Tuesday, April 15, 2008

New Guest Speaker Series

Architecture and Green Building Practices

Wednesday, April 2, 7-8:30pm
Topic: Building Sustainable Communities
Guest Speaker: Darryl Condon, Principal, Hughes Condon Marler: Architects

Darryl Condon discusses his philosophy and approach to designing community facilities with a focus on the key role they play in building a sustainable community. The presentation will include case studies of recent public buildings completed by his firm, including the new Whistler Public Library and the upcoming West Vancouver Community Centre, which is currently under construction.

Darryl studied architecture at McGill University's School of Architecture. As principal at HCMA, he offers his clients more than 18 years of experience, along with special expertise in civic institutions, community centres recreation, sport and aquatic facilities. He has played an important role in the design and construction of highly innovative public facilities including Walnut Grove Community Centre. He currently serves as Principal-in-Charge for the West Vancouver Community Centre and the Hillcrest Curling Facility/Percy Norman Aquatic Centre.

Photo courtesy of Hughes Condon Marler: Architects
Top image: Model of the new Whistler Public Library
Bottom image: West Vancouver Community Center drawing

Wednesday, April 16, 7-8:30pm
Topic: Buildings, Communities and Cities: Reaching for Zero Carbon Solutions

Guest Speaker: Veronica Gillies, MRAIC, MAIBC, LEED® AP, Busby Perkins +WILL
Cities are the key to successfully achieving a sustainable future for everyone. Cities provide utility services but also through zoning regulation density and land use provide transit and roads, and through bylaws regulate building design and construction. Community action within cities will act as the catalyst for zero carbon solutions. The scale of communities makes them an ideal catalyst for the types of synergies required for deep green solutions to our energy and carbon emissions challenges. The presentation will take an in-depth look at sustainable buildings; buildings at the community level and cities to address their impact on climate change.

With over 14 years of experience spanning three Canadian cities, Veronica holds a strong portfolio of commercial, institutional and high-rise residential work. Since joining the Vancouver firm Busby Perkins Will in 1999, she has played a key role in a number of sustainable high-rise residential and institutional projects, several of which are recipients of the Governor General Awards. She is a strong proponent of sustainable design and has prepared reports and delivered presentations in support of various initiatives most recently the highly debated EcoDensity Program proposed by the City of Vancouver. Because of a firm belief in contributing to the architectural community, Veronica is actively involved in various professional organizations. She is an active member of the Vancouver League for Studies in Architecture; she serves as Vice Chair for the West Vancouver Design Advisory Panel, and is a member of the Architectural Institute of British Columbia’s Executive Council. She chairs the Council Working Group on Sustainability and is the liaison to the Communications Board and the Energy and Environment Committee.

Wednesday, April 30, 7-8:30pm
Topic: Sustainability at Home Guest Speaker: Dr. Freda Pagani, Architect and a Fellow of the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada, Founding Director of UBC Campus Sustainability Office

Dr. Freda Pagani, long-term resident of West Vancouver, cares deeply about the earth, but also about the quality of life in our community. She believes we need more affordable and diverse housing types in order to maintain the character of the municipality. Her passion for green building led to the development of the C.K.Choi Building at the University of British Columbia. It, along with a few other buildings, became a catalyst for the green building movement in Canada and won one of the top ten Green Buildings awards from the American Institute of Architects. Dr. Pagani will discuss ways to preserve the physical quality of West Vancouver, while improving our ecological footprint. The presentation will cover the history of the green building industry in the Lower Mainland and recent initiatives, which could further reduce our dependency on fossil fuels.

Photo courtesy of F. Pagani, C.K. Choi Building, the University of British Columbia

Wednesday, May 14, 7-8:30pm
Topic: Designing Of the Hill, Not On the Hill

Guest Speakers: Kim Smith and Bo Helliwell of Blue Sky Architecture

Peter Davey stated in Picturesque, Tectonic, Romantic Helliwell + Smith Blue Sky Architecture (1999) that “Helliwell and Smith are the inheritors of the organic tradition of modernism”. A building that is well-designed for its site will enhance an appreciation of the surrounding environment and amplify long-term sustainable values. By using examples of recent award-wining work, Helliwell and Smith will illustrate their approach to design, including Wakefield Beach Homes in Sechelt, a home in Eagle Harbour and several homes in the Gulf Islands.

Admission for each presentation is $ 5.


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