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  •  1.50 hour

    In recent years, the field of building performance analyses, including energy modeling and simulation, has made big leaps forward concerning information that can be made available to architects early in the design process and can be used to inform schematic and conceptual design. However, often architects are not yet well connected to this resource and lack access to the information that might be desirable. In this session, we will discuss an example where we successfully used energy simulations, natural ventilation simulations, and thermal comfort assessments to inform program and form of a tall residential tower.


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  •  1.50 hour

    Tibetan Culture in Exile: Reflections on Architecture and Identity


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  •  1.50 hour

    In 2008, John Ralston Saul described Canada as a "Métis civilization" whose values and attributes are deeply linked to our aboriginal heritage and the cultural negotiation between our First Nations and European ancestry.  If Saul's provocation is considered in relation to discussions surrounding our national architectural identity, the first question might be - if we are a Métis "nation," what is Métis architecture?  How does this relate to the actual Métis Nation and architects such as Douglas Cardinal, Étienne Gaboury, and Alfred Waugh who are often described as Métis?  Transcending futile searches for a "Métis style", this session will consider a potentially distinct Canadian approach to material and ideological hybridity throughout the design process while recognizing the complexity of using the term Métis in this context.


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  •  1.50 hour

    As our urban centers become increasingly dense, the effective movement of large volumes of people through complex spaces requires creative solutions.  Maintaining a positive user experience includes moderating densification, controlling flows of people, identifying and supporting retail strategies while addressing user interfaces such as ticketing, security cues, and fare gates.  This session will outline current approaches to addressing pedestrian planning in complex spaces, including examples of small, medium, and large case studies of people movement through complex buildings. Examples will be presented in three-dimensional imaging using the pedestrian modeling software MassMotion. 


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  •  1.50 hour

    Building codes and regulations have been changing – perhaps more quickly than at almost any time in history – to improve the resource efficiency and durability of buildings.  Current and proposed building codes contain simple and reasonable provisions for much better building enclosures, but these changes also have far-reaching implications.  This session will examine building code changes and their direct impact on architectural design.  Case studies, including several tall residential and commercial buildings, will be used to explain how new code requirements are pushing toward new approaches to enclosure design and construction.


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  •  1.50 hour

    "Consult the community," you are told.  How will you engage the community?  Can a community become involved in design dialogue without you losing control of the design?  Take part in an interactive and creative workshop on how to engage a community in sustainable design.  Discuss techniques of effective communal design dialogue, with examples of how noted architects used the joint responses to enrich their award-winning designs.  Delegates describe a future day in the sustainable city.  Three Co-Design artists sit with groups of delegates to collaboratively draw their ideas on the design.


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  •  1.50 hour

    Many government-built settlements for Canada's indigenous communities have been compared to Third World situations.  The adequacy and quantity of housing are often lacking, as are basic municipal services such as fire-fighting and clean drinking water.  These settlements are frequently affected by preventable natural disasters, such as seasonal flooding.  Spaces and structures that support traditional cultural practices, and, therefore, indigenous identity, are seldom provided. It is the position of the RAIC that the correction of these conditions is integral to the effort to achieve reconciliation between indigenous and non-indigenous communities/peoples and that the indigenous peoples themselves must lead the discussion.


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  •  1.50 hour

    There is no crisis in architecture. The sense of crisis is just a byproduct of the punctured echo chamber. It is architecture’s giant sucking sound. If you listen closely, you will realize that it is being generated by a group of critics and opinion makers who are struggling with a new paradigm where the public calls the shots. This is a world without a dominant style, which confuses the old guard. This is an architecture that — because of the public’s hunger for newness — is finally free to create thoughtful and sometimes radical solutions to the problems that our society faces.


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  •  1.50 hour

    As a building conservator I spend a good deal of my time trying to convince skeptical people to invest large sums of money in the preservation of broken places: typically abused and abandoned by those same communities I hope to enroll to save them. Frequently, something remarkable happens along the way: almost overnight the energy changes and we experience a shift from opposition, cynicism, and vandalism; to optimism, ownership and celebration. As we increasingly seek to address the impacts of climate change through the rehabilitation and adaptive reuse of our existing buildings, we need to understand better this transformational process.


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  •  1.50 hour

    The Halifax Central Library opened to an enthralled public in December 2014.  It is an example of an environmentally responsible community building, balancing architectural, social and environmental aspirations.  Designed in collaboration with the citizens of Halifax it has set a new standard for what can be achieved through community consultation. While targeting LEED Gold certification, the library's most important attribute is its contribution to social sustainability through multiple types of community spaces facilitating community focus and interaction. This presentation will describe the unique and lengthy design process that resulted in a social and cultural hub, successfully connecting an entire community.


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  •  1.50 hour

    Architecture has the responsibility of actively working toward designing culturally responsive built environments for Inuit and First Nations people.  Buildings can and must contribute to the empowerment of Canada’s indigenous population.  A culturally responsive built environment raises the never-ending debate of international versus regional architecture. How can consultations be managed to deliver meaningful results?  All aspects of indigenous cultures must be brought to bear, not just traditional shelter, but also oral traditions (stories, legends, knowledge) language, material culture, sacred places, and spirituality.  How can this information and knowledge be given shape? How can it be embodied in a building?


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  •  3.50 hour

    How to engage emerging practitioners in architecture, providing them with a voice and support while accruing benefit to practices and the profession as a whole? This question summarizes the goal of the recently formed RAIC Emerging Practitioners; an advocacy group for interns, students, and other emerging practitioners. This workshop session will be the formal unveiling of RAIC EP. We will begin with a brief presentation of the group's background, research, structure, and objectives. Roundtable and group discussions will then target communication between regulators, practitioners, academia and emerging practitioner. They will generate feedback on goals and priorities. This session offers a unique opportunity to learn about the organization and contribute to its development through your participation.


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  •  1.50 hour

    The Architectural Institute of British Columbia’s Post-Disaster Response Committee has been working with government authorities and other professional associations to develop a standardized and interconnected system for damage assessment following major disasters.  Our goal is to establish a national network of trained assessors available to perform rapid safety and detailed damage assessments for municipalities in need.  Quickly assessing buildings reduces the social impact on communities by allowing re-occupation for residents, businesses, and local services.  This workshop-style session will introduce the work of the committee and have participants collaborating and brainstorming on the role that architects across the country can play in post-disaster response.


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  •  1.50 hour

    When completed in 2017, the UBC Brock Commons Student Residence will be the tallest wood building in the world.  Russell Acton will share how Acton Ostry Architects and tall wood advisor Hermann Kaufmann Architekten positioned themselves to win the commission. They will describe how an assortment of design challenges were met head-on using an innovative integrated design process.  Hear about the early beginnings in January 2015 that culminated in the start of construction just 10 months later—all achieved by combining a bit of European knowledge with a whole lot of Canadian pluck.


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  •  1.50 hour

    The lecture will focus on the making of a new building type and institution that sought to nurture culture and diversity. It will include the client's perspective describing the circumstances that informed the University of Toronto's decision to create a religious project in 2008, the Multifaith Centre. It also brings the architect's voice, discussing the design, the process and architectural vision. The architect's perspective will touch on how the Multifaith Centre has influenced other projects. The session will provide information about the programs, mandate and uses as well as the architectural resolution of the Centre.


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  •  1.50 hour

    Defining the scope of work for this $30M modernization of three schools in three communities was but one of the first tasks for the project team in the Spring 2015.  Given the remote nature of the communities and the many challenges this presents, the project team identified opportunities and ways in which to make the project viable and achievable.  Cultural sensitivity, site context, material and trades procurement, phasing, and access to the remote sites were all evaluated in developing the project plan.  


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  •  8 hour

    This course is designed to provide an overview of wood finishing. This includes clear finishes, pigmented finishes, stains, dyes, glazes, multi-step color finishing, and finishing systems. The course is 35% classroom and 65% hands-on.


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  •  1 hour

    Describe the United States Green Building Council and its LEED Green Building Rating System. Discover how windows can contribute to LEED-NC Energy & Atmosphere credits. List the LEED-NC Materials & Resources credits impacted by fenestration systems. Discover how windows contribute to LEED-NC credits in the Indoor Environmental Quality category. Compare the environmental impacts of specifying different window frame materials.


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  •  1 hour

    This course will cover the benefits of photoluminescent (PL) safety products and the codes and testing standards related to photoluminescent way-finding systems. The course will describe in detail the 2009/2012 IBC/IFC path marking requirements in high-rise buildings as well as how UL 1994 and UL 924 apply to signage requirements and why they are important for luminous egress path markings and exit signs. Canadian architects will learn the specifics of the 2010 National Building Code of Canada and the ULC S572 standard.


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  •  1 hour

    Addresses the history of laminates, how laminate is made, the varying types of laminate, as well as their characteristics and performance attributes. Discover how textures can customize design based on need. Test procedures and industry standards will be defined.


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  •  1 hour

    “Advances in Plumbing Healthcare Design” is an introduction to a variety of issues healthcare facilities face with respect to plumbing products when constructing or renovating buildings, and why addressing these issues is important. Whitehall’s BestCare® line of ligature resistant plumbing products and accessories offers innovative solutions intended to reduce sentinel events via strangulation in a behavioral healthcare setting. Whitehall Manufacturing’s Infection Prevention Sinks, CareWare® line of Patient Care Units, and all in one hand washing and drying system tackles the problem of Hospital Associated Infections (HAI’s) from a preventative design perspective. Additionally, Whitehall’s bariatric line focuses on providing obese patients with appropriate equipment while respecting patient dignity. Because of the diverse needs of our current population, design trends are shifting towards a universal room which meets the needs of ADA, bariatric capacity, and other patient requirements. Whitehall Manufacturing is a North American manufacturer that provides the healthcare industry with ligature-resistant products, in-room patient care units, Infection Prevention sinks, and other medical plumbing equipment that is unsurpassed in aesthetics, quality, and durability.


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  •  1 hour

    Reduction of demand-side “Energy Appetite” is the key to long term efficiency during the operational phase of the building life cycle. This HSW approved session highlights opportunities for immediate realization of sustainability goals which are supported by incorporation of Insulating Concrete Forms in a building shell design.


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  •  1 hour

    Presented by materials historian Grace Jeffers at select conferences.


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  •  1 hour

    This course provides an overview of the features, performance characteristics, styles and installation considerations of engineered wood siding and trim products.


  •  1 hour

    An overview of detectable warning systems and applications, including current ADA accessibility guidelines and State of California regulations for detectable warnings at curb ramps, vehicular ways, and transit platforms.


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