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Island Architect Weekly - Friday, December 11, 2015

Posted By AIA Honolulu, Thursday, December 10, 2015
Friday, December 11, 2015

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SoCal Chapter of RCI Inc: 16th Annual Hawaii Winter Workshop (12 CEUs)

Join us as an attendee, sponsor and/or exhibitor at the 16th Annual Hawaii Winter Workshop – MAUI 2.0 at the Westin Maui Resort and Spa Ka’anapali on Monday, Jan. 18 & Tuesday, Jan. 19, 2016.

This program is designed to improve the skills and knowledge base of design and forensics professionals (consultants, Architects and engineers), developers and contractors.  The program sessions focus on design and analysis of roofing, waterproofing and exterior wall issues.  The programs will run from approximately 7:30am - 4:00 pm. It qualifies for 12.5 AIA LU’s / RCI CEH’s.  Breakfast and lunch are included. Questions?  View Program Agenda.  Email us at

Renew Your 2016 AIA Membership

Early Renewal Incentives for AIA Members

Renew Your 2016 AIA Membership on the AIA National website. You need to enter your e-mail address on record with AIA, and your default password (last name).

To be eligible for the incentives you must join, renew or re-instate by 12/31/15. Drawings to be held Jan. 5, 2016.

2016 Dues Installment Program! Want to split up you membership dues payments? Select that option when renewing online.  For questions please email AIA Honolulu or call (808) 628-7243.

Industry News

News Articles of Interest

AIA Hawaii State Council Updates

Louis Fung, AIA Accepts Region Position and Dan Chun, FAIA Becomes President

Louis Fung, AIA, who served as our AIA Hawaii State Council President in 2015, just accepted an appointment as the temporary Region Director of AIA Northwest & Pacific Region. Louis will serve in this position for the last year of Donald King, FAIA's term when Donald moves to the AIA National Board.

By accepting this position Louis has to step down as our AIA Hawaii State Council President and Dan Chun, FAIA will continue to serve his term until it ends in 2018.

Mahalo Dan for coming back to the board. Dan is an AIA Hawaii State Council veteran so we are in great hands.

Again, congratulations to Louis on his new position and we look forward to your great work with our Northwest Pacific Region and the AIA National Strategic Council.

Photo: Louis Fung, AIA this December in DC with the AIA National Strategic Council Class of 2018.

AIA Members in the News

Dec 11: "Design Talk Hawaii" host Rick Ralston, founder of Crazy Shirts & RIX Islandwear

Join Design Talk Hawaii host Matt Gilbertson on AM760 KGU or podcast at today Friday, Dec 11, 2:00pm. 

Join Matt Gilbertson, AIA for another "Design Talk Hawaii" today Friday, Dec 11 from 2-3pm as he talks with legendary brand creator and entrepreneur Rick Ralston the founder of the world-famous Crazy Shirts and RIX Islandwear. Listen to the stories and inspiration from the man who, at 69(!) decided to start his new aloha wear company from scratch.

AIA Honolulu Events

Dec. 16: Attend Amy's "Aloha Party" at the M Nightclub from 5-7pm

RVSP Online! AIA Honolulu is hosting an "Aloha Party" for Amy Blagriff, Hon. AIA on Wednesday, Dec. 16 from 5 to 7 pm at the M Nightclub at Restaurant Row in the Waterfront Plaza.

In case you haven’t heard, Executive Vice President, Amy Blagriff, Hon. AIA, will be moving to Denver,  CO. this month to pursue new dreams and opportunities with husband, Doug.  Amy has been with AIA Honolulu for the past 13 years and a touchstone for the organization, so we thought we’d send her off with a proper farewell!

Join Us! We are inviting friends and colleagues to stop by the M Nightclub for an opportunity to say aloha and toast her new and exciting future.....and have some fun!

Advanced RSVP required for planning purposes (must be 21 and older to attend).

Mahalo All 2015 Annual Sponsors!

Mahalo to all our amazing 2015 AIA Honolulu Annual Sponsors!  Planning is underway for an exciting 2016 and we are seeking new/re-newing sponsors. Join Us! Click here for more information.


Mahalo New & Renewed Allied Members

Mahalo to our new Local Allied Members. We are very grateful for your support of our local AIA Chapter.

View ALL 2015 Local Allied Members - Find out what services and products they offer for your next project!

Mahalo New Allied Members (as of Oct 2015):

Firm Name
 Phone     Email
Manufacturer - Building Products
Doormerica  888-454-2888
Fleet Street Graphics  808-524-8228
Hawaiian Cool Water, LLC
ProSpec Contract  808-422-8996
SCAFCO Steel Stud Company  509-343-9030
Selective Stone, LLC

AIA Honolulu Job Board

One New Job Posting on the AIA Job Board

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

  • NEW! Project Architect - Lionakis
  • Senior Capital Program Manager - Kamehameha Schools
  • Intern Architect - Pacific Asia Design
  • Registered Architect - Insurance Factors
  • ......go to the AIA Honolulu Job Board for more information.

Deadline to Apply Dec. 11: Two AIA Honolulu Positions Open

1) Short-term, Non-profit Independent Contractor

AIA Honolulu is seeking an established consultant/independent contractor to help Chapter leadership grow needed non-dues revenue programs in support of the organization’s long-term mission and goals.  The Chapter seeks an experienced professional to assist Chapter leadership in growing revenue streams in the following areas:  Annual Sponsorship, Center Rentals and Allied membership.  Established contacts with downtown Honolulu businesses and connections with professionals in the AEC industry is highly desirable.  We are seeking someone to work a minimum of 3 hours daily (M-F) onsite to also assist with general inquiries and to oversee rentals and scheduled lunch-hour events (parking provided).

How to Apply: Email resume, cover letter and compensation requirements by Dec. 11, 2015 to

2) Seeking a motivated and ,transformative Executive Vice President

AIA Honolulu is seeking a highly motivated, transformative and energetic chief executive.  This person must have an awareness and appreciation for the power of design and the role architects play in shaping the future by building better communities.  

Experience in working with volunteers, especially boards of directors, committees and collaborating organizations is essential—as is a strong commitment to serve a diverse community of members, emerging professionals and member firms.  Solid organizational experience and leadership expertise is required, in addition to a working knowledge of non-profit organizational development and association management.  

Executive Search Process: To assist our Executive Committee and Board of Directors in selecting a qualified candidate, the Honolulu executive search firm of Inkinen & Associates has been contracted to handle the executive search on behalf of AIA Honolulu. Kathy Inkinen, President & Owner, will be our direct contact. We also have a search committee including the current Executive Committee and AIA Honolulu past presidents, John Fullmer, AIA (2003), Pip White (2012), AIA and Louis Fung, AIA (2013).

Application Process:  Interested candidates should submit a resume and cover letter describing qualifications and interest in the position by Friday, December 11, 2015 to Kathy Inkinen. For questions you can also call her at 808-380-4177.

    Upcoming Events in the Community


    • Dec 11: UHSAAA Holiday Mixer, 6pm-8pm
      Attention all UHSAA Architecture Alumni, Students and Faculty. You are invited to join UHSAAA for their Holiday Mixer and enjoy a relaxing evening of catching up with alumni, and meeting students and faculty while viewing recent student studio and class designs.  Pupus and refreshments will be served.  RSVP by December 4, 2015 to confirm your attendance and be included in our raffle drawings.

    • Dec. 16: SMPS - The Road Ahead: Construction Industry Trends for 2016 and Beyond
      Attend the SMPS Lunch Program on Dec. 16 from 11:30am-1:30pm at the Plaza Club (20th floor).  The topic is "The Road Ahead: Construction Industry Trends for 2016 and Beyond" and you will learn what will influence construction costs in 2016 and how are they trending locally and globally? Speaker is Paul Brussow, Executive Vice President, North America, Rider Levett Bucknall.
    • Dec 16 - 2012 IRC Transition from the 2006 IRC (Kailua-Kona)
      This Kailua-Kona seminar will assist participants in implementing the transition from the 2006 IRC to the 2012 IRC. It will include relevant changes in the 2009 IRC. This interactive training will focus on the key changes presented in the participant material. Knowledge review questions will provide ample opportunity for participants to discuss and consider the changes. Time/Date 8:00am-4:00pm. Fee: $60.

    • Feb. 3: Symposium on Innovative Learning Spaces
      Attend the Symposium on Innovative Learning Spaces on Weds, Feb. 3, 5pm-8pm at the Iolani School, Sullivan Center. The keynote speaker is Susan Crichton, Director of the Faculty of Education at University of British Columbia Okanagan. Throughout K-12 education, “21st Century Learning” and “Design Thinking” have become frequently discussed topics. This symposium will explore the role that interior classrooms spaces and their furnishings play in these educational approaches. AIA CES credits provided by the organizers.

    Contract Documents Update

    Buy Paper Documents Now Before They Are Gone

    AIA Honolulu still has a limited stock of AIA Contract Documents available for purchase at the Center for Architecture.  View our order form and email or call us for latest inventory. 

    We will contact you to coordinate pick up or we can mail it for an additional $15 shipping and handling fee. For questions email AIA Honolulu or call (808) 628-7243.

    Can't find the document you need in our form? Buy it online on the AIA National website.

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