Design

architecture school

New architecture school brings lessons to life

Students of Canada’s newest architecture school won’t have to venture far to see lessons from the classroom come to life. The latest addition to Laurentian
universal design

The need to apply universal design

Following universal design principles for designing and constructing the built environment from the early stages is key to providing meaningful access.
Passive House

Passive House poised for institutional uptake

Passive House, a voluntary standard for achieving extremely energy-efficient buildings, appears to be poised for wider uptake in institutional projects.
matte

Matte finishes shine in modern interiors

“All that glitters” is no longer the gold standard in design. Designers are embracing the texture, warmth, and functionality of matte finishes.
public-safety facility

Public-safety facility co-locates first responders

Cambie Fire Hall No. 3 and Richmond North Ambulance Station is the first in a major B.C. city to bring fire and ambulance services under one roof.
sanctuary

How to create a sanctuary in homes

Creating a sanctuary in the home is about combining elements of shape and texture, establish a focal point and use of soft colours.
design future mobility

Understanding future mobility and design impacts

The advent of self-driving vehicles are now underway, ushering in one of the biggest changes to cities that we will see in our lifetime.
Accessibility certification

Accessibility certification fills industry void

Much of the existing building stock falls short of the universal design ideal, but RHFAC can help owners/managers identify impediments to access and set priorities to address them.
AIBC building envelopes

Combustible materials in building envelopes

The AIBC Building Envelope Committee highlights some of the duties and responsibilities of architects in the design of the building envelope.
Building information

Where is all the building information modelling?

Building information modelling (BIM), as a concept, has been around for over 50 years. But despite touted advantages, adoption remains a challenge.
workplace

Workplaces send subconscious signals: research

Recent research from fields including psychology can be applied to interiors to improve workplace design.
accessibility

Simple design choices support accessibility

Condominium boards and managers have been increasingly seeking advice on how to make accessibility improvements in older buildings.
MASI Design Awards

Interior firms win inaugural MASI Design Awards

The Interior Designers of Alberta hosted the Manitoba, Alberta, Saskatchewan Interior (MASI) Design Awards on Oct 4, 2017 in Calgary.
design

Design casts Stereo D’s new facility in low light

At a time when organizations are pushing meeting rooms and private offices into the middles of floor plates, Stereo D Canada has done just the
darcy jones

The emerging talent of architect D’Arcy Jones

Vancouver architect D'arcy Jones and his nine-person firm focus on thoughtful and well executed modern designs that are receiving award winning attention.
landscape

Power of landscape architecture

Landscape design is frequently overlooked in projects but it is fundamental for creating a sense of place and discerning the spirit of the land.
BOMA BEST v2

B.C. steps towards net zero

Net zero has long been used to describe the highest performing buildings – an objective in the building industry to reduce its environmental footprint.