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2nd Century Rug Co................................ IBC Ampco Grafix...............................................4 Brougham Interiors......................................7 Buildex.................................................26/27 Colin Campbell..........................................21 East India Carpets.....................................13 Final Touch Window Coverings...................29 Frances Andrew/Kate Holland....................23 IDS West...................................................17 Inform........................................................15

GG Medals Two B.C. architectural firms were among this year’s recipients of Governor General’s Medals in Architecture. The award by the Canada Council for the Arts and Architecture Canada | RAIC recognizes excellence in recently built projects by Canadian architects based on criteria such as sustainable design, innovation and compatibility with the site. College of New Caledonia, Technical Trades Centre, Quesnel by the office of mcfarlane biggar Architects + Designers inc. and Patkau Architects Inc. for Linear House, Salt Spring Island were the winning firms.

New AAA President

Inform Expands

Peter Streith, a principal at the Edmonton office of Kasian Architecture, has been appointed president of the Alberta Association of Architects (AAA). Streith has more than 20 years of professional experience in providing architectural and planning services on a wide range of institutional and large-scale commercial projects in Canada and Europe. Founded in 1906, the AAA is a self-governing professional body charged under the Architects Act with the registration and regulation of the practice of architects and licensed interior designers.

Inform to the Trade had an official opening party on June 21. The new 14,000 sq ft design centre and showroom in Vancouver’s Railtown Design District will support Inform’s two commercial divisions of the company, Inform Contract and Inform Projects. Inform Interiors has expanded by launching Inform to the Trade to cater to architects, designers and developers. In partnership with Paul Sjaarda (Inform Contract) and Harvey Reehal (Inform Projects), this new design centre and showroom will provide trade designers with a variety of products for commercialbased projects. Inform Contract specializes in commercial furniture and lighting solutions, and Inform Projects focuses on multi-residential kitchen and closet installations.

Green Up Release The Canada Green Building Council (CaGBC) has released GREEN UP, a building performance program for building owners and operators to measure, compare, and improve their real estate portfolios. GREEN UP enables the benchmarking of energy and water use, goal-setting to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and helps identify ways to improve the operational and environmental performance of projects across building portfolios. Responding to a clear industry need for a performance-based approach to energy and environmental improvements, the program will offer access to a national repository that includes building performance data for office, multi-family, long-term healthcare, hotel, retail, K-12 school, and government buildings. For more info visit www.cagbc.org/greenup.

New Roles Susan Gushe and Kirsten Reiter havee been promoted to managing director and principal respectively at Perkins + Will. Gushe was previously director of operations at the firm. Reite was previously a senior associate. 38

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New Associate Principal David L. Craig, PhD, has joined Cannon Design as associate principal. In his new role as leader, workplace strategy for Cannon Design, Craig will work closely with the firm’s corporate/commercial interiors leadership to help facilitate initiatives that strengthen awareness around workplace innovation and offer counsel on strategic workplace decisions. Prior to joining Cannon Design, Craig served as a director at DEGW, a global strategic business consultancy.

New Showroom Blu Bathworks opened its flagship Blu Room in Vancouver this summer. Located in Yaletown, the Blu Room operates as an open plan design and exhibition studio, sharing a showroom space of new Blu products with Blu Bathworks offices, conference room and additional showroom facilities. Blu will also host regular product training sessions for the industry.

Inform Contract............................................9 Livingspace.................................................5 MP Lighting...............................................19 Odyssey Wall Coverings......................... OBC Robinson Lighting and Bath Centre.......... IFC

AIBC Bylaw Amended Registered architects in B.C. who are members of the Architectural Institute of British Columbia are now required to use the title “Architect AIBC” after their name. The bylaw takes effect immediately. The change comes after the AIBC annual meeting held on May 12, 2012, where Bylaw 10 was amended. Previously, members put “MAIBC” after their name.

Design Study The 2011 Canadian Interior Design Benchmarking and Best Practices Study, released by Interior Designers of Canada and Canadian Interiors Magazine, sheds much-needed light on Canadian interior design business trends. The study looked at the size and scope of the industry, billing rates and salaries of practitioners as well as firm longevity and specialization. The study aims to ultimately provide industry decision-makers and practitioners with valuable information as they establish their growth and marketing strategies for the future. In addition to establishing the size and scope of the industry, the gathered data reveals that multi-person design firms completed an average of 38 projects in 2010 with an average project size of 400,000 square feet. Oneperson design firms completed an average of 15 projects during this period with just over 55,000 square feet as the average project size. While providing in-depth information on Canadian interior design firms’ growth, compensation structure, and many other useful facts and figures, the findings encouragingly underline the Canadian interior design industry’s continued recovery from the economic downturn of 2009. The study was conducted in the form of an online survey, in both English and French, sent out to registered interior designers and architects and ultimately gathered information from 581 respondents from across the country.

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