Building Beyond Buildings by Bing Thom Architects
“Architecture must speak without words, utilizing the materiality of architecture to stimulate and enrich the senses of smell, sight, sound and touch. In the end, the work of art must speak to the deepest levels of one’s psyche – to grow and develop roots so that one yearns to return and be refilled.”
– Bing Thom
Building Beyond Buildings by Bing Thom Architects will be on display at the Architecture Centre Gallery, opening on July 20, 2017. The exhibit pays tribute to the firm’s legendary founder, Bing Thom Architect AIBC, who passed away unexpectedly in 2016. In the words of long-time Bing Thom Architects Design Principal, Venelin Kokalov, “This exhibit is a celebration of Bing Thom, the firm, and the journey we have shared with him. It is an expression of gratitude for the values Bing instilled in the practice and for these same values that will carry the firm forward.”
The exhibit titled ‘Building Beyond Buildings’ is an expression Bing used to describe architecture’s potential to transcend simple bricks and mortar and to shine a light out to the community, enriching the lives of those it touches. The exhibit leads visitors through Bing Thom Architects’ design process. Woven through the exhibition are the two lines of exploration – cultural sustainability and material assembly – that ultimately inform Bing Thom Architects’ work.
2017 AIBC Architectural Awards of Excellence
The Architectural Awards Program, presented by the Architectural Institute of B.C. showcases the best in architecture from the AIBC community. While honours are given out in a number of distinct award categories, there is one common element: Excellence. Media releases on the awards can be found here.
Interpreting Integration: An Exhibit
Organized by the AIBC’s Intern Architect Committee, students and intern architects were invited to submit works to be displayed at the Vancouver Convention Centre during the annual conference. Projects respond to the conference’s theme of Interpreting Integration.
BCIT School of Construction and the Environment
Architectural Science is a studio-based undergraduate architectural program at British Columbia Institute of Technology. Bridging design theory and construction practice, projects combine the creative and technical aspects of architecture. Students are encouraged to merge building technology and design concepts using applied research, discussion, performance analysis, sketching, and mixed-media modeling. Exploring ideas and innovations about architecture and the built environment, students develop sustainable design concepts integrating building science, tectonic detailing, and structural and mechanical systems.
In collaboration with the City of Vancouver’s student innovation hub, CityStudio, the graduating class of 2017 envision the revitalization of the False Creek Flats district. Students design group master plan interventions and individual projects in response to the existing context and Greenest City goals to propose a truly sustainable urban fabric.2017 Graduation Class Booklet (PDF)
Wood Design Awards in BC
With a record number of nominations, Wood WORKS! BC is pleased to showcase the winners for the 2017 Wood Design Awards. The winners will be awarded at the 13th annual Wood Design Awards evening, to be held on Monday, March 6th at the Vancouver Convention Centre (West). More than 400 design and building professionals, including architects, structural engineers and project teams along with industry sponsors will be attending the evening event. The awards recognize leadership and innovation in wood use, while publicly saluting and encouraging continued excellence in the building and design community.
For more information on the awards, please visit Wood Works!
Art and Science of the High Performance Passive House – November 1 – 30, 2016
Coinciding with International Passive House Days, the AIBC Architecture Centre Gallery will feature the Art and Science of the High Performance Passive House exhibit. Join us on November 10, for a moderated panel discussion about Passive House technology and green building. Bringing together a range of perspectives, this panel will feature experts from the architectural community and other key stakeholders.
Moderated by Maura Gatensby Architect AIBC MRAIC CP. Panelists include Sean Pander of the City of Vancouver, Scott Kennedy of Passive House Canada, Allison Holden-Pope of One SEED Architecture + Design Inc., Lucio Picciano of DLP Architecture Inc. and Paul Lilley of Kingdom Builders.
New Visions for the Vancouver Art Gallery – August 30 – September 15, 2016
This work was prepared as part of the comprehensive design studio in the architecture program at UBC. The Art Gallery requirements present an unusually dense array of precise technical needs, lodged within an important contemporary institution, set in a complex urban setting. The student projects are as inventive as they are accomplished, and contribute to the ongoing discussion of this important Vancouver concern.
BCIT Bachelor of Architectural Science Grad Exhibition – April 28 – May 26, 2016
BCIT’s Architectural Science degree program is pleased to invite you to an exhibition of graduating projects at the AIBC Gallery from April 28th to May 26th 2016. The focus of the year long studio has been in the False Creek Flats. Working with city planners and staff, local businesses and design professionals, students have concentrated on re-imagining how selected areas within the Flats might be re-developed.
The studio is also a partner course with Vancouver’s CityStudio program, encouraging students to investigate develop and refine their concepts on a broader urban scale through the lens of Vancouver’s Greenest City 2020 goals.
2016 Wood Design Awards in BC – March 3 – April 22, 2016
The annual Wood Design Awards in BC, presented by Wood WORKS! BC, bring together
distinguished architects, engineers, designers, builders, project owners and wood industry leaders
to celebrate innovative structural and architectural achievement using wood.
This exhibit features the most recent award-winning projects from 2016.
Learn more about the awards winners
2015 AIBC Architectural Awards Dec 14, 2015 – Feb 26, 2016
The AIBC Gallery is pleased to showcase the 2015 AIBC Architectural Award winners and submitters. The exhibit showcases the best in architecture from the AIBC community, encompassing almost 100 submissions garnered across four award categories: The Lieutenant-Governor of British Columbia Awards in Architecture; The AIBC Innovation Award; The AIBC Emerging Firm Award and the AIBC Special Jury Award. Twelve exceptional recipients were named winners of architectural awards. Learn more about the award winners. The exhibition will be on display to the public through February 26, 2016.
Danish Embassy: Contemporary Danish Architecture Nov 17 – Dec 8, 2015
The AIBC Gallery is pleased to welcome the Danish Embassy’s exhibition of Contemporary Danish Architecture. The exhibition presents some of the best and most current sustainable solutions created by Danish architects and designers. The exhibition presents 21 projects in Housing, Commercial & Industrial, Health & Learning, Culture and Urban Development categories. The projects all represent the core of Danish architecture by delivering solutions that combine sustainability with functionality and beauty. Visit the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Denmark for further information. The exhibition will be on display to the public through December 8, 2015.
RAIC: Art by Architects (AxA) Auction Sept 17 – Nov 5, 2015
The AIBC Gallery is pleased to welcome the Metro Vancouver Chapter of the RAIC, in their inaugural launch of the Art by Architects (AxA) Auction. This group exhibition and fundraising event celebrates the artistic talent of emerging and established architects and designers to raise money for charity. The opening reception takes place on September 17, 2015 from 5:30 – 9pm. The exhibition will be on display to the public through November 5, 2015.
UBC SALA: Comprehensive Studio 2015 Sept 3 – 10, 2015
UBC SALA Comprehensive Studio 2015 is an exhibition of selected student work from the University of British Columbia’s School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture. Projects on display include schematics, renderings and models of The New SALA Building from the creative minds of the master of architecture students. The opening night for this exhibition takes place on Tuesday, September 8, from 5-9pm. The exhibit will be on display to the public through September 10.
2015 Canadian Green Building Awards August 5 – 28, 2015
The Canadian Green Building Awards, a joint program of the CaGBC and Sustainable Architecture & Building [SABMag], recognize excellence in the design and execution of Canadian residential and non-residential buildings of all types, including new construction, existing buildings, renovations and interior design projects. The program is open to new and renovated buildings and interiors. The exhibition will feature this year’s eight award-winning projects from across the country.
How Poles Built Up Vancouver! June 9 – July 31, 2015
The AIBC is honoured to partner with the Consulate General of the Republic of Poland and this exhibit’s curator Jan Böttcher in presenting How Poles Built Up Vancouver, an exhibition of works by Polish Canadian Architects in Vancouver.
BCIT B.Tech Architectural Sciences Graduating Students’ Projects False Creek Flats I Shaping the Sustainable Workplace April 29 – May 22, 2015
This exhibit features 22 student’s projects developed by the BCIT Architectural Science Degree Program graduating class. In partnership with Vancouver’s 2015 CityStudio, the class aimed to develop the False Creek Flats into one of the greenest places to live and work in accordance with the City’s Greenest City 2020 Action Plan.
2015 Wood Design Awards March 3 – March 23, 2015
The annual Wood Design Awards of BC recognize excellence, leadership and innovation in wood-based projects. This exhibit featured the most recent award-winning projects from 2015.
City of Vancouver Bird Friendly Design Exhibition September 24 – November 6, 2014
Through a series of information and photo panels, this exhibit provided information on how architects and designers can incorporate bird-friendly design into their projects. Over 250 species of resident, migratory and over-wintering birds are regularly observed in the Vancouver region, but urbanization has had negative impacts on them. Based on the City of Vancouver’s Bird Friendly Strategy, the exhibit unveils the conditions required for native birds to thrive in Vancouver. Bird well-being matters because birds bring Vancouver to life with their songs, colour and flight. Their high visibility and audibility also make them an important experiential link between people and local biodiversity. In addition, birds provide ecosystem services in the form of pest control, pollination and seed-dispersal. Through this exhibit, observers learned more about the Bird Friendly Design Guidelines, which are intended to be used by developers, planners, designers and landowners.
UBC SALA presents “Conceptualizing the Technical” August 7 – September 19, 2014
This exhibit featured 19 student team projects developed by fourth term Master of Architecture students studying at the University of British Columbia. The studio work featured is the result of a collaboration between the School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture and the UBC First Nations House of Learning. Each project on display explores the concept of “Research Centre” development in one of four institutional variants: centre, museum, archive, or memorial. Throughout the exhibit, the design process is illustrated through beautiful and provocative key images.
2014 Canadian Green Building Awards July 10 – 31, 2014
The Canadian Green Building Awards recognize excellence in the design and execution of Canadian residential and non-residential buildings of all types, including new construction, existing buildings, renovations and interior design projects. The program is open to new and renovated buildings and interiors. The exhibition featured eight award-winning projects from across the country.
Celebrating Diversity May 1 – June 12, 2014
The exhibit featured the work of graduating students from British Columbia Institute of Technology’s Architectural Science program. This year’s studio projects focussed on British Columbia’s Strathcona neighbourhood. In developing their concepts, students consulted with local residents, businesses, not-for-profit organizations and design professionals to refine their ideas.
2014 Wood Design Awards March 12 – April 25, 2014
The annual Wood Design Awards of BC recognize excellence, leadership and innovation in wood-based projects. This exhibit featured the most recent award-winning projects from 2014.
2013 AIBC Architectural Awards November 4, 2013 – March 10, 2014
The exhibit showcased winners and other submissions from the 2013 AIBC Architectural Awards program. Over 60 submissions were featured across three award categories: The Lieutenant-Governor of British Columbia Awards in Architecture; The AIBC Innovation Award; and the AIBC Special Jury Award.