2018 Vancouver

Committee on Design Spring Conference
Vancouver, Canada | May 17-19

The Spring Conference of the Committee on Design will take place in Vancouver between May 17 – 19, 2018. The conference hotel is the Pan Pacific located on the scenic waterfront of Vancouver. The welcoming opening reception will take place at the hotel and the former Head of Vancouver Planning will make opening remarks. The reception will be followed by dinner on your own. The schedules for Friday and Saturday include exploration of the central business district including Library Square and Vancouver Public Library by Moshe Safdie Associates and DA Architects+Planners, One Wall Centre by Busby + Associates, the Law Courts designed by Arthur Erickson, the Scotia Dance Center by Stantec/Erickson, and the Vancouver Convention Center West and Harbor Green Park by LMN Architects, MCM and DA Architects. We will also view the under-construction residential building Vancouver Place designed by BIG among other projects.

The tours will also include the University of British Columbia where we will see the Chan Centre for the Performing Arts by Bing Thom Architect, the Liu Institute for Global Issues by Stantec/Erickson, the Belkin Art Gallery by Peter Cardew Architect, the Michael Smith Laboratories by Henriques Partners, and the Beaty Biodiversity Centre, designed by Patkau. Additionally, we will visit the Earth Sciences Building and the Center of Interactive Research and Sustainability both by Perkins+Will. We will have guided tours of the Vancouver Museum of Anthropology designed by Arthur Erickson. We will also visit the Erickson home & garden and a private residence designed by Erickson. If time permits or as on your own visits on Sunday, the Langara Student Union building designed by Teeple Architects and the Sunset Community Centre by Bing Thom are projects worth visiting.

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The tours will be led by architects familiar with the design aspirations with each building. The conference will also include presentations by planners and architects involved with the developments.

The final evening will include dinner and the member’s slide show, always a great opportunity to see the design efforts of fellow members of the COD. The dinner will take place at the Christ Church Cathedral which has a magnificent interior. The tour arrangements are open to refinement as we near the conference date. Vancouver is a city of great architectural interest and the conference will be rich with great design and information regarding this incredible North American City.


See the conference schedule >


Registration closed Monday, May 7.

Continuing Education

Earn up to 9.75 LUs and HSWs TBD

Accommodation + Travel

The host hotel for this conference is Pan Pacific Vancouver. AIA has held rooms in the Deluxe King (CAD $269) and Deluxe Harbor King (CAD $319) categories from May 17 to 19. The reservations include high-speed internet and complimentary access to the fitness center. Check-in is at 4pm an check-out is 12pm.

If you wish for a different arrival or departure date, or a different room category, please call the hotel reservations desk at the number provided below instead of using the direct booking link.

Reservations must be received no later than Friday, April 13 for the group rate; however, the block may sell out prior to the deadline. The conference group rate is $269.00 (CAD) for a Deluxe king room excluding 17.5% lodging tax; there are a limited number of Deluxe Harbour king rooms available for $319 (CAD). A deposit of one night’s room rate is required immediately upon reserving the room, cancellations must be received prior to 72 hours before arrival for a refund of that deposit.

Please note that the Pan Pacific hotel is not available for an extended stay (check out after May 20).

Please provide the following reservation ID at the time of your hotel booking: AIAC0518. Below is the hotel contact information:

  • COD Reservations Webpage >
  • Reservations direct phone: 604-662-3223
  • Reservations direct fax: 604-895-2469
  • Toll free number: 1-800-663-1515 (Canada), 1-800-937-1515 (USA)
  • Email: reservations@panpacificvancouver.com

You will need a valid passport, with at least one blank page, to travel to Canada. If you are US passport holder, no visa is required. However, different rules apply for nationals/passport holders of different countries; please make sure you check with the Canadian Government's site before arranging your plans.

You can book directly with the carriers below, or use your own agent. Another option is to use AIA’s official travel agency, Ovation Corporate Travel, by calling (800) 925 4055 or (516) 624 0308 for international callers on Monday-Friday from 9am-8pm EST (booking fees apply).

If you are booking travel, the current agenda begins at 6:00pm on Thursday, May 17 and ends at 10:00pm on Saturday, May 19.

Delta Air Lines
Reservations and ticketing are available through Delta here (a direct link to AIA’s discount page), or through Ovation Travel or your agent. When booking through Ovation or your agent, ask them to use the meeting code NMQZT in the box provided on the “Search Flights” page.

Reservations may also be made by calling Delta Meeting reservations at (800) 328 1111 Monday-Friday 7am-7pm CDT and using the same meeting code. Please note that there is a fee for booking through the reservation phone number.

United Airlines

United Airlines is pleased to offer discounts of 2 percent to 10 percent off published fares. Save an additional 3 percent off by booking your own reservations at www.united.com. Choose your flight times, and access your meeting discounts by inserting ZYY6630145 in the “Offer Code” box.

You may also call your travel professional or United Meetings at (800) 426 1122 for reservations. Refer to Z Code ZYY6 and Agreement Code 630145. Outside of the United States, please call your local United Airlines reservation office.

Special Needs

The AIA is committed to making meetings and conferences accessible to all to the degree reasonably possible. Please notify us at the time of registration if you have special accessibility needs or specific dietary requirements. Contact Lori Feinman at LoriFeinman@aia.org or via phone at (202) 626-7355 if special arrangements are required.

Member Slide Show

Present your work: Vancouver Member Slide Show

The annual Member Slide Show is always an enjoyable event held at our national conference. It is intended to foster a dialogue among committee members about their recent projects. This year it will be held at the dinner on Saturday, May 19, in Vancouver.

All COD members are welcome to submit. Those in attendance at the conference will present their recent work in six images-sixty seconds.

With your permission, we will also post your work on the COD blog throughout the year. If you would like your work included, you will need to return the permission form—for photo copyright purposes. If you are unable to attend the conference you are still welcome to submit your work in the same format, along with the permission form, and we will post it on the blog as well.

To participate, please submit the following by Friday, May 4:

  1. One Title slide labeled with your firm name and including a photograph of you or your firm.
  2. Six (6) slides, labeled with firm name, project name, project location, and photo credit if required.
Specifications for submitting digital slides:
  • Resolution: 96 ppi (pixels per inch) or higher
  • File Format: JPEG, Optimized (please do not send power point slides)
  • Document Size: maximum 960x720 pixels File Size: maximum 2 MB
Please send 7 total slides (including the title slide) by email to aiacommitteeondesign@gmail.com.
Also, if you would like your work posted on the COD blog site please include with your slides the permission form—completed in a digital or printed format.