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NSAA E-Bulletin
Issue 4 · May 2016

News · Employment Opportunities · Professional Development · Committee Updates

Save the date! Spring Forum 2016

Create. Collaborate. Celebrate.

June 3rd at Pier 21

You are invited to Spring Forum 2016 – our re-vamped annual Spring gathering – once known as the NSAA AGM/afternoon con ed session or trade show, it is now a day full of activity!
Highlights of this day-long event include the AGM, a luncheon with guest speaker, a guest lecturer in the afternoon, the President’s Awards, and a closing reception. There will also be opportunities throughout the day for you to interact with fellow members to help the NSAA and its committees get organized for the year ahead.
Online registration will be announced shortly.

NSAA Opens Its Doors for Doors Open 2016

For the first time, the NSAA will be a Doors Open venue on June 4th and 5th and will feature the launch of our newly-refreshed display windows! We are very excited to be inviting the public to visit our downstairs seminar room to learn about architects and local architecture!
What better way to raise our profile, create public awareness, and highlight our contribution to the unique identity of communities then by being a venue -- and for it to be successful, we need your help!
We are looking for members to:
  • Volunteer at the NSAA on June 4 and/or June 5 to greet and discuss architecture with the visiting public, and
  • Contribute items for display such as architectural models and/or construction system mock-ups. Please note that while the NSAA will take all reasonable steps to protect display items, it will not accept liability for any items damaged or lost.
For more information or to become involved, please contact Margo Dauphinee, Executive Director at by May 20th, 2016.

Upcoming Professional Development Activities

SketchUp Courses
Presented by Peter Henry, NSAA · Several Dates, May and June, 2016

Peter Henry Architects is coordinating a SketchUp course led by Peter Henry, NSAA and Tyler Reynolds, recent School of Architecture graduate. Pending interest, the following courses will be offered: SketchUp 1) Introduction Course, 2) Intermediate Course, and 3) Rendering course. Read more...

Aiming for Net Zero Speaker Series
Presented by the Ecology Action Centre · May 12th and June 23rd, 2016

Nova Scotia could be on track to construct all new buildings to Net Zero by 2030. The Ecology Action Centre (Built Environment Committee) is hosting a speaker series (featuring Keith Robertson, NSAA and Don Roscoe, passive solar home builder) to discuss how prepared we are to meet the challenge. 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...

Roofing Presentations
Presented by the Roofing Contractors Association of Nova Scotia · May 29th, 2016

The Roofing Contractors Association of Nova Scotia would like to invite you to two roofing presentations followed by a luncheon. The presentations will take place on Sunday, May 29th, 2016 at The Prince George Hotel in Halifax during the Annual Canadian Roofing Contractors Association Conference. 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...

"Preservation of Place" Architectural Symposium, Newfoundland
Presented by Trinity Historical Society · May 31st - June 2nd, 2016

Trinity Historical Society, a not-for-profit heritage organization in the historic Town of Trinity, Newfoundland and Labrador will be holding an Architectural Symposium from May 31 – June 2. 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. Can BIM will be ​hosting ​a ​series ​of ​presentations ​and ​panel ​discussions ​aimed ​at ​addressing ​this ​central question: ​"Why ​Not ​BIM?"
For a discount on the event fee, NSAA Members may use Registration Code BIMHFX16EW when registering. Read more...

News & Events

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 20th, 2016.

Internship in Architecture Program Feedback Survey

The NSAA Intern Architect Subcommittee has developed a new survey for members to submit feedback on the IAP process. Deadline to submit feedback is May 9th. 

2016 Architecture Awards Presented by BUILD Magazine

Voting is now open for the 2016 Architecture Awards, brought to you by BUILD Magazine (Staffordshire, UK). From one man bands to multinational corporations, the awards disregard size and region and strive to reward those deserving within such a vital industry. Read more...

National Urban Design Awards

Nine cities across Canada “have been enriched by the addition of remarkable urban design initiatives,” says the jury of the 2016 National Urban Design Awards. The winning projects range from urban infill to renewed public spaces and playful installations. 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...

Major Projects 2016: Capital Investment Outlook for Atl. Canada

Presented by Atlantic Provinces Economic Council - June 6th

Registration is now open for Major Projects 2016. With over $120 billion in investment planned, major projects are a key force propelling Atlantic Canada's economy forward. Capitalizing on this wave of major projects investment is essential to growing your business, and Major Projects 2016 provides the perspective you need to profit from these opportunities. 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...

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 .

Awards and Recognition Subcommittee

The subcommittee is currently drafting a structure for annual awards and presentations aimed at recognizing the achievements and dedication of NSAA members in both the architectural and global communities.

Intern Architect Subcommittee

The subcommittee is currently working on a Mentor Information Session to provide current and future Mentors with information on their role in the Internship in Architecture Program. The session will be on June 16th and will include a panel of individuals who represent various parts of the IAP process. An official invitation for the event will be circulated to Mentors at the end of June. The Subcommittee is also currently testing out an Experience Recording Tool (using Google Sheets) to aid Intern Architects in recording experience throughout their internship and keeping it organized. Once fully tested this tool will be released to the entire membership to make use of it.

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. The NSAA downstairs seminar room will be used by the Doors Open planning committee for training sessions for volunteers the week before the event, as well as an information center during the event. The NSAA will also be featuring various NSAA projects and past Lieutenant Governor Awards Recipients as a venue at the 2016 Doors Open event. If you are interested in volunteering for the NSAA for the Doors Open event, please contact Margo Dauphinee at by Friday, May 20th.

Website Task Force

The Website Task Force will soon be selecting a developer to design a new NSAA website and provide new branding direction.
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(e.g. May 31st for the June 2016 E-Bulletin).
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