Deadline extended to submit proposals for 2015 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 2015 AIBC Annual Conference to be held at the Vancouver Convention Centre from Wednesday, October 28 to Friday, October 30, 2015.

The AIBC’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 and professional 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, valuable work of practitioners and theorists. The conference runs over three days and includes plenary sessions, seminars, workshops, panel discussions and an industry exhibitor show.

This conference is expected to include a particular focus on matters related to cutting-edge trends and issues in the practice of architecture, including future design directions, innovative technologies, community needs and business practices. As in previous years, the conference will be rich in professional development, dialogue and network-building opportunities. Anticipated attendance is approximately 400–450 delegates.

A conference theme of “What’s Now—Insights and Directions” 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 design and build for the future. Naturally in the process, points of friction arise, which keep architects engaged and excited. How architects respond to this ever changing landscape will determine the relevance of the profession in the future.

The AIBC is seeking presenters who are experts in their fields and familiar with presenting to groups of between 30 to 120 attendees. Please note that this new conference format requests all presenters to speak on both days—on Thursday and Friday—for a total of two sessions. All sessions will be 1.5 hours, including time for a question-and-answer period.

The following criteria will be foremost when reviewing submissions and selecting applications:
*inspired content that is clear, concise and educational in nature
*relevance to a conference plenary theme
*connection to the educational initiatives of the AIBC, including such aspects as design innovation, environmental sustainability, diversity, technological advances, business concerns and community, health, safety and welfare
*compliance with the educational standards for AIBC Learning Units
*speaker qualifications and experience presenting at similar regional or national conferences

The deadline for submission of completed proposals is now Wednesday, April 15, 2015. It is anticipated that the Annual Conference Professional Development Committee will identify its recommended selections through April with formal notification by April 30, 2015. Successful applicants will be required to sign a standard AIBC conference presenter contract by May 31, 2015.

Please address any comments or questions you may have to

For more information, please visit