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Island Architect Weekly, March 20, 2015

Posted By Camilla Nicholas, Friday, March 20, 2015
Updated: Monday, April 6, 2015
                                          Friday, march 20, 2015

Slow Email Access for AIA Honolulu

AIA Honolulu's email was re-set today so it may take several hours for your email to actually reach us and you might have received a bounce back.  If it is not mission critical please try us again on Monday. If it is urgent please give us a call at  (808) 628-7245.  Have a wonderful weekend!

2015 Annual Sponsorship

Interested in Sponsoring Your Chapter? Here is How

View our 2015 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. 

AIA Honolulu greatly appreciates all of our 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!

AIA National & Industry Updates

Future of Architecture Competition: An EP Opportunity

Houzz and the AIA are teaming up to spotlight architecture’s emerging talent.

Enter the Future of Architecture Residential Design Contest and Showcase to get your work in front of Houzz’s 25 million users and for a chance collaborate with Houzz on a community revitalization project. 

Other prizes include $5,000 to accelerate your career and an expense-paid trip to the 2015 AIA Convention in Atlanta. The revitalization project will be filmed and promoted to the public and your peers in the design community.  Deadline to enter is March 31, 2015. Click here for more information.

AIA in the News! U.S. Architecture Billings Index rises in February

Reuters - Mar 18, 2015: The Architecture Billings Index, an indicator of U.S. non-residential building activity, rose in February, the American Institute of Architects (AIA) said on Wednesday.  The index rose to 50.4 in February from 49.9 in January.  A reading above 50 indicates an increase in billings.  The index, based on a survey of U.S. architects, reflects the roughly nine to 12 months between architecture billings and construction spending.  Read full article.


  • Architectural Inspiration (9 Talks): Master architects share their vision for buildings that inflate, float, twist and glitter, while artfully addressing the challenges faced by their residents, their cities and the planet.
  • Sustainability by Design (12 Talks): Humans are builders and creators—but how can we build thoughtfully, without waste?
  • Design Giants (13 talks): From graphics to products.

AIA Honolulu Advocacy Update

AIA National Culture Collective, AIA Hawaii State Council, AIA Honolulu + AIA Maui

Perfect alignment.  Through joint effort between Louis Fung, AIA (Culture Collective) and Dan Chun, FAIA (Hawaii State Council), a series of four forums were hosted at the Center for Architecture based on the various major market sectors: Commercial; Education + Medical Facilities; Government + Design-Build and Custom & Production Housing. 

A number of challenges and great ideas were collected from members at these forums (read forums summary) and they were subsequently transpired to the AIA Culture Collective for further discussions and action. As a result, several initiatives are being generated from our sub-committee, Influence & Prosperity, outlined as follows:

  • Inclusion of Design Fees in Home Mortgage Programs
  • Relaxing the 6% Fee Cap for Federal Projects
  • Revitalize Citizen Architect Award and Recognition Program

Read full report as reported by Louis Fung, AIA. Email Louis for questions or if you would like to participate.

AIA Honolulu Update

Register Your Team! 10th CANstruction Competition on Oct. 3

Our 10th Annual Canstruction® Competition will take place on Saturday, October 3 from 9am - 1pm at Pearlridge Center. Canstruction® combines the competitive spirit of a design/build competition with a unique way to help feed hungry people. 

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.

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

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

Volunteers Needed - Become a Part of Architecture Month in April

Let us know where you and/or your firm can participate.

  • Apr 16 - Hawaii Public Radio (HPR) Pledge Drive: For this event we need 8-10 volunteers to man the phones. Interested? Email Kristin Nakagawa, AIA.
  • Apr 25 - Walking Tour “Downtown Honolulu 20th Century Architectural Styles:” The yearly architectural walking tour needs docents and tour guides. Interested? Email Brenda Lowrey, AIA.

  • Architectural Firm Crawl in Downtown Honolulu:  We need interested firms located in downtown Honolulu who would be willing to open their doors to the public for one evening.  Interested? Email Kurt Mitchell. AIA.

Mar 24 - Attend "HI-CHPS the Next Step Up for the DOE" (1 HSW)

Register Online! AIA/GCA brown bag "HI-CHPS the Next Step Up for the DOE" on Tuesday, March 24, 11:30am-1:00pm at the Center for Architecture.

Program: The Department of Education (DOE) has embraced and implemented the Hawaii Collaborative for High Performance Schools (HI-CHPS) standards for their schools with aspirations of providing sustainable/healthy learning environment criteria document that would be responsive to the unique qualities of Hawaii.  Don’t get caught behind the learning curve! 

Speakers: Jonathan Weintraub, LEED AP, Registered Architect, State of Hawaii and Katrina Morgan, AIA, LEED AP BD+C, cSBA, Founding Principal of Fermata Consulting.

Cost:  $10 for AIA Honolulu & GCA members and $20 for non-members.

Mar 25 - Attend AIA CODES Committee Meeting: Reviewing 2012 Codes

Register Online for Mar 25: The State Building Code Council has designated AIA to gather input from the local professionals on any changes to the ’12 IRC codes that are needed.  Several meetings are scheduled through April on Wednesday, 12:00pm at the AIA Honolulu Center for Architecture.

The State Building Code Council (SBCC) is mandated by the State Legislature to review the new model building codes every three years and to adopt a new model code for the state no less frequently than every six years.  Since the changes between the ’06 ICC Series and the ’09 codes were small, the SBCC decided to skip the ’09 codes and move directly to the ’12 codes.

Registration Closes March 30 for  DCAB Conference on April 7 (8 HSW)

Register Online! DCAB is pleased to announce registration is now open for their April 7, 2015 all-day training on "Accessible Routes and Accessible Means of Egress". Speakers at this year's training are Scott Windley of the U.S. Access Board and Kim Paarlberg of the International Code Council. This year, an on-line registration option is available.

AIA/CES LUs (HSW): This conference qualifies for 8 AIA/CES LUs (HSW). AIA Honolulu is the registered provider.

2015 MCAH Scholarship + Golf Tournament

The 2015 Mason Contractors Association of Hawaii's (MCAH) Annual Scholarship Golf Tournament benefits AIA Honolulu Members by awarding a scholarship to an AIA dependent. 
Scholarship Deadline May 15: The MCAH will be awarding five $2,000 scholarships to high school graduates from the State of Hawaii. Application deadline is May, 2015. 2015 Scholarship Sponsor Letter.
MCAH Architects and Engineers Golf Tournament: Register a team for the 2015 MCAH Golf Tournament Tuesday, June 23, Pearl Country Club.  2015 Golf Tournament Registration Form.

Member Corner

"Design Talk Hawaii" at 2pm: Sarah Susanka, "The Not So Big House"

Join Design Talk Hawaii host Matt Gilbertson on AM760 KGU radio today Friday, March 20, 2:00pm.
This week, Design Talk Hawaii is pleased to welcome renowned architect, inspirational speaker and cultural visionary, Sarah Susanka, author of “The Not So Big House” book series. Sarah’s “build better, not bigger” philosophy for residential architecture proposes that we look beyond our physical habitations and into how we inhabit our lives. Tune In!

AIA Honolulu Firm in the News: Tadpole Design

Urbis - March 11, 2015: An AIA Honolulu firm called "Tadpole Design" was recently featured in Urbis. Congratulations to Janice Li, AIA and her husband Bundit Kanisthakhon for the great exposure! Read full article.
"Everything here is governed by the climate. But for me, if it works with the climate, it’s perfect,” says Bundit Kanisthakhon, co-owner of Tadpole Studio.  The 43-year-old architect runs the small practice with his wife, Janice Li, and two staff. They work on commercial and residential new builds and renovations on O’ahu and other islands."

AIA Honolulu Job Board

1 New Job Just Added & 15 Total Jobs Listed!

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

  • NEW! Revit Modeler - Pacific Atelier
  • Architectural CAD/Revit Draftsperson
  • Project Architect - Urban Works, Inc.
  • Project Architect - Architects Hawaii Ltd.
  • Architect - Queen's Medical Center
  • Project Engineer - Armstrong Builders LLC
  • ......go to the AIA Honolulu Job Board for the full list.

AIAS Career Development Team NEEDS YOU!

Last Chance! Become a Speed Dating Mentor

Thurs, Apr 02: Speed Mentoring - Mentees Seeking Mentors
Join the University of Hawaii School of Architecture at their first annual Speed Mentoring event on Thursday, April 02 at 5PM-6:30PM at the School of Architecture! They are looking for professionals of all levels of experience who are interested in sharing experiences, advice, and tips with SoA students and future young professionals. Just like speed dating, each pairing will have a certain amount of time to engage in conversation and then change. If a pair makes a connection, then they exchange contact information and begin a mentor-mentee relationship. If you would like to join this event either as a mentor or mentee please RSVP by Monday, March 30 by emailing UHSoA. We hope that you can be a part of this special event!

Participate & Attend AIAS Career Fair Friday, April 17 (+ PAN Event After)

The AIAS Annual Career Fair will take place on Friday, April 17 in the School of Architecture Courtyard.

The UHSoA are inviting architectural design firms willing to participate in our annual AIAS Career Fair. It is a chance for the student body to introduce themselves and grasp an understanding of firms located in Hawaii. Registration fee will be $50 which will be used for future events and conferences.

If you and your firm are interested in being a part of this please email Amber Takeuchi, AIAS President.

PLUS....following the event will be their traditional PAN Paper Architecture Night.

Upcoming Community Events


  • Apr 6, 6pm - Spring 2015 Lecture Series: Kristina Hill, PhD
    Disaster in Slow Motion - Preparing for Future and Rising Seas

    Associate Professor of Landscape Architecture and Environmental Planning, University of California, Berkeley. Dr Hill's visit is co-sponsored by the UHM Dept of Urban and Regional Planning. At 6:00pm, School of Architecture auditorium, UHSoA, Room 205. View Event Flyer.

  • Apr 27, 6pm:  Spring 2015 Lecture Series
    Marc Swackhamer, Associate Professor and Head of the Sch of Architecture College of Design University of Minnesota and Blair Satterfiled, Assistant Professor, School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture, University of British Columbia. Both principals of HouMinn Practice. At 6:00pm, School of Architecture auditorium, UHSoA, Room 205.


  • Mar. 27 - ULI Monthly Brown Bag Series: Resiliency & the Built Environment, with Karl Kim
    RSVP for ULI Hawaii's first meeting on resiliency and the built environment ate Architects of Hawaii from 12pm-1pm. Dr. Karl Kim will address the complex problems of hazard mitigation and climate change adaptation with emphasis on on-going research in Honolulu’s urban core. Read more. No charge. Bring your own lunch.

  • March 30 - Daylight, Airflow and Energy Analysis with Building Performance Modeling (1 LU)
    Attend an IES Lunch Program from 12:00pm - 1:00pm at the Center for Architecture. This session will cover the major LEED credits specific to ‘Building Performance Modeling’ and discuss how software can be used to achieve such heavily-weighted and analytical-intensive credits.
  • April 7 - DCAB Conference "Accessible Routes and Accessible Means of Egress" (8 HSW)
    Register Online! DCAB is pleased to announce registration is now open for their April 7, 2015 all-day training on "Accessible Routes and Accessible Means of Egress". Speakers at this year's training are Scott Windley of the U.S. Access Board and Kim Paarlberg of the International Code Council. This year, an on-line registration option is available as well as "registration scholarships" for the first fifty (50) outer island registrants!

  • May 1 - RE-LEI Design Competition and May 1st Event
    Attend the first annual RE-LEI design competition and Lei Day event sponsored by the Hawaii Chapter of the ASLA to support the SoA Landscape Architecture Development Fund at UH Foundation. View flyer for information, and the Re-Lei website will be continually updated to provide you with details of the design competition, registration, logistics, and awards celebration. Submission deadline is April 24.
    The Awards & Silent Auction will take place on Friday, May 1 from 5:30pm 8:30pm.  Bidders may attend or bid from another location. The event will be held at the Kakaako Agora, 441 Cooke St., Honolulu.

Contract Documents Update

Limited Paper Contract Documents Still Available at AIA Honolulu

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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