Reminder! Daylight Saving Time

Reminder!  Daylight saving time returns to the mainland on Sunday, March 9 at 2:00 am when their  clocks are set one hour ahead.

This translates to a time difference of 3 hours between Hawaii and the West Coast and 6 hours between us and the East Coast.

2014 AIA Honolulu Design Awards


Call for Member Entries Now Open!

ENTER DESIGN AWARDS ONLINE!  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.  Moreover, it is an important component of AIA’s efforts to raise public awareness of the role played by member architects in shaping our communities through design. View 2014 Call for Entries Flyer (PDF).
In 2014 our submittal process will be 100% electronic (no binders). After your call for entry and payment is complete online, you will receive an email with detailed instructions for submission of your electronic files

  • Friday, March 7:           Call for Entries Open
  • 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!


New Honorary AIA

Congratulations Amy Blagriff, Honorary AIA

AIA Honolulu is proud to announce that our Chapter Executive Vice President, Amy Blagriff, Hon. AIA has just been awarded with Honorary membership to the American Institute of Architects (AIA). The title Honorary AIA is one of the highest honors AIA can bestow upon a person outside the architecture profession.

The AIA Honolulu Staff and Board of Directors are proud of all the achievements the Chapter has accomplished under Amy's leadership and we would like to truly CONGRATULATE her.

Amy has been AIA Honolulu's Executive Vice President since 2003 and has proven to be an exceptional leader, a great mentor and a visionary who upholds AIA policies to its highest standards, each and every day.  With her collaborative leadership style and constant strive for excellence she has brought our Chapter to new levels with popular annual programs, community outreach events and the opening of our Center for Architecture. She has held several notable national leadership positions and won the distinguished National Service Award twice. She is always looking for new and innovative ways to bring the Chapter and the profession to the next level. Read more.

About Honorary AIA Membership!
Election to honorary membership may be granted to any person of esteemed character who is otherwise ineligible for membership in the Institute but who has rendered distinguished service to the profession of architecture or to the arts and sciences allied therewith. Membership is granted only if the accomplishments of the nominee are truly outstanding and of national significance.

AIA Advocacy Blog Update

Members Input Wanted on Draft Public Policy on Kakaako until Mar. 21

AIA Member Input Sought on Kakaako Draft Policy from Feb. 21 - Mar. 21, 2014.  Please 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.

Our Hottest Items

Mar. 14 - Attend YAF Pau Hana: The Whitmore Project at 5:30pm

Register Online!  On Friday, March 14 from 5:30pm-7:00pm at the Center for Architecture there will be a Young Architects Forum Pau Hana. The cost for this event is $10 for members and $20 for non-members.

March Speaker: Senator Donovan Dela Cruz

Topic:  The Whitmore Project: Whitmore Village Agricultural Development Project

Come listen to Senator Dela Cruz as he talks about The Whitmore Project, which is an agricultural development project meant to restore the heartland of Oahu.  Find out more about this detailed plan on how to revitalize Hawaii's agricultural industry by bringing farmers and the state together to increase local food production, create jobs, engage in partnerships, and to provide affordable housing.  The Whitmore Project truly provides a live, work, and play environment.

Mar. 15 & 24 - Attend Two-Part Photography Seminars (2 CEU's)

Register Online! On Mar. 15 & 24 attend our two-part photography seminars at the Center for Architecture. Two events, one low price!

  1. Part I Overview - March 15, 8am-2pm:  Photography, Architecture and the Human Condition Saturday. Spend an informative morning with T.E. Garduque, FAIA, an advocate for Critical Seeing as he discusses digital photography as a tool for design. All levels of experience welcomed. Part I Event Flyer.

  2. Part II Overview - March 24, 6pm-7pm: Our Part II seminar will take place on Monday, March 24 at 6pm and is titled "What an Architect Sees".  Part II Event Flyer.

AIA/CES: This seminar qualifies for 2 AIA/CES. AIA Honolulu is the registered provider.

Cost:  $35/AIA Honolulu members, $55/Non-members & $20/Students. One low price, two events.

Mar 19 - CODES Committee Meeting: Review of the 2012 ICC Codes

Register Online!  On Wednesday, March 19 from 5pm-6pm there will be a CODES Committee Meeting at the Center for Archiecture. This meeting is open to all AIA Honolulu members.

Topic: Review of the 2012 ICC Codes

The agenda for this CODES Committee meeting is a review of the 2012 ICC codes.  This review will result in recommendations to the State Building Code Council for modifications to the IBC, IRC and IEBC.

Questions? Email Jim Reinhardt, AIA, AIA Honolulu's Representative to State Building Code Council.

Attend "Town Hall” Meeting on Kakaako March 27 at 5pm

Register Online! On Thursday, March 27 the AIA Honolulu Regional & Urban Design Committee (RUDC) will host a "Town Hall” Meeting on Kakaako at the Center for Architecture, bringing together a panel of different community groups and the public to share their diverse perspectives of the future of Kakaako.This event was free and open to the public.

The meeting is sponsored by the American Institute of Architects (AIA) Honolulu Chapter to encourage public discussion and awareness of current urban design issues in our community.

Agenda Overview:   

  • Introduction to Kakaako planning and issues by Moderator   
  • Overview and update on (Howard Hughes Corp. and Kamehameha Schools) Master Plans   
  • Urban Visions and Concerns of Community Groups for Kakaako Mauka   
  • Invited community groups will be invited to speak (TBD)   
  • Q & A Session: A chance for community groups and the audience to ask questions.    
  • Wrap-up / Evaluation by Moderator with summation of visions, issues and common points

Online registration is required due to limited space and planning purposes.  For more information email Scott R Wilson, AIA, Chair, AIA Regional and Urban Design Committee.

2014 Architecture Month in April

Save the Dates for Upcoming Architecture Month Events

AIA Honolulu is pleased to once again offer free and public events during April in celebration of Architecture Month in Hawaii.  We started these annual events 9 years ago and will try to continue this great tradition to highlight the power of good design in making our communities better places to live, work and play and also generate a discussion of design in Hawaii. 

Hundreds of island residents and visitors enjoy these architecture and design-related events each April.

2014 Architecture Month Events - Volunteers needed
  • April 3 - Hawaii Public Radio Pledge Drive 6am-9am
    AIA Honolulu architects will once again participate in the Hawaii Public Radio pledge drive where we during our shift, will answers phones, take pledges and offers challenges.

  • April 4 - Architectural Film Night: "From Nothing, Something"
    A free and public film night will take place at our Center for Architecture on Friday, April 4. The film this year is titled "From Nothing, Something: A Documentary on the Creative Process" (80 mins).

  • April 12 - Architectural Walking Tour in Waikiki - VOLUNTEERS STILL NEEDED
    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 16 - Celebrate Newly Licensed HI Architects
    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).  The event will take place at the Center for Architecture.

  • April 25 - Architectural Firm Crawl in Downtown Honolulu - FIRMS STLL NEEDED
    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.

AIA National Convention June 26-28

Attend the 2014 AIA Convention 2014, designed with you at the center of the experience.

Online registration open - Early bird rates until April 16!  Connect with the world’s brightest architects, designers, innovators, provocateurs, and thought leaders. All in one place at one time, in the heart of America’s architectural epicenter—Chicago.

You are invited to be a part of an experience that is designed with purpose. A re-imagined AIA National Convention that presents a fresh, new approach to how architects learn, engage, and connect.

Intrigued? Click here for seven reasons why you should attend.

First Time Member Gets Free 2014 AIA National Convention Registration! 
All first-time members who join between May 3, 2013, and June 12, 2014, receive a FREE registration for the AIA National Convention in Chicago.


Associate AIA Update

Mar 20 - ARE Study Session Get-Together

Register Online!  On March 20 our next ARE Study Session will take place from 5:30pm-8:00pm at the Center for Architecture. This session is purely a Study Get-Together with no formal speaker.

These study sessions are offered to help assist those on the path towards licensure to get in shape for the Architect Registration Examination (ARE).  There is no cost to this session but please register online for planning purposes.

Questions? Email Laurel Swan, Assoc. AIA.

New Job Board

Three Jobs Still Listed on our New Job Board

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.

  • Job Captain
  • Architectural CAD Operator
  • Chief Architect, Design-Build Firm

University of Hawaii School of Architecture Update

Meet the Finalists for the Dean Position at the UH School of Architecture

Four finalists have been identified for the position of Dean, School of Architecture, at the University of Hawaii at Manoa and they are scheduled to participate over a two day period of visits that will include public presentation. Campus and community members, as well as the general public, are encouraged to attend.

Attend Public Presentations at the Architecture Building Auditorium #205 from 3pm-4:15pm:

  1. Friday, March 7: Dr. Joanna Merwood-Salisbury, the School of Constructed Environments, Parsons The New School for Design Public Presentation
  2. Tuesday, March 11: Professor Nathaniel Belcher, Campbell and Eleanor R. Stuckeman School, Pennsylvania State University
  3. Friday, March 14: Professor Mark Hoistad, College of Architecture, University of Nebraska-Lincoln
  4. Tuesday, March 18: Dr. Daniel Friedman, College of Built Environments, University of Washington

Click HERE for more information about the search process, including a list of the members of the search advisory committee, the campus visit daily schedule and the candidate biographies.

In the Community

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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