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Island Architect Weekly, Friday May 2, 2014

Posted By Camilla Nicholas, Friday, May 2, 2014
Updated: Friday, May 2, 2014
Friday, May 2, 2014

Architects on YouTube

View Part 2! Rap Battle: Architect vs. Contractors

Don't miss the latest architect rap video titled "Architects vs Contractors". Let them know who you think won. 

Don't miss their first great rap video "I Am An Architect" that we played during the 2013 Annual Business meeting.

AIA Advocacy Update

NEW! AIA Honolulu's Official Kakaako Policy

AIA Honolulu's Public Policies reflect the core values of our organization as they pertain to architecture, urban planning and design issues of local concern. The final draft for the AIA Honolulu's Official Kakaako Policy was approved by the RUDC in January 2014 and reviewed on the AIA website by the general membership in February and March. 
The proposal was approved as Public Policy by the AIA Board of Directors on April 22. Read AIA Honolulu's Kakaako Public Policy (PDF).

Update on AIA Honolulu Participation in Natatorium EIS

Read an update on AIA Honolulu's participation in the Natatorium EIS as reported by Scott Wilson, AIA, Regional & Urban Design Committee (RUDC) Chair. This has been an ongoing conversation since 2012 when AIA Honolulu first held a "Town Hall” meeting to discuss the future of the Natatorium and later drafted a position statement calling for retention of the main structure and further discussion on restoration of the salt water pool that was published in the Star-Advertiser in November 2013.

Natatorium Project EIS Process:  As a result of our involvement in the Natatorium issue, AIA Honolulu was identified by the City and County Department of Design and Construction as a "key stakeholder group” to be consulted about issues to be addressed in the EIS. Click HERE for the update.

Call to Action! Help Extend 179D

The 179D deduction expired at the end of 2013 and even though the Senate Finance approved an extension to 2015, the House still needs to take action. They need to hear from architects that the best way to get the country moving again is by keeping and strengthening programs that have a proven track record in getting clients to build green. Tell your representative to extend the 179D tax deduction now at the AIA Advocacy Center.

Advocacy: 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 Tuesday. Please contact your congressman today to support the timely passage of this important legislation.

Please email Dan Chun, FAIA, 2014 AIA Hawaii State Council President if you are interested to help here.

Public Outreach

Watch Cool Spaces" in May at 10pm on PBS

AIA sponsors "Cool Spaces", a prime- time series profiling the most exciting architecture of the 21st century.  Each episode focuses on a specific building type. Watch or Set your DVR! PBS Hawaii at 10pm:

  • May 08:  Libraries
  • May 15:  Art Spaces
  • May 22:  Healing Spaces.

Upcoming Meetings & Events

TODAY! First Friday at 11:30am: "High Performance, Healthy Building Design"

Registering today? Bring your own lunch! Join us for an hour of fellowship at the Center for Architecture today, Friday, May 2 from 11:30am-1:00pm and earn 1 AIA/CES LU (HSW).

Guest Speaker: Alex Dean, LEED AP Homes, CGR, CGP; President & CEO of The Alexander Group. Read Short Bio.

Topic: High Performance, Healthy Building Design:  Why the Building Envelope is Crucial for Durability, Efficiency, Health and Safety of Buildings. View Event Flyer.

Cost: $20/members & $35/non-members.

"A Vision for Kakaako" - An AIA Honolulu Town Hall Meeting on May 22

Register Now! On Thursday, May 22, 5pm-7pm the AIA Honolulu Regional & Urban Design Committee will host a Town Hall Meeting titled "A Vision for Kakaako" at the Center for Architecture.  Free and open to the public.

Topics to be covered:

  • Kakaako planning 1976- 2014
  • The current Mauka Rules "Vision" for Kakaako
  • Kakaako in the larger context of Honolulu
  • The public's "vision" for Kakaako
  • ......a detailed program will be available soon.

ADA Program: Accessible Routes - Scoping and Technical Provisions (2 HSW)

Register Early! On Wednesday, June 18 from 8am-10am at the Center for Architecture, Mona Higa from the Disability and Communications Access Board (DCAB) has prepared a custom program for AIA Honolulu.  The cost is $20/members and $35/non-members. The topic is "Accessible Routes: Scoping and Technical Provisions" and will cover:

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

Associate AIA Update

Attend May ARE Prep Session: Programming, Planning & Practice

Register Online! Attend our May ARE Prep Session from 5:30pm - 8:00pm at the Center for Architecture. These study sessions are offered to help assist those on the path towards licensure to get in shape for the Architect Registration Examination (ARE).

May Topic:
This months topic is Programming, Planning & Practice. Kris Palagi is back to provide us with lessons learned from studying for and passing the Programming, Planning, and Practice exam.

Cost: $10/session for AIA Honolulu members and $20/session for non-members

Shorten Your Path to Licensure

To help shorten your path to licensure NCARB has created several tips/tools you can take advantage of to shorten your time to licensure.  Click HERE to meet your jurisdiction’s requirements in a way that fits your lifestyle.

What Should Emerging Professionals Be Called?

Don't like being called an intern? Click HERE and tell us what you do like!

2014 Architecture Month Wrap Up

2014 Architecture Month a Fun and Educational Success!

April is over and so is the 2014 Architecture Month. This year was a great success for the AIA Honolulu Chapter and that can only be attributed to our great Architecture Month Committee and their extraordinary volunteers that, many of them, are the same from year to year. Unfortunately they are too many to mention by name but please know that we appreciate every single one of you!

View Photo Gallery: View pictures from the Waikiki Walking Tour and Firm Crawl on our new Photo Gallery.

Mahalo Architecture Month Committee Chairs: Scott Wilson, AIA, Grand Kahuna; Bettina Mehnert, Intl. Assoc. AIA & Shaun Roth, AIA, Film Night; Tonia Moy, AIA & Brenda Lowrey, AIA, Walking Tour and David Kaahaaina, AIA, Firm Crawl.

We could not have done any of this without you.

Members in the News

Charles Kaneshiro, AIA - President of Group 70 International

Congratulations to Charles Kaneshiro, AIA who has been named president and chief operating officer of Group 70 International Inc.  Charles has been with the firm for nearly 15 years and will serve a five-year term as head of the company.

"I am honored to be taking the reins of Group 70 as president, and look forward to working with the other principals during this exciting time of growth for the firm as we chart our new directions both in Hawaii and globally”Read the article by Duane Shimogawa in the Pacific Business News April 29.

Congratulations 2014 Ka Palapala Po’okela Winners

The Hawai‘i Book Publishers Association has announced the 2014 Ka Palapala Po‘okela book award winners. Congratulations to Kam A. Napier, 2014 AIA Honolulu Board Member (Public Director) and Robert Iopa, AIA.

  • Illustrative or Photographic:  "Honolulu Magazine and Paradise of the Pacific: 125 Years of Covers,” by Kam Napier, Kristin Lipman, Michael Keany, and Erik Ries (Watermark Publishing) won its category.
  • Excellence in Children’s Literature & Excellence in Children’s Hawaiian Culture:  "‘A‘ama Nui: Guardian Warrior Chief of Lalakea,” written/illustrated by WCIT Architecture; "mo‘o” by Pualani Kanahele and Robert K. Iopa (Mo‘o Studio) got honorable mention.

Larry Heim, Hon. Affiliate Member & Leslie Miasnik, Allied Member

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:

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

Coffman Engineers are Growing

In case you missed it! Coffman Engineers have just welcomed the talented staff of Moss Engineering to their Honolulu office. The twelve new staff members will add additional electrical engineering capabilities to their multidisciplinary engineering office. Congratulations! 

Member Benefit

Two Free Member Spots! Attend Pam Chambers Presentation Course

The next Pam Chambers Presentation Curse Level 1 will go for six Wednesday's between May 21 - July 2 (no class June 11) from 6pm - 8:30pm at the Center for Architecture.

Would you be more successful if you could: Feel confident about speaking in front of others? Eagerly accept speaking opportunities? Get your message across to many people at a time instead of one-on-one? Be perceived as having  "leader-like presence”?Give a presentation tomorrow and sleep well tonight

2 FREE Member Spots Available: If you are interested email Pam Chambers today.

Job Board

Got a Job Opening? List it on 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

  • Construction Administrator - Architects Hawaii Ltd.
  • Project Architect - Group 70 International, Inc. 
  • Designer - Group 70 International, Inc.
  • Project Manager - INK Architects
  • Project Architect - Group 70 International, Inc.
  • Project Architect - INK Architects

AIA National Convention

AIA National Convention June 26-28: Beautiful Chicago Only 1 Plane Ride Away

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

Hong Kong- China Business, Tourism, Technology and Investment Forum

The main Hong Kong-China Business Tourism Technology Forum will be held on June 6th at the Hilton Hawaiian Village Waikiki Beach Resort. There will also be activities and events happening before and after.

Register by May 20th to receive the early bird discount rates. This forum is an platform for you to gain fresh insights into trade relations between US, Hong Kong, and mainland China, exchange market information, and explore cross-border business opportunities.

2014 SAME Honolulu Post Scholarship Program

Each year, SAME Honolulu offers scholarships to deserving high school seniors and college students who will be or are currently enrolled at a university with an accredited engineering or architecture program. Application deadline is May 30, 2014 (postmarked). Read more.

The 2014 SAME Honolulu Post Scholarship Golf Tournament will once again be paired with the Pacific Industry Forum. The tournament will be held on May 6 at the scenic Kaneohe Klipper Golf Course, with the Pacific Industry Forum on the following day at the Ala Moana Hotel. Read more.

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