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AU architecture students now eligible for free membership with the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada (RAIC)

Great news! Full-time students enrolled in the B.Sc.Arch or GDA programs at AU's RAIC Centre for Architecture are now eligible for a free RAIC student associate membership. The RAIC, i.e. Royal Architectural Institute of Canada, is Canada's national organization for architecture and "the leading voice for excellence in the built environment". The membership will allow students to access RAIC resources, publications, directory, as well as join events and conferences for free or at discounted rates. Details for membership registration can be found on the RAIC's website under "Student Associate Membership"

For inquiries, contact:
Dr. Henry Tsang
Assistant Professor, RAIC Centre for Architecture
Secretary, RAIC Alberta Chapter (Calgary)
Email: htsang@athabascau.ca

AU RAIC Centre for Architecture Global Studio Lecture Series: DEGROWTH: Rethink / Redesign / Reuse / Recycle

Prof. Jo Berben Architect Lecture hosted by Athabasca University & Cape Peninsula University of Technology

  • Prof. Jo Berben Architect
    Projects by a2o architects, Belgium

Date/Time: Thursday, August 6, 2020 at 9:00 - 10:30 MT
Venue: Online Video Conference

Register here!

Abstract:

In this online lecture, Prof. Jo Berben will present the adaptive reuse approaches in the work of a2o architects, an award-winning Belgian firm with offices in Brussels and Hasselt. Research and experimentation lie at the root of their quest for collective added value, social engagement and sustainable concepts. Their work reflects engagement with the complex and layered contemporary reality, systematically searching for the latent qualities, opportunities or challenges of each assignment. To this end, they avoid getting trapped in generic solutions, trivial strategies or architectural arbitrariness. For more information, visit http://a2o.be/

Credits:

Participants who attend the full 90-minute session will be granted a Certificate of Completion to apply for professional development credits recognized by the following institutes.

  • Alberta Association of Architects (AAA) | 1.5 Structured Learning Hour
  • Ontario Association of Architects (OAA) | 1.5 Structured Learning Hour
  • Cape Institute for Architecture (CIfA) | 0.25 Category 1 CPD Credits
  • Gauteng Institute for Architecture (GIFA) | 0.25 Category 1 CPD Credits
  • KwaZulu Natal Institute for Architecture (SAIA-KZN) | 0.25 Category 1 CPD Credits

Inquiries:

vmadonna@athabascau.ca

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AU RAIC Centre for Architecture Global Studio Lecture Series

Drawing Creepy Places: Representing Liminal Ritual Spaces of Kuruman - South Africa

  • Dr. Sechaba Maape
    Senior Lecturer, School of Architecture and Planning, Wits University (South Africa)

Date/Time: Thursday, June 25, 2020 at 9:00 - 10:30 MT
Venue: Online Video Conference

Register here!

Abstract:

Sacred sites have been studied and discussed by scholars in the disciplines of architecture, anthropology and archaeology. Within these disciplines these spaces are typically represented using Western objective and scientific methods of representation including cut plans and sections, as well as laser scans. Using the case study of two ritual sites in the Kuruman area of the northern Cape province as case studies, the following paper will argue that modern methods of representation have the potential to strip away the value of these spaces for those who use them for their spiritual and ritual purposes. The paper will explore forms of representations that engage ritual spaces towards revealing their value for local practitioners who still use them, as well as humanity at large. The paper will discuss the significance of these places as liminal spaces through which humans gain the capacity to inhabit this earth. The paper will conclude by discussing the need for better understanding these spaces in relation to our contemporary global crises, and the role of representation of these spaces towards deeper forms of habitation.

Credits:

Participants who attend the full 90-minute session will be granted a Certificate of Completion to apply for professional development credits recognized by the following institutes.

  • Alberta Association of Architects (AAA) | 1.5 Structured Learning Hour
  • Ontario Association of Architects (OAA) | 1.5 Structured Learning Hour
  • Cape Institute for Architecture (CIfA) | 0.25 Category 1 CPD Credits
  • Gauteng Institute for Architecture (GIFA) | 0.25 Category 1 CPD Credits
  • KwaZulu Natal Institute for Architecture (SAIA-KZN) | 0.25 Category 1 CPD Credits
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AU Global Studio Lecture Series: Mass Timber

  • Veronica Madonna
    Architect/Assistant Professor, RAIC Centre for Architecture at Athabasca University
  • Trevor Butler
    Engineer/Assistant Professor, RAIC Centre for Architecture at Athabasca University

Date/Time: Wednesday, May 27, 2020 at 9:00 - 10:30 MT
Venue: Online Video Conference

Credits:

  • Alberta Association of Architects (AAA) | 1.5 Structured Learning Hour
  • Cape Institute for Architecture (CIfA) | 0.25 Category 1 CPD Credits
  • Gauteng Institute for Architecture (GIFA) | 0.25 Category 1 CPD Credits
  • KwaZulu Natal Institute for Architecture (SAIA-KZN) | 0.25 Category 1 CPD Credits

Assistant Professors Trevor Butler and Veronica Madonna will be presenting their shared experience in mass timber design in the next Global Studio Lecture Series on Wednesday May 27th, 2020 at 9am MT. Mass Timber is quickly emerging around the world as a main building material because of its inherent low carbon characteristics and ability to have a positive impact on the environment. The lecture will provide an architectural and sustainable design perspective on using mass timber as a main building material and the advancements in Canada and around the world. Trevor and Veronica will explore the opportunities and challenges that are faced in designing with mass timber today and their thoughts on the future of the building industry.

Hosted by Athabasca University RAIC Centre for Architecture
For inquiries, contact Dr. Henry Tsang: htsang@athabascau.ca

Green Building: Integrating Architecture X Engineering

  • Dr. Henry Tsang, Architect, OAQ, MRAIC, LEED GA, WELL AP
    Assistant Professor, RAIC Centre for Architecture, Athabasca University
  • Trevor Butler, Engineer, PEng, CEng, MEng, LEED AP BD+C
    Assistant Professor, RAIC Centre for Architecture, Athabasca University

Date/Time: Sunday, May 17, 2020 at 7:30PM MT (May 18 at 10:30AM Korea Time)

AU architecture professors, Dr. Henry Tsang and Trevor Butler have been invited to give a virtual guest lecture to students at Keimyung University (KMU) in South Korea. The topic of the lecture is Green Building: Integrating Architecture & Engineering. The live event is only open to KMU and AU students, however, a recording of the lecture will be available on our YouTube channel following the event. Please stay tuned!

Hosted by Keimyung University
For inquiries, contact Dr. Henry Tsang: htsang@athabascau.ca

AU Global Studio Lecture Series: Odile Decq

Architect/Founder of Studio Odile Decq & the Confluence Institute (Paris, France)

"Architecture Thinking"

Date/Time: Tuesday May 5, 2020 at 9:00-10:30 MT
Venue: Online Video Conference

Credits: Alberta Association of Architects | 1.5 Structured Learning Hour

Hosted by Athabasca University RAIC Centre for Architecture
For inquiries, contact Dr. Henry Tsang: htsang@athabascau.ca

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The Bow Valley Sustainable Building Summit

This event is postponed until the fall due to the recent COVID-19 pandemic.

by the Biosphere Institute of the Bow Valley

Date: Thursday, April 16th, 2020 - 09:00-17:00 MST

Venue: The Malcolm Hotel, 321 Spring Creek Drive, Canmore, Alberta

Dr. Henry Tsang, assistant professor in the RAIC Centre for Architecture, will be speaking at the Bow Valley Sustainable Building Summit in Canmore, AB. The topic of his presentation is: Designing for Climate Change - An Architect's Responsibility. Dr. Henry Tsang is a registered architect interested in sustainable building design currently teaching ADST design studio courses, and he is also appointed as the Secretary of the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada's Alberta Chapter.

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Event Details:

The Sustainable Building Summit will consist of a vendor showcase running concurrently with several workshops led by industry experts in net-zero building, green engineering, renewable energy, sustainable architecture and the BC Step Code. Participants can select from up to six workshops, while also having the opportunity to hear about our keynote speaker, Dale Mikkelsen of Simon Fraser University, experience designing sustainable communities and affordable housing in the mountains of British Columbia.

Presenters include Tyler Hermanson from 4 Elements Integrated Design Ltd., Matt Grace from Integral Group, Geoff Domenico from KCP Energy Inc., Dr. Henry Tsang from Athabasca University RAIC Centre for Architecture, Frank Kernick from Spring Creek Canmore and Meredith Hamstead and Paul Denchuk of thinkBright Homes.

This event has been created by the Biosphere Institute of the Bow Valley in collaboration with the Bow Valley Builders and Developers Association - BOWDA, the Town of Canmore and Malcolm Hotel Canmore and is funded with support from Energy Efficiency Alberta.

Website / Registration: https://www.biosphereinstitute.org/sbs

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Panel Discussion & Book Launch

Thursday, March 5, 2020

Ledcor Foyer & Theatre (Lower Level), Art Gallery of Alberta

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Updated July 28 2020 by Student & Academic Services

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