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Island Architect Weekly - Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Posted By AIA Honolulu, Monday, October 2, 2017

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Renew Your 2018 AIA Membership

Renew Your 2018 AIA Membership! An AIA membership connects you to 90,000 professionals who share your passion for architecture

2018 Dues Installment Program! Want to split up you membership dues payments? Select that option when renewing online. Reinstating Members must enroll through a manual process by completing a Dues Installment Program enrollment form and a membership application. For questions please email AIA Honolulu or call (808) 628-7243.

Canstruction® Winners & People's Choice Award

12th Annual Canstruction® Competition = CANtastic!

Our 12th Annual Canstruction® competition was an amazing event with 11 teams of talented local architects, engineers and allied design professionals “canstructed” giant structures made entirely of thousands of cans of food.  They worked hard for 6 hours creating a variety of can-structions based on this year's theme “Browse a Library of CANstructures!.”  View Build Day Images on Facebook!

A Kids Can Corner structure was also created with the assistance of hundreds of island keiki who brought at least five cans of food as a donation to the Hawaii Foodbank. Scores of kids helped to build Rapunzel and her tower – from the Grimm Brothers’ classic – in this keiki building zone.

Mahao to our 2017 Canstruction® judges: Geoffrey Lewis, AIA, incoming 2018 AIA Honolulu president; Joleen Oshiro, food editor, Honolulu Star-Advertiser; and Schad Woods, 2017-18 president, Construction Specifications Institute, Honolulu Chapter.

After a blind judging, architects and Canstruction® co-chairs Reid Mizue, AIA; Elyse Takashige, AIA; Leigh Ishida, AIA; and Kristin Nakagawa, AIA announced the below honors: 

Congratulations to this year’s awardees:

  • NEW for 2017! Best Original Design: WATG: “Quoth the Raven, “Hunger…Nevermore”
  • Structural Ingenuity: G70/Nordic PCL: Feed Your Imagination [Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs]
  • Best Use of Labels: HDR: The Things We Do to Fight Hunger [Dr. Seuss’ Thing One and Thing Two]
  • Best Meal: Bowers + Kubota Consulting: The Very UN-Hungry CAN-terpillar [The Very Hungry Caterpillar]
  • Most Cans: G70/Nordic PCL: Feed Your Imagination [Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs]

Vote People's Choice until Oct 14: One CAN. One VOTE! 
Now we need YOU to come to Pearlridge Center Uptown and vote with cans until Sat, Oct. 14.  Vote with as many cans as you like on as many structures as you like!  The structure with the most votes will be named 2017 People’s Choice Award winner.  YOU CAN Make a Difference!

AIA Honolulu Programs

Oct 12: YAF Pau Hana at Kieselbach Woodworks

RSVP Online! No charge but please RSVP for planning purposes.

When/Where: Thursday, Oct. 12, 5:30-7:00 pm, Kieselbach Woodworks, 825 Halekauwila St

Bonus: Pupus, Refreshments, Ping Pong, Darts, & Shuffle Board

Join the AIA Young Architects Forum (YAF) and BIA-Hawaii Young Members Group for a joint pau hana filled with networking, wood working demos, games, and fare. Kieselbach will host live demonstrations of their processes and tools used in woodworking (planer, saws, jointer, etc.).

There will be a total of (4) rounds of demos lasting about 10 minutes each (@ 5:30pm, 5:40pm, 5:50pm and 6pm). Kieselbach Associates will be available to answer questions and show dry runs after the scheduled demonstrations. However, for safety purposes, actual cuts will only be made during the scheduled demonstrations.

If you would like to attend one of the schedule demonstrations, please notify us via email at and indicate your preferred time. Friends and colleagues welcome.

Mahalo YAF Sponsors!




Why Wait In Line? You Can Register Right Now
Attend the 2017 Pacific Building Trade Expo Oct 24

Register Online Today!
Deadline to register online to receive your badge in the mail is October 10.

When: Tuesday, October 24
Where: Hawaii Convention Center

Presented by Honblue and jointly produced by AIA Honolulu and CSI Honolulu. The Pacific Building Trade Expo is the largest trade venue serving Hawaii’s building design professionals and contractors.

Here's why you should attend:

  • 27 Free and Timely Seminars, in Seven Tracks (8am-4:30pm) Earn up to 4 HSW
    incl. the new HONBLUE Center Stage venue
  • Exhibition Hall with Products & Services (9am-5:30pm) - Over 250 Vendors
  • Free Buffet Lunch, Aloha Reception + Great Prize Giveaways

25 Booths Still Available! Want to Exhibit?  Go to the Pacific Building Trade Expo website for information OR email Barbie Rosario of BK Corporate Coordinators or call her at (808) 864-7983 (Oahu).

AIA Honolulu Annual Business Meeting - Tuesday, October 24, 11:30am-1:00pm! 
The AIA Honolulu Annual Business Meeting and lunch takes place, in conjunction with the Expo from 11:30am-1:00pm. Come hear what is new with the chapter and vote for our 2018 AIA Honolulu Board Nominees. The Annual business meeting information packages will be mailed out in the end of September.

Oct 26 & 27: WELL AP Exam Preparation 2-Day Workshop Training

Register Online!

When:   Thursday, Oct. 26 & Friday, Oct. 27, 8am-5pm
Where:  AIA Center for Architecture, Honolulu

Renowned sustainability experts Green Building Services offers an exclusive live training on how to prepare for and pass the WELL AP exam – the only training officially sanctioned by the International WELL Building Institute. Encompassing two full days of instruction led by WELL Faculty at AIA Honolulu’s Center for Architecture on October 26 & 27.

Presenters: Delivered by WELL Faculty members providing a detailed and efficient approach to studying.

Early Bird Rate: $400 for a 2-day Training until Oct 5 ($500 after that)

Nov/Dec: How to Give a Presentation Tomorrow & Sleep Well Tonight (4.5 LUs)

3-Part Presentation Workshop! Become a More Effective and Confident Communicator and Leader!

Join Pam Chambers, Hawaii's Presentation Coach since 1985. She has coached architects, contractors, entertainers and CEO's.  View Event Flyer.

Register Online for Sessions:
Wednesdays from 11:45-1:30pm at the Center for Architecture

AIA/CES LU: All sessions qualifies for 1.5 AIA/CES LUs (total 4.5 LUs).

Cost:  We strongly encourage attendance for the entire series; sessions designed to work effectively together.
Series (All 3):
$150 for AIA members / $185 for Non-Members
   $60 AIA Members / $75 Non-Members.

Creating Successful Zoo Exhibits

Register Online!

The below information was shared by Mayor Caldwell with our Chapter for AIA Honolulu members interested in attending. This is excellent information if you plan on bidding on future city projects related to the zoo.

When:  November 13-18, 2017
Where: Crown Plaza Clayton, St, Louis, MO

The City of Honolulu will be sending a staff member from the Department of Design and Construction to the 2017 Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) conference.  AZA, the accrediting agency for zoos and aquariums, has been urging the Honolulu Zoo to keep up with best modern practices in zoo exhibits design/development.

As zoo exhibits are complicated to properly design and construct based on animal and technical needs, climate, location, etc., it may be of interested for design contractors to better understand the world of zoo exhibits if planning to bid on any city projects relating to the zoo.

Attend our 2nd Annual Holiday Party

Join AIA Honolulu, the NKBA Aloha Chapter, BIA-Hawaii and the ASID Hawaii as we celebrate the holidays together!

Celebrate the holidays with colleagues, friends and other design professionals from throughout Hawaii!

Cocktails | Amazing Food | Live Music

Event Details and Registration Information and Sponsorship Opportunities this coming Fall 2017

AIA Honolulu Event Update

Mahalo All Film Night Attendees & Wonderful Panel

On Thursday September 28 our AIA Honolulu Film Committee organized our third AIA Honolulu Film Night for 2017. It was a fun and successful evening where we started out by watching a documentary titled "Making Space - 5 Women Changing The Face of Architecture" followed by a panel discussion about women in architecture.

Mahalo Panel: Edean Rivera, Danielle Mitchell, Assoc. AIA and Tonia Moy, AIA with moderator Wendy Meguro.

Mahalo Film Night Sponsors!

AIA Honolulu Job Board

Two New Jobs Listed on our Job Board

Jobs are posted for 1 month. Posting fee: $25/members, $40/non-members.

AIA National Updates

2017 AIA Leadership Institute Nov. 16 – Register today!

Join us November 16, for a powerful one-day leadership training event for architects. Earn up to 6.25 LU|HSW by participating at one of our five Regional Venue locations. Learn essential leadership skills to take on a larger role in your firm and community.

Click Here to register and learn more >

Feb 5-9, 2018! Miami - Architectural Jewels Under Tropical Skies (Max 30 Guests)

Join Architectural Adventures this winter to soak in the amazing architectural and cultural wealth of Miami during this five-day small-group trip. Experience historical, architectural, and cultural bliss under tropical skies as we discover South Florida's historic neighborhoods and percolating art and architecture scene.

Book Now >

Call for 2018 National Committee Nominations Open Until Oct. 9

AIA is seeking nominations for AIA national committees. To view openings in 2018, visit our nomination homepage. The deadline for submissions is 5pm ET on October 9. Members must submit a resume and a letter of interest with their application. Applicants must be Architect or Associate members in good standing.

Cast Your Vote for Your Favorite Film by October 6

Vote Online Today! The AIA invites the public to cast their vote to choose the winner of the 2017 People's Choice Award for the third annual I Look Up Film Challenge. Visit to watch compelling films that shine a light on the powerful social impact of architects and their work, and cast your vote by October 6.

Sister Organization Events at the Center for Architecture

Oct 4: APA Hawaii Program about the Impact of Millennials and Technology

Register with APA Hawaii: AIA Honolulu Members are welcome to join APA Hawaii for their monthly presentation on Wednesday, October 4, 12:00-1:00pm (check in 11:45am) at the Center for Architecture.

Topic: The Impact of Millennials and Technology on Our Work Spaces. Com hear Mike Hamasu, Director of Consulting & Research at Colliers International, Hawai‘i speak about the paradigm shift currently occurring in commercial real estate regarding the impact of millennials and their technology on work spaces, which will have implications for planning.

AIA Honolulu members receive the APA member fee for $10/members.

Upcoming Events in the Community

  • Sep 23-Oct 8: 25th Anniversary for Hawaii’s Woodshow 2017
    Hawaii’s Woodshow, Na La‘au o Hawai‘i is Hawai‘i Forest Industry Association’s (HFIA) annual juried woodworking exhibition.  Featuring The Albizia Project by recent UHM D. Arch, Joseph Valenti, Jr. and the first exhibition of 12 Challenge work from UHM and 'Iolani students. View Event Flyer.
    When:  Sep. 23-Oct. 8, Tuesday-Sunday 10am-5pm
    Where: Honolulu Museum of Art School, Linekona Gallery
    Cost: Free Admission

  • Oct 6-11: HHF/Docomomo Architecture Events
    Oct 6: Līhu‘e Modern Architecture Presentation & Talk Story
    Friday, Oct. 6, 5pm-7pm. Registration Required (free)
    Oct 7: Līhu‘e Walking Tour
    Saturday, Oct. 7, Tour 3pm-5pm, Pau Hana 5pm-7pm. Register Online (tickets required)
    Oct 11: Honolulu Modern Architecture Presentation & Talk Story
    Wednesday, Oct. 11, 5pm-7pm. Registration Required (free)

  • Fall Seminar Series: Green Infrastructure Designing for a Resilient Landscape in Hawaiʻi
    When/Where: Wednesdays 3:30-4:20pm, St. John 11 at UHM
    (You could also join from your PC, Mac, Linux, iOS or Android:
    A seminar series on the positive impacts of Green Infrastructure (GI) on watershed health, especially in relation to populated areas:
    Oct. 04:  Land use & Permitting Jesse Souki (Hawaiʻi Community Development Authority)
    Oct. 18:  Hydrology & Watershed Kim Falinski (The Nature Conservancy)
    Nov. 01:  Policy & Legal considerations Randall Wakumoto (Facilities Maintenance Storm Water Quality)
    Nov. 15:  GI Design & Implementation in Communities Judith Stilgenbauer (UH School of Architecture)
    Nov. 29:  Cultural & Community benefits Kanekoa Kukea-Shultz (Kākoʻo ʻŌiwi)

  • Oct 13: USGBC Hawaii's 17th Annual Hawaiʻi Build + Buy Green Conference (HSW)
    AIA Honolulu is the registered provider
    Join USGBC Hawaii for their 17th Annual Hawaiʻi Build + Buy Green Conference: Celebrating Collaboration, Creativity, and Curriculum in Hawaii's Green Schools. This annual event brings together nationally acclaimed speakers and local experts in the fields of green schools and campuses, design, engineering, construction and development.
    When/Where: Friday, Oct. 13, 7:30am-5pm, Stevenson Middle School Science & Technology Center
    Cost: $60 USGBC Hawaii, $70 General Public, $40 Students

  • Oct 21: 2017 Medal of Honor Recipient Celebration for John Hara, FAIA
    AIA Hawaii in partnership with the Hawaii Architectural Foundation, has named legendary local architect John M. Hara, FAIA the 2017 Medal of Honor honoree.  This honor is given to an architect who has significantly advanced the profession of architecture and whose leadership provides an inspiration to fellow practitioners.
    When/Where: Saturday, October 21, 5-8pm, Honolulu Museum of Art, 900 S. Beretania Street
    Tickets: $100 per person

  • Oct 25 & 26: Film Nights "Salon Lumiere 2017"
    Design Talk Hawaii and Film Curator Don Brown presents and intimate 2 night series of movies illuminating iconic women of Design. Come watch "Gray Matters" and "Zaha: An Architectural Legacy."
    When/Where: Oct 25 & 26, 6pm-9pm, INspiration Loft, Honolulu Design Center
    Cost: $10 per person, per movie

2017 Annual Sponsorship Opportunities

Become a Sponsor and Show Your Support

2017 Annual Sponsorship! Interested in increased visibility throughout the entire year? Sign up today for 12 continuous months of benefits!  View our 2017 Sponsorship prospectus and start your partnership with AIA Honolulu today.  Sponsor Your Chapter Today & Add Your Firm Logo Here!

Email Camilla Nicholas, AIA Honolulu or call (808) 628-7245.

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