The Architectural Institute of British Columbia (AIBC) and the Architecture Foundation of British Columbia (AFBC) have signed a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA).
This MOA signifies a renewed and reinvigorated working relationship between the Institute and Foundation. While both entities relate to the architectural profession, they have mutually distinct mandates. The AIBC regulates the profession of architecture in British Columbia in the interest of the public. By contrast, the AFBC makes architecture and design more accessible by promoting awareness and excellence through a variety of programs and annual events. Both organizations are committed to working together to support their respective mandates throughout the province.
“We are delighted that the relationship between the Foundation and the Institute has been revitalized. The AFBC is in an excellent position to deliver advocacy-focused initiatives which increase the understanding and appreciation of the profession. This is particularly important given the limitations posed by the Institute’s self-regulatory mandate in the area of advocacy,” says Mark Vernon, CEO of the AIBC. “They have our full support, and we look forward to working together in the years to come.”
The AFBC is now directed by a 10-person board which manages the Foundation. The executive team will lead the AFBC through various programs in order to connect B.C. communities with matters related to design. This includes educating the general public on the profession of architecture, and supporting the design community through the provision of grants and scholastic awards. In addition, the AFBC coordinates events and fundraising activities in support of their initiatives.
“The AFBC board is pleased with the progress we have made over the past 12 months, especially in regard to the revitalized relationship with the AIBC,” shares Jim Toy, board chair of the AFBC. “As believers in the power of design to solve problems and improve lives, the AFBC will fulfil a mandate to raise awareness about the value of design in the built environment through programming and advocacy.”
The two entities will be supporting one another on several initiatives, including the Architectural Awards Program – call for submissions opening soon – and the Annual Golf Tournament to be held August 12, 2019.