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Island Architect Weekly - Friday, February 26, 2016

Posted By AIA Honolulu, Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Friday, February 26, 2016

Featured Weekly

Attend WOEDA's Annual Meeting March 11

The West Oahu Economic Development Association (WOEDA) is proud to present Makaha Valley Makeover at its annual meeting on Friday, March 11, at The Salvation Army Kroc Center in East Kapolei. Micah A. Kāne, senior advisor to Pacific Links Hawaii and Stanford Carr, president of Stanford Carr Development will be sharing their plans to develop the site of the former Makaha Resort into a residential and resort community. View Event Flyer.

Tickets are $45 for WOEDA members; $55 for WOEDA non-members. To learn more visit or email

AIA National News

AIA Public Awareness Campaign Ramps up During Primary Season

On Feb. 29, the AIA will launch a national advertising push that will run on cable news outlets for sixteen weeks during the political primary coverage.  The commercial will air in primetime during coverage of key primaries on CNN, Fox News and MSNBC.  In March there will also be spots running on Hulu programming until the end of May.

The theme is a continuation of the “Look Up” campaign that aims to make the connection between the partnerships that architects have with their clients. The intent of the commercial is to showcase the correlation between design and how people interact with the spaces around them. View the new commercial. The campaign is supported on social media with the hashtag, “#ilookup.”

“Architecture has the power to change people’s lives for the better.  This advertisement celebrates specific ways that new homes and schools, a homeless shelter, and a preserved concert hall benefit when architects are involved,” said AIA Executive Vice President / CEO, Robert Ivy, FAIA.

Got Fun? Playhouzz 2016 Competition Collaboration

Houzz and the AIA have teamed up to launch PlayHouzz 2016, a charitable playhouse design contest and showcase open to the Houzz community. With this year’s theme of “Adventure,” they are looking for innovative playhouse design entries that inspire a sense of imaginative play. Houzz is excited to champion the creativity of our talented community, and we invite you to submit a design.

Deadline: 5 p.m. PT, April 8, 2016.. AIA components whose members submits at least 20 entries will be eligible to receive a $5,000 grant to build the winning design. Learn more.

Memorial Service Reminder

Memorial Service for Dr. Alfred ‘Bruce’ Etherington, FAIA (1924-2016) March 12, 4pm

It was with a heavy heart we informed you last week that AIA Honolulu's Alfred Bruce Etherington, FAIA passed away on Jan. 15, after a short battle with cancer.

Update: After reading the AIA Honolulu published memorial article, "Aloha Dr. Alfred 'BRUCE' Etherington, FAIA, FRAIC, Arch. D., Ph.D. (1924-2016)", David Blumel, Editor, McGraw-Hill Education. wrote, "Dr. Etherington’s life’s work demonstrates the importance of architecture for all of humanity and not just for corporations and the wealthy. Very inspiring."

Memorial Service: Relatives, friends, and colleagues are invited to attend a memorial service, followed by refreshments, held on Saturday, March 12, 4pm at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa School of Architecture Auditorium.  The family requests, in lieu of flowers that a donation be made in memory of A. Bruce Etherington to the UH Foundation School of Architecture.

Bruce Etherington was the founding chair of the Department of Architecture, under the College of Arts and Sciences.  He oversaw the department develop into a school.  He taught design courses for many years in the architecture program before earning the rank of Emeritus Professor of Architecture within the UHSA.

After retirement, Etherington continued to watch over and supported the UHSA.  He actively served as a board member of the UH School of Architecture Alumni Association (UHSAAA) to the end.

Photo Courtesy of 'BRUCE's Daughter SACHIE M. Etherington.

Hawaii State Licensing for Architects

Reminder! 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). Fulfillment of the CE requirement is subject to random audit by the State of Hawaii.

AIA Members: Check your AIA transcripts using the date range of May 1, 2014 through April 30, 2016.  If a person was licensed during the 1st year of the biennium, 8 CE credits are required. If licensed during the 2nd year of the biennium, no CE is required.

AIA Honolulu Upcoming Events & Meetings

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: Attend our next GMM - Spend an Hour with Mayor Kirk Caldwell

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. 

AIA Honolulu Member Update

Welcome 2016 AIA Honolulu Public Director  - Robbie Dingeman

The 2016 AIA Honolulu Board would like to welcome our new Public Director to the AIA Honolulu Board - Robbie Dingeman, Editor of Honolulu Magazine.  She will serve for a one-year term that ends 12/31/2016. Welcome and we look forward to working with you!

Robbie has 25 years of experience in journalism, telling the stories of Hawai‘i in daily newspapers and on television. She now leads the editorial team of Honolulu Magazine, Hawai‘i’s top-selling monthly magazine. The award-winning journalist has been a news reporter and staff writer at The Honolulu Advertiser, KHON and the Honolulu Star-Bulletin.  She also co-authored two books; Honolulu Homicide and Honolulu CSI; and is co-artistic director of the semi-annual news satire Society of Professional Journalists Gridiron show.

Our President-Elect Chris Hong, AIA Featured in the Pacific Edge Magazine

Congratulations to our 2016 President-Elect Chris Hong, AIA with Group 70 International who is featured in the January - March edition of the Pacific Edge Magazine's under Featured Professionals.  Photo courtesy of Dave Miyamoto.

 "The Problem Solver" by Melanie Yamaguchi: Chris Hong, project architect and associate at Group 70 International, has accomplished more at 33 years old than many have over their entire career. He has completed more than 15 projects both on the mainland and in Hawai‘i and currently shares his expertise with architecture students at the University of Hawai‘i at Manoa. He’s also the recipient of the American Institute of Architects’ 2015 Young Architects Award, a major feat in the architecture world. His poise, quiet confidence and humble nature have taken him far in the industry, but his greatest satisfaction comes from the long-lasting relationships he’s built with clients and students. Read the article here.

AIA Honolulu Job Board

Two New 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.

  • NEW! Design and Construction Branch Chief - City & County of Honolulu
  • NEW! Architect/Intern - Scott | Edwards Architecture
  • Architect - Pacific Asia Design Group, Inc.
  • Senior Architect - Urban Works
  • Intern Architect - Pacific Asia Design Group, Inc.
  • Staff Designer-Honolulu - Lionakis
  • ......go to the AIA Honolulu Job Board for more information.

    Upcoming UHSoA Events

    • Feb 28: 39th Annual Sandcastle Esquisse!
      The AIAS Sandcastle Esquisse will take place on Sunday, Feb. 28 @ Kailua Beach Park, near the bathrooms on the Kalapawai Market side. Family and friends are welcomed. Please email AIAS with your team name and list of team members. The theme for this year will be: "Rising Tides".  Castle Construction: 9am-11am, Judging: 11am & Lunch + Awards: Noon. Categories: Best Overall, Best Representation of Theme, Best Use of Material, Best Team Spirit

    • 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


    • Feb 13-Apr 2: CSI Honolulu Classes
      CSI Honolulu's educational classes runs from Feb 13-April 2 (8 weeks). They offer four series of classes for candidates interested in pursuing CSI Certification. The basic certification, Construction Document Technology (CDT) program is a prerequisite for the other three specialized certifications.  Cost is $95 for CSI members, $150 for non-members and $50 for students. Call CSI at 800-689-2900 or go to the CSI website.

    • Mar 3-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 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 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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