Raising Design Awareness; AFBC in Design Quarterly

A renewed mandate for the AFBC

Recently, news from the Architecture Foundation of BC was included in Design Quarterly Magazine. Author Jim Toy is the current chair of the AFBC and principal of False Creek Design Group in Vancouver. The article titled ‘Raising Design Awareness’ speaks to the AFBC’s renewed mandate and focus on education.

Here are excerpts from the article or click here to a pdf of the whole article:

Since its inception in 2001, the Architecture Foundation of BC (AFBC) has celebrated excellence in British Columbia architecture and design through outreach, education and initiatives, all with a goal to build design awareness for British Columbians. Conceived by a group of past presidents of the Architectural Institute of British Columbia (AIBC), the foundation has since evolved into being a major champion of the B.C. built environment. Our goal is to become a leading public resource for all things design in British Columbia and beyond.

How do we continue to help people understand how and why design matters?

To date, the AFBC has funded publications, created awards, programs, and initiatives to engage all stakeholders in helping our communities gain an informed and better appreciation of build­ings and the people who design them.

Communities and the public benefit from the outreach work of architecture and design organizations through education, walking tours, exhibitions, competitions, events and more. The AFBC plans to learn from the best by seeking input from individuals and like-minded professional associations to meet our vision — to recognize and celebrate excellence in British Columbia architecture and design.

There is a story behind buildings and the people who design them, and the AFBC’s public mandate is to do just that — to honour the past, to celebrate the present and to antici­pate an ever brighter future for B.C. architecture and design.

AFBC recent events, awards and programs include the following accomplishments:

  • The 100 Mile House Competition – an international design competition based on designing a house prototype using materials and tech­nology sourced within a 100-mile radius of the City of Vancouver.
  • BC.’s 100 best buildings — an online public contest to vote for your favourite building in British Columbia.
  • Architecture at Play — a timber play structure purpose designed, built and donated to a First Nations community centre in Northern B.C.
  • The Rolf Paterson Education Award — this award recognizes a top graduating student of an accredited baccalaureate degree program in architecture or interior design.
  •  Annual AFBC Golf tournament – builds community and raises funds for the foundation

A focus on education

In addition to the creation of scholastic awards and scholarships, our latest education initiative will focus on bringing architecture to B.C. elementary schools by linking educators with design profes­sionals to produce a comprehensive design curriculum to teach kids about recognizing and appreciating spaces, places, and the built environment. This will be a revamping of the Architecture in Schools program originally launched in 2005.

Click here to view a pdf of the Design Quarterly article.

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