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Island Architect Weekly - Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Posted By AIA Honolulu, 11 hours ago

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

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2017 NAIOP Annual Symposium March 9

Register with NAIOP Online!

The 2017 Annual NAIOP Hawaii Symposium will take place on Thursday, March 9 at the Hawaii Convention Center. Registration starts 12:30pm.

Program Agenda: View Event Flyer

  • 1:15pm: Keynote Speaker Mark Dunkerley, CEO & President, Hawaiian Airlines, Inc.
  • 2:00pm: Hospitality Industry (Panel Discussion)
  • 3:15pm: Let's Talk About Deals (Panel Discussion)
  • Cocktail & Pupu Reception to Follow.

Get Involved

Call for Members! New AIA Honolulu Housing Committee Created 

The Housing Committee is being created to promote the development of safe, attractive, accessible, and affordable housing. It will provide leadership, advocacy, and education to the profession and the public in matters related to housing design.

Committee membership is open to all AIA Honolulu members, including Allied members.

Interested? Email AIA Honolulu at

Upcoming AIA Honolulu Meeting & Events

March 9: YAF Workshop: Career Alternatives Panel Discussion (1 CEU)

Register Online!

Come join us for the Young Architects Forum (YAF)  workshop, "Career Alternatives Panel Discussion".  This will be a panel discussion combined with a local beer tasting.

When:   Thursday, March 9, 5:30pm-7:00pm
Where:  Center for Architecture, Honolulu

To be discussed: 1) Why and how to choose an alternative career, 2) Advantages and disadvantages of having an architecture degree in an alternative career path, 3) Architecture skills that are the most important to support an alternative career and 4) How an alternative career can lead to professional success.

Cost: AIA Members $20 and Non-members $25

March 15: 5X5X5 Mentorship Program Kick Off Pau Hana

Register Online!
Open to 25 participants, limited to Assoc. AIA & AIA members!

AIA Honolulu is pleased to invite our Assoc. AIA and AIA Honolulu members to participate in our 2017 AIA Mentorship Program. The program is geared towards the professional development of emerging architects. View Flyer.

The Program:

  • A formal platform and social group for emerging architects to engage with industry leaders from diverse backgrounds
  • Five learning groups will engage a new mentor every other month in pau hana setting (five meetings total)

2017 Kick-Off Pau Hana

When:   Wednesday, March 15, 5:30-7:30pm
Center for Architecture, Honolulu

The program will begin with a Kick-Off Pau Hana, which will be an informal gathering to introduce the program and allow participants to meet the mentors and their learning groups. All participants are strongly encouraged to attend the kick-off pau hana. 

Program Cost: $50 for both Assoc. AIA Members (15 spots available) & AIA Members (10 spots available). The cost includes admission to our Pau Hana Kickoff + 5 group mentoring sessions.

March 16: Attend Our GMM Site Tour of Keauhou Place

Register Online!
Space is limited to first 25 people that sign up!

Attend our monthly General Membership Meeting (GMM) in March which will be a specially organized site tour.

When:   Thursday, March 16, 3:30 - 5:30 pm
Where:  Site Tour at Keauhou Place, Kaka'ako

A New Urban Living Concept! Located in the heart of Kaka'ako, Keauhou Place presents one, two and three-bedroom condominiums and townhomes that afford the contemporary urban living. With spacious floor plans, top-of-the-line energy efficient appliances, exquisite finishes and endless views, you can truly live the urban cosmopolitan lifestyle.  Keauhou Place offers a resort-like lifestyle with a range of amenities including a state-of-the-art gym, BBQ areas, swimming pool, children’s tot lot, a recreation deck and even a secret garden.

Tour Guide: Stanford Carr of Stanford Carr Development, LLC

Cost: $20 for AIA Honolulu members & $35 for Non-members. Bento will be included. No Walk-ins.

Associate AIA Update

March 2: Attend 5.0 ARE Prep Session "Practice Management"

Register Online!

Thursday, March 2, 5:30-7pm at the Center for Architecture. $10/AIA/AIAS members & $20/non-members.

AXP, ARE, & Licensure Questions?  From 5:00pm-5:40pm our ARE Prep Session chairs Jason DeMarco, AIA and Todd Hassler, AIA will be available for one-on-one mentoring regarding AXP, ARE, and licensure.

March Topic:  We will cover ARE 5.0 Practice Management and the corresponding ARE 4.0 exams that we’re covering are Construction Documents & Services and Programming, Planning, & Practice.  We will also review the ARE 4.0 PPP vignette.

Neighbor Islands! If interested to attend via Go-To-Meeting please choose that option when registering.

Studying for the ARE?

AIA ARE Prep Powered by Black Spectacles has you covered with ARE 4.0 video tutorials and brand-new ARE 5.0 video exam prep curriculum, including built-in exam practice questions and interviews with architects.

AIA Associate members receive an exclusive 15 percent discount and the option of a monthly, 6-month or annual subscription. Start Studying Today!

Welcome New Allied Member

Welcome Sarah Robertson with Western Window Systems

Welcome new allied member Sarah Robertson, Architectural Consultant with Western Window Systems.  Since 1959, Western Window Systems has focused on designing door and window systems that bring indoor and outdoor spaces together. 

Inspired by modern living, our high-quality products are available in custom sizes, massive dimensions and standardized sets for unlimited design possibilities in residential, prefab, retail, commercial, hospitality and educational projects. From superior craftsmanship and timeless design to exceptional customer service, Western Window Systems is a preferred choice of architects, builders, and homeowners throughout North America. 

Questions? To learn more about our anodized and wood clad products contact your local Architectural Consultant, Sarah Robertson or call her at (808) 280-3100.

In Remembrance

Aloha Marcella “Marcie” Farias

In memory of Marcella “Marcie” Farias:  Marcie was a talented marketing professional who touched the lives of many within the architectural and engineering community.  During her extensive career, she worked at KYA Design Group, Ferraro Choi and Associates, MEH Corp, AHL and RIM Architects.  She originally started her career as a promotions manager at the Honolulu Advertiser.  Marcie was known for attention to detail and coordination, knowledge of the A&E industry and her deep caring nature. 

Marcie passed away in her home on Dec 21, 2016.  She is truly missed for her valuable contribution in our profession and her friendship to so many.  Click here for more on Marcie, or to post thoughts.

AIA Honolulu Member Update

Department of Planning & Permitting Update: The ePlans System Down March 6 & 7

Update from the Department of Planning and Permitting (DPP)! The ePlans system is scheduled to be:

  • Taken down* on Monday, March 6, 2017 at 6:00am
  • Back on line on Tuesday, March 7, 2017 at 6:00pm

*During the down time period applicants should still be able to create IBPs and apply for online permits, but there would be no ePlans submittal and/or review possible at that time.

AIA National Updates

Where We Stand: AIA Statement on Immigration and Travel Restrictions

AIA publishes seven principles on immigration

WASHINGTON, D.C., February 20, 2017 - As discussion on immigration continues, the American Institute of Architects (AIA) today joins with many American businesses, industries and universities in calling for fair and impartial immigration policies, and in expressing deep concern about policies that restrict immigration from specific countries or regions based on overly broad factors, including religion.

“Beyond the essential considerations of fairness and equity, restrictions targeting specific areas of the world can have profoundly negative business impacts,” said AIA President Thomas Vonier, FAIA.  “Professional service exports are a key contributor to AIA member firms and their earnings. In fact, the entire international building development, design and construction sector relies heavily on reciprocal treatment and on the fair and ethical ability to travel, reside and work across national boundaries.”  Read more.

Mark Your Calendar – 2017 AIA National Events

AIA Honolulu Job Board

Three Jobs Listed on our Job Board

Jobs are posted for 1 month. Posting fee: $25/members, $40/non-members.

Upcoming Events in the Community

University of Hawaii School of Architecture Events

  • Call for the Building Voices Competition - Submissions due 4.5.17
    The School of Architecture along with the University of Hawaii Community Design Center is launching a single-stage international design competition seeking innovative design solutions that address Hawai‘i’s unique geographic location, cultural richness, global visibility, and ecological diversity. The competition is a part of the Building Voices ideas + action festival, surrounding a full day symposium at the State Capitol on Saturday April 22nd, Earth Day 2017. View Flyer.

    Dates: 4.5.17 Submissions Due / 4.7.17 Design Jury / 4.22.17 Winners Announced
    Fee: $50 or Free for students (with valid ID)
  • 2x2 Ferraro Choi x Urban Works - An Architectural Exhibit - February 9 - May 12
    UH at Manoa - Haigo & Irene Shen Architecture Gallery - Admission Free

    Mon: 2pm-4pm     Tue/Thu: 8am-12pm & 1pm–6pm
    Wed: 11am–2pm & 3pm-6pm     Fri: 8am-12pm & 3pm-6pm

    Despite Hawaii’s geographical isolation and unique identity, we are all familiar with buildings in our community that might easily be found anywhere else in the world. This recurring dilemma of placeless-ness offers architects in Hawaii a valuable opportunity to explore how we can sustain our local identity while still recognizing that we remain part of the greater world.  A regional design approach to architecture strives to create meaningful, mutually beneficial relationships between people and place.  2 X 2 exhibits two projects each by two local architectural firms, Ferraro Choi and Urban Works. Both firms share the University of Hawaii as a client but with campus designs for very different locations.


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