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AIBC announces 2019 Recognition Program honorees

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AIBC announces 2019 Recognition Program honorees
AIBC - Nick Bevanda was awarded a posthumous 2019 AIBC Lifetime Achievement award for his contributions to Okanagan architecture.

VANCOUVER – The Architectural Institute of British Columbia (AIBC) has announced the recipients of its 2019 Recognition Program.

Architect Nick Bevanda won a posthumous AIBC Lifetime Achievement Award for his work in the Okanagan “working on projects in all sectors to ensure a standard of excellence and consistency, while respecting the unique attributes of each project and client,” an AIBC statement said.

Bevanda opened his own practice in 2003 and won several awards including the Lieutenant-Governor of British Columbia Award in Architecture – Merit for Black Hills Estate Winery in Oliver, B.C.

 He merged his firm, Bevanda Architecture Inc., with CEI Architecture Planning Interiors where he was a partner and design-leader. He was inducted as a Fellow of the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada (RAIC) in 2015.

“Architecture is an art. All buildings are public, whether publicly or privately funded. They contribute to the overall quality and livability of our communities. Only through a responsive design process can we produce buildings that are beautiful, sustainable and representative of our time,” an AIBC statement quoted Bevanda saying about his philosophy of design.

Terence Williams also received an AIBC Lifetime Achievement award. He then emigrated from the United Kingdom in 1970 to Vancouver and registered with the AIBC the same year. He served on the AIBC council from 1978 to 1983, including two terms as president. He also said on the RAIC board of directors from 1984 to 1988 and was chancellor of the RAIC College of Fellows. Williams served as a member of the Parliamentary Precinct Oversight Advisory Committee from 1999 to 2012 to determine the long-term vision for Parliament Hill’s future and is a founding member of the Canadian Green Building Council. He is also a fellow of the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada and an honorary fellow of the American Institute of Architects.

Williams said he is “lucky to have found architecture as a vocation. Lucky to have been able to practice it in various parts of the world. Lucky to raise a family, play rugby, tennis, ski, kayak and row in British Columbia.”

The 2019 AIBC CEO award for exceptional volunteer service goes to architect Paul Kernan, who moved to Canada from Dublin in 1987 and enrolled in the AIBC’s Internship in Architecture program. He registered with the AIBC in 1993.

Kernan has worked with Blewett Dodd Ching Lee, Dalla-Lana Griffin Architects, and James K.M. Cheng Architects Inc., before moving to work for the City of Vancouver as its building envelope specialist. He ran his own from 1999 to 2003 before joining RDH Building Science Inc., where he is the principal and senior building science specialist. 

Since 2011 Kernan has been a member of the AIBC qualifications committee and became chair of the committee in 2016. He has also been a member of the AIBC energy and environment and building envelope committees and is a former member and chair of the City of North Vancouver Advisory Design Panel.

Six additional members of the AIBC council will also be honored at the formal ceremony, which will take place in late November at the VanDusen Botanical Garden in Vancouver.

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