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Island Architect Weekly - Friday, March 4, 2016

Posted By AIA Honolulu, Friday, March 4, 2016

Friday, March 4, 2016

AIA National News

IMPORTANT! Take Part in the AIA Firm Survey - Final Request

AIA National has extended the deadline for the 2016 AIA Firm Survey to 8:00 am Central, Monday, March 7 to give you one last chance to participate in this important project. As a participant, you will be eligible for a free copy of the full survey report which will include valuable information about how architecture firms like yours operate.

Take the online survey now to make sure Hawaii will be part of the representation and provide the best results for our members. If you have started your survey but not completed it, your survey will resume where you left off.  Knowledge is power in the practice of Architecture and benchmarking data on overall firm performance empowers you and your firm to be more confident and hence more successful.

AIA's PlayHouzz Design Competition with Houzz

Watch this video where, AIA CEO Robert Ivy, FAIA announces AIA's partnership with Houzz for a charitable children's playhouse design competition, PlayHouzz 2016. People vote for their favorite design, and the winning entry will be built and displayed at the AIA Convention in Philadelphia.  With this year’s theme of “Adventure,” they are looking for innovative playhouse design entries that inspire a sense of imaginative play. Deadline: 5 p.m. PT, April 8, 2016. Learn more.

MAR 29: AIA National Webinar - AIA Master Agreements are the Cure

Re-negotiating contracts for each scope of service is time-consuming and delays projects. Join us for a free webinar on how the AIA Master Agreements contractual model can be used to streamline the contracting process with consultants you use most often.

AIA Emerging Professionals Exhibit 2016

This annual exhibit--open to architecture students, recent graduates and architects licensed less than 10 years--showcases new plans, projects, art and design from the rising generation.
Selections are announced in June before going on display at AIA National and online.
•    Submission Page •    Deadline: April 19, 11:59 PM EST

AIA Honolulu Messages

In case you missed it! Welcome Abigail Spencer, AIA Honolulu's New EVP

AIA Honolulu is pleased to welcome our new Executive Vice President Abigail Spencer.  We are excited to have her on board and look forward to working together. Most recently, she served as the director of marketing and outreach for the American Public Gardens Association, located in Pennsylvania, where she led a team of Marketing and Development professionals.  Other previous positions have included the director of annual giving at the Shore Medical Center Foundation and marketing officer at Cape Bank, both located in New Jersey.

We welcome you to stop by the Center for Architecture, call or email her in the coming weeks to get to know her better and personally welcome her to our Chapter. 
Contact Information: & (808) 628-7244.

An Update from the 2016 AIA Grassroots

Reported by Louis Fung, AIA, Region Director, Northwest and Pacific Region, and Region Representative, AIA Strategic Council:

Just when we thought the 2015 Grassroots was the best production ever, then comes 2016 Grassroots. This is the premier annual gathering for leaders of the American Institute of Architects, and for the first time in decades, Grassroots is held outside of Washington DC, separate from the annual “advocacy” program. About 800 AIA members gathered in Detroit, shared visions, voiced and made a difference, where a new revitalization movement has swept the city.

The entire week long event was unmistakably a great deal of hard work, vigorous and meaningful discussions, and endless fellowship with old friends and new. There are primarily three parts to the event: Grassroots Leadership Conference, NWPR Regional Business Meeting and the Strategic Council Assembly

For the Grassroots Leadership Conference, we had some very inspiring keynote speakers such as Josh Linkner (founder, ePrize) and Jennifer Granholm (former Michigan Governor and AG), and candidates for national office were introduced. For the NWPR Regional Business Meeting, Chere LeClair (Region Director, Montana) and I chaired the meeting with an outline for work in 2016. For the Strategic Council Assembly, as the think tank or the AIA Board, we did just that by reviewing our missions, values and tasks from all angles, including looking into the “the Next Big Thing,” #AIA TNBT. I am confident that the record will be broken again next year for Grassroots. Stay tuned.

AIA Honolulu Upcoming Events & Meetings

Need Credits? Hawaii State Licensing for Architects due April 30, 2016

If you still need credits sign up for one of our upcoming events!

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.

Mar 12: Architectural Walking Tour with Frank Haines, FAIA

Haven't attended one of our regular Architectural Walking Tours with Frank Haines, FAIA?  This is a rare architectural treat that should not be missed.

Note: This tour may be filmed in part by a local TV station with an interest in Hawaii's architecture.

Advanced Registration Online is Required:
Saturday, March 12 from 9am-11:30am

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

Mar 18: Spend an Hour with Mayor Kirk Caldwell at the Center

Register Online! For our next monthly General Membership Meeting (GMM) AIA Honolulu invites you to "Spend an Hour with Mayor Kirk Caldwell". View Event Flyer.

When:   Friday, March 18 - 11:30am-1:00pm
Where:  Center for Architecture, 828 Fort Street Mall, Ste 100

Cost: $20 for AIA Honolulu members & $35 for Non-members. Lunch will be provided. If vegetarian option is preferred please indicate on the registration form.

Associate AIA Events

Mar 9: ARE Prep Session - CODES Overview

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

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


  • 5:30pm-6:00pm: Check In | Socialize (Remote users need to login/trouble shoot)
  • 6:00pm-7:30pm: Presenter: Kraig Stevenson, Western Regional Manager, ICC Government Relations.
    - History and overview of Codes
    - Interrelationship of codes and local amendments
    - Fundamentals of code required egress
    - Fundamentals of Accessibility

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

2016 Architecture Month in April

Join Us for Fun and Educational Events

Save the Dates for Upcoming events! Check out our low cost and free events for our 2016 Architecture Month in Hawaii. Some events are still in the planning stages and some are ready for online registration. Stay tuned for more events to be revealed and help us spread the word!

View below links for more event and registration information:

Architecture Month on the Big Island

The Hawaii Island Celebrates Architecture Month with Free Island Double Feature Screenings focusing on the power of design to positively transform communities.

When & Where:

AIA Honolulu Event Updates

AIA Honolulu Mentorship Program - A Success!

The first ever AIA Honolulu Mentorship Program kicked off the year with a pau hana at the Center for Architecture on Thursday, February 25, 2016. 

Limited to only Associate AIA members and UHSoA students, nearly 25 were present to mingle with five mentors and five committee members, where they met their respective learning groups and discussed the program’s format and its goals. Throughout the year, each learning group (made up of five mentees and one committee member) will talk story with one mentor every two months until they have conversed with all five mentors. The program has been an immediate success, generating a waiting list within days of registration and attracting new Associate AIA members seeking participation. View images on Facebook.

Mahalo to our Mentors: Dean Sakamoto, FAIA; Ted Garduque, FAIA; Bettina Mehnert, FAIA; Troy Miyasato, AIA; Glen Kaneshige (Nordic PCL Construction), Allied Member.

AIA Honolulu Member Update

Congratulations Pip White, AIA for being on the cover of Building Industry Hawaii

This month's "Collaboration" feature in Building Industry Hawaii magazine features Pip White, AIA from Philip White Architects, LLC. This time our member is even on the cover and inside is a wonderful article titled "A Rich Renovation" page 54-58. Congratulations to Pip White, AIA and the entire Philip White Architects team!

Do you have a project that might be a good fit for "Collaboration"? Contact our media consultant, Deborah Sharkey of Makana Communications, who spearheads the development of the monthly feature, which began in August 2015.

Congratulations Jonathan Sim - Now a Licensed Architect

AIA Honolulu member Jonathan Sim, AIA just became a licensed architect! He has been with RIM for the last 3.5 years and has over 10 years of diverse experience, including work experience in Hong Kong, London and Washington D.C. During his time with RIM, his most rewarding RIM moment was seeing the opening of the Queen’s Medical Center West Oahu after 3 years of team effort. Congratulations Jonathan!

Local Allied Members Corner

Introducing Local Allied Member Fabian Serkis, Pragmatic Professional Engineers

Pragmatic Professional Engineers is a team of mechanical, electrical, process piping, and plumbing (MEP) engineers. By using the latest technologies such as Revit or CFD or energy modeling software, they offer their clients state-of-the-art designs at competitive prices. Their extensive project experience includes data centers, solar thermal (cooling and heating), biotech, semi-conductor, healthcare, office, food processing, residential, museums, and educational facilities. They have completed projects in six states and three countries. Their distinguished designs have been implemented at the campuses of some of the world’s largest search engine providers, electric car manufacturers, and social media websites. They understand the input that Architects need from MEP engineers in the early stages of projects to meet the energy saving, comfort, and cost targets of their clients.  They look forward to collaborate with the community to pursue efficient and sustainable designs in Hawaii.
Sargon Ishaya, the President and Founder of the company, received his Masters of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Stanford University and is a licensed engineer in Hawaii.

Questions? Email Fabian Serkis, Local Allied Member or call him at (808) 445-4046.

AIA Honolulu Job Board

Three Jobs Just Listed on our Job Board

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

  • Architect/Intern - Scott | Edwards Architecture
  • Architect - Pacific Asia Design Group, Inc.
  • Senior Architect - Urban Works
  • ......go to the AIA Honolulu Job Board for more information.

    Upcoming UHSoA Events

    • 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


    • Mar 8 - Chinatown Urban Acupuncture Exhibition
      The Chinatown Urban Acupuncture Exhibition by the Shade Group will be on display at the Honolulu Hale Courtyard from February 23 - March 10, 2016. The space is open Monday - Friday from 8:00am - 4;30pm if you want to stop by.  The reception for the exhibition will be held at the Honolulu Hale on Tuesday, March 8 from 4:00pm-5:30pm.
    • 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
      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”.

    • Mar 15: CSI Honolulu Site Tour: PBS Hawaii's New Home
      On March 15 join CSI Honolulu for an informative tour of PBS Hawaii’s new home. The soon to be completed facility is the renovation of an old existing TV studio at the intersection of Sand Island Access Road and Nimitz Highway into a larger, state-of-the-art television studio with associated spaces for the new headquarters of Hawaii’s only public broadcast station, PBS Hawaii. Reservation is required.

    • 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.

    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: WSP | Parsons Brinkerhoff

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