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Island Architect Weekly, Friday June 6, 2014

Posted By Camilla Nicholas, Thursday, June 5, 2014
Updated: Monday, June 9, 2014
Friday, june 6, 2014

Featured Weekly

Discover What’s New in Autodesk 2015 at Hawaii Solutions Day!

Register Online! Hawaii Solutions Day is here!  Join U.S. CAD at our annual half-day event to learn about the latest features in the Autodesk 2015 releases and connect with our Industry Experts. This year, you’ll also hear from special guest speakers such as Sasha Reed from Bluebeam, who will present technology solutions that can help improve your workflows. The Solutions Tour is free to attend, but space is limited and registration is required. View Event Flyer.  The event will take place at the Neal Blaisdell Center, Hawaii Suites on Thursday, June 12 from 1pm-4pm. For questions email USCAD.

King Kamehameha Day June 11

King Kamehameha Day June 11 - AIA Honolulu Office Closed

The AIA Honolulu office will be closed on Wednesday, June 11 in observance of this holiday. For questions visit the AIA Honolulu website.

Take part in the festivities that marks this Hawaiian holiday celebrating a great warrior, diplomat, and leader uniting the Hawaiian Islands into one royal kingdom in 1810 after years of conflict.  Don't miss out on the hula competitions, flower parades and other fun activities that will be offered this day. Aloha!

2014 Members' Choice Award

Which Entry is Your Pick for Member's Choice?

Voting Polls Open Until June 13!
VIEW ALL 31 ENTRANTS & VOTE TODAY! The AIA Honolulu Jack C. Lipman's Members' Choice award recognizes outstanding design as voted by fellow AIA Honolulu members.

How it works:

  • All active AIA Honolulu members are allowed to vote
  • Sign in with your username (email) & password (AIA #)
  • Vote ONE TIME for ONE PROJECT (Built or Unbuilt).
  • Members are not permitted to vote for your firm's project(s).

Login Assistance? Email Camilla Nicholas or call 628-7245.

The winner will be announced during the AIA Honolulu Design Awards Gala on July 23 at the Hawaii Prince Hotel. NEXT UP! Peoples' Choice Award online voting June 13 - June 27!

Become a 2014 Design Awards Sponsor Today

The 56th AIA Honolulu Design Awards Gala takes place on July 23 at the Hawaii Prince Hotel. 
Didn't enter or win?  You can still attend and/or sponsor the biggest design excellence celebration of the year with lots of media exposure!

Mahalo Party Sponsors

Mahalo Program Sponsors

View Sponsorship Flyer and become a...

  • Party Sponsor         $1000.....OR
  • Program Sponsor    $500

Email Camilla Nicholas, Assistant Director for more information or call 628-7245.

Industry & Member News

How can AIA better support your practice and the work of your firm?

We want to hear from you!  AIA is in the midst of repositioning to address the changing practice of architecture.  Competition for limited work and evolving models of practice and project delivery underscore the pressing need for us all to move beyond “business as usual”—to work together to expand the influence of architects, inspire greater participation in collaborative efforts, and provide tools and resources for individual practitioners and their firms to excel.

Attend our Town Hall(s): We invite all firm principals or their designee to attend one of three planned Town Hall gatherings of AIA Hawaii firm leaders grouped by firm size. Read AIA Honolulu's Repositioning Report and Recommended Action Plan.

Register online for:

You Can Participate Remotely! Can't make it i person? Register online and call our conference number.

Share Your Knowledge! Sign up for AIA Honolulu's Experts Bureau

One of AIA Honolulu's strategic goals is to raise public awareness about the profession and to position our members as EXPERTS in the community.  One step toward this goal is to develop an "AIA Expert Bureau" by using our website to host a list of AIA architect names and topics that your are most passionate and knowledgeable about.  Get your name on the list!  If you are interested in adding your name to our Expert Bureau list please email us your name and topic and we will contact you for more information

Your Thoughts?  NCARB Endorses Licensure Upon Graduation

You've seen the buzz about the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards' endorsement of licensure upon graduation.

AIA wants to know what you think about this latest change for emerging professionals! #2014EPSummit.

AIA Advocacy Network - Free Webinar June 12

You are your profession's most influential advocate. Join AIA for a free webinar Thursday, June 12 at 6am (12pm ET) to learn how you can be a messenger on key advocacy issues. Register Now.

ABI Contraction Continues

The Architecture Billings Index (ABI) has reverted into negative territory for the last two months. The April ABI score was 49.6, up slightly from a mark of 48.8 in March. This score reflects a decrease in design activity (any score above 50 indicates an increase in billings). Read full press release.

Shaun Roth, AIA on HPR2 talks Kealakehe STEM Camp

Listen to a recorded radio interview between Shaun Roth, AIA and Chris Vandercook on HPR2's Conversation on June 2, 2014. The topic is the Kealakehe STEM Camp Architecture Day at the Donkey Mill Art center in Holualo on June 8 from 11am-4pm.  This one day workshop is for aspiring young architects (Grade 6-12 who will work side by side with professional Architects and learn how light and geometry support ideas about building. Students will explore modular origami and work large scale with cardboard and newspaper.

Meet James Freeman, AIA & Ryan Lambert, Assoc. AIA

Keep Your Profile Updated! All members have 10 pages + a photo album to fill. Populate your member profile today as this can be viewed by the public. "Sign In" today at

Meet This Week's New Featured Members:

Four (4) NEW Industry Related Articles of Interest

Visit the AIA Honolulu website and check out our latest "Industry News".

  1. Activist Design.
  2. Architecture and Ethics
  3. Bringing It All Back Home
  4. Can Architecture Be Saved?

Public Outreach

THIS JUST IN! "Hawaii's Bid for the Presidential Library" on Hawaii News Now

Our First Friday meeting June 6 brought some media attention with our topic "Hawaii's Bid for the Presidential Library" and Hawaii News Now came out to film the event and interview our guest speaker Robert Perkinson, Associate Professor, American Studies with UH and our 2014 AIA Honolulu President John Ida, AIA. Hawaii's bid for the Obama Presidential Center is taking shape with a key deadline coming up soon. Initial proposals must be turned in by June 16 to the Barack Obama Foundation.

Couldn't make the Kakaako Town Hall in May? View Telecast on ‘Olelo June 6 & 7

‘Olelo Community will aired the taped AIA Honolulu Kakaako Town Hall in its entirety on ‘Olelo Channel 54 on June 7 at 6pm, June 8 at 10am, June 14 at 6am and June 20 at 2:30pm.

Deadline Coming Up! Register for 2014 Canstruction Competition

Our 9th Annual Canstruction® Competition happens on Saturday, Oct. 4 from 9am - 1pm at Pearlridge Center - Uptown.

You CAN make a difference in a child's life.
Register by Friday, June 6. 

2014 Theme: Childhood Dreams - Help prevent every child from going without a meal...One Can at a Time!

Who CAN Participate? ALL in the Design and Building Industries can 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?  Contact our Co-Chairs Reid Mizue, AIA at 721-4267 or Leigh Ishida, AIA.

Continuing Education Reminder

Half-Time Reminder! AIA/CES Continuing Education

All active AIA members must successfully complete a minimum of 18 Learning Units (LUs) per calendar year. Of this total, 12 must meet the Health, Safety, and Welfare (HSW) criteria.

See below for lots of ways to earn credits in June!  Check You AIA/CES Transcripts Online.  After signing in you will be directed to a site to view your online transcript by date range. Enter your AIA Member number in the View Transcript box. Questions? Email Bonnie McIntyre, Center Services Coordinator.

Learn & Earn

June 9 - Your Input Needed on 2012 Codes (1 HSW)

Register Online for June 9! The State Building Code Council 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 Code Council decided to skip the ’09 codes and move directly to the ’12 codes. 
The Code Council has designated AIA to gather input from the local professionals
on any changes to the ’12 codes that are needed.  Several meetings will happen in  June and July on Mondays, 5:00pm at the AIA Center for Architecture.

June 18 - Attend 2 Hour ADA Program "Accessible Routes" (2 HSW)

Register Now! Wednesday, June 18, 8am-10am at the Center for Architecture. The cost is $20/members and $35/non-members.  Mona Higa,  Disability and Communications Access Board will talk about "Accessible Routes: Scoping and Technical Provisions":

  • Exterior Accessible Routes on Site: Scoping Provisions
  • Interior Accessible Routes: Scoping Provisions
  • Components of an accessible route
  • Technical provisions for routes, doors and ramps

June 18 - Sullivan Center @ 'Iolani School on June 18 (1 HSW)

Register with USGBC! Wednesday, June 18, 12:00pm at the Center for Architecture attend an USGBC Hawaii Green Schools event together AIA Honolulu and GCA Hawaii titled "Sullivan Center @ 'Iolani School". View event flyer.  Qualifies for 1 AIA/CES LU (HSW). Cost is $5.00 General (Free for the first 15 early birds). Pizza lunch provided by GCA.

The Sullivan Center is a 21st century forward looking educational center at ‘Iolani Schools that will be the first HI-CHPS project in the State of Hawaii. Charles Kaneshiro, AIA, LEED AP, will be our speaker and one of several principals who worked on the project.

ARE Architecture Trivia June 19 - Have a Laugh & Learn

Calling All Nerds - AIA Honolulu wants YOU for Quizzo!  Register online and attend the next ARE Prep Session on Thursday, June 19, 6pm at the Center for Architecture. This event is hosted by the ARE Prep Committee and will be set up as a "ARE Architecture Trivia". View Event Flyer (PDF).

Join us, have a laugh and win a fabulous prize. Bring a team from your firm. Members are free and non-members pay $5 at the door. Light refreshments will be served.

Can't make it to Chicago? Attend ConventionLIVE June 26-28

You never have to board a plane to enjoy the benefits of AIA’s National Convention. AIA Convention LIVE brings provocative speakers, new products, and career-enhancing seminars to any screen near you.  AIA is offering loyal online participants a discount of 10%, just input this code - HIXXCL2014 - at sign in and you can:

Job Board

2 New Jobs Just Listed - View the AIA Honolulu Job Board

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

  • New! Architect - Clifford Planning
  • New! Architectural Intern/CAD Designer - Clifford Planning
  • Director of Design and Construction - City and County of Honolulu
  • Staff Architect (Waimea, Hawaii Office) - de Reus Architects
  • Job Captain (Waimea, Hawaii Office) - de Reus Architects
  • Project Manager/Project Architect - Architects Hawaii Ltd.
  • Senior Project Manager - Leo A Daly
  • Director of Operations - Leo A Daly

In the Community

Attend 2014 Congressional Forum in July 1

Register and pay on the BIA Hawaii website! This 2014 Congressional Forum is hosted by BIA Hawaii and AIA Honolulu is one of the co-sponsors. Come listen to Ikaika Anderson, Stanley Chang, Charles Djou, Will Espero, Donna Mercado Kim and K. Mark Takai.

The event will take place at the Japanese Cultural Center, Manoa Ballroom and costs $45 for a dinner buffet with no-host cocktails

Free FEMA Earthquake-Resistant Design Concepts Training July 11 (7 HSW)

Register Online! On Friday, July 11 from 8am-4pm at the University of Hawai‘i at Hilo, University Classroom Building (UCB 100) participants are introduced to the National Earthquake Hazards Reduction Program (NEHRP), Recommended Seismic Provisions for New Buildings and Other Structures (published as FEMA P-750) through the FEMA P-749 report, Earthquake-Resistant Design Concepts. For questions contact Bart Asato, Hawai‘i State Civil Defense, at at 808-733-4300, ext. 545. Registration deadline is July 3, 2014. Event Flyer. Qualifies for 7 AIA/CES LUs (HSW). AIA Honolulu is the registered provider.

Contract Documents

Paper Contract Documents Available in AIA Honolulu Store

AIA Honolulu is a full service distributor of AIA Contract Documents and you can purchase all available documents in our online store.  AIA members sign in with your username and password to receive member discount.You can also view our order form and email or fax it to us. We will call when the order is ready for pick up or for a fee it can be mailed.

For questions email Bonnie McIntyre, Center Services Coordinator or call (808) 628-7243

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