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Island Architect Weekly - Friday, February 12, 2016

Posted By AIA Honolulu, Thursday, February 11, 2016

Friday, February 12, 2016

Presidents Day Feb. 15, 2016

The AIA Honolulu office is closed on Monday, February 15 in observance of the Presidents Day. 

We will re-open for regular business on Tuesday, February 16.  For information during this period go to AIA Honolulu or the AIA National self-service help page.
Presidents Day was originally established in 1885 in recognition of President George Washington and it is still officially called “Washington’s Birthday” by the federal government.

Congratulations to our Newest Fellows!

AIA Elevates Glenn Mason and Bettina Mehnert to the College of Fellows

AIA Fellowship Recognizes Significant Contributions to the Profession of Architecture and Society

The 2016 Jury of Fellows of the AIA elevated Glenn Mason and Bettina Mehnert to its prestigious College of Fellows, an honor awarded to members who have made significant contributions to the profession.

They will be honored at the 2016 National AIA Convention in Philadelphia. The Fellowship program was developed to elevate architects who have made a significant contribution to architecture and society and who have achieved a standard of excellence in the profession.  Election to fellowship not only recognizes the achievements of architects as individuals, but also their significant contribution to architecture and society on a national level.

Congratulations to our 2016 Honorees:

Glenn Mason, FAIA:  Recognized leader in advancing preservation, Glenn Mason integrates expert historic research, planning, and architecture for national and regional landmarks. He preserves and promotes the value of Pacific Rim architectural heritage through documenting histories and stewardship.

Bettina Mehnert, FAIA: Helped Hawaii’s architectural industry evolve and innovate, modeling a novel philosophy of practice that blends advanced IT solutions, firm culture, client cultivation, and community service as inseparable filaments of professional leadership.

Out of a total AIA membership of nearly 88,000, there are fewer than 3,100 distinguished with the honor of fellowship and honorary fellowship. Recipients are selected for making significant contributions to architecture and their communities, as well as for achieving a standard of excellence in their profession.
See the full list of 2016 elevated AIA National College of Fellows.

AIA National News

U.S. Construction Forecast/ Design Trends for the Next Decade Revealed

The AIA's semi-annual Construction Consensus Forecast (factoring in projections from Wells Fargo, and other groups) expects construction spending in the nonresidential market to increase by just over 8 percent this year.  Heavy demand for hotels, offices, and manufacturing plans leading the way….(also projects spending on retail establishments, schools, hospitals and so on...). View the full press release here.

Additional AIA queried their Architecture Billings Index (ABI) panelists for the design trends that they think will be the most prevalent over the next decade: increased energy efficiency, innovative building materials (lots of publicly traded companies likely to see a spike in demand) and use of design software enhancements that will help eliminate a lot of waste, cost overruns and project delays will grow substantially.  Click here to see the future construction trend survey results.

Apply for the Payette Sho-Ping Chin Scholarship by April 8

The Architects Foundation has joined Payette Associates in establishing a scholarship in memory of former New England Regional Director Sho-Ping Chin, FAIA (class of 2015).  The Payette Sho-Ping Chin Memorial Academic Scholarship was established for a woman studying architecture within a NAAB-accredited bachelor or master’s degree program.

The $10,000 scholarship will be awarded to a student who will be entering at least her third year of undergraduate or any level of graduate study within an accredited architecture program. Previous Payette Sho-Ping Chin Memorial Academic Scholarship recipients are eligible to reapply in subsequent years. To help the scholarship recipient establish contacts within the profession, she will be assigned a senior mentor from Payette for the scholarship year. April 8 is the deadline to apply.

Members in the News

Craig Takahata, AIA, Joins Group 70 International as Principal

Group 70 International just announced the addition of Principal Craig Takahata, AIA, an accomplished architect who has led successful design projects throughout the Pacific Rim, Asia, Bahamas, United States, and Middle East.  Takahata will help steer G70’s expanding international practice which includes new projects in Tahiti, Indonesia, Japan, among others.    

Previously at design firm WATG for the past 17 years, most recently as Vice President and Managing Director, Takahata is returning to G70, where he worked on a variety of resort projects during his five-year tenure at G70 from 1994 to 1999.

AIA Honolulu Upcoming Events & Meetings

Feb 18: Social Justice, Equity and Diversity in the Workplace (1 CEU)

Register Online! As part of the monthly General Membership Meetings (GMM) and in collaboration with the Living Building Challenge Hawaii Collaborative and USGBC Hawaii Chapter, AIA Honolulu would like to present Francis Janes, program manager for Living Future Institute’s JUST program. View Event Flyer (PDF).

When/Where:  Thursday, Feb. 18 from 5:30pm-7:30pm at the Center for Architecture
Continuing Education: 1 AIA LU  and 1 USGBC CE Hour

Program Overview: Developed by the International Living Future Institute, the JUST Program is a robust social justice transparency platform and disclosure tool. The JUST Program can be viewed as a "nutrition label" for socially responsible organizations, institutions and corporations. The JUST Label provides at-a-glance information about an organization's progress in key social justice categories such as diversity, equity, safety, employee benefit, local benefit and community stewardship. The speaker is Francis Janes, Social Justice Program Manager of the International Living Future Institute.

Cost: $10 for AIA Honolulu members and Non-members.  Please register online in advance for food/drinks coordination.  Co-sponsored by Living Future Institute.

Mar 8: AIA/GCA Job Site Tour: Waiea

RSVP Online - Only 5 Spots Left! On Tuesday, Mar. 8 from 4:00pm-5:30pm our AIA/GCA committee meeting will be a job site tour of Waiea.  The Waiea development is the first of The Howard Hughes Corporation condominium projects in the Ward Village.  With its feature wave curtain wall, the Waiea tower is an exciting addition to the Honolulu skyline and the Kakaako community.  Scott Viola, Construction Manager for Nordic PCL Construction, Inc., and Leigh Ishida of WCIT Architecture will provide an overview of the project and tour of the site.

Questions?  For committee information please email Troy Miyasato, AIA.

Picture: The Waiea tower courtesy The Howard Hughes Corp.

Mar 15: ADA Program - Accessible Sales/Service/Retail (2 HSW)

Register Early! On Tuesday, March 15 from 8am-10am at the Center for Architecture, Mona Higa from the Disability and Communications Access Board (DCAB) has prepared a custom program for AIA Honolulu.  The cost is $20/members and $35/non-members. The topic is "Accessible Sales/Service/Retail" and will cover:

  • scoping requirements for designing accessible sales/service/retail spaces
  • technical provisions of the 2010 ADA Standards for Accessible Design
  • basic building blocks applying to accessible routes leading to Sales/Service/Retail Spaces
  • differences in scoping and technical provisions for alterations versus new constructions

Associate AIA Events

Feb 23: ARE Prep Session - Site Planning and Design Exam Review

RSVP Online!All meetings will take place at the Center for Architecture from 5:30pm - 7:20pm.


  • 5:30pm-6:00pm: Check In | Socialize (Remote users need to login/trouble shoot)
  • 6:00pm-6:20pm: Jason Takeuchi, Assoc. AIA, will provide a series of ARE vignette strategies that can be applied to all of the exams.
  • 6:20-7:00pm: Elyse Takashige, AIA, LEED AP BD+C, will cover the content in the multiple choice section of the SPD exam
  • 7:00-7:20pm: Chretien Macutay, AIA, D.Arch will present strategies and approaches to the Site Grading and Site Design Vignettes which are associated with the SPD exam.

Upcoming ARE Prep Session:

Cost: Register in advance to receive the lower fee of $10 for AIA/AIAS members and $20 for non-members. Walk-in rates are $15 for AIA/AIAS members and $25 for non-members. 

Go-To-Meeting Available! We welcome interested members and non-members to sign up and attend remotely. Email us if you are interested.

Feb. 25: Kick Off Pau Hana - 2016 AIA Mentorship Program (only a few spots left)

Register Online - Only a fews spots left for Assoc. AIA's! AIA Honolulu is pleased to announce the first annual 2016 AIA Mentorship Program. 

We invite Associate AIA, AIAS and architecture students to participate in a brand new mentorship program geared towards the professional development of emerging architects. View Flyer.

Where? Center for Architecture Thursday, Feb. 25, 5:30-7:30pm.

The Program

  • A formal platform and social group for future architects to engage with industry leaders with diverse backgrounds and perspectives
  • Meet new mentors every other month in small group sessions
  • Open to 30 participants, limited to students and Associate AIA members
  • Participants will be broken into five learning groups and will meet in casual pau hana setting

Kick-Off Pau Hana: 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 (registration limited to first 30 participants and includes beverages and pupus). View our 2016 Mentorship Program flyer for additional information.  

Cost: $50/Associate AIA Member (includes admission to Pau Hana Kickoff and five group mentoring sessions). AIAS and Student registration is now full. Email Jason Takeuchi, Assoc. AIA to be added to our waiting list.

Event Update

2016 CICH's Shinnen Enkai & New Year’s Celebration

With nearly 100 attendees, the 2016 Shinnen Enkai was another great success to kick off the new Legislative Session. It is a great opportunity to learn and to share related industry issues with our industry partners and legislators. As Hawaii’s multi-billion dollar construction industry continues to boom, it is prudent for members of the Construction Industry Council of Hawaii (CICH) to advocate to our legislators on structuring a better environment for our business, our state and our people. The event was held at the Hawaii State Art Museum and a great time was had by everyone, including many of our Senators and House Representatives.

CICH is an organization comprised of AIA, Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC), American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC), Building Industry Association (BIA), Cement and Concrete Products Industry (CCPI), General Contractors Association (GCA), Hawaii Island Contractors Association (HICA), Plumbing and Mechanical Contractors Association (PAMCA) and Sheet Metal Contractors Association (SMCA). Dan Chun, FAIA (President of AIA Hawaii State Council) and Louis Fung, AIA (NWPR Region Director and Institute Strategic Councilor) led the delegate representing AIA.

Get Involved with AIA Advocacy! If you are interested to learn more or to get involved with AIA advocacy, please feel free to email Dan Chun, FAIA or Louis Fung, AIA.

Weekly Ad

Feb 18: Design Entrepreneurship:  Money & Mojo Matter  

Register Today! Steve Nobel, a distinguished business consultant, sets forth principles and practices that enable designers to be as creative in their business practices as their design endeavors.

The courses give designers the tools to realize their fullest potential and to elevate professionalism and profitability.

Earn up to 0.5 IDCEC-approved CEU’s attending one of the day-long seminar sessions:

  • Oahu   -  Thursday, Feb 18 at the  Center for Architecture
  • Hawaii -  Friday, Feb 19 at the Anna Ranch Heritage Center
  • Maui   -  Saturday, Feb 20 at the Kahili Golf Course - Aa’ahi Room

Local Allied Members Corner

Introducing Local Allied Member Ken Hayashida with KAI Hawaii. Inc.

KAI Hawaii. Inc. is a full service structural engineering firm established in 1995, providing project management, structural design, forensic evaluation, special inspection, and asset management. We provide new design, repair, and alteration on commercial buildings, retail facilities, office buildings, educational facilities, industrial and warehouse buildings, parking structures, residential, institutional, transportation, Federal government facilities, and sustainable projects. We have a total staff of thirty-two with twenty engineers, including twelve licensed engineers who are licensed in Hawaii in structural and civil engineering.

Questions? Email Ken Hayashida, Principal and Local Allied Member or call him at (808) 791-3990.

AIA Honolulu Job Board

One New Position Listed on the AIA Job Board

Jobs on the AIA Honolulu Job Board are posted for 1 month. The fee is $25/members & $40/non-members.

  • NEW! Architect - Pacific Asia Design Group, Inc.
  • Senior Architect - Urban Works
  • Admin/Marketing Assistant - Longhouse Group
  • Intern Architect - Pacific Asia Design Group, Inc.
  • Staff Designer-Honolulu - Lionakis
  • Architectural Coordinator - HDR, Inc.
  • Sr. Architect/ Project Manager - HDR, Inc.
  • ......go to the AIA Honolulu Job Board for more information.

    Upcoming UHSoA Events

    • Feb 19: Paper Architecture Night (PAN)
      Attend a PAN event at the UHSoA on Friday, Feb. 19 starting at 6:30pm. Come listen to Kris Jugueta, James Lewis and Mike Poscablo. Food and drinks provided by Asuh!

    • Feb 22: Guest Lecture: Michael Monti
      Come listen to Michael Monti, PhD, Executive Director, Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture, Washington, DC

    • Feb 28: 39th Annual Sandcastle Esquisse!
      The AIAS Sandcastle Esquisse will take place on Sunday, Feb. 28 @ Kailua Beach Park, near the bathrooms on the Kalapawai Market side. Family and friends are welcomed. Please email AIAS with your team name and list of team members. The theme for this year will be: "Rising Tides".  Castle Construction: 9am-11am, Judging: 11am & Lunch + Awards: Noon. Categories: Best Overall, Best Representation of Theme, Best Use of Material, Best Team Spirit

    • Mar 14; Guest Lecture: Kiel Moe
      Lecture: Our Model of Models, Exhibition:  My Model of Models by Kiel Moe, AIA, Associate Professor of Architecture and Energy, Harvard University Graduate School of Design, Cambridge, MA

    • Mar 28: Guest Lecture: Sierra Bainbridge
      Lo-Fab [Locally Fabricated] by Sierra Bainbridge, Senior Director, MASS Design Group Ltd., Boston 

    • Apr 11: Guest Lecture: Nicholas De Monchaux
      Local Code: 3,659 Proposals About Data, Design, and the Nature of Cities by Nicholas de Monchaux, Associate Professor of Architecture and Urban Design, College of Environmental Design, UC-Berkeley, Berkeley, CA

    • Apr 13:  Career Fair

    Upcoming Events in the Community


    • Feb 13: Historic Downtown Churches Walking Tour
      This is a self-guided tour* with docents sharing fascinating bits of history and architecture. Arrive for your self-guided tour anytime between the hours of 9:00 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. Docents will be available during this time.  Check-in at: The Cathedral of Saint Andrew, 229 Queen Emma Square. The cost is 10 Historic Hawai‘i Foundation Member; $15 General.  Tour is rain or shine. Come prepared to walk up to 1.5 miles with some uneven surfaces and steps.

    • Feb 13-Apr 2: CSI Honolulu Classes
      CSI Honolulu's educational classes runs from Feb 13-April 2 (8 weeks). They offer four series of classes for candidates interested in pursuing CSI Certification. The basic certification, Construction Document Technology (CDT) program is a prerequisite for the other three specialized certifications.  Cost is $95 for CSI members, $150 for non-members and $50 for students. Call CSI at 800-689-2900 or go to the CSI website.

    • Feb 16: CSI Dinner Meeting - How Low-E Coatings Improve Building Performance (1 HSW)
      Attend a CSI dinner on Tuesday, Feb. 16, 5pm at Architects Hawaii, Suite 2950.  This year marks the 50th anniversary of PPG’s Solarban® brand of energy efficient coated glasses. Based on the experience accumulated over the past 50 years, PPG has developed this AIA accredited presentation on low emissivity glass coatings and how they improve a building’s energy performance. .

    • Feb. 18: SMPS - Disruptive Technologies That Will Transform Your Business (1 LU)
      Attend SMPS next lunch program on Thursday, Feb. 18, 11:30am-1:30pm at the Plaza Club (20th floor). Digital marketing is upending everything. There are 60,000 new apps created every month. There's marketing automation software that is a game changer; a program that will design your website using Speaker:  Howard J. Wolff, FSMPS, Winner of the prestigious Weld Coxe Marketing Achievement Cost is $35.00 for SMPS Members and $55.00 Non-Members.

    • Feb 18-Mar 10: Experts at the Cathedral - 29th Annual Lecture Series
      Sponsored by the Historic Preservation Program, Department of American Studies, University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa; the Friends of ‘Iolani Palace; and the Historic Hawai‘i Foundation. All talks Thursdays at 12:00 noon
      Feb. 18: Angela Thompson, AIA, “The Cathedral of St. Andrew: Master-Planning for Conservation"
      Feb. 25: Barbara Shideler, AIA, “Our Lady of Peace: Mock-ups and Historic Structure Reports"
      Mar. 3:   Glenn Mason, AIA, “St. Augustine by The Sea: Preservation and Improvement of a Modernist Site”
      Mar. 10: Lorraine Minatoishi, AIA, “Aloha Buddha: The Making of A Film”.

    Mahalo to Annual Chapter Sponsors

    Join Us & Support Your Chapter!  Take a look at the 2016 AIA Honolulu Sponsorship prospectus and let us know which programs your firm would like to support. Email or call us at (808) 628-7245 for questions.

    Mahalo to our Newest Sponsor: Ferraro Choi And Associates

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