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Island Architect Weekly, Friday, March 21, 2014

Posted By Camilla Nicholas, Thursday, March 20, 2014
Updated: Friday, March 21, 2014
Friday, march 21, 2014

2014 AIA Honolulu Design Awards

Time to Shine! Call for Entries Open until Friday, April 4

ENTER DESIGN AWARDS ONLINE!  We know you been busy and we can't wait to see and share your amazing work.  The AIA Honolulu Design Awards is a proven vehicle for AIA member architects and associates to be recognized by their peers for their effort and dedication to excellence in architectural design. View 2014 Call for Entries Flyer (PDF).In 2014 our submittal process will be 100% electronic (no binders).

  • Friday, April 4, 4pm:     Letter of Intent + Payment Entry Fee(s) Due
  • Thursday, April 17:       "Submissions” Brown Bag, 12pm-1pm at the Center for Architecture
  • Friday, May 9 by 4pm:  Design Awards E-Submittal(s) Due to Assigned Drop Box
  • Wednesday, July 23:    Design Awards Gala at the Hawaii Prince Hote
Mahalo 2014 Design Awards Sponsors!


2014 AIA Grassroots Conference

This Week! AIA Advocacy Day in Washington, DC

This week the 2014 AIA Grassroots Leadership and Legislative Conference took place in Washington, DC. This is AIA’s annual national leadership and legislative conference where AIA leadership from around the country gather in DC to engage in advocacy for the members, learn about issues affecting our profession and be inspired to leadership.

March 20 was Advocacy Day and around ~700 AIA members and component staff from all over the United States headed to Capitol Hill with their elected representatives to deliver our agenda. 

Members from both AIA Honolulu and AIA Maui (see above) traveled to the capitol to help out with the advocacy efforts.  These visits to Capitol Hill provided AIA leaders with an opportunity to offer solutions to the following three concerns identified by members.

  1. Congress allowed financing incentives for energy efficient buildings to lapse at the end of 2013.
  2. Unfair project delivery laws are keeping firms from seeking new projects.
  3. Young architects are leaving the profession in droves, depriving our profession of new talent.

Act Today! Virtual Advocacy Day

Make Your Voices Heard! Join the AIA’s Grassroots Effort on the Hill with Virtual Advocacy Day.  It only takes a few minutes to make your voices heard.

Kakaako Public Draft Policy

Last Chance! Member Input Wanted on Kakaako Public Draft Policy by March 21

Read the entire blog and make comments on the page or email Scott Wilson, AIA.  To be able to view the content you need to sign in with your AIA Honolulu username and password.

2014 Architecture Month in April

Register Today & Spread the word!

AIA Honolulu is pleased to once again offer free and public events during April in celebration of Architecture Month in Hawaii.  We started these events 9 years ago and every April hundreds of island residents and visitors enjoy our architecture and design-related efforts. Make sure you are one of them in April 2014.

  • Apr 2 - Architectural FILM NIGHT: "From Nothing, Something"
    Register Online!  A free and public film night at the Center for Architecture from 5:30pm-7:30pm.

    From Nothing, Something is a documentary on the Creative Process” profiles creative thinkers across a variety of disciplines to unearth the common techniques and habits that can lead to truly groundbreaking ideas. This is a thoughtful and often humorous look at the creative process, direct from the world’s most accomplished talents.
  • Apr 12 - Architectural WALKING TOUR in Waikiki
    Register Online! On Sat. April 12 from 9am-12:00pm AIA Honolulu will again invite the public to join us for our Eighth Annual Walking Tour, led by AIA architects.  This year, for the second time, we will explore Waikiki and visit some very interesting buildings and staggered tours will start from the Royal Hawaiian Hotel.

  • April 25 - Architectural FIRM CRAWL in Downtown Honolulu
    REGISTER YOUR FIRM TO ATTEND TODAY!  For this events attendees get a map over participating firms who will be opening their doors to the public and they are welcome to visit them in any order they like. This is a fun way for the public to see what a Design Studio looks like and learn about the firm, the people and their projects.

Interested in volunteering? Email Scott Wilson, AIA, Architecture Month Committee Chair.

Architecture Month in the Media march 25 at 8am

Shaun Roth, AIA from the Big Island will be interviewed on Hawaii Public Radio's "The Conversation" on Tuesday, March 25 between 8-8:30 am.

The interview will focus on the upcoming Film Night on both Oahu and the Big Island but it will also be an introduction to the entire Architecture Month.  If you miss the live interview Hawaii Public Radio will also post a podcast of the show on the web site later that same day.

2014 Canstruction Competition

Mar 28 - 2014 CANstruction Event Planning Underway!

Our AIA Canstruction Planning Committee will have their first meeting on Friday, March 28, 2014 from 12pm-1pm at the Center for Architecture. 

This will be a brainstorm session for this popular event's logistics. This is an amazing and fun event to get involved in and all AIA members are welcome to join us for this brown bag lunch session. 

For questions email Reid Mizue, AIA, Canstruction Committee Chair or call at 721-4267.

Associate AIA Update

Mar 26 - NCARB Visit: Examining the ARE (1.5 CEU's)

Register Online! On Wednesday, March 26 NCARB is coming to the Center for Architecture and anyone interested is invited to attend an informational session from 5:30pm-7:00pm.

NCARB's Assistant Director of Internship + Education Nick Serfass, AIA, NCARB, LEED AP, PMP, will be speaking on licensure-related topics in Honolulu.  This is a follow up session from NCARB's September visit.

Topics will include:

  • The entities involved in the licensure process
  • How to progress successfully through the Intern Development Program (IDP)
  • What to expect with the Architect Registration Examination® (ARE®)
  • Recent changes to NCARB programs
  • The value of the NCARB Certificate

Following the presentation, Serfass will remain on-site to address questions on an individual basis.

New AIA Honolulu Website

Reminder! Take a few minutes and update your online profile today

1. New Articles Daily - Subscribe to our RSS Feed
Either subscribe to our brand new RSS feed function or check in once a day to read our latest industry news articles under "Industry News" on our homepage. We will feature both local, national and international news articles that we think might be of interest to you.

Got a great article you think we should share? Email the link to Camilla Nicholas, AIA Honolulu.

2. Populate Your Member Profile - Viewed by the Public & Members
Make sure you keep your profile as up to date as possible as this is what the public and members will see whane the are using our "Find a Member" search feature on our website.

To log-in, you’ll want to click "Sign In" at the top of the homepage and enter:

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

3. Two New Featured Members!
Your Member Profile consists of up to 10 pages you can fill with information about you and your company + your very own photo album to display project images.  Each two weeks we will feature two members at a time and this week we welcome:

    .......view their profiles today and start exploring your own possibilities.

Questions? Email Camilla Nicholas, Assistant Director or call at (808) 628-7245.

In Remembrance

Aloha Eugene Leucht, AIA ME

Eugene Emil Leucht, AIA ME, 85 years old of Papaikou, Hawaii died in Pohai Malama on March 8, 2014. Mr. Leucht ad been a member of the AIA since 1953 and was a retired architect from his own firm Eugene E. Leucht Architects Ltd. located on the Big Island.

He was born in Illinois and is survived by sons Gary and Jeff, daughter Nancy Marquiss and four grand-children. There will be a private service. Donations suggested to Hospice of Hilo or Christ Lutheran Church.

Job Board

1 New Job Posted & 7 Jobs Total Listed

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.

  • NEW! Cost Estimator - J. Uno & Associates, Inc
  • Facility Access Specialist/Plan Reviewer - The Disability and Communication Access Board
  • Project Manager - Architects Hawaii Ltd
  • Construction Administrator - Architects Hawaii Ltd
  • Job Captain - Benjamin Woo Architects
  • Architectural CAD Operator - Benjamin Woo Architects
  • Chief Architect, Design-Build Firm - Armstrong Companies

AIA National Update

Webinar! Repositioning Town Hall March 26

Helene Combs Dreiling, FAIA, 2014 AIA President, Robert Ivy, FAIA, EVP/CEO, and Tina Litteral, Hon. AIA, 2014 CACE President, invite all AIA members to join them for a conversation about the progress of the AIA Repositioning Initiative.

•    Wednesday, March 26, 3-4pm ET
•    Register now at

AIA Convention 2014: Call for Volunteers

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. Signup Here!
•    AIA Convention 2014: June 26-28

New Legislation: National Design Services Act

The AIA and the AIAS announce the introduction of the National Design Services Act (NDSA), which will give architecture students the same relief from crushing student loan debt, which is already granted young lawyers, doctors and others in return for community service. The bipartisan legislation, H.R. 4205, was introduced last Tuesday. Please contact your congressman today to support the timely passage of this important legislation.

University of Hawaii School of Architecture Update

AIAS Hawaii West Quad Conference Beaux Arts Ball

The AIAS Hawaii West Quad Conference Beaux Arts Ball is coming up quickly and you're invited! Registered yet? 

This is a reminder for you you to register for the Beaux Arts Ball, our conference's closing reception on Saturday, March 29 at 7PM. The theme of the ball is mid-century Hawaii, so spruce up and look dapper!

The location will be the newly renovated and historic Club Hubba Hubba, at 25 N. Hotel St. Chinatown, Honolulu.
The Beaux Arts Ball will include heavy pupus, live entertainment, and a conference keynote presentation. Drinks will be available. The event starts at 7pm, and the keynote presentation by architect Craig Steely will start at 7:30pm.

Early registration prices are $30/Students and $50 for Professionals. If you register at the door it's $35 for students and $60 for professionals. The early registration period ends March 28!  If you have any questions, feel free to email

In the Community

Hawaii Energy Workshops Series March 31 - April 4

Seats are filling up quickly for the Hawaii Energy sponsored Spring Workshop Series: Creating Value with Energy Efficiency, happening March 31st  – April 4th in Honolulu and on-demand starting in April.  The number of Hawaii Energy sponsored seats for both the in-person and on-demand sessions are extremely limited, so be sure to reserve your seat today.

Whether you are a business trying to become more profitable by reducing your energy expenses, a hotel that wants to be more competitive, a commercial property that wants to attract/retain tenants, or an energy professional who wants to get more proposed projects approved, we have the perfect training for you! Continuing Education Credits are available.

Historic Hawai‘i Foundation Open House Event April 5th, 4pm-6pm

Historic Hawai‘i Foundation (HHF) and Stephan Jost, invite you to an open house event featuring one of the rarely viewed architectural gems of Honolulu.  Socialize and enjoy light refreshments while touring the Vladimir Ossipoff-designed Goodsill House in the Wai‘alae – Kāhala area*, considered a masterpiece of Modern Style residential architecture. (*Event address provided upon ticket purchase.)

Tickets to the event are limited. HHF members - $25, General - $50. Tickets available online at Questions? Call HHF at 523-2900. View Event Flyer (PDF).

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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