formats is sought, including lectures, interactive workshops and panel discussions. The organizers seek presenters who are experts in their fields and familiar with presenting their area of expertise to groups of 30 to 120 attendees. Most sessions will be 1.5 hours, including time for a question-and-answer period.

The Annual Conference PD Committee is specifically interested in presentations related to:

  • Resilient Design for Waterfront Cities
  • Local Innovation in BC
  • Building Technology for a Resilient Future
  • Adaptive Planning and Design
  • Practice and Business Management
  • Environment, Energy and Sustainability
  • Integration of Architectural Culture

The following criteria will be examined when reviewing submissions and selecting applications:

  • Inspired content that is clear, concise and educational in nature;
  • Relevance to the profession of architecture;
  • Connection to the educational initiatives of the AIBC, including such aspects as health, safety, welfare, design innovation, professional practice, environment, diversity, technology, business and community;
  • Compliance with the necessary standards for AIBC Learning Units*; and
  • Speaker qualifications and experience presenting at similar regional or national conferences.

* Learn more about the AIBC’s Continuing Education System.

Submission Timeline
Monday, December 14, 2015: Call for Papers issued
Friday, January 15, 2016: Deadline for Completed Proposals

Submit A Proposal
Complete the online Proposal Submission Form.

It is anticipated that the Annual Conference Professional Development Committee will identify its recommended selections through formal notification in February 2016.

Members Approve Three Administrative Bylaw Amendments

The AIBC’s three administrative bylaw amendments put forward for electronic vote have received the requisite 2/3 approval from the institute’s voting members.

The approval rates and bylaw descriptions are:

  • Bylaw 19.1 at 84.1%
    Amendment of an existing bylaw to establish an appropriate quorum for AIBC annual meetings.
  • Bylaw 38.0 and 38.1 at 89.3%
    Establishment of two bylaws to reinforce the Code of Ethics and Professional Conduct as the core ‘standards’ document with respect to the conduct, discipline, standards and honour of the profession of architecture in British Columbia.
  • Multiple bylaws (CEO) at 82.7%
    Amendment to 16 bylaws to change the former title of Executive Director to “Chief Executive Officer (CEO)” to modernize institute governance.

With an overall participation rate of 27%, voter turnout remained steady and is comparable with the spring 2015 bylaw e-vote.

Under the Architects Act, notice of bylaw changes must be sent to the provincial government within seven days of passage. This filing took place on December 11, 2015. The government has 45 days to consider whether to disallow the bylaws. Confirmation to members of final bylaw status will follow.

Our thanks goes out to all members and honorary members who participated in this important process.

For more information on and to read the bylaw amendments (and supporting rationales), please visit the AIBC website.

eNews Holiday Schedule

Please be advised eNews will not be distributed on December 24 or 31. eNews will return on January 7, 2016.

Best wishes for a very happy holiday season!

If you have any questions or require assistance, please email communications@aibc.ca.

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.