TTIA NEWS

The Trinidad and Tobago Institute of Architects is a non-profit organization that promotes the ethical practice, art and science of architecture in Trinidad and Tobago.

TTIA Announces First CPD Seminar

6th February 2014

The Trinidad and Tobago Institute of Architects (TTIA) announces its first Continuing Professional Development (CPD) seminar on Thursday February 6th at the Trinidad and Tobago Group of Professional Associations (TTGPA) Conference Room, 11-13 Fitzblackman Drive South, Woodbrook, Port of Spain. The TTIA has made CPD mandatory for its members effective this 2014. CPD is about maintaining professionalism and competence, enhancing career development, increasing business potential and a sense of personal growth and satisfaction. 

This Seminar entitled "Waterproofing Technology in Trinidad and Tobago" is being presented by Hugh Schamber and is open to all. It is free to TTIA Members and $100 to Non-Members. See the flyer below for more information.


TTIA President Outlines Key Issues to Government at TTBS launch

31st January 2014

        

Last night at the Hyatt Regency was the website launch of the Trinidad and Tobago Building Source, a dynamic new online resources of building products, suppliers, contractors, and design professionals in Trinidad and Tobago. The Trinidad and Tobago Institute of Architects (TTIA) gave their full support this new initiative by one of its own members, Ruana Booker-Evans who is the managing director.

Before the feature address by Senator Dr. the Honourable Bhoendradatt Tewarie, Minister of Planning and Sustainable Development, TTIA President, Jenifer Smith was invited to gave a presentation that helped define the complex and often misunderstood role that architects play in the design buildings as well as a very lucid description to the Government of Trinidad and Tobago on what are the key issues necessary to improve one of the important local Service Industries to serves the public interest, the Architecture Industry. 

Click to download her presentation, which even inspired the Minister to not read his prepared speech and instead begin to address some of the industry's most pressing issues.

World Architecture News on Chinese Construction 

28th March 2013

In a recent editorial by World Architecture News (WAN), a global resource for architecture, the editors have raised what appears to be a new scandal in Chinese Construction. In their previous editorial, which the TTIA also covered, Chinese construction firms were using thinned structural steel reinforcement on projects. It now appears that the use of sea sand is being used in the construction. According to WAN, "The use of sea sand in the production of concrete is considered dangerous as the material contains chlorine and salt wich can corrode the steel reinforcement rods within a construction project, rendering it unstable." Read the article titled, "New Scandal in Chinese Construction: First Steel Thinning, Now Corrosive concrete...

China, who has acquired a 10% stake in Atlantic LNG in Point Lisas through one of its state-owned companies, has also been awarded major projects in Trinidad and Tobago recently through loan agreements with T&T's Government for projects such as the Couva Children's Hospital and sporting facilites including the National Aquatics Centre, The National Cycling Centre, plus three additional multipurpose sports facilites. This is not to mention previous awards such as UWI's Debe Campus, the completion of the Scarborough hospital in Tobago or the National Acadamy of Performing Arts buildings, and the Prime Minister's Residence to name a few. What is not apparent is whether or not Registered Architects are involved in any of these projects, which raises great concern to us over the protection of the public. 

The average T&T citizen sees nothing wrong with an increased presence of state-owned Chinese construction firms, in fact many feel the strong work ethic of the Chinese is good for the T&T construction industry. However people employed or previously employed by T&T's construction industry may beg to differ, especially as the remaining consultant and construction work for public projects continues to be extremely limited. Based on WAN's article, one thing is for sure, those responsible for signing contracts and overseeing the work of Chinese Constructions firms in Trinidad and Tobago need to look very carefully at what is being delivered.



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Consideration Needed When Expanding Landmarks 

28th March 2013

Sorry we missed this one. Architect and conservationist Geoffrey MacLean was able to raise some awareness on the need for careful consideration when expanding national landmarks which form significant aspects of Trinidad and Tobago's architectural heritage. His comments were in relation to the unfortunate recent additions to Port of Spain's City Hall, a design influenced by the Modern movement in Architecture, with significant murals by local artists. Read the article by Zahra Gordon from the Trinidad Guardian newspaper titled "Architect: City Hall Roof an Unfortunate Addition." We must all endeavor to not let these things happen in the future.



Trinidad Architects Featured in The New York Times  

22th March 2013

This week, the New York Times featured an article on two houses designed by Trinidad and Tobago Architects. One was by Mark Raymond of Mark Raymond Architect and the other by Gary Turton of acla:works. The TTIA is pleased to have two former presidents of the TTIA demonstrating the capabilities of Trinidadian architects to the world. Click on the image below to view the article, written by Jewel Fraser, titled "Taking Advantage of Trinidad's Picturesque Terrain." Photos were courtesy of Lumis Photography.

TTIA President on National Accessibility Code 

22th March 2013

TTIA President Jenifer Smith was able to share some thoughts on the opportunities and challenges to be faced in the implementation of a national accessibility code. Jenifer was at a stakeholders' consultation on a national accessibility code on March 21st. Click on the image below to view the article from the Guardian written by Geisha Kowlessar.


Presentation on Emerging & Sustainable Cities - Port of Spain 

18th March 2013

Professor Klumpner, Chair of Architecture and Urban Design, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology will be doing a presentation on work done by the School on the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) Emerging & Sustainable Cities initiative. Port of Spain has been selected by the IDB to be one of these cities. 

The goal of the initiative is to form alliances with cities that wish to develop long term strategies for sustainability in environmental, fiscal, and urban management, and to plan for the impacts of climate change. In each city, a team of sector experts from the IDB made a comprehensive and rigorous diagnosis and evaluated challenges that affect sustainability. Later, city officials used these inputs to prioritize problems and design an Action Plan to solve them. The IDB is now helping the cities to prepare investments projects and obtain funding from international sources to support these plans.

This project is done in partnership with key stakeholders including the Ministry of Planning & Sustainable Development, the East Port of Spain Development Company (who have been developing a Master Plan for East Port of Spain), the Port of Spain Corporation, San Juan Laventille Regional Corporation, University of the West Indies (UWI) and University of Trinidad and Tobago (UTT). 

The presentation is on Wednesday March 20 at City Hall, 2-4 Knox Street, Port of Spain, 5:00 - 6:00pm. Please see the flyer below for further information. The TTIA invites members to this free event to learn more about this project and its effects on our capital city.


Presentation by the Head of the Caribbean School of Architecture 

13th February 2013

Dr. Rohan Bailey, Head of the Caribbean School of Architecture at the University of Technology will visit Trinidad this coming week where he will be giving a presentation on Tuesday February 19 at the Professional Centre, 11-13 Fitzblackman Drive. Please see the flyer below for further information. Please spread the word to those who might be interested in pursuing a career in Architecture.

TTIA Launches its 2013 Diary & Sourcebook

8th January 2013


The TTIA wishes all a Healthy, Happy and Prosperous 2013!

In their last event for 2012, the TTIA hosted a party for its members and advertisers at its annual Diary launch. The event was held at Roscos in Woodbrook. 

Be sure to purchase your copy or take advantage of bulk order prices as these uniquely designed and user-friendly diaries are also sourcebooks packed with useful contacts and information about the industry. It is a must have whether you are a design professionals, client, contractor, supplier or member the general public.

2013 Diaries are available for sale at the TTIA Secretariat located at Unit B 305, The Professional Centre, 11-13 Fitzblackman Drive, Wrightson Road Extension, Port of Spain. Prices are $120 for 1 copy, 3 copies for $300, 4 copies or more are $90 each. For more information contact the Secretariat at administration@ttia-architects.org.

Design-Build...Not The Only Option

18th December 2012

In an article in Newsday on Monday December 17th, TTIA President, Jenifer Smith questions the widespread choice of Design-Build for procurement in the local construction industry. Jenifer challenges the abrupt and complete use of the design-build model when other options are also available and the fact that few projects seem to have been awarded in a time when the local industry is still in need of stimulus.

Click here to read the article.

TTIA Honours Tony Gibbs at AGM

8th June 2012

Non-Registered Architect Designs Judicial Centres

10th May 2012

The Joint Consultative Council for the Construction Industry (JCC) queries the procurement of the Judicial Centres and call on Justice Minister Volney to act swiftly to stop it in a recent article in the Newsday. 

According to the article, PGAL Consultants, a US-based architectural firm has been named as the architects who designed the Judicial Centres in a Request for Proposal (RFP) issued by the National Maintenance and Security Company (MTS) recently. PGAL Consultants however are not registered and have not attempted to be registered with the Board of Architecture of Trinidad and Tobago and as such are in breach of our Laws, namely the Architectural Registration Act 1992. 

Read the article written by Clint Chan Tack published on May 10th in the Newsday below:

http://www.newsday.co.tt/business/0,159845.html

Locals Capable of Designing and Building T&T

9th May 2012

The Guardian published an article written by Khamal Georges on April 24th that claimed that UWI approved the recommendations to award the $0.5B Contract to design and build the UWI Debe campus to Chinese construction firm, China Jiangsu International, who had the lowest-scoring technical proposal. See the article below.

http://www.guardian.co.tt/news/2012-04-23/chinese-get-5b-contract-build-penaldebe-campus

In another article journalist Peter O''Connor, expresses his frustration with award of UWI''s South Campus to the Chinese Design-Build Contractor in his Sunday 6 May 2012 Newsday commentary. He states, "In short, projects within our competencies — and we are high in this regard — should be designed and built by us." 

The construction industry seems to be living the legacy of the previous administration''s brainchild of Design Build for all government projects and the favoring of foreign firms, which began with discrediting the performance of local consultants and contractors in order to justify awards to foreign firms. 

Peter O''Connor reminds us in his article and demonstrates that foreign firms "...have not necessarily performed any better than locals." He also goes as far as stating "...in the face of this irrefutable fact, we must accept that it is not the contractor or consultant, or even “the industry” which is performing poorly in the government sector, but it is the client—the State itself."

According to UWI, the contract has not yet been awarded.
 

Velodrome To Begin Construction This Week

1st May 2012

According to an article in the Express on April 30th, written by Kern De Freitas, "Construction for the planned national cycling velodrome will begin this week, and is scheduled to be completed in the next 18 months."

Minister of Sport Anil Roberts was quoted in the articles as stating "I am going to increase the design to include either a 250 or 333 concrete outdoor track without stands just for you all to practice," ... "So it might increase the cost of the Velodrome a bit, but I think it is necessary." 

Given the last Commission of Enquiry into Udecott and the Construction Sector, commonly referred to as the Uff Commission, one would think that more caution would be exercised in seemingly casual decision-making such as this that will increase the cost of construction significantly. This project was procured by SporTT under a single-stage Design/Build contract that typically attracts stiff financial penalties for client-driven changes after the award.

Questions remain as there was no mention made in the article as to what company was awarded the multi-million dollar contract, especially as firms that took part in the RFP have not been informed of the award to date. Click below to read the article.

http://www.trinidadexpress.com/sports/Roberts__Velodrome_work_to_start-149605895.html

Can T&T Compete With China?

30th April 2012

The Trinidad Express published a very provocative article that outlines one of the predicaments that Trinidad and Tobago faces in relation to competition in the global market, which at the moment includes the focussed attention of economic giant China with its low interest loan offers to Government, low costs (perhaps even state-subsidized), and other incentives that make them hard to compete with financially . We all know that it impacts the practice of Architecture and the construction industry but the article raises important questions that affect all citizens of Trinidad and Tobago and its governance by politicians. Click on the link below to read the article written by Sunity Maharaj entitled "MONEY WITHOUT VALUE" published on April 28th 2012.

http://www.trinidadexpress.com/commentaries/Money_without_value-149394165.html


TTIA Business Meeting Highlights

8th March 2012


On March 1st, the Trinidad and Tobago Institute of Architects (TTIA) held a Business Meeting at the Marriot Courtyard. Apart from covering some basic housekeeping matters, the meeting had 3 presentations. One presentation was by a TTIA Members Colin Manwarren, who recently passed the TTIA/BOATT Professional Practice Exam and presented his final examination paper on Design Build. He highlighted the change of roles between the contractor and consultants from Design-Bid-Build and raised issues related to intellectual property & copyright, compensation to the design consultant, and design liability. The theme continued as he was followed by a presentation by Robert Charlett of insurance broker Charlett and Gatcliffe Ltd. who expanded on Professional Indemnity Insurance for Architects. The final presentation was by her Honour Sandra Paul, Chairman of the Environmental Commission of Trinidad and Tobago who explained the uniqueness and powers of this High Court and how cases related to the environment can be filed. TTIA thanks all of the speakers for sharing their time and knowledge as well as the TTIA members who were able to attend.

Lecture on T&T's Vernacular Architecture at NALIS

23rd February 2012


Citizens for Conservation continue their promotion of the importance of Trinidad and Tobago's Vernacular Architecture to our heritage. On Wednesday 29 February at 6pm, the National Library and Information System Authority (NALIS) hosts Citizens for Conservation in collaboration with the Azrieli School of Architecture and Urbanism, Carleton University, Ottowa Canada for a lecture entitled "A TALE OF TWO HOUSES: a Historical Record of the Boissiere House and Figari Residence" at the Old Fire Brigade Building at the corner of Hart and Abercromby Streets in Port of Spain.  For more information contact Christine Millar at 621 2632 or Debbie Goodman at dgoodman@nalis.gov.tt or click here for the flyer. 


PMI "Greenthink" Seminar

27th January 2012


The Project Management Institute (PMI) will be hosting  "Greenthink" seminar on Tuesday January 31st from 6-8:30pm at the Hotel Normandie, St. Ann's.  The seminar is conducted by TTIA member and Past President Jo-Ann Murrell. Click here to download the flyer or for further information please contact the PMI Secretariat at secretariat@pmiscc.org or 658 4200 ext. 2179.

Free Base Isolated Structures Course in Barbados

11th January 2012

Base Isolation is one of the most popular ways of protecting structures against earthquakes. It is useful in the design of critical facilities, such as hospitals, which must be fully functional immediately following an earthquake. As it impacts the architectural design of a building, the course will be useful for interested architects as well as offer Continuing Professional Development (CPD) benefits.

The Trinidad and Tobago Institute of Architects (TTIA) invites interested members to register to attend the free 3-day course in Barbados, 1st-3rd February 2012. The course is co-sponsored by the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO), The Caribbean Division of the Institution of Structural Engineers (IStructE) and the Council of Caribbean Engineering Organizations (CCEO). 

Please note that there is a charge of US$85 for lunches and participants are responsible for their flights and accommodation in Barbados. The second two days are more technical from a structural engineering standpoint, but the first day is more suitable for architects and others who are interested.  Act now as there are less than 10 spaces left!

Click to download the Flyer and Registration Form.


Emergency Management Centre, Foligno, Italy

TTIA Contributes to Building Local Morale

5th December 2011


In case you missed it last week, click on the article above from the Guardian''s Building and Construction Magazine. It celebrates the success of local Architects and Contractors in meeting an extremely tight deadline set by State Enterprise Udecott in the Relocation of Trinidad and Tobago''s Parliament to the Waterfront. The TTIA applauds the efforts of the architects involved (who were both on the Client''s side as well as the Contractor''s side of this Design-Build project) in successfully completing the job, given the extremely challenging conditions. We see this as a good demonstration of the capability of the local industry. The article also gives some cautionary advice to government from TTIA President, Mark Raymond on adopting this rushed approach on all projects, which could adversely affect quality, profitability and the sustainability of local Architectural firms.

New PMP Prep Programme 

5 December 2011

Members may be interested in participating in the following Project Management course operated by the local PMP body. for more information contact Ms. Cynthia Hayes at 628 0715, 681 1950 or email chayes@planning-endeco.com or cynthia.gloria52@yahoo.com

click to download the following:


TTIA Wins 2nd Place at TTGPA Culinary Classic

9th November 2011

As the TTIA sets its eyes on first place for 2012's TTGPA Professional Culinary Classic, we are please to take home the second place prize in the "Top Chefs" category at this year's event.

TTIA's team, code named "LOCALISCIOUS," was comprised of Marielle Forbes TTIA Administrator, as well as TTIA members Gabriella Vidal, Colin Manwaring, Michael Lee Poy, Deon Campbell, and Akindele Hickling. TTIA congratulates them on their hard work and great effort and we look forward to seeing you net year.

Having a taste of our prize winning meal (above) is the Honourable Pennelope Beckles MP (left) standing next to Trinidad and Tobago's first Miss Universe (1977), Janelle Penny Commissiong.

                                                      

(Above) The TTIA team sets up our booth

 

(Above) We call this look, LOCALISCIOUS BLISS.

Regional - EU Architects Discuss Mutual Recognition Agreement

5th November 2011

 

CAMRAC (Caribbean Architects Mutual Recognition Agreement Committee) has prepared a downloadable Presentation with the hope of explaining the rationale for a EU-CARIFORUM Mutual Recognition Agreement (MRA) and its contents. It is important that the Architectural Registration Boards and the Architectural Associations/Institutes/Societies also review the text of the draft MRA ahead of the de-briefing session from the recent mission to Europe, which is being planned in Kingston on November 11.  

If TTIA members would like to receive a copy of this DRAFT MRA contact the TTIA Secretariat asap.

CAMRAC is the representative body of the regional boards and institutes engaged in exploring the prospects for a EU-CARIFORUM MRA, therefore, are anxious to hear your constructive thoughts, concerns and comments regarding this effort as represented in the attachments.  It is important that we recieve your feedback so that CAMRAC may incorporate them into their recommendations to revise the draft text of the MRA.    

The following are the boards and institutes involved in these discussions from the CARIFORUM region:
 
Antigua and Barbuda Institute of Architects
IBA & PAB (Bahamas)
BIA & ARB (Barbados)
APAB & Admissions Committee (Belize)
Dominica Institute of Architects (no ARB)
Colegio Dominicano de Ingenieros, Architectos y Agrimensores (CODIA - Dominican Republic)
Guyana Institute of Architects (no ARB)
Jamaica Institute of Architects & Architects Registration Board of Jamaica
Saint Lucia Institute of Architects & ARB
St. Kitts Nevis Institute of Architects (no ARB)
St. Vincent Institute of Architects (no ARB)
Unie van Architecten (UAS) (Surinam)
Trinidad and Tobago Institute of Architects (TTIA) & Board of Architecture of Trinidad and Tobago

World Architecture News Editorial on Chinese Steel 

21st September 2011


International industry resource WORLDARCHITECTURENEWS.COM posted an editorial on the illegal use of thinned steel on projects in China. With China recently investing billions of dollars in the Caribbean, Trinidad and Tobago has experienced this investment via Udecott''s North and South Academies of Performing Arts designed and built by the Chinese on US$100 million dollar loan from China, approved by Cabinet January 19 2006. This is a wake-up call for those involved in projects with the Chinese to watch this aspect closely, particularly as Trinidad and Tobago is in a seismic zone and the "thinning" of reinforcement steel will place profit (often disguised as cost cutting) above public safety.

Click here to read the article.

JCC Announces FIDIC Training Course

21st September 2011



European Construction Ventures Limited (ECV), FIDIC and JCC invite you to a two-day International training course entitled:

Contract Management and Administration of the 1999 FIDIC Conditions of Contract (Construction & Plant and Design-Build)

With reference to MDB's Harmonised Construction Contract - 2010 Edition

14th & 15th November 2011 - House of Angostura, Eastern Main Road and Angostura Street, Laventille

17th & 18th November 2011 - Conference Room, Arthur Lok Jack School of Business, Max Richards Drive, Uriah Butler Highway, North West, Mt. Hope

Click here to download the PDF with registration details.

T&T Film Festival presents: Faces of a City - Willemstad, Curacao

8th September 2011


FACES OF A CITY - WILLEMSTAD, CURACAO (2010)

a movie by Alexandra Jansso

A loving portrait of continuing efforts to restore and preserve the rich architectural inheritance of Willemstad, Curaçao’s capital city. Using archival footage, aerial and detailed footage, this documentary explores the urban design of the city dating from the 17th century and some of the 765 listed historic buildings that have made Willemstad a UNESCO World heritage site. Architects, developers and art historians tour the colourful city to explain how Curaçao's history has been marked by a preservation practice ranging from the rescue of monuments in the early days to professional conservation management today.

Screening:
Tue 27 Sept 4.30pm, The Little Carib Theatre

Have a look at the trinidad+tobago film festival (on from 21 sept–04 oct) website for more info on Faces of a City: Willemstad, Curaçao and many more exciting movies: ttfilmfestival.com

IStructE Sustainable Construction Conference 

8th September 2011

IStructE conference

On Thursday and Friday, September 15th and 16th 2011, The Institution of Structural Engineers Caribbean Division in partnership with the Council of Caribbean Engineering Organisations (CCEO), the Association of Professional Engineers of Trinidad and Tobago (APETT) and the Trinidad and Tobago Institute of Architects (TTIA) invite you to a special two-day conference on Environmentally Sustainable Construction: Mitigation of and Adaptation to Climate Change, at the Queens Park Oval.  

This conference has 3 sessions; Architecture, Engineering and the Environment. TTIA Members Mandilee Newton and Jenifer Smith will be presenting on LEED as well as on projects utilizing sustainable design techniques in Trinidad and Tobago. This Architectural session will be moderated by TTIA Executive member Gary Turton.

Given the current economic situation and its effects on the industry, and in particular architecture, the Chairman of the Organizing Committee extends a SPECIAL OFFER to TTIA members to attend the conference for one day at a reduced registration fee of US$150. 

The conference will have papers from professionals from around the globe and will offer insights into the topic that is one of the primary drivers of architectural innovation these days...besides value for money, of course. 

The TTIA look forward to your participation. To register, click here to download the registration form.

Public Procurement Reform Town Meeting

21st July 2011


On July 20th 2011, TTIA members and other interested stakeholders were invited to invited to a Town Meeting on Public Procurement to sensitize the public on submissions made to the Joint Select Committee of Parliament by the Private Sector (JCC, TTMA, TTCIC and TTTI) at the Trinidad and Tobago Chamber of Industry and Commerce. 

While the reform may be unpopular to politicians as it basically establishes a "check and balance" to Minister's power in the expenditure of public funds. The TTIA fully supports this endeavor as it is the critical first step in the restoring the public faith in accountability of public officials and sets the ground rules for transparency of government and state enterprises. The political party that passes this legislation will gain major political points in the reduction of corruption and even the perception of corruption and stem the growth of crime, undoubtedly influenced by corrupt practices at the top level.

We encourage members to read more about the proposed legislation here and support it wherever you can in various contexts, particularly as architects play a pivotal role in the procurement of public buildings in Trinidad and Tobago.

For more information click here to review the White Paper on public sector procurement reform laid in Parliament August 2005.

National Building Code in T&T

21st July 2011

Follow this link to an article from the Guardian Online, supporting the need for a National Building Code in Trinidad and Tobago. 

Although Trinidad and Tobago has a Small Building Guide (TTS 599: 2006), available for purchase at The Trinidad and Tobago Bureau of Standards (TTBS), it is not suitable for large buildings. As work slowly continues on the CARICOM Regional Organization for Standards and Quality''s (CROSQ) pursuit of a Regional Building Code, this article supports the establishment of a national building code based similarly to the regional code''s intent, on the International Building Code (IBC) with relevant addendum for local seismic and wind codes. The article also has some other insightful comments including the need to update legislation governing the Engineering and Architecture professions.

14th Int'l Convention of Territorial Regulations & Urbanism

16th June 2011

The 14th International Convention of Territorial Regulations and Urbanism will take place in Havana, Cuba at the Conventions Palace of La Habana, between October 31st and November 4th 2011. This year's event named "Culture, Territory and City," has as the central theme, "The Cultural Dimension of the Territory and the Human Settlements." The Objectives of the event are as follows:

- To present the experiences of the Cuban planning model
- To update the understanding of the problems and the goals of the territories and human settlements in different social and geographic contexts
- To analyze the active contribution of theory and the practice of territorial regulation and urbanism for sustainable growth at urban, municipal, national and regional levels
- To debate innovative ideas and experiences

For more information about this biennial event, click here to download the PDF.

TTIA AGM on May 19th 2011

9th May 2011

Members of the Trinidad and Tobago Institute of Architects are invited to the 2011 Annual General Meeting on Thursday May 19th 2011, 5:30-7:30pm at the Courtyard by Marriott, Invaders Bay. 

To send a confirmation email, please click here.

Getting Claims Paid, Settling Disputes & Contractual Obligations 

9th May 2011



The Trinidad and Tobago Contractors Association (TTCA) and the Institute of Surveyors of Trinidad and Tobago (ISTT) in conjunction with the Dispute Resolution Centre T&T (DRC) host an upcoming breakfast seminar entitled, “Getting Claims Paid, Settling Disputes and Contractual Obligations.”  
 
This seminar treats with a very topical issue and will be of particular interest to Contractors, Architects, Project Managers, Engineers, Quantity Surveyors and all other construction professionals.
 
Additionally, lawyers, bankers, finance professionals, insurance professionals, Ministry of Works personnel and other officials of Government Ministries and Government/non Government agencies associated with construction are expected to benefit tremendously from this seminar which promises to be very informative and interactive.
 
Do take a moment to review the list of presenters/ panelists, which include TTIA President Mark Raymond, and submit your completed forms to the TTCA Secretariat as soon as possible since registration is on a “first come” basis.    

Click here to download a copy of the flyer and registration form.   

For further information contact the TTCA Secretariat at atttcaservice@flowtrinidad.com.

Global Earthquake Model Launches Caribbean Regional Program 

22nd April 2011

  

The Global Earthquake Model (GEM) was launched with assistance from the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) at the beginning of 2009 and is a global collaborative effort that brings together state-of-the-art science, national, regional and international organisations and individuals aimed at the establishment of uniform and open standards for calculating and communicating earthquake risk worldwide. 

The GEM Foundation engaged the UWI Seismic Research Centre to promote the GEM vision in the Caribbean. This special 3-day Workshop May 2-4th at the Kapok Hotel will formally launch the GEM Regional Programme for the Caribbean.

Session 10 of the workshop is of particular interest to architects. It is a panel discussion on the theme “Architecture and the Safety and Vulnerability of Buildings in Earthquake Zones”. The panellists are Architects Robert Woodstock (Jamaica), Jenifer Smith (T&T) and Gary Turton (T&T). Engineer Tony Gibbs will chair the panel discussions. Session 10 is scheduled for 10:30-12:00 on Wednesday 04 May.  

TTIA Members are encouraged to attend this important CPD event.

For more information click here.

UWI DCFA Art & Design Final Year Exhibition

22nd April 2011


The Department of Creative and Festival Arts UWI announces the opening of the Art & Design Final Year Exhibition for 2011 on Sunday May 1st 2011 at 4pm until May 7 at 12pm.

The design students will present their work and creative process in a design seminar on Tuesday May 3rd from 2pm - 4pm in Music Studio IV. 

For more information on the event click here.

TTCSI Seeks Architects for CARICOM-DR-Spain Business Forum

22nd April 2011 

DEADLINE EXTENDED

The Trinidad and Tobago Coalition of Service Industries (TTCSI), of which the TTIA is a member organization, is seeking companies who are interested in doing business in the Dominican Republic and/or Spain to attend a CARICOM-DR-SPAIN Business Forum in the DR on May 30-31, 2011.

They have confirmed sponsorship as per the terms outlined in the attached and may be able to secure more sponsorship funding if companies apply early and are able to demonstrate their export capability.

Companies are required to send in their completed forms by WEDNESDAY 27TH APRIL, 2011 (Next Wednesday) to be eligible to participate. (See Cover Letter and Registration Form). 

for more information email shassanali@ttcsi.org.


ISTT Seminar - Recommendations of Uff Report to the COE

15th April 2011

The Institute of Surveyors of Trinidad and Tobago (ISTT) in conjunction with Caribbean Construction Advisory Services (CCAS) is offering a seminar entitled "UFF HAS SPOKEN - Practical Steps to Achieve Value for Money" on Wednesday 18th May 2011 at the Hotel Normandie in Port of Spain.


For more information click here to download the Program and Registration Form.

To download the Uff Report or view the 91 Recommendations from the Commission of Enquiry, click here.

TTIA Business Meeting - New Standard Form of Contract

14th April 2011

Trinidad and Tobago Institute of Architects request TTIA members to attend the next Business Meeting to be held at the Marriott Hotel on Today, Thursday 14th April from 6:00-8:00pm. All members are urged to attend this important meeting.

Over the past few years several different types of Building Contracts have been used on construction projects in Trinidad and Tobago. Most of these contracts were not developed for our jurisdiction and local conditions. This has resulted in contracts being modified by various parties to suit their needs and in turn compromising the integrity of the contract and in some instances creating unfair balance between the parties.

In 2005 the TTIA was granted a license by the UK based Joint Contracts Tribunal Limited (JCT Ltd.) to make modifications to their JCT SBC 2005 edition with their final approval.

The TTIA Contracts Committee along with stakeholder partners has completed the Final Draft of the TTIA – Standard Form of Building Contract 2011 based on the JCT 2005 SBC. Taking into consideration local law and industry norms resulting in a document which:

- Is fair to all the parties to the contract.
- identifies the Architect as the Contract Administrator on Architectural projects
- will offer a tried and tested alternative to current contracts being used in the industry

To send a confirmation email, please click here.

Mutual Recognition Agreement - CARIFORUM and EU Architects

14th April 2011

The governments of the CARIFORUM countries - made up of the 15 CARICOM full members (Antigua and Barbuda, Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Dominica, Grenada, Guyana, Haiti, Jamaica, Montserrat, St. Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Suriname, Trinidad and Tobago) plus the Dominican Republic - signed an Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) with the European Union (EU) in December 2009.

EPAs are trade and economic partnerships between regional groups of African Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) countries and the EU. They replace the trade arrangements of the EU-ACP Cotonou Partnership Agreement which expired at the end of 2007.

EPAs are intended to establish comprehensive trade agreements to promote sustainable development and poverty reduction by helping to integrate ACP regions into the world trading system and support their own regional economic integration. They are also intended to promote cooperation in a range of trade-related areas and improve access to EU markets as part of new goods and services trade agreements compatible with World Trade Organization (WTO) Rules. 

For more information see the website of the Office of Trade Negotiations (OTN) formerly the Caribbean Regional Negotiating Machinery (CRNM) at http://www.crnm.org

Services in general are, for the first time, included in a trade agreement. Architectural services as such are included but with a proviso that Mutual Recognition Agreements (MRA) be developed between professional bodies in CARIFORUM and the EU. MRAs basically set the requirements for the recognition of the qualifications of an Architect in each territory to be mutually accepted.

Regional architects, through collaboration between FCAA, CODIAACSAC and the existing regulatory Boards of Architecture - have been, since 2009, developing a draft MRA between CARIFORUM Architects and EU architects, who are represented by the Architects' Council of Europe (ACE). This work has been advanced with assistance from specialist trade consultants and funding from the EU and Caribbean Export Development Agency (CEDA).

Work and continued funding is still necessary to further negotiations with the ACE, to streamline and get legislation passed to regulate the practice of Architecture in all CARIFORUM states, create more dialogue between regional regulatory bodies and Architectural associations, promote more collaboration between regional architects, as well as expand the export capacity of the CARIFORUM architects.

Canadian High Commissioner Host Carleton University Students 

13th April 2011

The Trinidad and Tobago Institute of Architects (TTIA) co-sponsored a reception at the Canadian High Commissioner's Official Residence in support of the Citizens for Conservation (CFC) who facilitated Carleton University's School of Architecture Direct Study Course on February 24th. 10 visiting students, along with their professor, Yvan Cazabon, studied and documented some of the traditional architecture around Trinidad, including the famous Piccadilly and Boissiere Houses. They also visited the offices of TTIA member firms NLBA, acla:works, and Defour Farmer and Associates and other construction sites such as the St. Patrick's Church Renovation in Woodbrook. 

Citizens for Conservation hope that the publicity will raise awareness of the rich architectural heritage we have in Trinidad and Tobago, with particular emphasis on the less-publicized Vernacular Architecture that often disappear right in front of our eyes, usually in exchange for structures with far less architectural character and cultural significance.

Canadian High Commissioner, Karen McDonald (centre), between Carleton University students, with TTIA President, Mark Raymond and TTIA / Citizens for Conservation member, Rudylynn De Four-Roberts (far left).

See additional press coverage on the event at http://www.newsday.co.tt/features/0,137186.html

Rahim Danto Barry Presents Shigeru Ban''s Pompidou Metz

10th March 2011


Last week Wednesday, the Trinidad and Tobago Institute of Architects (TTIA) had the good fortune to host visiting architect Rahim Danto Barry as he presented Shigeru Ban''s competition-winning entry for the Pompidou-Metz which opened in May last year. The museum is said to do for Metz what Frank Gehry''s Guggenheim museum did for Bilbao, as the expected number of visitors have already been surpassed. 

The project has three overlapping linear galleries that are oriented to key points in Metz and is draped with a translucent, waterproof membrane roof made from glass fibre and teflon (PTFE or poly-tetra-flouro-ethylene) Rahim was the Project architect. The PTFE roof covers a woven timber roof structure that was inspired by Chinese hats. It also has polycarbonate glazing which also opens to the outside plaza. The curators from the Pompidou Centre in Paris were part of the Competition-winning team.

Rahim happened to be visiting Trinidad and Tobago because of his curiosity with Steelpan, which he described as remarkable, as it makes such exquisite sound yet is fabricated from nothing (discarded oil drums). His presentation was arranged after his meeting of TTIA member, Bernard Mackay, who passed it on to the TTIA Executive. Rahim has also published a book on African Tradtional Architecture titled Portes d''Afrique (Doors of Africa) after taking a year off to travel through Africa.

The presentation was enjoyed by all who attended. Thank you Rahim, we hope you enjoyed your stay... and of course Carnival.

Caribbean Construction Awards Submission Deadline Extended

9th March 2011

Submissions of work by Architects, Engineers and Contractors for the Caribbean Construction Awards has been extended until Friday, March 11th 2011

Entries are to be submitted digitally through the CCA website http://caribbeanconstructionforum.com. For more info on submission requirements, download the pdf:

ABS-AWARDS 2011.pdf

The ABS Construction Awards will be held on March 21st 2011 at the CAIC/Caricom Caribbean Construction Forum being held at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Port of Spain, Trinidad & Tobago, The Caribbean Construction Forum runs from March 21st to March 22nd.

Visiting Architect Rahim Danto Barry Lecture 

24th February 2011

  

On Wednesday, March 2nd 2011, the Trinidad and Tobago Institute of Architects (TTIA) has the pleasure of hosting a talk by visiting architect Rahim Danto Barry at the Mariott Courtyard Hotel, Invaders Bay, Trinidad at 6-8pm. 

Rahim graduated from the Ecole d'Architecture de Paris-la-Defense in France. He worked on various projects for different firms: Terminal 2E Roissy, Charles de Gaulle Airport (with Paul Andreu), France Stadium, Paris-Saint-Denis (with Macary and Zublena), and the European Parliament Building in Strasbourg (with Architecture Studio). 

He joined Shigeru Ban Architects Europe as project architect for the Pompidou Centre in Metz and is currently managing a team of architects for the Louis Vuitton Art and Creation Foundation project, designed by Frank O. Gehry

He has also published a book on African Tradtional Architecture titled Portes d'Afrique (Doors of Africa). Rahim will describe the Pompidou Metz and LVMH projects.

Webinar Series on Sustainable Community Design 

23rd February 2011

The Jamaican Institute of Architects (JIA) and the High Commission of Canada (HC) Kingston in association with the Canada Mortgage Housing Corporation (CMHC) invites you to participate in 2 free webinars which will provide an innovative approach to planning, designing and developing Sustainable Communities as well as the application of the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) in this concept.

To participate in this Continuing Professional Development (CPD) event follow the instructions below:

Webinar 1 - "Sustainable Community Design" Thursday, February 24th 2011 11:00am - 12:00 noon EST 

go to http://cmhc-schl.na4.acrobat.com/international/ select  "Enter as a Guest," type in your name and press "Enter Room."


Webinar 2  - "Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design (LEED) for Sustainable Communities" Tuesday, March 1st 2011 11:am - 12:00 noon EST

go to http://cmhc-schl.na4.acrobat.com/international/ select  "Enter as a Guest," type in your name and press "Enter Room."


For more information download the pdf below:

Final_Announcement_Webinar_Series.pdf 

Caribbean Construction Awards Submissions Due March 4

17th February 2011

Although some entries have been received already, time is running out for the receipt of entries from regional Architects, Engineers and Contractors, which are due on March 4. Entries are to be submitted digitally through the CCA website caribbeanconstructionforum.com. For more info on submission requirements, download the pdf:

ABS-AWARDS 2011.pdf

The ABS Construction Awards will be held on March 21st 2011 at the CAIC/Caricom Caribbean Construction Forum being held at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Port of Spain, Trinidad & Tobago, The Caribbean Construction Forum runs from March 21st to March 22nd.

Click on the link below for recent article on the Awards from the Trinidad Guardian online:

"Construction Awards to Benefit Industry" Feb 17 2010.

Architectural Record Offers a Free Webinar on BIM 

17th February 2011

The editors of Architectural Record present a complimentary continuing education webinar sponsored by Graphisoft, entitled "BIM & SIngle-Family Residential: Using Technology to Lower Costs, Speed Construction, and Improve Performance," on February 17, 2011. 2-3 pm Eastern Standard Time.

To register for this free webinar follow the link below:

http://video.webcasts.com/events/pmny001/viewer/index.jsp?eventid=37321


This webinar offers 1 AIA/CES HSW/SD LU hour. For the uninitiated, that is a 1 hour Learning Unit in the American Institute of Architects'' Continuing Education System which has an 18-hour annual requirement for its members, 8 of which are to be in Health Safety and Welfare and 4 of which are to be in Sustainable Design. The Sustainable Design Learning Unit became effective in 2009 and runs until 2012.

TTIA Announces Its Professional Practice Course 2011

2nd February 2011

This course is open to Graduate Architects with a professional degree from an accredited/validated school of Architecture. The course prepares graduate architects for the Board of Architecture of Trinidad and Tobago (BOATT) examination, required for admission to the BOATT as a Registered Architect, unless you already are a registered or licensed architect in another recognized jurisdiction and meet the Boards other admission requirements. 

Members of the public should be advised that the Board of Architecture of Trinidad and Tobago is the legislative body that registers architects to practice Architecture in Trinidad and Tobago, which is in the greater public interest and welfare. The Board publishes a list of Registered Architects annually.

For further information about the course, follow the link below to download the pdf course guide:

Professional Practice Course Guide

Green Building Workshop at Energy Conference 2011

2nd February 2011


February 7-9, the Energy Chamber of Trinidad and Tobago will be hosting its annual Trinidad and Tobago Energy Conference at the Hyatt Regency in Port of Spain. At the conference there are 2 workshops that may be of interest to architects concerned with sustainability. One is entitled, "Green Building and Energy Efficiency Workshop," presented by Barry Giles, a high performance building consultant and educator who also serves on US Green Building Council (USGBC) LEED committees.

TTIA member, Mandilee Newton will also be presenting during this workshop. Mandilee is a LEED Green Associate and is on the steering committee of the Trinidad and Tobago Green Building Council (TTGBC), launched recently in September 2010.

For more information, follow the link below:

http://www.ttenergyconference.org/workshops/trinidad-and-tobago-green-building-and-energy-efficiency-workshop/

TTIA Consultation on the Architecture Profession Act 

1st February 2011

On January 27th, the TTIA held a consultation with its members on the proposed amendments to the Architecture Profession Act, 1992 put forward by the Board of Architecture of Trinidad and Tobago (BOATT) at the Courtyard Marriott Hotel in Port of Spain.

Invited to speak was the current Chairman of the Board, Joseph Yearwood. TTIA President, Mark Raymond gave a brief introduction and history of the profession in Trinidad  and Tobago as well as summary of the proposed changes. BOATT Chairman, Joseph Yearwood explained each of the proposed changes then a discussion followed, moderated by Immediate Past President, Gary Turton. The TTIA executive is pleased with the results as many members were able to table questions that were either answered by the Board or noted for further consideration.

The TTIA will issue a summary of the discussion to its members shortly, but invite members who have not had a chance to yet, to review the proposed amendments previously emailed and submit their comments in order for the TTIA to have a more inclusive response to the BOATT, as the changes once passed into law will affect every practicing architect.

Thinking About Exporting Your Architectural Services?

1st February 2011

The International Union of Architects (UIA) has amassed a database of information about the profession of Architecture around the world. In their words, "Architects are no longer confined to the borders of their own countries when providing services. Either working from their home base, associating with a foreign fellow architect or opening an office abroad, international practice has become a consequence of the global economy."

To check out this database, follow the link below:

http://www.uia-architectes.org/texte/england/COAC/ang/compartida/webuia/


CFC hosts Carleton University Students on Trinidad Architecture

20th January 2011

The Trinidad and Tobago Institute of Architects offers its assistance to the Citizens for Conservation (CFC) as they host students from Carleton University's School of Architecture from February 13th - 24th. Ms. Rudylynn De Four Roberts, MTTIA will be facilitating this Direct Study Course and lecturing the 10 visiting students as they study and document some of the traditional architecture around Trinidad. They will also visit architect's offices and project construction sites. 

TTIA members willing to assist Rudylynn, please contact the TTIA Secretariat at administration@ttia-architects.org.

For further information about Historic Architecture in Trinidad, visit the Citizens for Conservation website.


Fretwork house on Picadilly Street, Port of Spain

TTIA Business Meeting + Consultation Announcement

18th January 2011

The Trinidad and Tobago Institute of Architects request TTIA members to attend the next Business Meeting to be held at the Marriott Hotel on Thursday 27th January from 6:30-8:30pm where we will also discuss the Proposed Amendments to the Architecture Profession Act 1992. All members are urged to attend this important meeting.

To send a confirmation email, please click  here.

TTIA President Calls for Jump Start of T&T Economy

16th January 2011

TTIA President, Mark Raymond and others in the JCC seeks dialogue with the Kamla Persad-led administration to develop strategies for Government to help jump start the economy in Trinidad and Tobago. Follow the link below for the article in the Sunday Guardian, December 26 2010.

http://www.guardian.co.tt/news/2010/12/26/jump-start-tt-s-economy

pictured below from left to right, Richard Saunders - APETT President, Mark Raymond - TTIA President, Afra Raymond - JCC President, and Mervyn Chin - TTCA Vice President at the TTIA's Annual Christmas Party and Diary Launch. Photo: Sean Nero

jumps start

Also, in case you missed Mark's TV interview on October 5th 2010 on ieTV, see the link below to hear his remarks on the state of the industry in Trinidad and Tobago and possible way forward. 

http://vimeo.com/16439272

tv interview 

TTIA Diary & Sourcebook 2011 on Sale Now

12th January 2011

Although we are almost halfway into January, its never too late to purchase your copy of the TTIA DIARY & SOURCEBOOK 2011, as it is well established as the architectural resource companion for architects and professionals in the construction industry. 

Since the TTIA started this annual publication in the early 1990's we have been refining our Diary which includes regional holidays, a directory of TTIA members and member firms, firm profiles, useful construction industry contacts, TTIA Professional Partners, construction industry organisations and institutions, as well as our very important Sources & Services section where Architects source contractors, suppliers and specialist services for their projects.

Purchase your copy at the TTIA Secretariat or at selected bookstores (i.e. Reader's Bookshop, Paper Based) for only $100. Contact the TTIA Secretariat for special discounts for bulk purchases at 624-8843(TTIA) or administration@ttia-architects.org. For information on advertising your company in next year's diary or on the the TTIA website, contact Fay at fagan@tstt.net.tt.

ttia diary 2011

APETT & TTIA Support Bridge Building Seminar

12th January 2011

On Wednesday March 30th 2011, there will be a bridge building seminar at the Hilton Hotel, with presentations by practicing engineers from both England and Trinidad and Tobago. Registration is required before January 31st 2011. The seminar will carry Continuing Professional Development (CPD) accreditation, which the TTIA supports as internationally this practice sets a higher standard for professionalism. 

Click on the link below for a flyer with more information and registration details.

BRIDGES-SEMINAR-2011.pdf

ABS Caribbean Construction Awards

11th January 2011

Abel Building Solutions (ABS) celebrates Excellence in Architecture with the ABS Caribbean Construction Awards 2011. Regional Architects, Engineers and Contractors within CARICOM are eligible to submit entries.

The Caribbean Construction Forum will now take place on the 21st and 22nd of March. As a consequence the ABS Caribbean Construction Awards has also been rescheduled. The dates for submission have been revised. Please download the revised flyer with the new details.

ABS-AWARDS 2011.pdf

Submission details will be posted on the caribbeanconstructionforum website on 14 January 2011.

Preserving Our Architectural Heritage

7th December 2010

On December 1, the Trinidad and Tobago Institute of Architects (TTIA) held a talk entitled "Preserving Our Architectural Heritage" at the recently renovated Queen’s Royal College in Port of Spain. Speakers included opening addresses by President Mark Raymond and incoming President for the Joint Consultative Council for the Construction Industry (JCC), Afra Raymond, as well as featured speakers Rudylynn Roberts and Geoffrey MacLean (in photo above), who spoke about the Citizens for Conservation''s efforts and the urgent need to preserve our built heritage. Bernard Mackay gave the feature address on the architectural restoration of QRC. All speakers spoke about the urgent need for the Government to advance the restoration of the historic President’s House which had a severe collapse earlier this year. The event was fully sponsored and well attended by members of the public, architects, the media and others in the construction industry. The event was concluded with a tour of QRC.

QRC restoration

World Architecture News on Chinese Construction 

28th March 2013

In a recent editorial by World Architecture News (WAN), a global resource for architecture, the editors have raised what appears to be a new scandal in Chinese Construction. In their previous editorial, which the TTIA also covered, Chinese construction firms were using thinned structural steel reinforcement on projects. It now appears that the use of sea sand is being used in the construction. According to WAN, "The use of sea sand in the production of concrete is considered dangerous as the material contains chlorine and salt wich can corrode the steel reinforcement rods within a construction project, rendering it unstable." Read the article titled, "New Scandal in Chinese Construction: First Steel Thinning, Now Corrosive concrete...

China, who has acquired a 10% stake in Atlantic LNG in Point Lisas through one of its state-owned companies, has also been awarded major projects in Trinidad and Tobago recently through loan agreements with T&T's Government for projects such as the Couva Children's Hospital and sporting facilites including the National Aquatics Centre, The National Cycling Centre, plus three additional multipurpose sports facilites. This is not to mention previous awards such as UWI's Debe Campus, the completion of the Scarborough hospital in Tobago or the National Acadamy of Performing Arts buildings, and the Prime Minister's Residence to name a few. What is not apparent is whether or not Registered Architects are involved in any of these projects, which raises great concern to us over the protection of the public. 

The average T&T citizen sees nothing wrong with an increased presence of state-owned Chinese construction firms, in fact many feel the strong work ethic of the Chinese is good for the T&T construction industry. However people employed or previously employed by T&T's construction industry may beg to differ, especially as the remaining consultant and construction work for public projects continues to be extremely limited. Based on WAN's article, one thing is for sure, those responsible for signing contracts and overseeing the work of Chinese Constructions firms in Trinidad and Tobago need to look very carefully at what is being delivered.



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