Architecture Canada n°3 2nd semestre 2007
Architecture Canada n°3 2nd semestre 2007
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■ ■ ■ www.raic.org/2007 Building Curriculum Continued from page 42 Bemi needs more hands on deck to help him promote Art in Architecture. He has assembled a committee of members from the College of Fellows. But for now, he’s its lead spokesman — a role fitting for a man who once considered a different career than the one that has consumedhim for more than 50 years. Following his wartime service, Bemi wanted to be a firefighter — but the teenager from the rough-and-tumble North End district of Winnipeg wasn’t old enough. He needed to be 21 and was only 19 years old when he was discharged from the navy. Having left school at the age of 15, Bemi was told by a Department of Veterans Affairs (DVA) career counsellor to consider becoming a draftsman. So after taking his grades 11 and 12 — in one year — at the DVA school in Winnipeg, Bemi says that « architecture chose me. » Bâtir un programme une dizaine d’écoles, en moyenne. On parle donc d’environ 30 000 écoles secondaires. » L’Ottawa Regional Society of Architects a déjà offert un montant de 5 000 $ au programme et l’architecte Moriyama a quant à lui donné 50 copies du DVD pour en favoriser la distribution dans les salles de classe du Canada. Bemi a toutefois besoin de plus d’aide encore pour promouvoir Art en architecture. Il a formé un comité de membres du Collège des fellows. Pour l’instant, il en est le porte-parole — un rôle qui convient bien à un homme qui a déjà songé à choisir une autre carrière que celle qu’il a poursuivie pendant plus de 50 ans. Après son service militaire, Bemi a songé à devenir pompier — mais l’adolescent du quartier difficile du nord-est de Winnipeg n’avait pas l’âge requis. Il fallait avoir 21 ans et il n’en avait que 19 quand il a été libéré de la marine. Un conseiller en carrières du ministère des Anciens combattants lui a suggéré de devenir dessinateur, car il avait quitté l’école à 15 ans. Après avoir obtenu ses diplômes de 11 e et 12 e années — en un an — à l’école des In 1951, he graduated with a bachelor’s degree in architecture from the University of Manitoba in Winnipeg. Bemi’s early career took him to Ottawa, where he worked for Defence Construction (1951) Ltd., Canada Mortgage and Housing Corp. and with the firm, Greenspoon, Freelander and Dunne. In 1957, he opened his own practice — and was joined 31 years later by his son, James Bemi, MRAIC, who, following his dad’s retirement last year, now heads the firm, Bemi, Bemi & Associates Architects Ltd. in Ottawa. An RAIC member for nearly a half-century, Bemi has amassed an impressive portfolio. Among the over 200 public and private-sector buildings that carry his design signature are three significant structures in the national capital : the Ottawa Public Library, the YM-YWCA building and the West Carleton Secondary School. In joint venture with the Ottawa firm, Pye & Richards Architects Inc., he completed the Ottawa Congress Centre and the headquarters for the anciens combattants de Winnipeg, Bemi dit que « l’architecture m’a choisi ». En 1951, il a obtenu un baccalauréat en architecture de l’Université du Manitoba à Winnipeg. En début de carrière, il a d’abord travaillé à Ottawa, pour Construction de Défense (1951) Limitée, puis pour la Société canadienne d’hypothèques et de logement, avant de travailler dans un cabinet privé, Greenspoon, Freelander and Dunne. En 1957, il a ouvert son propre bureau — auquel s’est joint 31 ans plus tard son fils James Bemi, MRAIC, qui depuis la retraite de son père l’an dernier, dirige maintenant la firme Bemi, Bemi & Associates Architects Ltd. à Ottawa. Membre de l’IRAC depuis près d’un demi-siècle, Bemi a constitué au fil des ans un impressionnant portfolio. Parmi plus de 200 bâtiments des secteurs publics et privé qui portent sa signature, trois revêtent une importance particulière dans la capitale nationale : la bibliothèque publique d’Ottawa, l’édifice du YM-YWCA et l’école secondaire de Carleton Ouest. 44 ■ THE ROYAL ARCHITECTURAL INSTITUTE OF CANADA/L’INSTITUT ROYAL D’ARCHITECTURE DU CANADA Ottawa Police Service, which Charles, the Prince of Wales, opened in 1983. Now, through the Art in Architecture program, he says he’s able to « give back something » to a profession he has been passionate about since his university days. « At the end of the DVD, there’s a touching scene where Moriyama is with his granddaughter and she tells him she wants to be an architect like him. « My granddaughter is also studying architecture at McGill in Montreal and I couldn’t be happier, » says Bemi. « I just want to ensure that her class and those that follow are inspired by architects like Moriyama who approaches his profession with endlessimagination. » ■ For more information on how to add the Art in Architecture kits, each containing a DVD and teaching guide, to your curriculum, contact info@raic.org. En consortium avec le bureau Pye & Richards Architects Inc. d’Ottawa, il a réalisé le Centre des congrès d’Ottawa et le siège social du Service de police d’Ottawa, que le Prince Charles a inauguré en 1983. Aujourd’hui, par l’entremise du programme Art en architecture, il dit qu’il peut « donner quelque chose » à une profession qui l’a passionné depuis ses premiers jours à l’université. « À la fin du DVD, il y a une scène touchante où Moriyama est avec sa petite-fille qui lui dit qu’elle souhaite être architecte comme lui. « Ma petite-fille étudie aussi l’architecture à l’Université McGill de Montréal, et je ne pourrais en être plus heureux », dit Bemi. « Je veux simplement m’assurer qu’elle et ses collègues, ainsi que tous les autres qui suivront soient inspirés par des architectes comme Moriyama qui aborde sa profession avec une imagination sans fin. » ■ Pour de plus amples renseignements sur l’intégration à votre programme scolaire de la trousse Art en architecture, qui comprend un DVD et un guide d’enseignement, veuillez communiquer avec info@raic.org.
It’s ultimately allabout the Students ! By Jon Hobbs, FRAIC RAIC Executive Director A As a reader of this magazine, you are probably one of the most important decision makers regarding school design and construction. And, we at RAIC believethat the next generation of schools should be the best ever designed and the most sustainable buildings possible. The table included with this article was prepared by McGraw Hill Construction analytics and represents U.S. school data — if we extrapolate the numbers and consider that Canada is about 10 per cent of this volume we still see nearly $8 billion in new school construction alone has taken place over the last few years. We need to ensure that school boards, teachers, administrators, and most importantly, our children, get the best value for their school construction dollars. That is why it is so important to choose the best architect for your project. Architects’fees represent a very, very small percentage of the life cycle cost of any building and it should be noted that small design enhancements can mean enormous improvements in human productivity and attendance. Furthermore, most architects are trained to deliver energy-efficient and environmentally sound buildings and this must be demanded for all future schools by all school boards. Sustainability and long-termvalue for taxpayers Decisions made during project planning and design have ramifications over the entire service life of any project especially school buildings. Students, teachers, janitors, and school administrators, have to live with those decisions for decades, even generations. An appropriate investment in professional services at theonset of a project can potentially reduce capital, maintenance and operating costs while improving reliability and extending service life. Conversely, reducing that investment at the design stage can result in significantly higher capital, operating and maintenance costs throughout the service life of the project. « It is unwise to pay too much, but it is worse to pay too little. When you pay too little, you sometimes lose everything because the thing you bought was incapable of doing the thing you bought it to do. » John Ruskin (1819-1900) This quotation captures the reality faced by public officials engaged in commissioning the services of architects and other professional consultants. Often, cheapest price gets mistaken for best value. There is once again a need to re-introduce the concept of value to procurement of consulting services. One source for information is the RAIC website and the web-based document « Choosing an Architect ». Another important tool is The National Guide to Sustainable Municipal Infrastructure (InfraGuide) which now has a Best Practice for Selecting a Professional Consultant. This Best Practice promotes the principles of Qualifications-Based Selection (QBS). The « Best Practice, » which was developed using extensive interviews and research, suggests that many agencies do, in fact, recognize that QBS encourages innovation, life-cycle cost savings and sustainability. All About the Students Value of School Construction Starts 2000 through 2005 (billions) Additions Alterations 56.1 31.9 Additions 56.1 Alterations 21188 Number of Projects 2000 through 2005 New Construction 79.1 New Construction 9065 Additions 14285 Source : McGraw-Hill Construction Analytics 2007 Special Sector Study : Education If we extrapolate the numbers and consider that Canada is about 10 per cent of this volume we still see nearly $8 billion in new school construction alone has taken place over the last few years. Supported by this new « Best Practice, » public officials will now have the necessary ammunition to make meaningful and effective changes to the way they invest in schools and other educational facilities. InfraGuide is a collaboration of the Federation of Canadian Municipalities, Infrastructure Canada, the National Research Council and the Canadian Public Works Association to help administrators and municipalities make informeddecisions and promote sustainable infrastructure investment. Although originally intended for infrastructure projects, the principles outlined in this Best Practice are relevant for the selection of an architect for your next school project. ■ THE ROYAL ARCHITECTURAL INSTITUTE OF CANADA/L’INSTITUT ROYAL D’ARCHITECTURE DU CANADA ■ 45 www.raic.org/2007



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