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Island Architect Weekly, Friday, April 4, 2014

Posted By AIA Honolulu, Friday, April 4, 2014
Updated: Friday, April 4, 2014
Friday, april 4, 2014

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Enter our 56th Annual Design Awards

Deadline Extended! Enter Design Awards by Friday, April 11

Enter your firm's talent in Hawaii's most prestigious Design Awards showcase!

ONLINE LETTER OF INTENT! All our distinguished entrant projects enjoy prominent store front exposure at the Center for Architecture via a live window display monitor visible to pedestrians, prominent positioning on our website + inclusion in the special Design Awards section in Hawaii Business Magazine (August issue).

Awarded projects are also featured throughout the year as free standing banners in window fronts/wall locations in our space and at other venues throughout the year. View 2014 Call for Entries Flyer.In 2014 our submittal process will be 100% electronic (no binders). Submittals due on Friday, May 9.

Mahalo 2014 Design Awards Sponsors!

Advocacy & Member Update

AIA Honolulu Weekend Re-Focus Session

We would like to say Mahalo to all 2014 AIA Honolulu Board and Committee Members who attended the AIA Honolulu Re-Focus Session that took place on Saturday, March 29.

A dedicated group of ~30 members spent 4 hours of their Saturday morning addressing the question: How can we reinvigorate the architectural profession here in Hawaii – to elevate public awareness, advocate for the profession, and give members competitive tools to thrive in this challenging economy. 

We Love to Hear From You? Please email your comments to 2014 President John Ida, AIA or Amy Blagriff, EVP.

Grassroots Reports from Dan Chun, FAIA and Reid Mizue, AIA

Didn't have the opportunity to attend? Read below reports and get a feel for what this advocacy and leadership conference is all about.

  • Read Report from Dan Chun, FAIA, 2014 AIA Hawaii State Council President.
  • Read Report from Reid Mizue, AIA, 2014 Grassroots Grant Recipient.

View AIA Grassroots handouts, reports, award winners and more.

  • Save the date for next year: March 4-6, 2015.

Update Your Member Profile & Get Featured Online

Reminder! All members have 10 pages + a photo album to fill. Make sure you populate your member profile today as this can be viewed by the public and is a great marketing tool! "Sign In" today at and enter:

  • Default Username: Your email on file with AIA Honolulu
  • Default Password: Your AIA Member #

Meet our Two New Featured Members:

Thanks for updating your profiles and keeping our member search feature interesting.

April is 2014 Architecture Month

Apr 16 - It's a Party! Help Us Celebrate Newly Licensed Architects

Register Online! For the sixth year, AIA Honolulu will host a special party during Architecture Month to celebrate our newly licensed Architects in Hawaii (3/13 -2/14).

When:   Weds., April 16 from 6pm - 8pm
Where:  Center for Architecture, 828 Fort Street Mall, Ste 100

Get ready to party! Help us celebrate this notable feat with DJ Nick, delicious pupu's and drinks. All we need is YOU and your friends!
Tickets and Firm Support:

  • ONLY! $25 for Members (AIA, Assoc. AIA, Allied)
  • ONLY! $35 for Non-members
  • OR.......$250  Firm Support (4 tickets + logo on calendar listing)
    - Support your newly licensed architect(s) and come celebrate with them.

Two More Public Events: Attend & Spread the word!

April is Architecture Month and AIA Honolulu is offering free and public events.

  • Apr 12 - Architectural WALKING TOUR in Waikiki
    Register Online! On Sat. April 12 from 8:30am-12:30pm AIA Honolulu will conduct our Eighth Free Annual Walking Tour, led by AIA architects. For the second year we are bringing ~250 walkers to beautiful Waikiki. Join Us!

  • April 25 - Architectural FIRM CRAWL in Downtown Honolulu
    Want your fir to participate? Fill out this form and email to David Kaahaaina, AIA. Events attendees gets a map over participating firms who will be opening their doors to the public from 5pm-8pm nd they are welcome to visit them in any order they like. This is a fun way to spend a Friday After Work!

Want to Volunteer? Email Scott Wilson, AIA, Architecture Month Committee Chair for any questions and volunteer possibilities.

Hawaii Architect License Renewal

Renew Your Hawaii Architect License by April 30, 2014 at "MyPVL".

Renew Online or by Mail! Architect license renewal in Hawaii is done by the Dep. of Commerce & Consumer Affairs - Professional and Vocational Licensing (DCCA-PVL). Online renewals will continue through midnight Weds., April 30, 2014 at "MyPVL"

To mail in your renewal go to "2014 Renewal Forms" on the PVL website.  Failure to timely renew, biennial April 30 every even numbered year, will result in the forfeiture of the license.

16 Learning Credits! Architects are required to have completed 16 credit hours of continuing education over the biennium (2 year license period) in public protection topics, health, safety and welfare (HSW) to be able to renew their license. CE documentation is not required to be submitted with your renewal application but fulfillment is subject to random audit by the State of Hawaii.

Check your AIA transcripts today using the date range of May 1, 2012 through April 30, 2014.

Need Credits? Get your credits from the 2013 AIA National Convention. Buy a discounted bundle of four courses or pick an choose between over 60 single course. Get started today!

Newly Licensed?  If a person was licensed during the 1st year of the biennium, 8 CE credits are required. If licensed during the 2nd year of the biennium, no CE is required.

Job Board

7 Job Posted on our Jobs List

Please take a look at the New AIA Honolulu Job Board. All jobs will be posted for 1 month and the fee is 25 for members and $40 for non-members.

  • Project Architect: Technical and Construction Administration - Group 70 International, Inc.
  • Project Architect - INK Architects
  • Cost Estimator - J. Uno & Associates, Inc.
  • Project Manager - Architects Hawaii Ltd.
  • Construction Administrator - Architects Hawaii Ltd.
  • Job Captain - Benjamin Woo Architects
  • Architectural CAD Operator - Benjamin Woo Architects

AIA National Convention June 26-28

Register for AIA National Convention - Early Bird Ends April 16
Register Online Today and start planning your schedule for an amazing learning opportunity.

Call for Volunteers = Free Registration
Interested AIA members are encouraged to sign up for volunteer opportunities at the AIA Convention 2014 in Chicago. Members who commit to at least four (4) time slots will receive complimentary full registration to the Convention.

In the Community

April 15 Ascent - UH Sea Grant Conference with Vice President Al Gore

On Tuesday, April 15, 7pm at the Stan Sheriff Center at the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa attend the Stephen and Marylyn Pauley Seminar in Sustainability presented by former U.S. Vice President Al Gore.

This free seminar is co-hosted by the University of Hawai‘i Sea Grant College Program, the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa Chancellor’s Office, and the University of Hawai‘i Foundation. The Stan Sheriff Center can accommodate approximately 10,000 people.

Earthday Cleanup Mauka to Makai on April 19

Earth Day is April 19th and Kualoa Ranch is hosting an Earthday Cleanup Mauka to Makai.  Check in at 8:30am, buss leaves at 9:15am and return at 11:30am. The festival goes from 12pm-3pm. All are welcome - free t-shirts and food while supply lasts.

Other clean up locations are Kalama Beach Park, Kahuku Beach & Golf Course and Laie Beach.

Register Now! Build & Buy Green 2014 on May 7

The 2014 Build & Buy Green on May 7 is titled "Net Zero & Net Positive". This 14th Annual Conference and Crowd-Sourcing Event will be going to Kakaako.

This annual BBG conference has brought together nationally acclaimed keynote speakers and local experts in the fields of green building, design, engineering, construction and development to discuss emerging and critical global issues relates to green building and communities in Hawaii.

This event has a limited capacity and the cost is only $25. Register online at

2014 Bowers + Kubota Scholarship - Apply by April 11

Bowers + Kubota Consulting is offering a one $1000 scholarship to assist a student who are planning to pursue or are pursuing a degree in Architecture or Engineering or Bachelor of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies.The award recipient will also be eligible for an internship at Bowers + Kubota Consulting during Summer 2014 or Fall 2014.  Submit scholarship application by e-mail no later than 4:00 p.m. Friday, April 11, 2014 and the scholarship will be awarded May 15, 2014.  Click here for eligibility criteria and information on how to apply.  For questions please email Bowers and Kubota. Deadline for e-mail questions are March 31, 2014..

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