Design

law firm design

Law firm design: Canada vs US

The differences in law firm design in Canada and the US are surprising. Universal-sized offices are more common in Canada.
people with disabilities

Homes not so sweet for people with disabilities

One third of survey respondents acknowledge that their homes could be problematic for residents or visitors with a disability, while more than one quarter of those who currently report a disability are planning to move.
wood design

Cutting edge wood lab is an engineering marvel

The Wood Innovation Research Laboratory in Prince George is the first ever industrial building in North America to be Passive House certified.
Rollout of RHFAC

Rollout of RHFAC continues cross-Canada

Real estate operators can look to CSA-accredited professionals for guidance on making buildings more welcoming and workable for people of all abilities.
wellness

Wellness needs to begin at the building level

Technology continues to make everyone’s life much easier, but it’s also making everyone more sedentary.
expansion

Building capacity for care in Medicine Hat

A 245,000-square-foot expansion will help ensure the residents served by Medicine Hat Regional Hospital can access treatment close to home.
inclusivity

Creating more inclusive condo communities

A condo refurbishment project is the perfect time to come up with a cost-effective plan to provide a more inclusive and accessible environment.
Bank of Canada

Bank of Canada HQ gets energy-saving revamp

An invisible second skin was a core component of the energy-saving, heritage-sensitive intervention at the Bank of Canada complex.
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.
Clayton Community centre Surrey

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.