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MAA e-Bulletin November 2015 No.1 Architecture Matters. Popple at the Jardins de Métis | Suzy Melo & Meaghan Hunter.

Architecture Matters. Popple at the Jardins de Métis | Suzy Melo & Meaghan Hunter.

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Warehouse 24

Friday, November 20th

We're happy to announce that Warehouse 24 is printed and we're celebrating!! We'd love it if you could join us for the book launch on Friday, November 20th at 400-311 Portage Avenue. The party begins at 7pm. 

We'd like to thank the MAA again so much for their generous support. We're really pleased with the way everything turned out, and we are excited for you to see the finished product! 

Hoping to see you there!

Amanda + Ainsley

Chinatown Bike Rack Design Competition

The deadline for submissions is December 22, 2015

With its lovely architecture and flavourful restaurants, Chinatown is a great place to explore – especially by bike! Help us create custom bike racks for those coming into one of downtown’s most culturally diverse districts.  

Artists are asked to submit a line drawing that is graphically strong and that takes into account criteria for functional bicycle racks. Three artists (or three teams of artists) will be chosen, by a selection committee, to refine and transfer their drawings to digital files that will be used as a pattern for laser cut steel bicycle racks. The goal is to produce up to twenty bicycle racks (including three unique designs) for installation in 2016. Each artist or team of artists will be paid an honorarium of $1000 for each winning bicycle rack design selected.

2015 Accessibility Design Standards

The revised 2015 Accessibility Design Standards for City of Winnipeg built environments is now posted on the Planning Property and Development web site. 

Universal Design is the practice of designing environments that can be efficiently used by people with a wide range of abilities operating in a wide range of situations. It is about putting people first, providing the same opportunity for accessing services, landscapes, buildings and information to young and old, with or without disabilities regardless of life circumstances.

A set of standards that supplement the City of Winnipeg Universal Design Policy approved by Council in December 2001. Please note this is not a regulatory document, but a set of standards to be used for City of Winnipeg owned or leased buildings and environments.

It can be downloaded at:

2015 Wood Design & Building Awards

Deadline to Submit: December 4, 2015 at 11:59 pm EST.

The Wood Design Awards invites entries to the 2015 program, the only North American program honoring excellence in wood architecture.

Entries should consist of building projects that show a wide range of wood product applications and demonstrate an understanding of the special qualities of wood, such as strength, durability, beauty and cost-effectiveness.

All projects completed in the period between January 1st, 2010 and September 15, 2015 are eligible for entry [except previous winning projects of the Wood Design & Building Awards].

A jury of prominent architects from Canada and the U.S. will review all entries based on various considerations such as creativity, appropriate use of wood materials in satisfying clients’ building and site requirements, innovative design.

More info:

Architectural Jewelry for Holiday Gift Giving

The deadline for submission: Monday, October 5, 2015 at 2:00pm CST

hk+np studio would like to offer members of the MAA a 15% discount on all online purchases during the holiday season. Our boutique jewelry design studio emerged from an apprenticeship in architecture with Nick Milkovich Architects.

For us, architecture is about the dignified composition of material, light, space, and rhythm. Our jewelry aims to further express and explore these elements in sterling silver (nickel free) and natural pearls. All of our jewelry is designed in Vancouver, BC and hand crafted in Niigata, Japan. To view our jewelry, please visit our website at, and feel free to contact us at if you have any questions. Enter promo code MAA to take advantage of this special offer. All of our jewelry is presented in a handcrafted paper box with free gift wrapping available upon request.

Best Wishes,

Hiroko Kobayashi
Neil Prakash, Architect AIBC RAIC

Finance and Accounting for Non-Financial Managers

November 25 & 26; 8:30 - 4:00

Gain a new sense of confidence when dealing with financial professionals!

Sharpen your financial skills with this interactive training event. Learn the vocabulary required to properly understand financial reports. Participate in financial analyses so you can control overhead costs, produce effective job cost reports and discover opportunities for improvement. Hands-on exercises walk you through each step of the financial process and take the guesswork out of decision making and deliver better bottom-line results.

Facilitator: Wayne Newell

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