Vancouver Convention Centre West
Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
May 7 – 9, 2018
The Architectural Institute of British Columbia invites submissions from those interested in speaking, participating in panel discussions or facilitating interactive workshops at the 2018 AIBC Annual Conference to be held at the Vancouver Conference Centre from Monday, May 7 to Wednesday, May 9, 2018.
2018 Conference Theme: Spaces Between
Architects embrace and transform space. Trained to see edges, proportions and relationships, they hold a unique architectural perspective which allows them to observe a space, imagine a design, and create something new. With the ability to see space, comes the ability to see Spaces Between. Often overlooked, architects capture these interstices and turn them into inspiration and places of beauty.
The 2018 AIBC Annual Conference will explore the many interpretations of Spaces Between – where ideas that are seemingly opposed connect, where negative space encourages thoughtful design, and where innovation, technology and materiality meet. Be it conceptual, physical or technical, we invite you to bring your own perspective to this examination of Spaces Between and find where you can be both challenged and inspired.
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 2018 conference theme, with regards to:
- Adaptive reuse – repurposing older buildings, retrofitting building systems
- Infill – negative space, in-between buildings, laneway homes, landscape
- Temporary installations – interactive public art, temporary structures, emergency housing
- Reclaimed space – community driven/appropriated architecture
- Transformable spaces – modular/prefabricated systems, micro suites
- Building assemblies, building envelope, “space between the walls” with regards to environment, energy and sustainability
- Passive energy design
- Urban planning policy and design – rezoning for density, affordability
- Practice, business and risk management
- Architectural case studies in relation to the conference theme
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.
- September 25, 2017: Call for Submissions Issued
- *Extended to November 1, 2017: Deadline for Completed Proposals.
It is anticipated that the Annual Conference PD Committee will identify its recommended selections through formal notification by late January 2018.
About the AIBC
The Architectural Institute of British Columbia (AIBC) is an independent body dedicated to the self-regulation of architecture in the public interest. The AIBC Annual Conference is rich in professional development, dialogue and network-building opportunities. An anticipated 400-450 delegates will be in attendance. For more information about the AIBC, please visit aibc.ca.