Meet the Intern Architect Committee

The Intern Architect Committee provides services and support to Intern Architects seeking registration.  The committee provides input to the AIBC’s Registration Board, and is called upon by the board when it seeks feedback regarding the Internship in Architecture Program.  Committee members organize Intern Architect-specific events, coordinate and maintain study materials, and help inform policy decisions by acting as a representative body for the Intern Architect community in British Columbia. If you would like more information about the committee, please fill out the contact form at the bottom of the page.

Heba Maleki Intern Architect AIBC

Committee Chair/Intern Architect Liaison to AIBC Council (2018-2019)

Originally from Edmonton, Heba moved to Vancouver to escape the winter, but more importantly to pursue a career in architecture! Since receiving her Master of Architecture from the University of British Columbia in 2014, Heba has explored her creative interests through international travel-study as well as through various professional outlets. Her previous work experience extends beyond architecture to the realm and scale of art object and installations to graphic, furniture and interior design. Since the summer of 2015, Heba has been working at Patkau Architects where she continues to develop professionally as an Intern Architect.

Aaron Urion
Aaron Urion Intern Architect AIBC

Intern Architect Liaison to AIBC Council (2017 – 2018)

As liaison to AIBC Council (non-voting), Aaron represents the intern perspective to the group tasked with setting and enforcing the various qualifications required to become a registered architect in BC.

Gavin Schaefer
Gavin Schaefer Architect AIBC

Liaison to Registration Board

Gavin’s design philosophy is interdisciplinary and pragmatic, with the holistic needs of the community serving as the driving force behind each architectural move. A Vancouver native, Gavin is working as an Architect with the City of Vancouver in Urban Design. He loves hiking and meeting people in the community.

Sara Kasaei Architect AIBC

Sara holds a Master of Architecture (M.Arch) from Azad University of Mashhad, Iran and a Master of Landscape Architecture (MLA) from the University of British Columbia. She is committed to representing Intern Architects at  AIBC Council and hopes to advance dialogue and initiate positive changes for the Intern Architects’ community.

Nourhan Al-Kurdi Intern Architect AIBC

Nourhan is passionate about sustainability, she is a creative force with diverse skills developed over 10 years of experience in design, urban planning and sustainability. She believes in implementing the three pillars methodology of sustainability; environment, social and economy to design healthy buildings and cities. Nourhan has a background in sustainable green living demonstrated through communication and analytical skills in writing Moustadam (Sustainable) blog, and through her work and continuing education in Passive House and energy efficient buildings. Known for visionary ideas and social engagement through volunteering with non-profit organizations, Nourhan’s previous professional experiences include building relationships to meet investor needs and establishing communities in carefully designed Public-Private Partnerships.

Judy Farhat Intern Architect AIBC

Judy holds a BSc. in Architecture from the American University of Beirut. Prior to moving to Vancouver in 2016, Judy explored international architecture practices through internships in the Middle East, Europe and East Asia. She is now focused on exploring the possibilities of a multidisciplinary approach to architecture problem solving through incorporating impact design disciples and disruptive technologies.

Caroline Inglis Intern Architect AIBC

Caroline currently works at Diamond Schmitt Architects and has previously worked at 5468796 Architecture in Winnipeg. She began working in 2015 after completing her Bachelor’s of Environmental Design and Master’s of Architecture at the University of Manitoba. Her thesis work focuses on the relationship between gender and architecture particularly in regards to survivors of domestic violence. Her interests continue in the field of civic engagement and design.

Ria Velasco Intern Architect AIBC

Ria holds a B.S. in Architecture from the University of Santo Tomas, Manila, Philippines. Prior to having attained certification of her academic qualifications, which she gained in November 2017 from the Canadian Architectural Certification Board, Ria had gained work experience as a Designer for the latter part of her career in British Columbia. Throughout her professional career in B.C., she had the privilege of working together, as part of various teams in the production of Architectural drawings for different building types that include: Healthcare (Interior Fit-out), Airport (Interior Upgrade), and Mid-rise Residential. Ria is currently working at Merrick Architecture and is striving to grow in knowledge and attain further professional development.

Pera Hardy

UBC Student Rep (2018-2019)

Pera is a Master of Architecture student at UBC in her final year of study, and she holds a Bachelor in Architecture from the British Columbia Institute of Technology. Prior to entering her studies at UBC, Pera worked several years in the architectural community in Vancouver. As the UBC Student Rep, she is working towards bridging the gap between academia and practice and helping the student body build professional connections with the AIBC.

Sahar Badiei

Sahar is a 2018 UBC SALA Grad and she holds a Master and Bachelor in Architecture from Iran. She practiced as intern architect in Iran for a few years before joining UBC to explore sustainable approach to architecture. Her thesis was focused on design versus performance of green buildings in UBC Vancouver campus. She has joined IAC committee in 2017 as UBC rep and has been following professional pass with an interest in multidisciplinary approach to architecture.

Go to: Terms of Reference Document

If you wish to contact members of the Intern Architect Committee and voice your questions and concerns, fill out the form below. The committee meets on a monthly basis and will review and respond all inquiries relating to Intern Architects and the Internship in Architecture Program.





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