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Profile Last Updated: July 21, 2008
The Architectural Institute of BC (AIBC) is a self-governing body that regulates the profession of architecture in BC. The Institute is dedicated to excellence in the profession of architecture for the benefit of society, the environment and its members. The Architecture Centre Gallery showcases the art of architecture in the AIBC building, offering a collection of media including architectural drawings and models, photographs, and videos of interest to both AIBC members and the public. Work by AIBC members is highlighted, generally around themed exhibits focussing on a particular field of architecture such as design for the entertainment industry or resorts architecture. Annual exhibits include University of British Columbia theses projects and architecture that has won an AIBC award. Educational Elements
The gallery is also an extension of the AIBC’s Architecture in Schools program, an ongoing initiative to foster awareness of the built environment through school-based activities. Another ongoing relationship with Arts Umbrella provides an opportunity for children and youth to discover the wonders of architecture. The Architecture Centre Gallery is a resource for both programs, and provides an outlet to display works created by children participating in these programs. Public outreach is important to the Institute which holds regular “Ask an Architect information sessions. Architecture for All
For visitors with an interest in architecture in general, students contemplating a career in the profession, or those wanting to research local building styles, the Architecture Centre Gallery will reveal a host of valuable information. It also offers guided architectural walking tours in downtown Vancouver where participants can learn about the city from an expert on building styles and purposes.
Not from around here?: Visitors may feel more comfortable visiting this neighbourhood during daylight hours.
Walking Tours: The AIBC offers a series of informative walking tours during the summer months.