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MAA e-Bulletin January 2016 No.1 Architecture Matters. Branch | h5 architecture

Architecture Matters. Branch | h5 architecture

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Act Amendments Proclaimed Into Law

The MAA is delighted to advise that proposed amendments to The Architects Act received Royal Assent on November 5, 2015. The MAA Council is most appreciative of the support and collaborative effort that was offered by the provincial government and in particular, Erna Braun, Minister of Labour and Immigration and for the efforts of our membership in providing feedback and attending Committee meetings.

The legislation was revised to update and modernize The Act in the following areas:

  • Re-establishes the scope of practice within The Architects Act, essentially as re-defined in November, 2005 and in place for the past decade, to ensure consistency with other practice legislation;
  • Legislatively recognizes the Association’s ability to establish mandatory continuing education requirements and professional standards (as adopted by the Association membership 23 years ago);
  • Updates professional discipline provisions, including the addition of mediation as an alternative to disciplinary action, and describes in more detail the power to make by-laws in this area; and
  • Enables by-laws to be published on the MAA website rather than distributed by mail.

A copy of the revised legislation is now posted on the Provincial Government Website at:

Call for Proposals: The RAIC Foundation Bursary

The deadline for submissions is March 28th, 2016.

The RAIC Foundation award has been established for a project that relates to Architecture in its broadest sense, that encourages public education, or that makes possible significant scholarly research that results in publications, exhibitions, symposia, lectures, and/or conferences.

Individuals and organizations may apply. Preference will be given to members of the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada.

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Backlane Public Art Project

The deadline for entries is March 31, 2016.

We are inviting conceptual design proposals from artists / designers who are interested in shifting perceptions and celebrating the unique spaces of downtown Winnipeg backlanes.

Briefly, the Downtown Winnipeg BIZ and partners seek a design for a semi-permanent (three to five year lifespan), impactful, innovative contemporary public artwork or spatial enhancement for installation in a downtown Winnipeg backlane. The goal is to transform uninviting backlanes into vibrant, unique and welcoming places that invite exploration, wandering and events.

This is a national design competition open to all individuals engaged with the design and art community. The artist / designer (or team) of the winning entry will receive a $5,000 honorarium.

Call for Entries package:

6th annual AZ Awards

Deadline for entries: Monday, February 22

The 6th annual AZ Awards is now open for submissions!

The competition is open to designers, architects, landscape architects, clients, manufacturers and students for work completed before December 31, 2015. Entries will be juried by a panel of international design experts. Winners and finalists are published in AZURE’s Annual Awards issue, released in June 2016.

Implementing Lean Construction

February 11, 2016

In a marketplace that is growing more competitive every day, we need to learn how to become more productive without sacrificing quality. Lean Construction tools and methods are designed to help your organization do exactly that: become more effective and more efficient – to satisfy your customers and your shareholders.

You will understand the history and evolution of Lean Construction and learn how to apply Lean principles throughout the life of a project with a particular focus on the Last Planner System – a production planning system designed to improve project work-flow and reduce waste – and continuous improvement. We will use hands-on simulations to demonstrate how to use Lean Construction tools and you will leave with the ability to start transforming your projects immediately!

For more information:

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