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Island Architect Weekly - Monday, April 25, 2016

Posted By AIA Honolulu, Friday, April 22, 2016

Monday, April 25, 2016

Hawaii State Licensing Renewal

Last Reminder! Hawaii State Licensing for Architects due April 30, 2016

The State of Hawaii's renewal cycle for professional licensing of Architects, Engineers, Surveyors and Landscape Architects (every two years) is coming up on April 30, 2016 - Renew Online.  Between May 1, 2014 - April 30, 2016 you need 16 hours of continuing education in public protection topics, such as health, safety and welfare (HSW).  Check your AIA transcripts online.

Still Need HSW? AIAU is Open 24/7

AIAU offers 15% off the special member price of $25/course. Non-members save 15% off the non-member price of $40/course. View all courses > Browse by instructor >

This Week! 2016 Architecture Month Events

Film Night on Oahu and the Big Island + Firm Crawl in Honolulu

The 2016 Architecture Month is coming to its end but we still have a few free and low cost public activities to attend this week. Register online today!


On the Big Island: Last Film Night in Hilo April 29

The Hawaii Island Section of AIA Honolulu will celebrate Architecture Month with free showings of “Alejandro Aravena: The Power of Synthesis” and “Olmsted and America’s Urban Parks”.

When & Where:

Upcoming AIA Honolulu May Programs/Meetings

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 (PDF).

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: On Wednesday, May 18 from 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 20: Attend RUDC Committee Meeting

RSVP Online! Regional and Urban Design Committee (RUDC) meeting on Friday, May 20, 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.

Update on Past Architecture Month Events

Architecture Month: Hawaii Island - Young Architects Workshop


The Hawaii Island Section of AIA Honolulu held a very successful Young Architects Workshop on Sunday as part of Architecture Month. The 5th-9th grade students were asked to think of a place in Kona that they are familiar with and is in need of a bus shelter.  They spent a half hour sketching and brainstorming a concept.  Then the model making materials were brought out and they built and elaborated upon their ideas at 1 inch =1 foot scale.  By the end of the workshop eight very creative bus shelters had been created and presented by the students.  

Mahalo to AIA member architects Shaun Roth, AIA; Shane Kitchens, AIA; Kari Kimura, AIA along with intern architect Erik Tremain served as mentors.  Miho Morinoue, the Donkey Mill Art Center Youth Program Coordinator, facilitated the workshop and assisted the students.  View photo's on Facebook.

Architecture Month: Scavenger Hunt

On Thursday night at Design Within Reach, Ala Moana, there was a great turnout of local and out-of town Modernists. 

From approximately 30 attendees, ten enthusiastic teams trekked around Ala Moana in search of vestiges of the old Mid-Century Modern Ala Moana Center.  

Congratulations to first place winner Matt Matsuoka from Seattle. Congrats also to second place finishers Rodney, Paula and Stacie Lee, and third place Shae and Merlinda!  Prizes included books from AIA, Docomomo Hawaii and DWR + gift certificates for AIA Honolulu events. Great fun was had by all! Mahalo DWR and Docomomo for co-hosting another excellent Scavenger Hunt!

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, with our efforts 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.

2015 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 National News

AIA Denounces Senate Vote to Kill Energy Conservation Requirements for Federal Buildings

On Wednesday, the AIA issued the following statement following the U.S. Senate's passage of S. 2012, the Energy Policy Modernization Act. The legislation repeals targets for reducing fossil fuel consumption in federal buildings contained in Section 433 of the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007, which was passed by Congress and signed into law by then-President George W. Bush.

“Cutting fossil fuel consumption in new and renovated federal buildings by 2030 is clearly something we can achieve as a nation. My fellow architects are already designing buildings that are “net zero” consumers of energy. According to government statistics, better designed buildings have already saved our country approximately $560 billion in energy costs since 2005," said AIA President Russell Davidson, FAIA. "It makes no public policy sense for Congress to cave in to the oil and gas lobby and kill requirements to reduce fossil fuel consumption in federal buildings." Read more.

2016 AIA Top Ten Green Projects Selected

The AIA has selected the Top Ten Green Projects for 2016.  These structures are beyond the typical ‘green building’, and are really at the cutting edge of sustainable technology and employ the most innovative design strategies and materials. 

Read AIA's press release, which contains links to additional material, including energy saving metrics and images.

View images of all the buildings from the Business Insider, April 22, 2016 issue.

March ABI Continues To Show Growth

The Architecture Billings Index reflects consecutive months of increasing demand for design activity at architecture firms.  As a leading economic indicator of construction activity, the ABI reflects the approximate nine to twelve month lead time between architecture billings and construction spending.

AIA reported the March ABI score was 51.9, up from the mark of 50.3 in February. This score reflects an increase in design services (any score above 50 indicates an increase in billings). The new projects inquiry index was 58.1, down from a reading of 59.5 last month. Regionally, the South continues to reflect the greatest increase in billings.  Read more

Vote for Your Favorite 2016 PlayHouzz

Houzz and the AIA have teamed up to launch PlayHouzz 2016, a charitable playhouse design contest and showcase open to the entire Houzz community. The contest showcases the creativity of architects who took on this year's theme of "Adventure." Their playhouse designs aim to inspire a sense of adventure and imaginative play in all of us.

Go to their website and click on the images to see all of the designs and vote for your favorites by “liking” them. The design that receives the most likes will be selected as the PlayHouzz 2016 global winner. Houzz and the AIA are delighted to fund the construction of this design and other community favorites, which will benefit children in need around the country.

Local Allied Members Corner

Introducing Allied Member Manny Wright with Glasswerks LA, Inc.

“GlassFx” by Glasswerks LA, Inc.  Did you know that Glasswerks current GlassFX printing equipment can be used to print on lites as large as 110”x 204”?

Unlike silk-screening, our new 720-dpi printer can be used to create stunning multicolor and photorealistic images on glass. This ceramic ink printing process uses a sophisticated, computer-controlled five color process to print patterns, photos, or just about anything else. View Glasswerks Flyer (PDF).

Questions? Email Manny Wright, local allied member or call him at (808) 369-6436.

AIA Honolulu Job Board

Five New Jobs Listed on our Job Board

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

Upcoming Events in the Community


  • April 28 - Business Networking Event
    On Thursday, April 28, 5:30pm-7:30pm at the Castle & Cook Aviation Building #220, attend a Business Networking Event. Opportunity to meet other business owners. Share your business, build your network. Meet new friends and get some new ideas. Free Parking. Food and drink provided.
  • May 3: 2016 DCAB Conference: Designing Accessible Transient Lodging, Swimming Pools and Spase
    Tuesday, May 3 DCAB's 2016 Disability Access Conference, Ala Moana Hotel. Hotels, vacation rentals and dormitories are all subject to the 2010 ADA for Accessible Design. The U.S. Access Board is the agency that drafted the Americans with Disabilities Act Accessibility Guidelines adopted by the Department of Justice.

  • May 4: APA Hawaii at the Center "Transient Vacation Rentals from DPP’s Perspective"
    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 Expo
    Wednesday, May 18, 8am-5pm, Ferguson Exp. One day CEU classes and product information seminars on the showroom floor. All brands in the showroom will be represented.  Giveaways and food.  BIA Networking Night at 5. Cooking demonstrations from local restaurants. Food and wine tasting.

  • 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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