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Island Architect Weekly - Monday, April 18, 2016

Posted By AIA Honolulu, Friday, April 15, 2016

Monday, April 18, 2016

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2016 NAIOP Annual Symposium April 26

The 2016 Annual NAIOP Hawaii Symposium will take place on April 26 at the Hawaii Prince Hotel. Registration starts at 12:30pm.

Click here to register, event information and sponsorship opportunities. View symposium flyer.

Program Agenda:

  • 1:15pm: Keynote Speaker Robert Harrison, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, First Hawaiian Bank.
  • 2:00pm: The Growing Homeless Crisis and How the Real Estate Industry Can Help
  • 3:15pm: Let's Talk About Deals
  • Cocktails and pupus to follow.

Center Events This Week - Earn CEU's

Need Credits? 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.

April 19: CSI Honolulu Dinner Meeting: Photoluminescence (1 LU)

Email CSI to RSVP Now! NEW LOCATION!  On Tuesday, April 19, 5pm at the Center for Architecture please join CSI Honolulu Chapter for this Enlightening Evening! The topic is "Photoluminescence: Applied Use in Code Compliance and Enhanced Safety". This course will cover the benefits of photoluminescent safety products and the codes and testing standards related to photoluminescent way-finding systems. View Event Flyer.

April 20 - Free Food & Credit! Vapor Barriers: Nuisance or Necessity? (1 HSW)

RSVP Online! Wednesday, April 20, 12pm - 1pm at the Center for Architecture.  This lunch program is presented by Stego Industries, LLC (Local Allied Member).  Lunch will be provided by the host.  An in-depth look at below slab moisture protection and its effect on floor covering failures and mold.  New EPA regulations, ACI recommendations, and ASTM standards have introduced updated education on the topic of below slab moisture protection. RSVP by Tuesday, April 19 at Noon.  

April 22 - Attend AIA Honolulu RUDC Meeting

RSVP Online! Regional and Urban Design Committee (RUDC) meeting on Friday, April 22, 12pm - 1pm at the Center for Architecture.  Meeting is open to ALL interested AIA members.

Get involved in 2016!  For this meeting we will continue to hone the RUDC's focus for 2016. 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.

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Upcoming Events! 2016 Architecture Month

NEXT UP! Scavenger Hunt at Ala Moana, Film Night & Firm Crawl

The 2016 Architecture Month is full of free and low cost public activities to attend. Bring your family, friends and colleagues to join us. Register online today!


  • PICKUP! New Pocket-sized Calendars: Stop by the CFA and pick up our brand new Architecture Month Pocket Sized Schedule of Events to share with friends and family!
  • PRINT! Event Poster: Print and hang the 2016 Architecture Month schedule of events poster.

  • April 21 - Ala Moana Scavenger Hunt (Sponsored by Docomomo)

    Co-Related Event! Join AIA Honolulu and Docomomo for a fun Scavenger Hunt at the Ala Moana Shopping Center on Thursday, April 21. The starting point will be at Design Within Reach and the event goes from 6pm-8pm.  Team up with a friend for some possible prizes and some fun. RSVP Online.
  • April 27 - Free Oahu Film Night " URBANIZED"

    As part of the Architecture Month celebration, the Center for Architecture will host a free screening of Gary Hustwit’s “Urbanized,” a feature-length documentary about the design of a modern city.  The film night will take place on Wednesday, April 27 at the Center for Architecture. Doors will open at 6:00pm and introductions and movie will start at 6:30pm.  The film will be followed by a Panel Discussion.

  • April 29 - Free Architectural Firm Crawl in Honolulu

    Our Firm Crawl in Honolulu will take place on Friday, April 29 from 5:00-8:00pm. For this events attendees get a map over participating firms who will open their doors to the public and welcome them to visit their space in any order they like. Stay tuned for online RSVP and participating firms.

Architecture Month on the Big Island

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” in Kona, Waimea and Hilo.

When & Where:

Update on Past AIA Honolulu Events

Architecture Month: Walking Tour of Historic Waikiki Attended by +150 Walkers

On Saturday, April 9, over 150 walkers attended AIA Honolulu's Historic Waikiki Walking Tour, which featured an all new tour.

Mahalo Walking Tour Chairs:  A big mahalo to Brenda Lowrey, AIA and Purnima McCutcheon, AIA who once again spearheaded this massive effort, our largest Architecture Month event every year. We also want to extend a big Mahalo to our more than 30 amazing volunteers, some of whom come back year after year to help pull off this incredible event. 

View photo's and comments on Facebook.

Architecture Month: Photography Workshop

AIA Honolulu offered a 3 part Architectural Photography workshop for Architecture Month, led by T.E. Garduque, FAIA, an advocate for Critical Seeing and Kristin Nakagawa, AIA. Participants discussed the joy of architectural photography; received instruction and guidance and had a field practice day. For the last "Critique Session", held Saturday April 16, they invited Doug and Brad Peebles, and David Franzen, all consummate and respected architectural photographers. A great and educational time had by all.  View photos on Facebook!  Images produced at this workshop will be on display at the Center for Architecture soon. 

Architecture Month: Last Urban Sketcher Event a Success

On April 16 the last Urban Sketch event took place at the Center for Architecture. This was a co-related event with USk O‘ahu in celebration of Architecture Month. View images on Urban Sketchers blog.

This informal get-together was designed for sketchers of all experience levels and a great opportunity to socialize and learn from each other.  Positioning themselves at our Center for Architecture offered varied views, from Aloha Tower to modern skyscrapers downtown. The sketchers were joined by many newcomers, both professional architects and students of the trade.

Outreach Effort: What's Next? A Dialogue with AIA Leaders

With strong support from the University of Hawaii at Manoa School of Architecture, moderator and presenter Louis K. Fung, AIA kicked off discussions with Danielle Mitchell (AIAS President National) and Joseph Lai, AIA (Strategic Council Liaison for the AIA National Associates Committee).  The conversation discussed trends taking place on the national level for current students and new graduates entering the work force, including opportunities available for students and new graduates from AIA Honolulu and the national level.  A big mahalo to Dean Daniel Friedman, FAIA, and his faculty and staff for their support and participation.  

11th Canstruction® Competition - October 1, 2016

Enter Your Team for our 11th CANstruction Competition

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.

REMINDER! VOTE for AIA Honolulu CANstructions in the 2016 Canstruction International "People's Choice" Competition

Four of our 2015 CANstuction Designs have been chosen as part of the 2016 Canstruction International "People's Choice" competition!.

VOTE TODAY for one of your favorite featured AIA Honolulu CANstructions:

  • "Appetite for CANstruction" by WATG
  • "The Yellow CAN-­marine" by Clifford Planning & Architecture
  • "Rock Out Hunger" by ADM Retail Planning & Architecture
  • "We CAN Beat(les) Hunger!" by Bowers + Kubota Consulting


  1. Go to the 2016 Canstruction International "People's Choice" Competition Facebook page.
  2. "Like" your favorite photo + share the album with family and friends
  3. Vote by April 22, 9:00 am EST

Best of luck to all participating teams!

AIA Honolulu Scholarship Recipients

Congratulations to our 2016 AIA Honolulu Scholarship Recipients

This year AIA Honolulu together with additional grant support from AIA National awarded $1000 scholarship grants to two University of Hawaii School of Architecture students.

Congratulations from AIA Honolulu:

To view the AIA Honolulu Scholarship eligibility requirements, visit our scholarship page here.

Pictured (L-R):  Chris Hong, AIA, 2016 AIA Honolulu President-Elect; Jennifer Okino, AIA; Ruyun Xu, 2016 Scholarship Recipient; Daniel Friedman, FAIA, UHSoA Dean; Mark Lombawa, 2016 Scholarship Recipient and Abigail Spencer, AIA Honolulu EVP.  The picture was taken during the annual UHSoA Scholarship Luncheon at The Willows.

Important Local Updates

Comment by Apr. 22! PVL Proposes Fee Increase for Licensing Fee & Compliance Resolution Fund

The Professional and Vocational Licensing Division (PVL) of the Department of Commerce and Consumer Affairs (DCCA) and its sister agency, the Regulated Industries Complaints Office (RICO) are both funded by fees that support licensing and enforcement services. Those fees include (1) initial and renewal licensing fees (the PVL revenue source), and (2) compliance resolution fund fees (the RICO revenue source). Despite the DCCA’s continued efforts over the past ten years, operating costs are outpacing revenue generated from licensing fees. Therefore the PVL, is proposing to increase the initial and renewal licensing fee as well as the compliance resolution fund (“CRF”) fee for all the boards and programs that fall under PVL

Click HERE for the full memo explaining the reason for this increase.  Please read through it and email the PVL by April 22, 2016 with your question or concerns.

AIA National News

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AIA Honolulu Job Board

Four 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 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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