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Island Architect Weekly - Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Posted By AIA Honolulu, Monday, April 11, 2016

Tuesday, April 12, 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.

2016 Architecture Month is HERE

April is OFFICIALLY Architecture Month

Mahalo to all AIA Honolulu members who attended the proclamation and showed their support!

Representatives from both AIA Honolulu and the UH School of Architecture went to the Hawai‘i State Capitol for a Senate presentation proclaiming April 2016 as Architecture Month on Wednesday, April 6.

Standing L-R in top photo: Jeffrey Chen, President AIAS; Judith Stilgenbauer, Director of Academic Affairs; Ben Lee, FAIA, 2016 AIA Honolulu President and Daniel Friedman, FAIA, Dean of UH School of Architecture,

Bottom Photo: AIA-Honolulu members and UH School of Architecture students showing their support.

DESIGN AWARDS BANNERS NEEDED: Display at the State Capitol in April

In observance of Architecture Month, Senator Donovan Dela Cruz is inviting the architecture community to exhibit work at the State capitol in the last two weeks of April.  Due to the quick turnaround and space conditions, we are asking for past awards banners to display.

Interested? Email Cathi Schar, AIA and confirm your ability to deliver them to the CFA by the end of day April 14th.


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 16 - Free Architectural Photography: Critique Session (2 LUs)

    Open to the public at no cost! Attend our last "Critique Session" at the Center for Architecture on Sat, April 16 from 8am-12pm.  An important part of learning and improving photography skills, a critique session is led by T.E. Garduque, FAIA. Guest crits by Douglas and Brad Peebles, professional architectural photographers. Crits will be of architectural field photography work by participants. Douglas and Brad will also present the state of the art in architectural and interior photography. Light refreshment provided.
  • April 16 - Free Architecture Month Sketch Events

    Co-Related Event! AIA Honolulu and the non-profit Urban Sketchers Oahu have partnered for the first-ever Architecture Month Sketch Events, informal gatherings for sketchers of all experience levels.
    Sat, April 16, 3-5pm in front of the Center for Architecture.

  • 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 Architecture Events

HPR Pledge Drive a SUCCESS!

Mahalo to all volunteers who manned the phones for the Hawaii Public Radio Pledge Drive on April 6:

Mark Ayers, AIA; Jason DeMarco, AIA; Brenda Lowery, AIA; Reid Mizue, AIA; Abigail Spencer, AIA Honolulu EVP; Andrew Tang; Joette Yago, Assoc. AIA; Gary Yee, AIA and Bert Yumol, AIA ME.

Mahalo also to our "on the air" support; Ben Lee, FAIA, 2016 AIA Honolulu President and Robbie Dingeman, AIA Honolulu Public Director.

It is always a pleasure to help support quality programming and the arts in Hawaii.  During our shift, AIA Honolulu architects answered the phones, took pledges and offered challenges.  Mahalo also to all who called in to make a pledge. Because of your generosity the AIA Honolulu portion of the Pledge Drive was a Success!

.......Stay tuned for pictures next week from our 2016 Architectural Walking Tour in Waikiki with 160 attendees and +30 amazing volunteers!

2016 CANstruction Kick-Off & Competition News

Attend CANstruction Kick-Off Meeting April 16 at 12pm

RSVP for Kick-Off Now! On Thursday, April 14, 12-1pm our Canstruction committee invites 1-2 company representatives to the Center for Architecture for a kick-off/informational meeting regarding this year's CANstruction to benefit The Hawaii Foodbank.  We are now in our 11th year offering this exciting community service and team building project for your firm or company.  Please bring your brown bag.  We will be providing some very light pupu.

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

Already know you want to participate in the CANstruction Competition Oct. 1? Register your team online.

AIA Honolulu CANstruction Teams are "Runner Up" in International Competition

Last year over 1200 structures participated in Canstruction Professional Competitions and effective this year, Canstruction will also be recognizing 3 "Runner Up" structures in addition to the winner in each competition category. We are excited and proud to announce that two of our very own AIA Honolulu teams will be recognized as runner ups and featured on the Canstruction, Inc. website + shared via social media.

In our 11th year, we are definitely developed our design and building skill and it shows as we are on the map nationally and now internationally! - Reid Mizue, AIA, Canstrcution Committee Chair.

A Big CANgratulations to Runner Up's:

  • ADM Retail Planning & Architecture will be recognized as the "1st Runner Up for Structural Ingenuity"

  • Bowers + Kubota Consulting will be recognized as the "3rd Runner Up for Best Meal"

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!

Important Local Updates

PVL Proposes Fee Increase for Licensing Fee & Compliance Resolution Fund

Email PVL by April 22 with question or concerns

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 steady increases in operating costs, fees first established around 1982 have remained static. Despite the DCCA’s continued efforts over the past ten years, operating costs are now, clearly, 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

Architects Release First-Ever White Paper on Materials Transparency and Risk

Washington, D.C. - April 8, 2016: The American Institute of Architects (AIA) announced the release of its first-ever white paper on materials transparency and risk, part of an AIA effort to equip the entire profession with consensus-driven guidance on an issue of critical importance to the profession, its suppliers and clients.

“Whether in politics or in building design, transparency is an increasingly necessary element of modern life,” said AIA CEO Robert Ivy, FAIA. “And when it comes to materials - the very substances of our built environment - it's more important than ever for architects to be able to communicate openly about what they contain.”  The white paper is the product of more than a year of effort by the AIA's Materials Knowledge Working Group (MKWG), pursuant to a position statement approved by the AIA Board of Directors in December 2014.

“Materials transparency & risk for architects: An introduction to advancing professional ethics while managing professional liability risks,” was created by materials specialists but is aimed at all architects. It provides a backdrop on the necessity for materials transparency and the steps architects should be taking to ensure change, promote openness, and increase collaboration between themselves, their suppliers and their clients.
Along with this white paper and existing online resources, the AIA will soon publish new model contract language to specifically address materials transparency issues. The AIA has published guidance on how to address materials transparency issues in its contract document B503-2007 Guide for Amendments to AIA Owner-Architect Agreements.

AIA Selects Seven Libraries for the Library Building Awards

The AIA and the American Library Association (ALA) selected seven recipients to receive the 2016 AIA/ALA Library Building Awards. The AIA and the ALA developed this award program to encourage and recognize excellence in the architectural design of libraries. As the traditional role of libraries evolves, the designs of these community spaces have changed to reflect the needs of the surrounding residence, as represented by the recipients of the AIA/ALA Library Building Awards.  Read the full press release.

  • Billings Public Library; Billings, Montana - will bruder+PARTNERS ltd with O2 Architects
  • Chicago Public Library, Chinatown Branch; Chicago - Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP
  • Hennepin County Walker Library; Minneapolis - VJAA
  • Lawrence Public Library Renovation and Expansion; Lawrence, KS - Gould Evans
  • Renton Public Library; Renton, WA - The Miller Hull Partnership
  • Ryerson University Student Learning Centre; Toronto - Snøhetta
  • Sawyer Library; Williamstown, MA - Bohlin Cywinski Jackson

2016 AIA Housing Awards Announced

The AIA just announced the 10 projects being honored with a 2016 Housing Award.  These are the best new single family homes, multifamily residential structures, and specialized housing. Click HERE for the press release, which links to additional information on each project and a slide show.

AIA Honolulu Job Board

Three New Jobs Just Listed on our Job Board

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

    UH School of Architecture Events

    • Apr 15 AIAS PAN: "Then and Now"

      On April 15 from 6:30 - 9:00 PM at the School of Architecture Courtyard, the Honolulu AIAS invites you to their last PAN event of the academic year, which will feature a number of fantastic eye-opening dissertations of our D. Arch candidates. This will be an informal setting, for professionals and students alike, to further explore and gain insight into specialized topics, where their graduate students have dedicated their lives in the last three years. Drinks and heavy pupus provided.  Presenters: Joey Valenti, Reece Bonilla, Natalie Park, Landon Hamada and Massey Brooks.

    Upcoming Events in the Community


    • April 19: CSI Honolulu Dinner: Photoluminescence (1 LU)
      Tuesday, April 19, 5:30pm, Center for Architecture. CSI Honolulu dinner "Enlightening Evening: Photoluminescence: Applied Use in Code Compliance and Enhanced Safety".  Course covers the benefits of photoluminescent safety products and the codes and testing standards related to photoluminescent way-finding systems. Approved for 1 AIA/CES LU.

    • April 20: Stego Lunch Program "Vapor Barriers: Nuisance or Necessity?" (1 HSW)
      Wednesday, April 20, 12pm, Center for Architecture. Stego Industries, LLC lunch program (allied member). 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.  Lunch provided by the host. RSVP by Monday, April 18 at Noon.
    • 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.

    Mahalo to Annual Chapter Sponsors

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

    Mahalo to our Latest Silver Sponsor: SSFM International

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