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Island Architect Weekly - Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Posted By AIA Honolulu, Monday, September 25, 2017

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

12th Annual CANstruction Competition

This Saturday! Watch Our Teams Build CANstructions Sep. 30

When:   Saturday, September 30, 9am-2pm
Where:  Pearlridge Center - Uptown
Theme:  Browse a Library of CANstructures!

Team Build-Out:   9am - 2pm
Kids CAN Corner: 10am-1pm
People's Choice:   Sep. 30 - Oct. 15 (vote for your favorite with cans)

Pictured: 2016 Juror's Favorite "We CAN Guard the Galaxy Against Hunger” by WATG.


Keiki Corner: On Sep. 30 from 10am-1pm bring your children (5-12) and 5 cans for donation and help build an oversized "CAN-struction”.

People's Choice Award - One Can. One Vote: Visit Canstruction at Pearlridge between Sep. 30-Oct. 15 and bring canned food to support Hawaii’s hungry families. ONE CAN = ONE VOTE!

Mahalo to all 2017 CANstruction Teams!

AIA Honolulu Programs

Sep 28: Attend AIA Honolulu's Film Night "Making Space"

5 Women Changing The Face of Architecture

RSVP Online! Come view a full-length documentary titled Making Space - 5 Women Changing The Face of Architecture. It is about five dynamic and accomplished female architects who are the rising stars in architecture-previously an all-male galaxy--and they are literally and figuratively changing the landscape. View Event Flyer.

Film to be followed by a panel discussion talking about Women in Architecture and other applicable topics.

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

When: Thursday, Sep. 28, 5:30pm-8:00pm at the Center for Architecture

Cost: Free (suggested donation at the door)

Mahalo Film Night Sponsors!

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 Job Board

Seven Jobs Listed on our Job Board

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

AIA National Updates

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.

Public Voting Open for AIA’s I Look Up Film Challenge

Vote Online Today! The public is invited to cast their vote to choose the winner of the American Institute of Architects 2017 People’s Choice Award's third annual I Look Up Film Challenge.

With the theme, Blueprint for Better, the 2017 I Look Up Film Challenge looked to architects and filmmakers to collaborate in the creation of films that highlight projects helping to change communities for the better. AIA captured this year’s theme in a powerful documentary, Midtown. A Blueprint for Better, as a motivational example for architects and filmmakers.

Upcoming Events in the Community

  • Sep. 27: SMPS Program "Marketer’s Toolkit #2: InDesign 101" (1 LU)
    Join SMPS at their 2nd Marketer’s Toolkit session and discover the benefits of using Adobe InDesign to develop your next marketing brochure with speaker, William “Bill” Morrison of Pacific New Media
    When/Where: Wednesday, Sep. 27, 11:45am-1:00pm, Center for Architecture
    Cost: Free for SMPS Members; $25 for Non-Members. Bring your own lunch.
    Register: Click here to register online with SMPS.

  • 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. 
    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 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

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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