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Stay current on the latest news, initiatives and events regarding the AIBC’s Internship in Architecture Program.

 

 

ExAC and the AIBC

Posted by on Mar 16, 2012 in AIBC, ARE Exams, ExAC, NCARB | Comments Off

Dear Intern Architect Colleagues,

Over recent months there has been ample conversation, both within the institute and amongst the local architectural community, regarding the possibility of the AIBC signing on as participants in the Examination for Architects in Canada (ExAC). Any such decision would be, naturally, most impactful on the AIBC’s intern architects.

On behalf of AIBC Council and the institute, allow us to affirm the AIBC’s intent to join ExAC. To that end, we continue to be engaged in discussions with all the associations responsible for regulating our profession across Canada.

We also want you to be aware that it is not a simple matter. There are numerous factors that must be considered and addressed, including: benefits; value;  importance; urgency; sustainability; effect on U.S.A. inter-recognition; first-entry recognition in Canada; uptake volume; expense for IAs; accessibility for IAs; AIBC budget implications (including staffing, support programs and administration); resulting changes to existing programs and services; transition provisions; and retention of the broadest range of options for AIBC IAs, both now and in the future.

While the AIBC is confident that these concerns are mutually resolvable, they require time and careful attention to ensure a well-coordinated, smooth and successful transition to full ExAC system participation.

We believe strongly that participation in ExAC is worth pursuing. If successful, it will provide another valuable option for all AIBC IAs, in addition to the existing opportunity of writing the NCARB/AREs (in which many IAs are already invested) to obtain reciprocal licensing and practice options within the U.S.A.

It remains the AIBC’s hope and expectation that ExAC will be offered in the Fall of 2013. Meanwhile, the institute will keep you updated to the extent possible, bearing in mind that the status and details of negotiations are necessarily confidential until an agreement has been reached. Your understanding is appreciated, and your thoughts are welcomed.

Sincerely,

 

Gord (Pres) & Mike (ED)

Prepare for the ARE NCARB Exams at the AIBC

Posted by on Mar 8, 2012 in ARE Exams, ARE Study Resources, NCARB, Upcoming Courses | Comments Off

Building upon the success of ARE Preparation seminars offered in the past, the AIBC’s Intern Architect Committee (IAC) is excited to present a suite of ARE preparation resources for Spring 2012. It includes an introductory seminar as well as Professor Norman Dorf’s legendary seven-hour lecture, Insight – Demystifying the Graphic Vignettes of the ARE. This acclaimed video lecture series focuses on the vignette portion of the ARE examinations.  (For a quick preview, go to http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jyQ9kWkAY7k). The AIBC will be offering it over a single day as well as broken down over several evenings.

The Spring 2012 schedule is as follows:

1)      Taking the ARE: Introductory Seminar

Thursday, March 22, 2012, 6:00 p.m.

Just getting started with the AREs? This free seminar will provide an overview of the process and study techniques for the NCARB ARE exams. Information about AIBC and external study resources will also be shared. Learn how to prepare for, book and take your ARE exams. Much of the information that will be covered can also be found in the Exam Processes and Procedures section of the IAP website. Pre-registration is required; contact Registration & Licensing Administration Assistant Emily Tyler by e-mail (etyler@aibc.ca) or phone (604-683-8588, ext. 324).

 

2)      Dorf Day

Saturday, March 31, 2012, 8:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.

Watch the entire video lecture series over one day. Cost: $75.

 

3)      Dorf Nights

Please note that in response to the feedback from previous participants, the introductory video will no longer be shown prior to each session.  If you would like to watch the introductory video, it will only be offered on Wednesday, March 14.

Wednesday, March 14, 2012; Introductory Video, PPP (Site Zoning) + CDS (Building Section)

6:00 p.m.  – Introductory Video

6:40 p.m.  – Site Zoning

7:00 p.m.  – Building Section

Cost: $20

Wednesday, March 28, 2012: SS (Structural Layout) + BS (Mechanical & Electrical)

6:00 p.m.  – Structural Layout

6:20 p.m.  – Mechanical & Electrical

Cost: $20

Wednesday, April 4, 2012: SPD (Site Grading; Site Design)

6:00 p.m. – Site Grading

6:25 p.m. – Site Design

Cost: $20

Wednesday, April 18, 2012: BDCS (Accessibility/Ramp; Stair Design; Roof Vignette)

6:00 p.m.  – Accessibility/Ramp

6:20 p.m.  – Stair Design

6:50 p.m.  – Roof Vignette

Cost: $30

Wednesday, May 2, 2012: SD (Interior Layout; Building Layout) –

6:00 p.m.  – Interior Layout

6:40 p.m.  – Building Layout

Cost: $20

Pre-registration is required for each of the video lecture series presentations.  To register for a specific evening or the entire series, visit https://www.nalsa.com/aiaoffice/dorfday/vancouver.html.  The per-evening cost reflects a base price of $10 per vignette. However, you can pre-register for all of the vignettes at a reduced rate of $75.

All presentations take place at the AIBC Architecture Centre, 100 – 440 Cambie Street, Vancouver (corner of Cambie and Pender).  If you have any questions, please contact Registration and Licensing Administration Assistant Emily Tyler by e-mail (etyler@aibc.ca) or phone (604-683-8588, ext. 324).

Changes to the Internship in Architecture Program

Posted by on Feb 16, 2012 in Internship | Comments Off

Effective January 1, 2012, several changes were made to the national Internship in Architecture Program (IAP). These changes include:

  • Reduction of the total length of the work experience requirement from 5600 hours (three years) to 3720 hours (two years);
  • Elimination of the Discretionary Experience requirement; and
  • Effective January 1, 2013, all experience hours must be gained as an intern architect. Credit will not be granted for experience gained while a student at a school of architecture. Note: this change does not affect individuals in the Syllabus Program.

The major intent of these changes is to move towards a shorter, more focused program that reflects current and relevant experience gained by intern architects while working under the supervision and mentorship of architects.

Detailed information about the changes to the program can be found in the Internship in Architecture Program Manual. British Columbia specific requirements and transition period details can be found in AIBC Appendix B.

 

Internship in Architecture Program Manual

A revised Internship in Architecture Program Manual, which outlines the current program in detail, is now available online. Visit the intern architect section of the AIBC web site or click here.

 

AIBC Appendix B:  British Columbia Requirements

An updated version of AIBC Appendix B detailing B.C.-specific information and requirements is also available online.  Visit the intern architect section of the AIBC web site or click here.

 

Reciprocal Licensing Agreements with U.S.A.

The overall reduction in hours will have an effect on the reciprocal licensing agreements that have historically been in place between the United States and Canada. In response to the concerns expressed by many intern architects, the AIBC will continue to offer and administer the 5600-hour version of the IAP to accommodate those intern architects who would like to preserve their reciprocity options. Details of how and when selection between the 3720-hour and 5600-hour programs can be made are highlighted in the chart above and explained more fully in AIBC Appendix B.

 

More information may be found:

UBC Spring Lecture Series 2012

Posted by on Jan 17, 2012 in Feature | Comments Off

2011 Intern Event – AIBC Interns & Students Welcome

Posted by on Oct 28, 2011 in Feature | Comments Off

The AIBC and its Intern Architect Committee will soon be hosting the Annual Intern Event. The event details are listed below:

Thursday, November 10th, 2011
5:30 – 8:30 p.m.

AIBC Gallery
100 – 440 Cambie Street (at Pender Street)
Vancouver, BC V6B 2N5

Refreshements provided

Featuring Elephants in the Room, a presentation by the New and Diverse Members Working Group if Council, this year’s event will be an informative and engaging session examining the profession of architecture, and exploring some alternate universes along the way. Intern Architects and Student Associates are welcome.

Please RSVP to: etyler@aibc.ca by November 4, 2011.

Dorf Nights at the AIBC

Posted by on Sep 23, 2011 in Feature | Comments Off

Building upon the success of ARE Preparation seminars offered in the past, the AIBC’s Intern Architect Committee is excited to bring a new and visual ARE preparation resource to British Columbia. Insight – Demystifying the Graphic Vignettes of the ARE is Professor Norman Dorf’s legendary seven-hour lecture covering every graphic vignette of the ARE. Broken down over several evenings, this video lecture series focuses on the vignette portion of the ARE examinations. (For a quick preview, go to http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jyQ9kWkAY7k).

Each evening will begin with a 40 minute video that introduces the exam tool, followed by specified vignettes. The schedule is as follows:

Introductory Seminar – Wednesday October 12, 2011
This seminar will provide an overview of the process and study techniques for the NCARB ARE exams. Information about AIBC and external study resources will also be shared. Learn how to prepare for, book and take your ARE exams. Much of the information that will be covered can be found on the AIBC under Intern Architect Exam Process and Resources. This seminar is free of charge. However, registration is required. Contact Registration and Licensing Administration Assistant Emily Tyler by e-mail (etyler@aibc.ca) or phone (604.683.8588, ext. 324).

PPP (Site Zoning) + CDS (Building Section) – Wednesday Oct 19, 2011
6:00 p.m. – Introductory Video
6:40 p.m. – Site Zoning
7:00 p.m. – Building Section
Cost: $20

SS (Structural Layout) + BS (Mechanical & Electrical) – Wednesday, Nov 2, 2011
6:00 p.m. – Introductory Video
6:40 p.m. – Structural Layout
7:00 p.m. – Mechanical & Electrical
Cost $20

SPD (Site Grading; Site Design) – Wednesday, Nov 16, 2011
6:00 p.m. – Introductory Video
6:40 p.m. – Site Grading
7:00 p.m. – Site Design
Cost: $20

BDCS (Accessibility/Ramp; Stair Design; Roof Vignette) – Wednesday, Nov 30, 2011
6:00 p.m. – Introductory Video
6:40 p.m. – Accessibility/Ramp
7:05 p.m. – Stair Design
7:35 p.m. – Roof Vignette
Cost: $30

SD PT 1 (Interior Layout) – Wednesday, Dec 7, 2011
6:00 p.m. – Introductory Video
6:40 p.m. – Interior Layout
Cost: $10

SD PT 2 (Building Layout) – Wednesday, Dec 14, 2011
6:00 p.m. – Introductory Video
6:40 p.m. – Building Layout
Cost $10

Pre-Registration is required. To register for a specific evening or the entire series, visit http://www.nalsa.com/aiaoffice/dorfday/vancouver.html. The per evening cost reflects a base price of $10 per vignette. However, you can pre-register for all of the vignettes at a reduced rate of $75. Note: The introductory seminar is a free resource. All presentations will take place at the AIBC Architecture Centre, 100-440 Cambie Street, Vancouver (corner of Cambie and Pender).

If you have any questions, please contact Registration and Licensing Administration Assistant Emily Tyler by e-mail (etyler@aibc.ca) or phone (604-683-8588. ext. 324).

REGISTRATION DEADLINE EXTENDED: ARE Preparation Seminar: Building Systems (two-day seminar)

Posted by on Sep 1, 2011 in Feature | Comments Off

The Registration Deadline for this event has been extended.

Professor Gustavo Mibelli will be coming to Vancouver to present his two-day intensive Building Systems seminar. The Building Systems exam has one of the highest failing number of candidates, and it cover a very large subject matter.

The course will be held September 10 & 11, 2011 at the AIBC offices in Vancouver. This seminar was offered in Vancouver for the first time last year with great success.

New, Extended Registration Deadline: Wednesday, September 7, 2011. Click here to register now!

UPDATE – ARE Preparation Seminar: Structural Systems with Professor David Thaddeus (3 day seminar)

Posted by on Aug 3, 2011 in Feature | Comments Off

Professor David Thaddeus is coming to Vancouver to present his three-day intensive Structural Systems seminar on August 12-14, 2011 at the AIBC offices



Please note that this seminar has been confirmed and will be moving forward on the dates above. Registration space is still available and registration will remain open until the date of the course, to encourage more participation.



This seminar has run for four years in Vancouver with great success. Below is a quote from an intern who has attended in the past:

‘Thaddeus’ structures course is the absolute best way to tacke studying for the Structure ARE. In three days, I learned more about structures than during my entire master’s degree. Tips, tricks, supplementary study resources, etc. Thaddeus is entertaining too. Dare I say that he makes structural engineering fun?’ - David Zeibin, IA (took the Thaddeus course in 2009)

The Structural Systems seminar offers three full days of workshops, mock examinations, and questions & answers that will focus on preparing Intern Architects for the Structural Systems division of ARE 4.0. these workshops present techniques, strategies and skills that are invaluable to any IA preparing for this exam. Professor Thaddeus is Associate Professor of Structures and Architectural Design at the College of Architecture University of North Carolina at Charlotte. He teaches his ARE review course across North America, and has brought his seminar to Vancouver for the past four years. Each has proved to be invaluable to those who attended. Click here to register now!

ARE Preparation Seminars Announced – Prof. David Thaddeus and Prof. Gustavo Mibelli to Come to Vancouver

Posted by on Jul 20, 2011 in Feature | Comments Off

The Intern Architect Committee is pleased to once again bring two exam specific preparation seminars to Vancouver.

Structural Systems Seminar with Professor David Thaddeus (3-day seminar)

Professor David Thaddeus is coming to Vancouver to present his three-day intensive Structural Systems Seminar. The course will be held August 12-14, 2011 at the AIBC offices. This seminar offers three full days of workshops, mock exams and questions & answers that will focus on preparing Intern Architects for the Structural Systems division of the ARE 4.0. These workshops present techniques, strategies and skills that are invaluable to any IA preparing for this exam. Prof. Thaddeus has brought his seminar to Vancouver for the past four years and each one proved to be invaluable to the interns who attended. Registration is now open and available online.

David Thaddeus is Associate Professor of Structures and Architectural Design at the College of Architecture, in the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. Before that, he was at the Gerald D. Hines College of Architecture, University of Houston. While teaching at the University of Houston, he developed a review course for General Structures and Lateral Forces Divisions of the Architect Registration Exam (ARE) and first offered the course to interns in 1989. Prof. Thaddeus continues to teach this ARE Review course across North America.

REGISTRATION DEADLINE: August 8, 2011

Building Systems Seminar with Professor Gustavo Mibelli (2-day seminar)

Professor Gustavo Mibelli will be coming to Vancouver to present his two-day intensive Building Systems seminar. The course will be held on September 10 and 11, 2011 at the AIBC offices. This seminar was offered for the first time last year with great success and so we would like to give other interns the opportunity to attend this year. Registration is now open and available online.

Gustavo E. Mibelli, AIA has taught architecture for more than 25 years. As an architectural professor, he often guided an integrated design studio that incorporated systems, materials and structures. He was born in Caracas, Venezuela, and currently works as a Senior Project Manager in Charlotte, NC. He has degrees from North Carolina State University, Universidad Central de Venezuela, and Universidad Simon Bolivar. He has taught his ARE Mechanical and Electrical / Building System seminar in Jacksonville FL, Raleigh NC, San Juan PR, San Francisco, CA, Charlotte NC, Anchorage AK, New Orleans LA, Atlanta GA, Houston TX and Dallas TX.

REGISTRATION DEADLINE: September 2, 2011

For more information about registration, contact Emily Tyler, AIBC Registration & Licensing Administration Assistant via e-mail – etyler@aibc.ca, or telephone – 604.683.8588 x. 324

CIDA International Youth Internship Program (IYIP) in The Gambia

Posted by on Apr 18, 2011 in Feature | Comments Off

Dalhousie University’s Faculty of Architecture & Planning invites applicants for the Canadian International Development Agency International Youth Internship Program. This is an employment program for Canadian citizens or permanent residents (ages 19-30 inclusive). Dalhousie University has been awarded 10 internship placements (two per academic term/four per academic year) for the period of August 2010 to January 2012. These placements will offer graduates of Canadian professional programs in architecture, planning, and environmental engineering the opportunity to gain valuable international development work experience within the new Bachelor of Community Building & Design program at the Gambia Technical Training Institute, Banjul, The Gambia, West Africa. The BCBD is an undergraduate degree program in which most of the teaching/learning is project based, and in which The Gambia and its people are boradly speaking the subjects of study (for more, see http://architectureandplanning.dal.ca/architecture/visitors/gambia.shtml). Interns are required to serve as sessional lecturers for the coming terms. Applicants will be selected on the basis of academic achievement, intelligence, empathy, endurance, ingenuity, creativity, ability to work in teams, and the quality and reach of the professional and field experience they will have gained in their undergraduate and graduate programs. Evidence of character will be demonstrated through written expressions of interest and letters of reference. Applicants are required to submit an application form, daytime contact information, brief expression of interest, curriculum vitae including three references, and a professional portfolio (small format). Click on the following website for an outline of the International Youth Internship Program (IYIP): http://www.acdi-cida.gc.ca/acdi-cida/psij-iyip.nsf/Eng/MEL-39144628-R7L. Inquiries can be made by phone (902-494-3210) or e-mail (Marth.Barnstead@Dal.Ca). The deadline for applications is Thursday, May 12, 2011.

Schematic Design (SD) ARE Seminar

Posted by on Apr 15, 2011 in Feature | Comments Off

The IAC committee continues to offer free study sessions in 2011 for Intern Architects who are preparing for the ARE Exams. This year, the emphasis will be placed on approaches for working through the vignette portions of each exam, focusing on problem-solving and time management strategies.

The next seminar is on Schematic Design and will run from 6:00PM to 7:30PM at the AIBC Architecture Centre on May 18th. Take the time to familiarize yourself with the graphic vignettes covered in this session.

To reserve a spot contact Emily Tyler, Registration & Licensing Administration Assistant, at 604 683 8588 ext. 324 or etyler@aibc.ca.


May 18, 2011 – Vignette Seminar

Schematic Design (SD)

This exam has two graphic vignettes – Interior Layout, Building Layout

ARE E-news for April 2011

Posted by on Apr 5, 2011 in Feature | Comments Off

NCARB has released their quarterly publication on resources. Read April’s edition for any changes that will concern your examination process.

Building Design and Construction Systems ARE Vignette Seminar

Posted by on Mar 31, 2011 in Feature | Comments Off

The next ARE Seminar will cover BDCS run from 6:00PM to 7:30PM on April 14th at the AIBC Architecture Centre. The seminar will provide strategies and other tips for each exam, and are not intended to cover specific exam content. It would be helpful to have some familiarity with the exam materials and some experience with the graphic practice program prior to attending the respective seminars.

Introductory material and resources can be located at Intern Architect Exam Process and Resources,

To reserve a spot for this seminar, or if you have any questions, you can contact Emily Tyler, Registration & Licensing Administration Assistant, at 604 683 8588 ext. 324 or etyler@aibc.ca.

April 14, 2011 – Vignette Seminar

Building Design + Construction Systems (BDCS)

This exam has three graphic vignettes – Accessibility/Ramp, Stair Design and Roof Plan

March 30, 2011 – Vignette Seminar

Posted by on Mar 22, 2011 in AIBC, ARE Exams, ARE Overview, ARE Study Resources, ARE Writing, Intern Architect Committee, NCARB | Comments Off

The IAC committee will be offering a free study session for Intern Architects who are preparing for the ARE Exams. This seminars emphasis will placed on approaches for working through the vignette portions for PPP and SPD, focusing on problem-solving and time management strategies.

This seminar will run from 6:00PM to 7:30PM at the AIBC Architecture Centre. The seminar will provide strategies and other tips for each exam, and are not intended to cover specific exam content. It would be helpful to have some familiarity with the exam materials and some experience with the graphic practice program prior to attending the respective seminars.

Introductory material and resources can be located at Intern Architect Exam Process and Resources,

To reserve a spot for this seminar, or if you have any questions, you can contact Emily Tyler, Registration & Licensing Administration Assistant, at 604 683 8588 ext. 324 or etyler@aibc.ca.

Programming, Planning + Practice (PPP)

This exam has one graphic vignette– Site Zoning.

Site Planning + Design (SPD)

This exam has two graphic vignettes – Site Grading and Site Design

CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS: View from the Edge Exhibit

Posted by on Mar 8, 2011 in AIBC | Comments Off

Deadline Extended: Noon on Monday, March 25, 2011 at AIBC Offices

The Architectural Institute of British Columbia invites submissions for its upcoming View from the Edge exhibit. This is an open call; any AIBC registrant may enter materials for display. Given the nature of this exhibit, all AIBC registrant categories are encouraged to take part, including Intern Architects and Students. Projects do not have to be actualized. They can be completed, or purely idea-based representations.

The exhibit will explore concepts and ideas related to the 2011 Festival of Architecture – an AIBC / Architecture | RAIC Partnership. The festival theme, Architecture on the Edge, acknowledges the many ways in which west coast architects continue to extend the boundaries in such areas as form and design, sustainability, community development and social awareness.

For more information, please visit View from the Edge.