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Island Architect Weekly - Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Posted By AIA Honolulu, Monday, April 24, 2017

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Featured Weekly Ad

Free Training Event with Lynn Allen – May 4, 2017

RSVP Online for Free Event! Breakfast Served.

When:  Thursday, May 4, 8:00am-10:30am
Where: Dave and Buster’s Theater, 1030 Auahi Street
View Event Flyer. Featuring Guest Speaker Lynn Allen:

  • Do you need a better way to always have the single source of truth and the confidence of version control?
  • Are you adequately measuring performance and quality, identifying risk, and reducing waste on projects?
  • Are your model-based workflows still working independently?

The U.S. CAD Hawaii Team will describe and showcase the platform and its tools during this event. BIM 360 construction management software enables anytime, anywhere access to a project data throughout the building construction lifecycle. It empowers those in the fields to better anticipate and act, and those in the office to update, optimize and manage all aspects of construction performance.  No team member is left behind!

Questions? Email

Online Submission Now Open!

The AIA Honolulu Annual Design Awards is Hawaii’s oldest program of its type, held annually since 1958.  Projects submitted by local AIA members to the 59th Annual AIA Honolulu Design Awards will be judged on their merit by a distinguished jury.

Start Online Submission(s) HERE!

Reduced Submission Fee:  $275 / Built or Unbuilt Project

Deadlines:  June 16 –  Submissions completed, paid for and submitted online
Save the Date! Design Awards Gala, Sep. 16 at the iconic IBM Building Courtyard
Get your projects ready and start the submission process today! Users can edit and add entries and information until the submission deadline, facilitating internal collaboration and review by your project team. View 2017 AIA Honolulu Design Awards Information for eligibility, submission requirements, project categories, jury etc.

Student Design Awards Category: For the 2nd year we are inviting students to enter our Student Design Awards category, for a chance to recognize their achievements in the design studio.

  Mahalo 2017 Design Awards Sponsors!
Become a Design Awards sponsor today!

AIA Honolulu Leadership Workshop

Only a Few Spots Remain - Reserve Your Seat Today!

Practical Tools & Innovative Strategies for getting More & Better Clients

May 2 - July 25: Attend 4-Part Leadership Workshop (6 CEUs)

Targeted to owners, principals, and future leaders responsible for bringing in new business  

Learn how to succeed in Hawaii's increasingly competitive marketplace. Get insights presented from successful professional service firms worldwide that can be implemented immediately. View Event Flyer.

Register for 4-Part Series OR Single Sessions
We recommend to attending the full series, as the sessions are designed to work most effectively together.

May 2:  20 Positioning Strategies to Stand Out from the Crowd
June 1:  Marketing Plans That Really Work
June 29:  Communicating in a Way That Gets Clients to Listen
July 25:  Selling Without Selling Out

Howard J. Wolff, Full-Height Advice.

Series (All 4):
  $279 AIA Members / $337 Non-Members.
Per Session:   $79 AIA Members / $97 Non-Members.

Upcoming AIA Honolulu Meeting & Events

April 27: AIA Honolulu Housing Committee Meeting

This new committee was 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.

When/Where: Thursday, April 27, 12pm-1pm at the Center for Architecture

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

May 2: Join Us for a Private Tour of Honolulu Biennial 2017

RSVP Online Today!

Didn't get a chance to see the Honolulu Biennial yet? Want to learn more about the exhibits? Now is your chance during this private tour of the inaugural Biennial. 

When/Where: Tuesday, May 2 from 5:30-7pm at the Hub of Honolulu Biennial, Ward Village.  View Tour Flyer.

Cost: $7 for Kama'aina and $5 for Seniors & Students.

May 3: AIA/GCA Job Site Tour: HART Operations and Servicing Bldg

RSVP Online Today

Join AIA/GCA for a HART Maintenance Site and Railway Tour and get a firsthand look at the completed Operations and Servicing Building (OSB) adjacent to the Leeward Community College campus.  There will be a brief presentation with Q&A in the OSB facility. A tour will follow of the OSB building, Control Room, and a viewing of the train, where everyone will get a chance to board it. Read for special requirements.

When/Where: Wednesday, May 3, 1pm-3:30pm. Meet at the GCA Hawaii office.

RSVP Online: This online RSVP is for AIA Honolulu members only. GCA members must register with GCA.  Limited to 20 AIA members and 20 GCA members.

May 11: YAF Workshop: Moving Up Within a Firm, Panel Discussion (1 LU)

Register Online!

This will be a panel discussion by licensed architects in top leadership positions discussing their experience on how they successfully earned those roles.

When/Where: Thursday, May 11, 5:30pm-7:00pm at the Center for Architecture.
Bonus:   Local Desserts

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

May 18: Next GMM Program "Multimodal Transportation in Urban Honolulu" (1 LU)

Register Online Today

When/Where:  Thursday, May 18, 11:30am-1:00pm at the Center for Architecture.
Come learn more about the need for multimodal transportation in Honolulu, and the current initiatives that are supporting this shift in transportation trends. View GMM May Event Flyer.  Discussion will include a presentation from 3 panelists:

  • Ben Trevino, Bikeshare Hawai‘i
  • Mike Packar, City and County of Honolulu, Complete Streets Program
  • Melissa White, SSFM International

Cost: $20 / AIA Honolulu members & $35 / Non-Members. Lunch will be included.

Go-To-Meeting Available! Available for our outer island friends and those that simply can't attend in person.

2017 Monthly Membership Meeting Sponsors!  Become a GMM Sponsor Today!


Associate AIA Update

April 27: ARE Prep Session "Project Management" (1 HSW)

Register Online!

When/Where: Thursday, April 27, 5:30-7pm at the Center for Architecture.

April Topic: ARE 5.0 Project 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.

Presenter: Michael Kaainoni, Project Architect at Alakea Design Group

Cost:  $10/AIA/AIAS members & $20/non-members

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

12th CANstruction® Competition

Still Need Teams! Register Online Today

Enter Your Team for our 12th Annual Canstruction® competition on Saturday, September 30, 9am - 2pm at Pearlridge Center. This is an exciting community service and team building project for your firm.

2017 Theme:  Browse a Library of CANstructures!  Volumes of meals for our local community that seem to jump off the pages...One Can at a Time.

Enter Your Team Today   Entry Fee: $100 per team

Mahalo CANstruction Competition Sponsors:

  Become a 2017 Canstruction Sponsor
View AIA Honolulu Sponsorship Prospectus

AIA National Updates

Where We Stand: Climate Change

The American Institute of Architects asserts that architects play a vital role in combating climate change. Buildings are major producers of carbon, so climate change poses both obstacles and opportunities for the profession.

We accept these challenges, and we call on policymakers to join with us in this effort. Read more.

Architectural Billings Index Announced

As the first quarter of the year came to a close, the Architecture Billings Index (ABI) continued to climb up. The ABI is an economic indicator of construction activity reflecting the approximate nine to twelve month lead time between architecture billings and construction spending. According to the AIA Economics & Market Research Group, the March ABI score was 54.3, up four points from February. This number reflects an increase in design services. This increase in the ABI is a favorable signifier in the busy season of spring.

“The first quarter started out on uneasy footing, but fortunately ended on an upswing entering the traditionally busy spring season,” said AIA Chief Economist, Kermit Baker, Hon. AIA, PhD. Click here for detailed breakdown.

2017 COTE Top Ten Awards

The AIA, in conjunction with the Committee on the Environment (COTE), has selected this year’s winners of the Top Ten Awards. Established 21 years ago, the Top Ten Awards give recognition to projects that best embody the integration of great design and great performance. COTE has stringent criteria for submissions that include social, economic, and ecological values. The criterion used by COTE has substantially changed this year. Buildings submitted are now judged on their actual performance as opposed to expected performance. Past winners have also been invited to submit post-occupancy data and narratives to be recognized with a single COTE Top Ten Plus award each year. This new ‘Plus’ designation is given to projects that continue to show honorable performance data and post occupancy lessons.

The winners of the Top Ten Awards will be recognized at the AIA Conference on Architecture in Orlando this week. Click here to learn more about the award recipients.

AIA Announces Upjohn Research Initiative Projects

The Upjohn Research Initiative awards grants to projects that support applied research that advances the design and professional practice. This year, five projects have been selected to receive grants.  The lengths of the grants are 18 months and helps recipients to have their findings and outcomes published both electronically and in a nationally distributed publication. The grant totals $100,000 and will be distributed to the five projects. Research of this years selected recipients include, circadian potential, plastiglomerates, sensor enabled assemblies, and adaptive façade systems.

Submissions for the 2017 Upjohn Research Initiative will open once more this spring. Research themes include the value of design, professional practice, and methods of construction. Click here to find out more about the Upjohn Research Initiative.

AIA College of Fellows Awards 2017 Latrobe Prize to Northeastern University Researchers for ‘Future-Use Architecture’

Award will help fund the investigation and documentation of the tectonic and performative attributes that facilitate long-term use and persistent change of buildings.

The AIA College of Fellows selected a team of three faculty members from Northeastern University’s School of Architecture and Resilient Cities Laboratory to receive the 2017 Latrobe Prize for their study of “Future-Use Architecture”.   The Latrobe Prize is awarded biennially for a two-year program of research leading to significant advances in the architecture profession. The $100,000 award will enable the team to identify design attributes contributing to future adaptability, demonstrate future-use design strategies for buildings using words and graphics, and document and analyze architectural precedents that exemplify future-use design. Click here for full press release.

May 11 Webinar "Release of 2017 AIA Contract Documents" (1 LU)

Register Online! AIA National Webinar on May 11, 2-3pm (EST).

Find out how the new 2017 AIA documents will affect your projects by attending a free webinar. Get insight into the revision process, key changes and how the new Sustainable Projects Exhibit can be used to provide health, safety, and welfare of building occupants.

AIA Honolulu Job Board

Five Jobs Listed on our Job Board

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

Upcoming Events in the Community


  • April 29: Hawaii ASLA Punahou Project Tour
    To celebrate World Landscape Architecture Month, we’re offering project tours of
    Punahou School’s Omidyar (K-1) and Kosasa (2-5) Neighborhoods.
    Topic: Punahou Project Tour
    Date/Time/Location: Saturday, April 29, 9am-11am at Punahou
    Register: Email Grace Zheng, ASLA Hawaii

2017 Annual Sponsorship Opportunities

Become a Sponsor and Show Your Support

2017 Annual Sponsorship! Interested in increased visibility throughout the entire year? Sign up today for 12 continuous months of benefits!  View our 2017 Sponsorship prospectus and start your partnership with AIA Honolulu today.  Sponsor Your Chapter Today & Add Your Firm Logo Here!

Email Camilla Nicholas, AIA Honolulu or call (808) 628-7245.

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