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AIBC invites submissions for 2017 Annual Conference in Vancouver


November 8, 2016
by Canadian Architect

The Architectural Institute of British Columbia invites submissions from those interested in speaking, participating in panel discussions or facilitating interactive workshops at the 2017 AIBC Annual Conference to be held at the Vancouver Conference Centre from Monday, May 8 to Wednesday, May 10, 2017.

2017 Conference Theme: Interpreting Integration

Integration has become integral to the practice of architecture, a profession increasingly geared towards collaboration with diverse experts, authorities having jurisdiction and governing bodies. The 2017 AIBC Annual Conference will unite architects, intern architects, architectural technologists, builders, engineers, interior designers, researchers, students and other members of the design community to interpret integration as manifested in industry trends, technological advances and best practices in collaboration.

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 Professional Development (PD) Committee is specifically interested in presentations related to the 2017 conference theme, with regards to:

  • Social Purpose Architecture
  • Emerging and Project Delivery Models
  • Collaboration within the Architectural Process
  • Design Resilience and Post-Disaster Recovery
  • Practice, Business and Risk Management
  • Environment, Energy and Sustainability
  • Adaptive Reuse
  • Innovative Technologies and Policies

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 here.

Submission Timeline
  • October 25, 2016: Call for Submissions issued
  •  November 30, 2016: Deadline for Completed Proposals. Access the Proposal Submission Form.

It is anticipated that the Annual Conference PD Committee will identify its recommended selections through formal notification by late January 2017.



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