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NSAA E-Bulletin
Issue 1 · February/March 2016

News & Events · Professional Development · Committee Updates

Message from The President

A warm welcome to all our NSAA members! 
Beginning in 2014, the NSAA started a collaborative strategic planning exercise that included various opportunities to receive feedback and comments from our members. During consultations with members, they made suggestions on how the NSAA can better communicate with them – one of these was to develop an electronic newsletter that would enable our members to access information in a more concise, structured and less intrusive manner. 
I would like to introduce you to the first issue of our pilot electronic newsletter – and, yes, we are open to suggestions on a name -- which will provide bi-monthly updates on professional development/continuing education offerings (replacing our practice of sending these out individually) and from our various committees and sub-committees plus news about our members, items of interest, and as provide a forum for you to let your fellow NSAA members know your news.
So, as we launch this new initiative, we want to hear from you – what do you think of this format? Do you have a suggestion on a name? Please forward your comments to
Once again, welcome and we look forward to hearing from you.

Ron LeLievre, NSAA President

Upcoming Professional Development Activities

CSC Breakfast Meeting - Highlights of the 2015 Building Code
Presented by Construction Specifications Canada · February 19th, 2016

Joe Rogers, P. Eng., will be presenting an overview of the new changes to the National Building Code. Read more...

ECBEC February Seminar
Presented by East Coast Building Enclosure Council · February 23rd, 2016

Presentations from Gord McPherson on Rainscreen Systems and Francois La Fontaine on Exterior Insulation and Finnish Systems. Read more...

Soprema Tech Series - Science, Technology and Innovation
Presented by Soprema · February 25th, 2016

An opportunity to learn from experts, hearing about SBS technology, dynamic wind uplift testing, building envelopes, and warranty liability. Read more...

Industry Trade Show
Presented by Bird Stairs Limited · February 26th, 2016

A half-day trade show / product review, including a chance to meet and network with sales and technical representatives of numerous key product manufacturers and suppliers. Read more...

LEED Green Associate Exam Kickstarter
Presented by CaGBC · March 5th, 2016

Earn the internationally-recognized LEED® v4 Green Associate credential to equip you with important foundational information on green building principles and practices. Delivered by highly-qualified instructors with real-life experience, this course will provide you with valuable knowledge and give you access to quality study tools. Network with, and learn from, other individuals with similar goals, as you learn what you need to know to pass the Green Associate Exam. Read more...

CSC Workshop Series - Winter 2016
Presented by Construction Specifications Canada · March 7th - 11th, 2016

In just 5 days you can completed CSC's Construction Contract Administrator (CCA) or Specifier 2 (SP2) course. Read more...

2016 TTMAC Tech Expo
Presented by Terrazzo, Tile and Marble Association of Canada · March 31st, 2016

Intended for architects, designers and specification writers, the 2016 Tech Expo will include several seminars and presentations, as well as a panel discussion with industry experts. 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...

News & Events

Keystone Awards 2016

The 2016 Keystone Awards will take place on Thursday, April 21st, 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.
Early bird tickets end on March 1st, so be sure to buy your tickets soon!

Canadian Building Trades Monument - Design Team Announced

Sculptor John Greer and NSAA Licensed Architect, Brian MacKay-Lyons chosen as winning design team for Canadian Building Trades Monument.

Gallery Page and Strange Welcomes NSAA Licensed Architect

Lisa Tondino, of houdinidesign, joins Gallery Page and Strange as a painter, exploring the immense power of nature, extended skies, cloud formations and large expanses of land and water.

(left: Figures in an Apple Orchard, oil on wood)

Architectural League of NY Announces Emerging Voices Awards

NSAA Licensed Architect, Omar Gandhi, has been announced as a recipient of the 2016 Emerging Voices Awards, recognizing distinct design “voices” that have the potential to influence the disciplines of architecture, landscape architecture, and urban design. Read more...

2016 Canadian Green Building Awards

Submissions are now being accepted for the awards, a joint program from Sustainable Architecture & Building Magazine and the Canada Green Building Council. Deadline for submissions is March 4th.

2016 AZ Awards For Design Excellence

The sixth annual international competition, honouring the best work in architecture and design.

Dalhousie School of Architecture Seeking Assistant Professor

Inviting applications for Assistant Professor in Architectural Design and the Humanities.
Anticipated start date is September 2016.

National Defence Seeking Deputy Chief Architect

The Directorate of Assistant Deputy Minister (Infrastructure and Environment) is seeking an experienced Senior Architect to join their growing Ottawa team, within the Directorate of Architecture and Engineering Services. Closing date is March 7th.

Housing Nova Scotia Seeking Term Coordinator

Housing Nova Scotia is seeking an experienced individual to serve the role of Term Coordinator, Residential Development. There are two positions available, both based in the Halifax area. Closing date is February 26th. Read more...

Halifax Architect Selling Architectural Office Equipment

G. F. Duffus & Company Ltd has moved and has most of its office furnishings available for sale, should any member be in need of any such items. Items include: desks, bookcases, filing cabinets, a metal storage cabinet, a traditional drafting board/ table, leather sofa & chair, coffee table, credenza, hanging drawing file cabinet, shelving, and more. Please contact Graeme Duffus ( or 902-420-1851) for a viewing or come by the Brewery Office on February 20th - 21st from 10am - 2pm.

NSAA Committees & Sub-Committees

Flowing from the Strategic Plan, all NSAA committees have undergone an updating and restructuring process. The NSAA will be providing short updates on committee activities in every issue of these e-bulletins. In the meantime we wanted to share with you the new committee structure. If you are interested in volunteering for any of the committees or sub-committees listed below, or want more information, please contact Margo Dauphinee, Executive Director, at .

Governance Standing Committee

  • Finance Sub-Committee - Rayleen Hill, Chair and Secretary-Treasurer
  • Premises Sub-Committee - Chair TBD
  • Human Resources Sub-Committee - Chair and Gregory MacNeil, Vice President
  • Communications Sub-Committee - Chair TBD

Membership Standing Committee - Jane Abbott, Chair

  • Recognition and Awards Sub-Committee - Chair TBD
    • Lt. Governor Design Awards - Gary Hanley, Chair
  • Intern Architects Sub-Committee - Beth MacLeod, Chair
  • Professional Development and Con. Ed. Sub-Committee - Dan O'Reilly, Chair
  • Special Events Sub-Committee - Ron Smith and Meggan Tanner, Co-Chairs
  • Lecture Series Sub-Committee - Chair TBD

Practice Services Standing Committee - Gregory MacNeil, Chair

  • Practice Affairs Sub-Committee - Benjie Nycum, Chair
  • Procurement Sub-Committee - Dennis Ramsay, Chair
  • Contraventions of the Act Sub-Committee - Troy Scott, Chair

Community Outreach Standing Committee -
Richard Doucette, Chair

  • Public Awareness Sub-Committee - Tony Gillis, Chair
    • Website Task Force - Troy Scott, Chair
  • Advocacy Sub-Committee - Chair TBD
  • Stakeholder Relations Sub-Committee - Chair TBD

Regulatory and Mandatory Committees

  • Executive Committee - Ron LeLievre, President
  • Board of Registration - Leif-Peter Fuchs, Registrar
  • Complaints Committee - Paul Caracristi, Chair
  • Discipline Committee - Carol Rogers, Chair
  • Nominating Committee - Leif-Peter Fuchs, Chair and Past-President

NSAA Representatives to Other Groups

  • Canadian Architectural Licensing Authorities
    • Ron LeLievre, President, and Margo Dauphinee, Executive Director
  • NSAA & Dalhousie Joint Report
    • Leif-Peter Fuchs, Past-President
  • NS Building Advisory Committee
    • George Cotaras, NSAA
  • NS Building Code Training and Certification Board
    • Richard Doucette, Councilor
  • RAIC Regional Director (Atlantic)
    • Carol Rogers, NSAA
  • Old South Suburb Heritage Conservation District
    • Kerry Gosse, NSAA
If you have a news item or event you would like circulated in a future NSAA Newsletter, please send an email with details to before the 1st day of the Newsletter period
(e.g. April 1st for the April/May 2016 E-Bulletin).
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