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Island Architect Weekly - Monday, May 23, 2016

Posted By Camilla Nicholas, Friday, May 20, 2016

Monday, May 23, 2016

AIA/HAF Gordon W. Bradley Humanitarian Award


This Is Your Opportunity!
Give Credit Where Credit is Due 

The "AIA/HAF Gordon W. Bradley Humanitarian Award” is intended to acknowledge a person who has given his or her time and energy to benefit society. 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. View our 2016 Call for Nominations.

Distinguished Past Recipients: Frank Haines, FAIA ME; Andrew Yanoviak, AIA ME; Kenneth Brown, FAIA ME; Philip (Pip) White, AIA; Kurt Mitchell, AIA; Francis Oda, FAIA; Ernest (Ernie) Hara, FAIA and A. Bruce Etherington, FAIA ME.

Who is missing from our list? Your Mentor? Boss? Colleague?
Don't let this moment pass and nominate them today for this distinguished award.

Deadline May 31: All nominations must be submitted to AIA Honolulu by end of day May 31. Review our nomination information and email submissions to Abigail Spencer, AIA Honolulu EVP

Featured Weekly

ON MAUI! SAVE THE DATE! CIM HOME EXPO - Fri. June 10 & Sat. June 11

The Construction Industry of Maui is pleased to announce a growing list of registered vendors. These top notch companies are preparing the layouts for their booths and are excited to answer consumers questions.

Consumers and building professionals alike will be able to check out all the newest products to hit the market all in one place! View EXPO Flyer.

Register Online - There are a few booths left that are going quickly - don’t miss out and reserve your space today.  Click here for updates and more information.

Questions? Email Trisha Egge, CIM Board Member and CIM Home Expo Chair or call at 808-633-1686.

Start Early & Submit Today!

Start Your Submission Early! Share Your Vision. Share Your Work (Deadline June 27)

Submit your project and pay for your submission online, in the same easy to use platform. 

New Gala Location! In 2016, we will take our Gala celebration to the amazing Daniel K. Inouye NOAA Center on Saturday, September 17. What else is new? Stay tuned!

Submission Fee & Deadlines
Start Your Online Submission - $400 per entry
6/27  –  Submissions completed, paid for and submitted online by June 27
9/17  –  Design Awards Gala Sat, Sep. 17 at NOAA Inouye Regional Center (security clearance required).

View our 2016 AIA Honolulu Design Awards Information including submission dates, fees, eligibility, requirements, project categories, awards, jury information etc...

NEW! Student Design Awards Category (Students Only)For the first time ever, AIA Honolulu has established a Student Design Awards category to recognize student achievements in the design studio and provide a forum for student work to be celebrated.  The fee per entry is $25 for AIAS members and $35 for non-AIAS members. Online submission deadline for students are June 15.

Upcoming AIA Honolulu Updates

May 23-26: AIA Honolulu Registered Credits for Hawaii State Energy Office Webinars

The Hawaii State Energy Office will be offering a series of webinars on 2015 IECC, delivering clients up to 30% greater efficiency compared to the current energy code.  These webinars are on commercial buildings.

Presenting: Eric Makela, PE, Senior Associate with the Cadmus Group and Howard C. Wiig, MA, Energy Code Project Manager for the State of Hawaii.  Both instrumental in shaping the national energy codes from 2006 IECC.

May 27: RUDC Committee Meeting

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

Topic: Discusson on holding a public forum on "Is Waikiki sustainable?."  Stay tuned for meeting agenda. 

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.

June 21: Positioning Archetypes of Practice: Firm Identity & Positioning

Can you answer the following questions? What are your firm’s most deeply held values? What is its greatest value to its clients? How do you find a firm that fits your ideal archetype of practice?

Join us to learn about how defining an identity and positioning platform can help your firm create a compelling image and reputation in the market.  Learn tools to join the conversation in defining your firms positioning platform.

Register Online! Tuesday, June 21 from 5:30pm-7:00pm at the Center for Architecture.

$10 for AIA Honolulu Members & $15 for Non-members. Pupus and drinks will be served.

11th Canstruction® Competition

We Need 3 More Teams for the 11th CANstruction Competition on Oct. 1

Our 11th Annual Canstruction® competition
Saturday, October 1 from 9am - 2pm at Pearlridge Center.

We look for design/build teams to take on a fun and rewarding challenge.
Show off your skills while helping stock the Hawaii Foodbank shelves.

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

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.

Associate AIA News

May 24: ARE Prep Session: Building Design & Construction Services – Part I

Register Online! Tue, May 24, 6pm-7pm at the Center for Architecture.

These study sessions are offered to help assist those on the path towards licensure to get in shape for the Architect Registration Examination (ARE). 

May Session: Building Design & Construction Services – Part I

Tips and process of preparing for the accessibility/ ramp, stair design, and roof plan vignettes.  Materiality technologies, and design considerations of moisture protection and thermal insulation, doors, windows, and glazing.

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

Go-To-Meeting Available!
If interested please choose that option when registering online.

Reminder! Jason Pettigrew Memorial ARE Scholarship Applications Open

The Jason Pettigrew Memorial ARE Scholarship recognizes significant contributions of emerging professionals and helps defray Architect Registration Examination (ARE) costs.

Run by the Architects Foundation and the AIA Center for Emerging Professionals, this scholarship is open to any Associate Members who are eligible to sit for the ARE.

Deadline: June 11. Click HERE for more information.

AIA Honolulu Member Update

NOW AIA! Congratulations Newly Licensed Architects

  • Daniel O'Brien, AIA, Waianae Coast Comprehensive Health Center
  • Natalie Snyder, AIA, Group 70 International

Welcome New & Re-Instated AIA Honolulu Members

  • Shanton Antolin Assoc. AIA
  • Dorothy Baga, Assoc. AIA
  • Massey P. Brooks, Assoc. AIA
  • Kunio Honda, AIA
  • Jeffrey L. Lee, Assoc. AIA
  • Joseph Lynch, AIA
  • Jennifer Poepoe, AIA
  • Rena Schlachter, Assoc. AIA
  • Heidi Suan, Assoc. AIA
  • Dane Teves Assoc. AIA
  • Asti Wilson, Assoc. AIA

AIA National & Industry News

Second Annual AIA I Look Up Film Challenge Launched

With the success of the inaugural I Look Up Film Challenge, the AIA has launched a new film challenge inviting filmmakers and architects to team-up to produce short films that demonstrates architecture as a solution.  Registration is open now through July 10 for individuals who wish to participate. The challenge will run from July 18 to August 14. Winners will be announced in September 2016.  Learn more or register.

Submissions will be judged by a select panel of AIA members and media professionals. Winners will receive cash prizes and will have their film screened at the Architecture & Design Film Festival and SXSW Eco Conference.

In 2015 the Hawaii-made film “Mixed Plate Hawaii,” won 3rd Prize! It was created by Kaoru Lovett, Graham Hart, and Ronald Ribao and was a film about how Hawaii’s diverse cultural heritage has proffered a diverse built environment over time or, as Lovett says, “life in four dimensions.”

Architecture Billings Index Shows Continued Modest Growth

After beginning the year with a decline, the Architecture Billings Index has posted three 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. The AIA reported the April ABI score was 50.6, down from the mark of 51.9 in the previous month. This score still reflects an increase in design services (any score above 50 indicates an increase in billings). The new projects inquiry index was 56.9, down from a reading of 58.1 the previous month.

“Architects continue to report a wide range of business conditions, with unusually high variation in design activity across the major building categories,” said AIA Chief Economist, Kermit Baker, Hon. AIA, PhD.  “The strong growth in design contracts – the strongest score for this indicator since last summer -- certainly suggests that firms will be reporting growth in billings over the next several months.” Read more.

AIA Honolulu Job Board

Two (2) New Jobs Listed - 18 Total Opportunities Available

View ALL jobs on the AIA Honolulu Job Board (posted for 1 month).

Upcoming Events in the Community


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

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