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Island Architect Weekly - Monday, March 21, 2016

Posted By Camilla Nicholas, Thursday, March 10, 2016
Updated: Friday, March 11, 2016

Monday, March 21, 2016

AIA National Updates

Early Bird Ends March 23! Attend 2016 AIA Convention in Philadelphia, May 19-21

Register now for the 2016 AIA Convention, held this May in Philadelphia.  Take advantage of early bird rates through March 23, and special discounts for new AIA members, young professionals and students.

2015 Resilience Summit Report & Member Supplement

Interested in the latest architect-driven resilience planning, design and policy work? This document includes highlights from the Summit, with a recap of sessions on education, policy and advocacy; plus other resilience introductory and intermediate resources from AIA. Contribute to the dialogue on resilience by completing this member survey today.

Share AIA's New Television Commercial

You may have already seen the AIA's new television commercial, which premiered on cable during Super Tuesday coverage. Tell your colleagues and friends that  they can view it at!

Hawaii State Licensing Reminder

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.  Continuing Education Requirements: 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 using the date range of May 1, 2014 through April 30, 2016.

Still Need Credits? AIAU is Open 24/7

Bundle and save an extra 15%!  Take advantage of AIAU's bundle discount and save an additional 15% when you buy four or more courses. 

That's 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 >

AIA Honolulu in the News

In case you missed it! View our Walking Tour with Frank Haines, FAIA on KITV

Last Saturday, March 12, KITV's reporter Catherine Cruz and photographer Nathan Serota came to our Center for Architecture to attend one of our Saturday architectural walking tours of historic downtown Honolulu conducted by our legendary tour guide Frank Haines, FAIA. 

The segment aired last night on KITV's MVP section on Honolulu's architectural "SAGE." As told by Ms. Cruz, Frank Haines, 94-years-young, is someone who you might have trouble keeping up with.

Mahalo Frank for your many years of distinguished service to our local Chapter.

2016 Architecture Month in April

Time to Register! Join Us for Fun and Educational Events

Spread the Word! Check out our free and low cost public events during April in the 10th annual celebration of Architecture Month in Hawaii. In 2016 we will see a slate of new events, as well as the return of the architectural walking tour of historic Waikiki. Register early, as this event has sold out in previous years!

View below links for more event and registration information:

  • April 6 - Hawaii Public Radio Pledge Drive
    Support/Pledge on April 6 from 3pm-6pm!
        Step 1 - Tune in to HPR on 88.1 or 89.3 on your FM dial.
        Step 2 - Call HPR at 944-8800 (KHPR) or 941-3689 (KIPO)

  • April 9 - Architectural Walking Tour: Historic Waikiki 
    Join us for an all-new tour of Historic Waikiki, led by AIA architects and other design-minded volunteers, on Saturday, April 9. Over the course of two hours, walkers will learn about architecturally significant historic buildings and areas in Waikiki – a world-famous locale that we are all familiar with, but that too few of us appreciate as a center of historic architecture. Tours are $15/person. Advanced reservation required.

  • April 27 - Free Oahu Film Night at the Center for Architecture " 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 - 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.

Co-Related Events for Architecture Month

  • April 7 & 16: Free Architecture Month Sketch Events
    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.
    Thu, April 7, 6-8pm in the front courtyard of the King Kalakaua Building
    Sat, April 16, 3-5pm in front of the Center for Architecture

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:

Young Architects Forum (YAF)

Mar 25: Young Architects Forum (YAF) Pau Hana at Gordon Biersch

RSVP Online! Join the Young Architects Forum (YAF) Pau Hana on Friday, March 25 from 5:30pm-7:30pm at Gordon Biersch, Aloha Tower.  This is a Free event where you purchase your own drinks and pupus

Join them for a good time on Good Friday.  We’ll be socializing, discussing YAF, and exchanging ideas about upcoming YAF events in 2016!  The local committee of YAF is a part of AIA Honolulu.  YAF Honolulu welcomes professionals that are: nearly licensed, newly licensed, and out to ten years of licensure.

Communication Class & New Book

April 13 - Communication Class Level I

The next Pam Chambers Presentation Course (Level I) will begin April 13 and go for six Wednesday until May 25 (excluding April 27) from 6:00pm – 8:30 pm at the Center for Architecture.  Become a more comfortable and effective speaker in front of others and accept speaking opportunities with confidence.

Interested? Email Pam Chambers or call her at (808) 377-5679.

Take a look at Pam's new book “There and Back Again"

Your book of illustrations captures, better than I have ever seen elsewhere, the essence of downtown Honolulu. As I guide my Downtown Walking Tours, as I did last Saturday, overseen by TV station KITV, I'm conscious of, and often mention your specific vistas.

~ Sincerely, Frank Haines, FAIA

For information, visit

Local Allied Members Corner

Introducing Local Allied Member Cezar Y. de Veas with Pacific Craftworks

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Where Quality Comes First -- Factory Direct!

Pacific Craftworks is a locally owned, ONE STOP SHOP cabinet, door, furniture manufacturer, and countertop fabrication/installation Company serving the State of Hawaii for 20 + years.  View Pacific Craftworks Door Catalog and Pacific Craftworks Flyer.

Our Integrated Products & Services include: High-End Quality Products at Affordable Prices, Superior Craftsmanship, Custom Made to Order, In Stock Industry Standard Cabinets and Doors, 18,000 sq ft Warehouse & Showroom in Honolulu, 250,000 sq ft Manufacturing Plant, Full Design Support & Services, Fully Equipped Countertop Fabrication/Installation Shop, Over 7,000 Kitchens & Countertops Installed.

Questions? Email Cezar Y. de Veas, Local Allied Member or call him at (808) 398-6607.

AIA Honolulu Job Board

One New Job Just Listed on our Job Board

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

    University of Hawaii School of Architecture Events

    • 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


    • Mar 21 + 22: HACBO 2016 (7 HSW)
      The Hawaii Association of County Building Officials (HACBO) presents :Hawaii is a Special Place" at the Sheraton Waikiki Hotel on March 21 & 22 from 7:00am-5:30pm. Participants can attend either Monday's or Tuesday's seminars. Each day they will have three tracks: Building Code Seminar, Electrical Code Seminar and Plumbing Code/Water Conservation/Gray Water Seminar.  Each one-day workshop is the same and worth 7 AIA/CES (HSW). AIA Honolulu is the registered provider.

    • Mar 23: APA Hawaii "Oahu Regional Transporation Plan Update" at the Center
      AIA Honolulu Members are welcome to join APA Hawaii for their monthly presentation on Wednesday, March 23, 12:00-1:00pm, at the Center for Architecture.  Topic: Oahu Regional Transportation Plan Update. Come to hear about the Oahu Metropolitan Planning Organization’s (OahuMPO) draft update to the Oahu Regional Transportation Plan (ORTP) at this month’s APAHI program. AIA Honolulu members will receive the APA member fee for $10/members. Please register online at with APA.

    • May 3: 2016 Disability Access Conference
      The Disability and Communication Access Board (DCAB) is presenting an all-day, multi-track conference. There will be topics on Transient Lodging, Education Facilities and Swimming Pools in addition to the various guidelines and standards.  Early bird registration closes April 8, 2916.  There will be speakers from the U.S. Access Board, GUND Partnership, State of Hawaii Department of Transportation, Department of Land and Natural Resources and DCAB staff.

    • May 18: Ferguson Expo
      You are invited to the now annual Ferguson Expo on May 18 from 8:00am-5:00pm. Just like last year, the day will be filled with CEU classes, in addition we will have Product information seminars on the showroom floor. All the brands in the showroom will be represented.  As well as giveaways and food.  BIA Networking Night at 5, that’s when the party starts. With some cooking demonstrations from some local restaurants. Food tasting and wine sampling.  Sure to be a good time had by all.

    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......

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