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MAA e-Bulletin October 2018 No.2 Every Building has an Architect. Bell MTS Place | Number TEN Architectural Group with Sink Combs Dethlefs | Photographer: Mike Pratt.

Every Building has an Architect. Bell MTS Place | Number TEN Architectural Group with Sink Combs Dethlefs | Photographer: Mike Pratt.

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120A: Passive House Design and Construction

November 1-4

Faculty of Architecture, University of Manitoba

120A: Passive House Design and Construction is a four-day course that covers the technical, economic and policy elements of Passive House buildings. Participants will learn how to apply Passive House principles in the context of building physics, windows and mechanical systems. Numerous case studies, both domestic and international, will be used to demonstrate current best practices and teach concepts of cost assessment. Participants will also have the opportunity to solidify their learning with interactive exercises throughout the course.

120A can be taken as a standalone course even if you don’t intend to write the Certified Passive House Designer/Consultant Exam. If you intend to write the exam we strongly recommend you take 120A, 120B and 120C prior to writing the exam.

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Call for Submissions | AIBC Confab 2019

October 4, 2018: Call for Submissions Issued

November 12, 2018: Deadline for Completed Proposals

AIBC Confab 2019 – The Art of Conversation The art of conversation is more than a meeting of the minds where ideas, thoughts and experiences are shared. The real value in meaningful conversation is when something new is learned, when mindsets are reshaped and, ultimately, when a different perspective is gained.

Conversation is integral to the profession of architecture. Whether engaging in dialog with fellow architects, local community groups, governments, or the public – conversations play a critical role in both the creation and advancement of the built environment by providing context, insight, and understanding. AIBC Confab 2019 will facilitate these types of conversations, from healthy debates to technical discussions. We invite you to join fellow architects and colleagues and bring your voice to this confabulation.

AIBC Confab is a new one-day professional development event which offers interactive workshops, panel discussions, and intimate seminars; all with the common goal of promoting conversation and a shared learning experience. Based on your feedback, we are excited to offer this new streamlined format. 2019 is the inaugural year for this bi-annual event, with the AIBC’s multi-day conference taking place on alternating years. In combination with our Fall PD Series, REP Program, and other course offerings – AIBC Registrants now have a broader range of learning opportunities available throughout the year.

AIBC Confab will be hosted at British Columbia’s flagship convention centre—Vancouver Convention Centre West.

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November 1, 2018

The Disabilities Issues Office of Manitoba Families advises the customer service accessibility standard comes into effect for businesses, non-profits and smaller municipalities Nov. 1.

The Accessibility for Manitobans Act (AMA) became law in Manitoba in December 2013 and is intended to create a more inclusive society by removing barriers to everyday living while promoting dignity and respect for Manitobans with disabilities. It is being implemented by establishing accessibility standards, beginning with the accessibility standard for customer service. The goal is for this standard to guide and support organizations to create an accessible and welcoming environment for everyone. After it was established in 2015, the Manitoba government had one year to comply and public-sector organizations, such as universities, had two years.

Improving accessibility is good for all Manitobans including Manitobans with disabilities, seniors and the business community. For more information, including alternate formats, contact the Disabilities Issues Office at 204-945-7613, toll-free at 1-800-282-8069, ext. 7613 or

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Faculty of Architecture Endowment Fund

Friday, November 16, 2018 Deadline for First Term Call for Proposals

The Faculty of Architecture at The University of Manitoba, invites submissions for the annual disbursement from the Faculty of Architecture Endowment Fund. The amount available for disbursement will be announced as soon as possible.

Interest revenue generated from the Fund will be allocated to projects providing academic enrichment, or advancing the academic and research goals of the Faculty of Architecture as represented by: Architecture, City Planning, Environmental Design, Interior Design, and Landscape Architecture. Applications are invited from constituencies related to the Faculty, normally to include staff, students, alumni and “friends of the Faculty”.

In the past grants have gone to support conferences, speakers, and other special events, the acquisition of library material and special equipment, as well as to encourage research and creative work.

Past Endowment Fund Awards Recipients:

Faculty Endowment Funds were established at the University to allow donors to contribute to the pursuit of excellence in areas of greatest interest to them. Each Fund is administered by a committee consisting of students, academics, support staff, alumni and other “friends of the faculty”. The Committee meets each year to determine the most effective way of spending the interest from gifts received.

For more information please contact:

Philippa Alexiuk
Office of the Dean
201 John A. Russell Building
t 204-474-6433
f 204.474.7532

Wood Design & Building Awards

Deadline to submit your expression of interest: November 5th, 2018

The Wood Design & Building Awards program invites North American and International entries for 2018 -honouring excellence in wood architecture.

Are you, or someone you know, involved in a project that embodies the essence of innovative wood design? Enter our 2018 Awards program for your chance to have your project(s) featured in various conferences, press releases, and highlighted in the Wood Design & Building award winning and popularly circulated awards book and magazine.

A hand-selected jury of prominent architects from Canada and the USA review each submission and choose the award winners based on considerations such as creativity, distinctive and appropriate use of wood materials, ability to satisfy clients’ building and site requirements, and overall aesthetic appeal for the use and application of wood.

You can start and save the application throughout the process until the deadline of November 28, 2018.

Winning projects will also be featured on

For more information please contact

Ioana Lazea or Natalie Tarini
Coordinators, Wood Design Awards
613.747.5544 ext. 227 or 225

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