Call for papers deadline extended for 2014 AIBC Annual Conference

The Architectural Institute of British Columbia invites submissions from those interested in speaking, participating in panel discussions, or facilitating interactive workshops at the 2014 AIBC Annual Conference, taking place from October 8-10, 2014 at the Vancouver Convention Centre West.

The Architectural Institute of British Columbia’s annual conference brings together architects, intern architects, architectural technologists, builders, engineers, interior designers, faculty, students and other members of the design community to learn about new industry trends, technological advances and best practices. This annual gathering, the largest of its kind in British Columbia, is also a chance to network, socialize and celebrate the innovative, impactful work of practitioners and theorists. The conference runs over three days and includes a keynote presentation, plenary sessions, seminars, workshops, panel discussions and an industry exhibitor show.

This conference is expected to include a particular focus on matters related to the Pacific Rim, including information pertaining to future design directions, community needs and business practices. As in previous years, the conference will be rich in professional development, dialogue and network-building opportunities. An anticipated 400–450 delegates will be in attendance.

This year’s conference theme is Shifting Perspectives. The theme acknowledges that, as a society, we are continually reinventing the way we think, live, work and play in our world. Architects respond to this ever-changing landscape by evolving in many ways – from the way they communicate and conduct business to the way they plan and build for the future. Naturally in the process, points of friction arise, which keep architects engaged and excited. How architects respond will determine architecture’s relevance in years to come.

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 following criteria will be examined when reviewing submissions and selecting applications:

*inspired content that is clear, concise and educational in nature

*relationship to conference theme

*relevance to the profession of architecture in the Pacific Rim

*connection to the educational initiatives of the AIBC, including such aspects as health, safety, welfare, design innovation, environment, diversity, technology, business and community

*compliance with the necessary standards for AIBC Learning Units*  

*speaker qualifications and experience presenting at similar regional or national conferences.

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The deadline for completed proposals is now Tuesday, April 15, 2014. To download the proposal submission form, please visit

It is anticipated that the Annual Conference Professional Development Committee will identify its recommended selections through April with formal notification in April/May 2014.

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