The libraries of tomorrow will look nothing like the libraries of yore. Nova Scotians have already stepped into this future with their beloved Halifax Central Library, a state-of-the-art building that has changed the lives of the city’s residents, and the face of the city itself. “The vision from the library’s senior administration was that they…Read More
Everyone knows architects design buildings—but the blueprints or construction drawings they deliver represent just a small fraction of what they do to bring a project to completion. Because architects are intimately familiar with what it takes to make a building successful (and often know things other people don’t even know they don’t know), their contribution…Read More
When it comes to renovations and restorations—projects that begin with an existing building—the role of an architect can be less than obvious. But working with existing conditions often presents a far greater challenge than starting with a clean slate. Even something as seemingly straightforward as a small home renovation comprises countless details and decisions that…Read More
A city is a system with countless moving parts. Every change affects the people who have built their lives within it: where sunlight falls, how traffic flows, what neighbourhoods feel welcoming. Even in more remote areas, a building that successfully transforms its site can breathe new life into an entire district. Architects don’t just build…Read More
The Broadly Experienced Foreign Architect Program opens doors for foreign-trained architects.
For architects whose education and training took place in another country, obtaining certification to practise in Canada once meant the prospect of returning to school to obtain an entirely new degree. Today, the Broadly Experienced Foreign Architect (BEFA) program helps architects who are new to Canada and lack a degree from an accredited university to obtain certification based on their existing credentials—without retraining. Iraqi-Canadian architect Basma Sahib of Architecture49 shares her experience with the program.