Call for Submissions: Redefining the West Coast Spirit Exhibition

The Architectural Institute of British Columbia invites submissions for its upcoming exhibition entitled Redefining the West Coast Spirit – Emerging West Coast Firms with Connections to the Land. This is an open call to AIBC-registered firms that represent emerging West Coast talent.

This exhibition will highlight the work of new and emerging architectural firms demonstrating leadership and commitment to West Coast Modernism. As such, firms should be in their first 10 years of practice. The exhibition is intended to ask and answer questions about what defines an evolving West Coast Modernism style, and how a new generation of practitioners is connecting its work to the West Coast environment.

In this exhibition, the AIBC will feature the next generation of BC talent by profiling the work of relatively new and emerging firms.The exhibition is meant to provide emerging architects, designers and others an opportunity to showcase their own ideas about designing buildings, spaces and places in our unique coastal environment in an age of sustainability. The exhibition is also intended to provide the public with a glimpse into the creative process and technologies that shape today’s West Coast architecture.

Given the nature of this exhibition – an examination of the evolving ideas around West Coast Modernism and regionalism – this exhibition will have special focus on the design process that leads to West Coast Modernism and the work created.

Submissions should include whole projects, which may be buildings, spaces, landscapes, and places. Subject matter is not limited to actualized projects; both completed and purely ideas-based representations are welcome. The subject matter should support the exhibition theme of connections to the land. Projects should convey a sense of “groundedness” and place within their settings, and contribute to one’s understanding of West Coast Modernism.

Submissions should be sent to the AIBC offices at #100 – 440 Cambie Street, Vancouver, BC, V6B 2N5. All submissions must be received by Wednesday, September 5, 2012. Those selected will be contacted by Wednesday, September 19, 2012. Please visit the website for submission details. There is no charge to submit a proposal for exhibition consideration.

Submissions will be reviewed and curated by the AIBC Gallery Advisory Committee and, unique to this exhibition, special curator consultant James Tuer Architect AIBC AIA BCSLA CSLA NCARB, principal of JWT Architecture and Planning and past recipient of the AIBC’s Emerging Firm Award.

It is anticipated that between 8 to 10 submissions will be chosen for the final exhibit. While entry is open to all AIBC-registered firms, given the subject matter of this exhibition, preference will be given to emerging BC firms that have maintained a practice for between three and 10 years.

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