Ronald Waterfield, a former member of the AIBC, passed away on March 1, 2013. He was 83 years old. Both him, and his wife Anthea, were born in Plymouth, Devon. Ronald trained as an architect and enlisted in the Royal Air Force (RAF). He rose to the rank of Flight Lieutenant in IX Squadron on Canberras during his time with the RAF. After his active service, he resumed his career as an architect. In 1965, he and his family emigrated to Victoria. He practiced in British Columbia for over 40 years. He is survived by his children, Karen, Nicholas and Beverley. In lieu of flowers, those wishing to make a donation to St. Margaret’s School (The Anthea Waterfield Award) or the BC Aviation Museum.
City of Vancouver – First Shaughnessy Advisory Design Panel
The AIBC invites applications from architects interested in serving on the City of Vancouver – First Shaughnessy Advisory Design Panel. The role of an advisory design panel member is to give impartial, professional advice directly on any proposal or policy affecting the community’s physical environment in the public interest.
To learn more about the procedures for serving on a panel, please refer to the following documents:
- AIBC Bulletin 65: Advisory Design Panels – Standards for Procedures and Conduct (here)
- ADP Frequently Asked Questions (here)
The AIBC Annual Conference Professional Development Committee is still seeking new members.
The committee will concern itself with planning, strategizing and coordinating the professional development program for the 2014 AIBC Annual Conference. Tasks include planning professional development streams; identifying and confirming potential session presenters; and providing session information for conference promotional material.
This committee typically meets at the AIBC offices on every second Thursday from January to June. Meetings take place from 12:00 noon to 2:00 p.m. at the AIBC offices.
If you are interested in volunteering on this committee, please contact Administrative Assistant Yana Vassilenko by email (email@example.com).
The deadline for payment of 2014 annual fee invoices is February 1, 2014. Annual fee invoices were emailed to members, associates, firms and affiliates on December 20, 2013. If you have not received your invoice or if you have a question regarding your status with the AIBC please contact the Registration & Licensing staff at firstname.lastname@example.org. Fees may be paid online by logging into your account through the AIBC web site at https://aibc.memberpro.net/ssl/main/body.cfm?menu=login. When logging in to make payment, please keep in mind that individual login identifications are different than your firm login id. Detailed information regarding applicable fees and payment requirements can be found in Bulletin 01 (2014): Fees, Fines and Charges.
January 3, 2014
By Paresh Dave, Los Angeles Times
The manslaughter case against German architect Gerhard Becker was novel from the start.
Los Angeles prosecutors charged that Becker built a Hollywood Hills West mansion with such disregard for public safety and building codes that he should be held criminally liable for the death of a Los Angeles firefighter who was crushed by 1,000 pounds of ceiling while battling a blaze there in 2011.
Becker, 49, was set to go on trial for involuntary manslaughter and faced up to four years in jail. But on Friday, the case came to an abrupt end with a judge agreeing to a deal that will keep the architect in jail for six months in exchange for a no contest plea.
Prosecutors, the victim’s family and firefighters opposed the resolution, saying Becker deserved more punishment. About 15 uniformed firefighters attended the court hearing Friday to lend their support. More than 400 firefighters submitted letters to the court. More…
The 4th International Holcim Awards for Sustainable Construction competition is open for registration until March 24, 2014 for projects in architecture, building and civil engineering, landscape and urban design, materials, products and construction technologies that contribute to the five “target issues” for sustainable construction.
A total of USD 2 million in prize money is available in two categories:
Holcim Awards (main category) for projects at an advanced stage of design with high probability of execution where construction/production did not start before July 1, 2013.
The “Next Generation” (young professionals and students category) is for visionary projects and bold ideas of authors not older than 30 years of age (date of birth not earlier than July 2, 1982). Construction/production must not have started before July 1, 2013.
Entry in the competition is free and uses an online entry form. Click on the following link for more information and to enter www.holcimawards.org/overview.
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?
The deadline for nominations is noon, February 28, 2014.
The Canadian Home Warranty Council is hosting the International Housing and Home Warranty Conference (IHHWC) in Vancouver from September 7-10, 2014. The goal of this conference is to promote the benefits of construction guarantees and warranties at an international level. Held every three years, members of the International Housing and Home Warranty Association meet in key international locations to listen, learn and share best business practices and experience.
This conference will bring together warranty organizations, government representatives, home builders and housing professionals from around the world. Experts in building science/construction, finance, insurance, social housing and politics will share their perspectives on the future of home ownership. Prospective speakers are invited to submit their papers and abstracts to the IHHWC 2014 before April 4, 2014. Learn more at http://ihhwc2014.ca/.
AZURE, the contemporary design and architecture magazine, announces the opening of submissions to the 2014 AZ AWARDS. The 4th annual international competition celebrates excellence in design. Submissions are open to designers and design firms from all disciplines, manufacturers and clients. Categories include:
- Architecture: single-family and multi-unit residential, commercial & institutional, landscapes, temporary & demonstration spaces
- Design: furniture, furniture systems, lighting, interior products
- Interiors: residential, commercial & institutional
- Concepts: un-built competition entries, concepts/prototypes
A+ Award: $5000 prize for work developed by a student enrolled in a post-secondary design or architecture program in 2013. Sponsored by TD Bank Group.
The AZ Awards 2014 deadline has just been extended to: Wednesday February 26, 2014 at 12noon EST.
January 3, 2014
Annual fee invoices for 2014 were emailed to members, associates, firms and affiliates on December 20, 2013. If you have not received your invoice or if you have a question regarding your status with the AIBC please contact the Registration & Licensing staff at email@example.com. Fees may be paid online by logging into your account through the AIBC web site at https://aibc.memberpro.net/ssl/main/body.cfm?menu=login. When logging in to make payment, please keep in mind that individual login identifications are different than your firm login id. Detailed information regarding applicable fees and payment requirements can be found in Bulletin 01 (2014): Fees, Fines and Charges. The deadline for payment is February 1, 2014.