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Island Architect Weekly - Tuesday, March 6, 2018

Posted By Camilla Nicholas, Tuesday, March 6, 2018
Updated: Tuesday, March 6, 2018

Tuesday, March 6, 2018

Annual Report



It is Here! Click Here to read the 2017 AIA Honolulu Annual Report.

We hope you enjoy this look back at 2017.  The report gives you a glimpse into what our chapter did last year, all guided by our 2017-2022 Strategic Plan. This will continue through 2018 and beyond as our 2018 Board has taken the ball running and is actively working on the many tasks needed to provide our membership with great value!  PLEASE get involved; every voice is important and has something to offer. 

Together we will build a better world for all people - through architecture.

New AIA Honolulu Committee

Mar 20: Professional Development Committee Kick Off Meeting

No RSVP Needed! This new committee will help craft the future professional development tracks of AIA Honolulu, including programs and educational opportunities that cater to all levels of experience and member type.

Join us for our kick off meeting to learn more and take part in planning this year’s programs.

When/Where: Tuesday, March 20 at 12pm at the Center for Architecture. BYO lunch.

Questions? Email Joanna Griffith, AIA.

Volunteer Opportunity

Architecture Month Discover Design Day (aka D-Cubed)

Seeking volunteers for upcoming Architecture Month Discover Design Day (aka D-Cubed).  Anyone interested in volunteering to go to their alma mater (high school) for an one-time show and tell about a future career in architecture and introduction to the University of Hawaii School of Architecture.  Talking points will be provided to all volunteers.  No experience required.  Date/time to fit the volunteers schedule.

Interested? Email Cathi Schar, AIA or Julie Lam, Assoc. AIARespond by March 20, 2018.

AIA Honolulu Programs

Mar 7: State Building Code Meetings: Review of the 2018 IBC

Meetings open to anyone interested in participating in the code review. Click on the links below for more information and to register. We have a couple of months for the AIA Codes Committee to review and recommend changes appropriate for Hawaii.

Register for more upcoming 2018 IBC Review Meetings:

Questions? Richard Myers, AIA.

Mar 8! YAF Workshop: Let's Talk Fire and Fasteners (1 HSW)

Mahalo YAF Sponsors!

Register Online!  Come join us for the Young Architects Forum (YAF) workshop, "Let's Talk Fire and Fasteners". It will be a presentation with live demonstrations on firestopping and fastening to follow.

When/Where:  Thursday, March 8, 5pm-7pm, Center for Architecture

To be discussed: 1) Understand the key test standards related to firestopping in applicable codes 2) Understand the many variables that affect firestop performance 3) Understand the secondary attributes of firestop products 4) Improve specifications, drawings and details to promote proper selection and quality installation of firestop systems

Cost: AIA Members $10 and Non-members $15

Mar 9: LUO Task Force: Katia Balassiano, Chief Planner, Land Use Permits Division (1 LU)

We invite all interested members to engage in the unique opportunity to take a look at Honolulu’s current zoning code and give feedback to the city for their upcoming revisions to the land use ordinance LUO. 

Register Online for Friday March 9 Meeting! This Friday Katia Balassiano, Chief Planner, Land Use Permits Division will be joining our LUO task force meeting for an informal discussion. This is a great opportunity for AIA members to exchange ideas with the City and County of Honolulu.

Register for more upcoming Land Use Ordinance Task Force Meetings:

Mar 14: AIA/GCA: Site Tour of HART West Lock Station (1 LU)

Register Online! This tour is for AIA Honolulu and GCA members

When/Where: Wed. March 14, 3:30pm-5pm, HART West Lock Station

In 2017 the AIA-GCA Committee sponsored a tour to the HART Rail Operations Center (ROC). In March the Committee has scheduled a follow-up tour of the West Loch Station in Waipahu. Join us to learn and tour this exciting project. View Event Flyer. Special thanks to Hawaiian Dredging for hosting the tour!

All attendees must bring Requirement Mandatory Personal Protective Equipment (PPE).

Cost: Free. Limited to 20 AIA Members and 20 GCA Members.

Mar 15: AIA GMM "Density is Proximity, Proximity is Mobility:  Urban Economic Trends" with Paul Brewbaker (1 LU)

Mahalo GMM Sponsors!

Register Online! Thursday, Feb. 15 | 11:30am-1:00pm | Center for Architecture.

Paul Brewbaker, Pd.D., CBE is an economist and Principal of TZ Economics, a consultancy involved in corporate work and litigation support in Hawaii. He has studied the economy of Hawaii for the past 25 years and previously served as Senior Vice President and Chief Economist of Bank of Hawaii. Paul is a graduate of Stanford University, did graduate work at the University of Wisconsin at Madison, and received his Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Hawaii. He has lectured extensively in international, monetary, and financial economics. Paul is a member of the American Economic Association, the American Finance Association, and the National Association for Business Economics, from which he received the Certified Business Economist designation. View GMM Event Flyer.

Cost: $20/AIA Honolulu members & $30/ Non-Members. Lunch will be included.

Apr-Jun: "Greening Measures for Hawaii's Heritage Homes" Workshop Series

Click here to register online on Eventbrite!

Historic Hawai‘i Foundation, in partnership with the Honolulu Chapter of The American Institute of Architects (AIA Honolulu), have developed this series to provide information, knowledge and tools to help historic homeowners reduce their homes’ carbon footprint while retaining the properties’ historic integrity.  

It will encourage maintenance of historic properties through the lens of sustainability in order to provide affordable and accessible sustainability tools and techniques to incorporate into preservation maintenance plans. Read more.

When:  Mondays 5:30-7:00pm: April 2, 23; May 7, 21: June 4
Where: AIA Honolulu Center for Architecture
Cost:    $25 per session or $100 for the series

AIA Honolulu Member Update

Evergreen by Debra Featured in Design

Congratulations to local allied member Debra Pompadour, Evergreen by Debra who was featured in Design for their eco friendly Hydro Flo 100% Permeable Pavers.

"She's proud to offer Hydro-Flo Permeable Pavers, the only completely permeable outdoor flooring that can improve storm quality by helping rain find its way back to the water table and reducing runoff."

Click here to read the article.

AIA National Update

2018 Leicester B. Holland Prize Competition

The 2018 Leicester B. Holland Prize Competition is open for entries. The Holland Prize annually recognizes the best single sheet drawing of a site appropriate for inclusion in Historic American Buildings Survey (HABS), Historic American Engineering Record (HAER), or the Historic American Landscapes Survey (HALS) Collection at the Library of Congress.

Open to both students and professionals, the competition is intended to promote appreciation of historic American architecture, engineering, and landscape architecture, and to honor excellence in delineation and composition.

The prize, jointly sponsored with the American Institute of Architects, the Library of Congress, and the Paul Rudolf Trust, is named in honor of Leicester B. Holland, FAIA (1882 – 1952), head of the Fine Arts Division at the Library of Congress and first curator of the HABS Collection.  Read more.

AIA and NOMA Expand Partnership

The American Institute of Architects (AIA) and the National Organization of Minority Architects (NOMA) have extended their Memorandum of Understanding for a term of three years beginning January 1, 2018.
AIA and NOMA are both committed to growing their current partnership in a way that benefits members of both organizations, helps encourage collaboration at the local level, and contributes to a diverse profession that mirrors the society we serve.  2018 NOMA President Bryan Hudson, AIA, and AIA EVP/Chief Executive Officer Robert Ivy, FAIA, signed the MOU, which reflects a commitment by AIA and NOMA to continue and enhance their combined effort toward building a more diverse, equitable, and inclusive architecture profession. View press release online.

AIA and National Girls Collaborative Announce Partnership    

The AIA and The National Girls Collaborative (NGC) are joining forces to build new pathways for girls to achieve educational goals that prepare them for future careers such as architecture.

The AIA’s collaboration with The NGC is part of the organization’s commitment to advancing diversity and equality in the architecture field. In 2016, then AIA President Russell Davidson, FAIA, created a diverse task force to develop a comprehensive, long-term strategy to introduce architecture and the role of architects into curriculum for grades K-12.  Read more.

Architecture Billings Continue Growth Into 2018

In 2018, the Architecture Billings Index (ABI) saw its highest January score since 2007. The American Institute of Architects (AIA) reported the January ABI score was 54.7, up from a score of 52.8 in the previous month. This score reflects an increase in design services provided by U.S. architecture firms (any score above 50 indicates an increase in billings). The new projects inquiry index was 61.1, down from a reading of 62.0 the previous month, while the new design contracts index increased slightly from 53.4 to 53.9.

The Architecture Billings Index (ABI), produced by the AIA Economics & Market Research Group, is a leading economic indicator that provides an approximately nine to twelve-month glimpse into the future of nonresidential construction spending activity. Read more.

Register for AIA Conference on Architecture June 21-23

AIA Conference on Architecture June 21-23, New York City
Register Online!
Early bird rates end April 25, 2018. There’s only one architecture and design event of the year! Register now for early bird pricing and to get your top session picks. Then, book your hotel, browse travel discounts, and download the A’18 app.  Blueprint for Better Cities! At A'18 we'll explore how design cities, towns, and communities that are smarter, healthier, more equitable, and sustainable. Learn more about this year's theme.

AIA Honolulu Job Board

5 New Jobs Just Listed on the AIA Honolulu Job Board

Jobs are posted for 1 month. Posting fee: $25/members, $40/non-members.

Upcoming UH & AIAS Events

Upcoming Community Events

SAVE THE DATE: April Hawaii Energy's Innovation Symposium

When: Thursday, April 26, 2018 from  8:00am -  4:30pm
Mark your calendars, you're officially invited to our inaugural Innovation Symposium! This informational and networking event is geared towards Hawaii's business professionals to help you increase your energy savings and widen your profits.  View the latest information at

  • Learn first-hand from industry experts on how to get energy to work in your favor
  • Network with others who manage energy at commercial facilities
  • Visit with our Clean Energy Ally companies and preview new technologies

  • Mar 15: HSBP March Luncheon: Leeward Development
    Major growth is happening in Leeward Oahu, including in Kapolei, West Oahu and Kalaeloa. The master-planned City of Kapolei, which broke ground in 1990, has grown into a center for business, commerce and government.  
    When/Where: Thursday, Mar. 15, 11:30am-1:30pm, Prince Waikiki Hotel
    Topic: Leeward Development in Kapolei, West Oahu & Kalaeloa
    Register: Click here to register online.
  • Mar 15 - MBDA Workshop: Be I-9 and DOL Audit Ready
    The Federal government has recently put more emphasis on immigration policy and policing. Be compliant.
    When/Where: Thursday, Mar. 15, 9-10:30am, SBA Hawaii District Office Waterfront Plaza
    Cost: FREE. Light refreshments included.
    Registration: Click here to register. Registration required. Limited seats.

2018 AIA Honolulu Annual Sponsorship Opportunities

Join Us! Start Your Sponsorship Today & Pick Your Programs

In 2018 you will see lots of new and exciting sponsorship opportunities due to our new five-year strategic plan. Support your profession and become an AIA Honolulu Annual Sponsor Today! Your options are limitless!

Become a Sponsor and Show Your Support

Annual Sponsorship! Interested in increased visibility throughout the entire year? Sign up today for 12 continuous months of benefits!  View our Sponsorship prospectus and start your partnership with AIA Honolulu today.  Sponsor Your Chapter Today & Add Your Firm Logo Here!

Email or call us at (808) 628-7245 for questions.

Mahalo Annual Sponsors

Email Camilla Nicholas, AIA Honolulu or call (808) 628-7245.

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