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Island Architect Weekly - Monday, May 2, 2016

Posted By AIA Honolulu, Friday, April 29, 2016

Monday, May 2, 2016

AIA/HAF Gordon W. Bradley Humanitarian Award

2016 Call for Nominations Deadline is May 16

In recognition of architect Gordon W. Bradley, AIA’s rare and wonderful personality and immense love for life, AIA
Honolulu and the Hawaii Architectural Foundation are proud to announce the return of the Gordon Bradley Humanitarian Award. This award was originally created to perpetuate Gordon Bradley’s special spirit by acknowledging individuals who, through his or her career in the profession, have exemplified this giving attitude. Thus, the “AIA/HAF Gordon W. Bradley Humanitarian Award”, as it shall now be named, is intended to acknowledge a person who has given his or her time and energy to benefit society. View our 2016 Call for Nominations.

Deadline May 16: All nominations must be submitted to AIA Honolulu by end of day on Monday, May 16. Review our nomination information today and email submissions to Abigail Spencer, AIA Honolulu EVP.

2016 AIA Honolulu Design Awards

Get Your Projects Ready! Online Submission Opens Monday, May 9

The time has come to submit your project(s) for the 58th AIA Honolulu Design Awards! The AIA Honolulu’s Annual Design Awards is Hawaii’s oldest program of its type—held annually since 1958.  Built and unbuilt projects submitted by local AIA members are judged on their merit by a distinguished jury of AIA architects.

Submission Information: View and print our AIA Honolulu Design Awards Information for detailed information on submission dates, fees, eligibility, submission requirements, project categories etc.

New in 2016 - Student Design Awards Category! For the first time ever, we have established a Student Design Awards category to recognize student achievements in the design studio and provide a forum for student work to be celebrated. Online submission for students starts today Monday, May 2.

Save the Date! Design Awards Gala 9.17.16 at NOAA:  Attend the 2016 AIA Honolulu Design Awards Gala on Saturday, Sep. 17 at the NOAA Inouye Regional Center (security clearance required). Winners will be announced.

Upcoming AIA Honolulu Updates

May 5: Pacific Building Trade Expo - Seminar Committee Meeting

RSVP Online! This Pacific Building Trade Expo Seminar Committee meeting is for interested AIA Honolulu members who would like to help out with our continuing education seminars scheduled for the 2016 Pacific Building Trade Expo on Oct. 25, 2016.

Meeting Date: Thursday, May 5, 12pm-1pm at the Center for Architecture.

For more information email Reid Mizue, AIA, Expo Seminar Committee Chair.

May 12: AIA Monthly Program a Site Tour of Kapiwai

Register Online! On Thursday, May 12, attend our AIA Monthly program, a Site Tour of Kapiwai, an Urban, Residential Development in Pauoa Valley.  Space will be limited to first 20 so register today! View Event Flyer.

Registration at 4:00pm and site tour from 4:30pm-5:00pm. Hard hats and covered shoes required. Refreshments will be provided following the tour. Location and carpool info will be provided after payment.

1 AIA/CES LU. AIA Honolulu is the registered provider.

Cost: $15 for AIA Honolulu members & $25 for Non-members.

May 18:  AIA/GCA Meeting: Panel Discussion on the Design-Build Delivery Method

Register Online: Wednesday, May 18, 11:30am-1:00pm attend our next AIA/GCA program at the Center for Architecture (brown bag session). $10 for AIA/GCA members and $20 for non-members.

Topic: Panel Discussion on the Design-Build Delivery Method

Design-Build…How many of us really understand the process and how to successfully deliver a project with the Design-Build Method?  Discussion and Q&A will follow their presentations.

Presenters: Brian Coday, P.E., LEED AP, DBIA; Glenn M. Murata, AIA, LEED AP, RMA Architects and David Johnson, Dawson Technical, LLC.

May 27: RUDC Committee Meeting

RSVP Online! Regional and Urban Design Committee (RUDC) meeting on Friday, May 27, 12pm - 1pm at the Center for Architecture.  Meeting is open to ALL interested AIA members.

Get involved in 2016!  Stay tuned for meeting agenda. Feel free to bring your lunch. 

The role of the AIA Honolulu RUDC Commitee is to review, discuss and advocate for positions on various urban design issues that affect our built environment and the communities we serve.

2016 MCAH Scholarship & Golf Tournament

The 2016 Mason Contractors Association of Hawaii's (MCAH) Annual Scholarship Golf Tournament benefits AIA Honolulu Members by awarding a scholarship to an AIA dependent.

Scholarship Deadline May 15: The MCAH will be awarding five (5) $2,500 scholarships to high school graduates from the State of Hawaii. Go to MCAH's website for information and online application.

MCAH Architects and Engineers Golf Tournament June 21: Help raise scholarship funds by participating in the 2016 MCAH Golf Tournament Tuesday, June 21, Pearl Country Club.  2016 Golf Tournament Registration Form. Please return your completerd form by June 10 to MCAH.

Cuba Tour with Docomomo Hawaii Oct 24-Nov 1 (5 HSW)

On Oct 24-Nov 1, 2016 Docomomo Hawaii will be discoverying Cuba and you are invited to attend. Designed by Cuban-American art conservator and writer Rosa Lowinger, this tour of Cuba offers an inside look at the art and architecture scene. Activities include a walking tour of the Havana neighborhood of Santo Suarez with architect Universo Garcia Lorenzo and dinner at the home of artist Yami Martinez. It's the trip of a lifetime.

View the flyer or email Docomomo Hawaii for more info and registration. This trip is worth 5 AIA/CES (HSW) and AIA Honolulu is the registered provider.

Update on Last Architecture Month Events

Architecture Month: Oahu Public Film Night "Urbanized"

On Wednesday, April 27, Film Night took place at the Center for Architecture where we showed the documentary "Urbanized". The film talks about the design of cities, which looks at the issues and strategies behind urban design. The film was followed by a panel discussion. More than 40 people attended and were treated to both great conversation and refreshments. Let's do it again!  View photo's on Facebook.

Mahalo to our Panelists: Bill Brizee, AIA, Architects Hawaii, Ltd (Principal); David Rockwood, UH School of Architecture, Architect and Professor and Andrew Tang, Transit-Oriented Development Planner, City & County of Honolulu.

Mahalo to our Moderator: Geoffrey Lewis, AIA, Geoffrey Lewis Architect, Inc (Principal).

Mahalo Committee and Volunteers: Mahalo to our committee chair Mayumi Dao, AIA and her wonderful volunteers Brian Chappel; Aki Ishiyama; Kevin Miyamura, AIA; Mariel Moriwake, AIA; Jonathan Sim, AIA; Ina Wong, AIA and Chad Zane, Assoc. AIA.

Architecture Month: Firm Crawl with 13 Participating Firms & 200+ "Crawlers"

The 2016 Firm Crawl was a fantastic event with 13 participating AIA Honolulu firms and over 200 "crawlers" from AIA Membership, SoA students and the community.  Our firms were ready with their doors open from 5pm-8pm and treated their visitors to great information and refreshments.

Pictures to Share? If you have any pictures to share with us for the Island Architect Weekly and our social media outlets please email Camilla Nicholas and she will send you a Dropbox invitation for upload.

Mahalo to all 13(!) Participating AIA Firm Crawl Firms and their Amazing Staff:  Architects Hawaii, Ltd; Clifford Planning & Architecture, LLC; Collaborative Studio; FSC Architects; Group 70 International, Inc.; INK Architects; Lionakis; Mason Architects, Inc.; Peter Vincent Architects; RIM Architects Hawaii, LLC; Urban Works, Inc.; WATG and WCIT Architecture.

11th Canstruction® Competition

Enter Your Team! 11th CANstruction Competition on Oct. 1

Our 11th Annual Canstruction® competition will take place on Saturday, October 1 from 9am - 2pm at Pearlridge Center. It combines the competitive spirit of a design/build competition with a unique way to help feed hungry people, all while benefiting the Hawaii Foodbank. This is an exciting community service and team building project for your firm or company.

Register Online: Enter Your Team Today!   Entry Fee: $100 per team

Who Can Attend:  ALL in the Design and Building Industries are encouraged to participate in this community service project.

2016 Theme: Galacti-CAN-goods!  Meals for our community, our Hawaii, our nation, our earth and our galaxy...One Can at a Time.

Questions?  Email Co-Chairs Reid Mizue, AIA, Leigh Ishida, AIA or Kristin Nakagawa, AIA.

AIA Honolulu Member Update

Philip White Architects is Now WhiteSpace Architects

Philip White Architects has changed its name to WhiteSpace Architects, a firm that is grounded in the mutual values of design excellence shared by its principals, Philip “Pip” White, AIA and Laura Ayers, AIA. It is a name that reflects their heritage as they launch an exciting new partnership that will guide the firm into the future.

Pip began his career in architecture over 30 years ago, inspired by an innate sense of aesthetics and environmental sensitivity coupled with personal values of integrity and resourcefulness. When he founded Philip White Architects in 1983, he infused the firm with a spirit of purpose and a deep understanding of design.

Laura joined Philip White Architects 15 years ago and has partnered with Pip on many of the company’s most notable and award-winning commercial and residential projects. As a member of a new generation of design professionals, she has emerged as a highly talented architect and meticulous project manager whose commitment has earned her an ownership role with the firm.

Together with their team of creative and dedicated staff, WhiteSpace Architects continues to build upon the excellent reputation the company has earned over the past three decades by creating spaces that enhance, inspire and enrich people’s lives. View Announcement.

Welcome New AIA Honolulu Members

  • New Assoc. AIA Members
  • Ardison Garcia, Assoc. AIA
  • Kaoru Lovett Assoc. AIA
  • Ajri McArthur, Assoc. AIA
  • Jordan Pascua, Assoc. AIA
  • Ronald Ribao, Assoc. AIA
  • Lindsey K. Wright-Joy, Assoc. AIA

AIA Honolulu Job Board

One New Job Just Listed on our Job Board

Jobs on the AIA Honolulu Job Board are posted for 1 month.

Upcoming Events in the Community


  • May 4: APA Hawaii: "Transient Vacation Rentals from DPP’s Perspective" (Center for Architecture)
    Join APA Hawaii on Wednesday, May 4th to hear Art Challacombe, Deputy Director of the Department of Planning and Permitting (DPP), talk about Transient Vacation Rentals (TVR’s). Check-in begins at 11:45am. This month’s APAHI program will be held at the AIA Center for Architecture

  • May 18: Ferguson 2nd Annual Expo
    Join Ferguson for their 2nd Annual Expo. Manufacturer Reps will be there to answer questions, show new products, present CEU classes, as well as product preview presentations. This will be an all day affair with Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner being served. Hourly prizes & BIA Networking Event to follow from 5pm-8pm.

  • May 25 - Special Inspection of Masonry Construction
    Wednesday, May 25 the Masonry Institute of Hawaii is hosting a seminar titled "Special Inspection of Masonry Construction" to be held at the Pearl Country Club.  This seminar will include basic masonry terms, masonry material requirements including block, mortar, reinforcement, connectors and grout, proper mortar mixing, explanation of basic masonry construction techniques and more. Register by e-mail before May 18.

Mahalo to Annual Chapter Sponsors

Join Us & Support Your Chapter!  Email or call us at (808) 628-7244 for sponsorship opportunities.

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