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Island Architect Weekly, May 1, 2015

Posted By Camilla Nicholas, Thursday, April 30, 2015
Updated: Friday, May 1, 2015
                                          Friday, May 1, 2015

Featured Weekly

One Chance Only! Attend Hawaii SFPE Seminar July 20-22 - Earn 21 LUs (HSW)

Register & Pay Online! Attend an Hawaii Chapter, Society of Fire Protection Engineers (SFPE) seminar titled "NFPA 101®: Life Safety Code® Essentials". This will be the only time this seminar will be offered in Honolulu!  View Event Flyer/Registration Form (PDF).

When:   Monday July 20 - Wednesday July 22 from 8am-4pm
Where:  Hale Ikena, Fort Shafter Golf Clubhouse

Questions? Email Sam Dannaway, Program Chairman, Hawaii Chapter SFPE or call him at (808) 526-9019.

Happy May Day from AIA Honolulu

May Day is Lei Day in Hawaii
Garlands of flowers everywhere
All of the colors in the rainbow
Maidens with blossoms in their hair
Flowers that mean we should be happy
Throwing aside a load of care
Oh, May Day is Lei Day in Hawaii
May Day is happy days out there  (Genoa Keawe, All Time Hula Favorites)

Sponsorship Opportunities

Welcome our New Chapter Sponsor!

View our current AIA Honolulu Sponsorship prospectus and tell us which programs YOUR FIRM want to support this year. Share this information with anyone you think would benefit from a partnership with AIA Honolulu.

 Latest Platinum Sponsor  


Mahalo 2015 Chapter Sponsors!
Platinum Sponsor 
   Gold Sponsors  

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Email or call us (808) 628-7245 for questions or to pledge your support for 2015. Together we are strong!

Enter the 2015 AIA Honolulu Design Awards


We heard you! Based on member feedback, the 2015 design awards committee is pleased to announce significant improvements to this year’s award program.

Enter Online Today!  Based on research on best practices from AIA’s across the country, we have simplified the submission process, articulated clearly defined judging criteria, added new award/category levels, and announced a strong line-up of jurors.  We strongly encourage you to submit a project (or two, or three, or more)!

1. New Easy to Use Platform/Streamlined submission process saves you time
2. Expanded Award Levels: Award of Excellence, Merit AND Honorable Mention
3. Recognition by Project Category: 1) Residential, 2) Commercial/Industrial, 3) Institutional and 4) Unbuilt

Submission Fee & Deadlines
Cost:    $400 per entry
5/20  –  Submissions completed and submitted online by May 20
8/25  –  Design Awards Gala, Tuesday, August 25, 5pm–9pm

2015 Design Awards Jury:

Eric Crispin, AIA, Ohana Real Estate Investors
aniel Friedman, FAIA, Dean, University of Hawaii School of Architecture
Shaun Roth, AIA, 2015 AIA Honolulu Board Member, Roth Kimura, LLP
Scott Wilson, AIA, 2015 AIA Honolulu President, Scott R. Wilson AIA
Stay tuned for announcement of our last juror.

2015 Architecture Month Events

Attend Last Architecture Month Event - Architectural Firm Crawl Today 5-8pm

Past Architecture Month Events

Stay tuned for pictures from all our Architecture Month Events next week. Will you be in them?

More Upcoming Events & Benefits

May 14: Lunch with the Governor about Improving Hawaii's Economy

AIA Honolulu is partnering with the Hawaii Society of Business Professionals (HSBP)
Improving Hawaii's Economy - What Will the New Administration Support? Come and have lunch will governor David Y. Ige who will share with us his perspective on economic development and what businesses can expect from the new administration.  This event takes place on Thursday, May 14, 11:30am-1:30pm at the Hawaii Prince Hotel, Waikiki, Mauna Kea Ballroom.
AIA Honolulu members receives member rate of $38 (late registration$10 extra).  Register online at For more information call Karen Smith at (808) 537-2356.

Public Spaces in Hawaii: How will we be able to preserve them?

AIA Honolulu is one of the supporters of this ThinkTech Hawaii May Downtown Forum

How important are public spaces to our quality of life?  Hawaii is at risk of being paved over.  How can we preserve our public spaces and realize new openness in our society?

Program Speakers (lots of AIA Honolulu members):
George Atta - C&C DPP, Fritz Johnson, AIA - Architect, Ben Lee, FAIA - former City Manager, David Miller, AIA - Architects Hawaii, Glenn Miura, AIA - CDS International, Tonia Moy, AIA - Fung Associates, Ian Sandison - Carlsmith Ball, Carroll Taylor - Taylor, Leong & Chee, Britney Taamu-Miyashiro - The Box Jelly and Scott Wilson, AIA - American Institute of ArchitectsPanel to be announced. Attend on Thursday, May 21 from 11:30 to 1:30 pm, Downtown Laniakea YWCA. 

Bring a friend $50, Registration $30, Students $20, Walk-ins $35. Parking is not provided, but is available at  Ali'i Place. Register with ThinkTech Hawaii.

Reminder! Civil Beat offers Non-profit rate for AIA Honolulu Members

Civil Beat is the largest news outlet dedicated to public affairs reporting about Hawaii. As an AIA member you can purchase a 12-month prepaid subscription to Civil Beat for just $62.82. Be sure to include "AIA Member" in the subject line of the email so they know to set you up at $4.99/month (not including tax) or $62.82/year.
Email to subscribe or for more information.

2015 CANstruction Competition "Rock-CAN-Roll"

Get In Touch With Your Rock ‘n Roll Inner Spirit - Enter a Team for our 10th CANstruction Competition

Our 10th Annual Canstruction® Competition will take place on Saturday, October 3 from 9am - 1pm at Pearlridge Center.  Thanks to our already entered teams for 2015:
Bowers + Kubota Consulting
Clifford Planning & Architecture
Coffman Engineers
Group 70 International
Hawaiian Dredging Construction Company, Inc.

Register Online: Enter Your Team Today!   Entry Fee: $100 per team

Who CAN Participate? ALL in the Design and Building Industries can potentially participate in this community service project i.e. architects, engineers, contractors, and other design-related professionals.

Questions?  Email Co-Chairs Reid Mizue, AIA or Leigh Ishida, AIA.

Associate AIA & Emerging Professional

ARE Prep & Emerging Professional Programs: Plan Ahead & Register Today

Neighbor Islands Welcome to Attend! AIA Honolulu now has Go-To-Meeting capabilities and welcome interested members and non-members on licensure track or emerging professionals from neighboring islands to sign up and attend remotely. Email us if you are interested so we can give you more information.

Our next ARE Prep and Emerging Professionals sessions.  All meetings will take place at the Center for Architecture from 5:30pm - 7:30pm.

Register Online for Upcoming ARE Prep Sessions:

Cost: Register in advance to receive the lower fee of $10 for AIA/AIAS members and $20 for non-members. Walk-in rates are $15 for AIA/AIAS members and $25 for non-members.

Member Corner

Today "Design Talk Hawaii" hosts Peter Shaindlin, COO Halekulani Corp.

Join Design Talk Hawaii host Matt Gilbertson on AM760 KGU or podcast at today Friday, April 24, 2:00pm. 

Join Matt Gilbertson for another "Design Talk Hawaii" this Friday, May 1 from 2-3pm. This week Matt welcomes Peter Shaindlin, COO Halekulani Corp. Peter Shaindlin is recognized as one of the leading visionaries and change agents in the global luxury hospitality industry. Shaindlin oversees all aspects of company operations, development and business strategy.  Link to past shows.

Welcome New Allied Member Jana Akaka with Pacific Architectural Millwork

Pacific Architectural Millwork is a premier millwork manufacturer with extensive experience fabricating and installing custom stile and rail doors, lift-and-slide doors, bi-fold doors, and windows for commercial and residential projects of all sizes and styles.  The wide variety of work we have successfully completed has allowed us to develop the master craftsmanship and expertise to take on the most challenging custom designs.

For questions email Jana Akaka, Allied Member with Hawaii Account Manager at Pacific Architectural Millwork.

AIA Honolulu Job Board

2 New Jobs Added & 15 Total Listed!

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

  • NEW! Project Manager - Construction Management and Development
  • NEW! Senior Designer-Interiors - Lionakis
  • Intern/Intermediate Architect - Bryce E. Uyehara AIA Inc.
  • Architectural Professional Senior Level - de Reus Architects
  • Architectural Professional Senior Level - de Reus Architects
  • ......go to the AIA Honolulu Job Board for the full list.

    Upcoming Events in the Community


      • May 2 - Big Island Events - Moving Around Downtown Hilo
        The Downtown Hilo Multimodal Master Plan (DHMMP) celebrates its public kickoff on Saturday, May 1 from 8:30am - 4:00pm. This event is free for all to come and participate in a range of activities desgined to educate, collect input and engage all ages in helping to create a more walkable, bikeable, livabel Downtown Hilo.

      • May 6 - Teaming Arrangements For Federal Contracts
        Attend on Wednesday, May 6 from 8:30am-10:30am at the Honolulu Airport (Interisland Terminal Conference Center). This workshop is for small businesses where teaming is a critical part of entry into and long-term success in government contracting. Pre-registration is required. Call for questions (808) 369-9710.

      • May 7 - Fort Street Mall May Fair
        Attend Fort Street Malls May fair on May 7 from 7:30am-1:30p. This exciting event features arts, crafts, unique gifts and local foods. For more information email Fort Street Bid.

      • Design Build Courses in Hawaii May 8 & July 17
        Design-Build Institute of America (DBIA) offers two education courses in Hawaii for anyone interested in Design Build. AIA Honolulu has been offered the DBIA member rate. Attend on May 8, 8am-5pm: Design Management Fundamentals or on July 17, 8am-5pm BIM Execution Planning for Design Build-Projects

      • ASID Event: ReGreen Implementation Workshop June 5
        This 8-hour program is the first and most comprehensive green residential remodeling program, building on foundational knowledge from the ReGreen Guidelines. Learn about green product selection, team integration and whole systems thinking for residential remodeling. AIA Honolulu qualifies for the "Friends of ASID discount" that ends on May 15. Registration ends on May 22. Register online with ASID.

      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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