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NSAA E-Bulletin
Issue 3 · April 2016

News · Employment Opportunities · Professional Development · Committee Updates

What are NSAA POP OVER events?

The NSAA Intern Architect Sub-Committee and the Council would like to thank those firms who have hosted POP OVER events for NSAA Intern Architect and student members. The focus of these events are to provide profession-wide networking opportunities for Intern Architects and students where they can (1) begin to understand the basic structure and operation of a firm and (2) gain insight into the experience of the hosting firm.

The focus is to provide information on the pathway to licensure, different work experiences, strategies for winning and executing great projects, as well as difficulties of the profession. ALL MEMBERS need to understand that this is the intent of the POP OVERs – they are NOT a venue to solicit employees NOR are they an opportunity to view the confidential work of fellow members. POP OVERs are professional events and as such the NSAA expects professional conduct from ALL attendees. The POP OVER events are an important NSAA initiative and it is up to ALL MEMBERS to contribute to their success.

Nova Scotia Bill 64

An Act Respecting the Limitations of Actions

What you need to know:
On November 20, 2014, the new Nova Scotia Limitation of Actions Act – the legislation that determines the time limit with in which a lawsuit must be started in relation to a Nova Scotia claim – received Royal Assent. This new law repeals the current Limitation of Actions Act and will take effect on September 1, 2015. 

What’s changed:
This new Act changes a number of time periods within which an action may be filed for certain civil claims in Nova Scotia. It also simplifies the legislation and is more consistent with similar laws adopted by other provinces such as Alberta, British Columbia, Ontario and New Brunswick.
The new legislation may be viewed here.
Some key changes include:
  • Consolidation of multiple limitation periods
  • Adoption of a basic limitation period of two years
  • Introduction of an ultimate limitation period of 15 years
  • New definition of “discoverability”
What this means for architects:
With few exceptions, everything is subject to a two-year “discoverability” limitation date and a fifteen-year ultimate limitation date. This means that the liability of applicable actions expire
  • two years after a claimant discovered, or ought to have discovered, the damage, injury, or loss; or
  • fifteen years from the date that the damage, injury, or loss occurred, regardless of whether it has been discovered or not. 
For more information:

Upcoming Professional Development Activities

Dalhousie Lecture: Frank Harmon
Presented by Dalhousie Faculty of Architecture and Planning · April 4th, 2016

The presentation will be held in Auditorium HA19 in the Medjuk Building at 5410 Spring Garden Road, Halifax, at 7:00 pm. Read more...

CSC Breakfast Meeting: "Safety on the Roof"
Presented by Construction Specifications Canada · April 8th, 2016

Presented by Ryan Kinch, of Skyline Group, the meeting will introduce temporary safety devices for roof work, guard rails around roof units, and roof access ladders. Read more...

Zita Cobb Lecture and Film Screening of "Strange and Familiar"
Presented by the Architects Association of New Brunswick · April 29th, 2016

Presented by the Architects Association of New Brunswick, the award winning film “Strange and Familiar” will be shown followed by an illustrated talk by internationally acclaimed Zita Cobb at the Fredericton Playhouse. Read more...

UDI Development 2016 - Better Development for a Better Halifax
Presented by the Urban Development Institute of Canada · May 4th, 2016

A one-day conference featuring the latest trends, ideas, and technologies for our industry. Development 2016 will include Breakfast & Luncheon Keynote presentations, education sessions on a variety of key topics, a Closing Plenary, and many networking opportunities including a late afternoon reception. Read more...

Convergence: Banff Session 2016
Presented by the Alberta Architects Association · May 13th and 14th, 2016

Every two years, the Alberta Association of Architects (AAA) holds a conference in Banff, Alberta – nestled in the picturesque Rocky Mountains. The conference, appropriately titled Banff Session, has a long and illustrious history. Having a well established reputation with consistent and enthusiastic support from delegates, speakers, sponsors and exhibitors, Banff Session celebrates its 60th anniversary in 2016. Read more...

2016 CSC Conference
Presented by Construction Specifications Canada · May 25th - 29th, 2016

Informative and educational technical programs for those in the Design, Building, and Supply industries. There will also be numerous networking and social events throughout the week. Read more...

2016 Can BIM Halifax
Presented by Canada BIM Council · June 1st - 2nd, 2016

Join ​​industry ​leaders ​and ​practitioners ​in ​an ​open ​ discussion ​about ​BIM, ​hosting ​a ​series ​of ​presentations ​and ​panel ​discussions ​aimed ​at ​addressing ​this ​central ​ question: ​"Why ​Not ​BIM?"
NSAA Members may use Registration Code BIMHFX16EW when registering for a discount on the event fee. Read more...


News & Events

2016 NSAA Council Expressions of Interest

The NSAA Nominating Committee is currently accepting expressions of interest for Council for the upcoming 2016-2018 term. Deadline to submit nominations is April 26th. 

2015 Lieutenant Governor Design Awards in Architecture

The NSAA is now accepting registrations/submissions for the 2015 Lieutenant Governor Awards. Registration deadline is April 6th. Read more...

NSAA Seeking Jury Members for 2015 Lieutenant
Governor Awards

The NSAA is looking for expressions of interest from licensed architects within the NSAA who are interested in serving as a member of the 2015 Lieutenant Governor Design Awards in Architecture Jury. The Awards Jury is composed of professionals from within the profession (two NSAA licensed architects, one non-NSAA licensed architect, and one member from the School of Architecture). Individuals and/or their firms who plan to submit projects for the 2015 awards will not be eligible to be considered as jury members due to a conflict of interest.

Please provide a brief statement via email (100 words max) describing your interest in sitting on the NSAA’s jury and why your qualifications make you a strong candidate. Deadline for expressions of interest is May 4th, 2016.

CanBIM Seeking Architect to Sit on Panel

As a presenting partner, the NSAA is looking for expressions of interest from Architects interested in participating on a panel discussion regarding the adoption of BIM in the Atlantic Provinces during CanBIM’s event, June 1st and 2nd, at the Holiday Inn Harbourview, Dartmouth.
Those interested, please contact by April 11, 2016.

Volunteers for Doors Open Halifax 2016

As a Silver Sponsor for Doors Open Halifax 2016, the NSAA is looking for volunteers from its membership who would be interested in volunteering at one of the venues and/or providing editorial content of the venues on the event's website. Doors Open 2016 venues include:
  • Old Town Clock
  • City Hall
  • Government House
  • Scotia Bank
  • St. Paul's Anglican Church
  • Cambridge Military Library
  • Fire Station #2 (University Ave)
  • Keith's Brewery
  • Keith's Hall
For more information, or to be put on the list, please contact Margo Dauphinee, Executive Director, at by May 3rd, 2016.

Halifax Planning & Development: Centre Plan

The Centre Plan is phase three of HRMbyDesign, which is focused on creating a dense, livable, and prosperous Regional Centre (Dartmouth and Halifax urban core) that will result in sustained economic, environmental, and social benefits across the entire municipality. The project has developed a survey for residents and professionals to complete and provide feedback on the project. Read more...

RAIC Foundation College of Fellows
Centennial Fund for Interns / Intern Architects

The RAIC is currently receiving submissions for the RAIC Foundation College of Fellows Centennial Fund for Interns/Intern Architects. The recipient of the RAIC Intern/Intern Architect Fund Award will be presented with a cheque in the amount of $5,000 at the upcoming Festival of Architecture (June 2016 in Nanaimo, BC). Read more...

March Pop Over Studio Tour @ DSRA

On behalf of the entire NSAA Intern Subcommittee, I would like to extend a sincere thank you to all who attended the March Pop Over at DSRA. We would like to thank to DSRA for hosting and putting together a great event. The Pop Overs have been wonderfully received and are helping to foster a warm, welcoming network for students and interns looking to build a future in our amazing profession. We look forward to seeing you all at the next Pop Over!
- Beth MacLeod, Chair of NSAA Intern Architect Committee

Zaha Hadid, Groundbreaking British-Iraqi Architect, Dies at 65

Architect Zaha Hadid, whose designs include the London Olympic Aquatic Centre, died on Thursday, March 31st, 2016. Earlier this year Hadid was the first woman to receive the Royal Institute of British Architects Gold Medal in recognition of her work.

"We now see more established female architects all the time," Zaha said in February when accepting the Gold Medal, "that doesn't mean it's easy. Sometimes the challenges are immense. There has been tremendous change over recent years and we will continue this progress."

The BBC has collected images and descriptions of Zaha Hadid's work, which can be found here. The NSAA wishes to extend its condolences to Ms. Hadid's friends and family at this time.

Keystone Awards 2016
6PM - Thursday, April 21st

Join us for the 2016 Keystone Awards at the Maritime Museum of the Atlantic. Winners of the 2016 Keystone Awards will be announced during this reception-style dinner. Awards will be presented to architects and individuals involved in the Nova Scotia design, development, and construction industries. Proceeds go to Dalhousie Scholarships and Habitat for Humanity. Read more...

Planning Beyond Zoning - 2016 Conference

May 18th - 20th
A three day conference with keynote speakers Colin Ellard, Director of the University of Waterloo Urban Realities Laboratory, and Andy Fillmore, Member of Parliament for Halifax and Licensed Professional Planner. Presented by the Atlantic Planners Institute, Nova Scotia Planning Directors Association, and Licensed Professional Planners Association of Nova Scotia. Read more...

2016 RAIC Festival of Architecture: Connexions

June 8th - 11th

The Royal Architectural Institute of Canada (RAIC) heads to Nanaimo B.C. with the 2016 Festival of Architecture that is designed to engage the public as well as architects from across the country. The four-day Festival celebrates the theme of CONNEXIONS within a landscape that exemplifies the concept. Architects will connect with each other and, through a series of special events open to the public, connect with the Vancouver Island community. Read more...

BuildGreen Atlantic 2016 - Inspiration and Innovation

June 21st - 22nd

BuildGreen Atlantic 2016 is a conference, trade show and networking event that advances the design, construction, and operation of greener buildings in Atlantic Canada. Read more...

Fowler Bauld & Mitchell Ltd. seeking Intermediate Architect

FBM seeks a self-motivated, talented Architect with 5–7 years’ experience (as a licensed architect) and a demonstrated commitment to excellence in building design and detailing.  

NSAA Committees & Sub-Committees

Flowing from the Strategic Plan, all NSAA committees are undergoing an update and restructuring process. The NSAA will be providing short updates on committee activities in every issue of these e-bulletins. If you are interested in volunteering for any committee or sub-committee, or want more information, please contact Margo Dauphinee, Executive Director, at .

Special Events Subcommittee

2016 Annual General Meeting - Save the Date - June 3rd

The Special Events Subcommittee has hired the services of an event planner for the Annual General Meeting and have confirmed the AGM will be on June 3rd, 2016, at the Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21. The Special Events Subcommittee is planning a new and dynamic format for the AGM and once completed the official notice and registration information will be circulated to all members.

Awards and Recognition Subcommittee

The NSAA has circulated details on the 2015 Lieutenant Governor Design Awards in Architecture, with a registration deadline of April 6th and a Submission deadline of May 6th.

Public Awareness Subcommittee

As a silver sponsor for Doors Open 2016, the NSAA Public Awareness Subcommittee is working with Doors Open Halifax to enhance the NSAA's visibility during the June 4th-5th event. Stay tuned for further details.

Website Task Force

The Website Task Force has drafted a scope of work to approach potential web developers for proposals, and will be circulating the RFP soon.

Contravention of the Act Subcommittee

The subcommittee has met and investigated several identified concerns where individuals and/or companies may have been in contravention of the Architects Act. Through this process the subcommittee has been able to clear some concerns as found not to be in contravention, and have drafted communication for others to address the concerns and clarify any issues proactively.
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