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Island Architect Weekly - Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Posted By AIA Honolulu, Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

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March 1: Get the Latest Information + Free Pupus & Drinks

You are cordially invited to Pau Hana Wednesday for pupus and drinks!

Meet Tim Lynch, the Fleetwood Regional Manager and Chris Ayers, the local Pacific Source Fleetwood Specialist and learn about all the latest innovations and products. View Event Flyer.

When:   Wednesday, March 1, 3:30pm-5:30pm
Where:  Pacific Source Oahu Showroom

RSVP by Feb. 21:
Email Rob Bruce, Local Allied Member today or call him at (808) 450-2400.

Get Involved

Call for Members! New AIA Honolulu Housing Committee Created 

The Housing Committee is being created to promote the development of safe, attractive, accessible, and affordable housing. It will provide leadership, advocacy, and education to the profession and the public in matters related to housing design.

Committee membership is open to all AIA Honolulu members, including Allied members.

Interested? Email AIA Honolulu at

Upcoming AIA Honolulu Meeting & Events

March 9: YAF Workshop: Career Alternatives Panel Discussion (1 CEU)

Register Online!

Come join us for the Young Architects Forum (YAF)  workshop, "Career Alternatives Panel Discussion".  This will be a panel discussion combined with a local beer tasting.

When:   Thursday, March 9, 5:30pm-7:00pm
Where:  Center for Architecture, Honolulu

To be discussed: 1) Why and how to choose an alternative career, 2) Advantages and disadvantages of having an architecture degree in an alternative career path, 3) Architecture skills that are the most important to support an alternative career and 4) How an alternative career can lead to professional success.

Cost: AIA Members $20 and Non-members $25

March 15: 5X5X5 Mentorship Program Kick Off Pau Hana

Register Online!
Open to 25 participants, limited to Assoc. AIA & AIA members!

AIA Honolulu is pleased to invite our Assoc. AIA and AIA Honolulu members to participate in our 2017 AIA Mentorship Program. The program is geared towards the professional development of emerging architects. View Flyer.

The Program:

  • A formal platform and social group for emerging architects to engage with industry leaders from diverse backgrounds
  • Five learning groups will engage a new mentor every other month in pau hana setting (five meetings total)

2017 Kick-Off Pau Hana

When:   Wednesday, March 15, 5:30-7:30pm
Center for Architecture, Honolulu

The program will begin with a Kick-Off Pau Hana, which will be an informal gathering to introduce the program and allow participants to meet the mentors and their learning groups. All participants are strongly encouraged to attend the kick-off pau hana. 

Program Cost: $50 for both Assoc. AIA Members (15 spots available) & AIA Members (10 spots available). The cost includes admission to our Pau Hana Kickoff + 5 group mentoring sessions.

March 16: Attend Our GMM Site Tour of Keauhou Place

Register Online!
Space is limited to first 25 people that sign up!

Attend our monthly General Membership Meeting (GMM) in March which will be a specially organized site tour.

When:   Thursday, March 16, 3:30 - 5:30 pm
Where:  Site Tour at Keauhou Place, Kaka'ako

A New Urban Living Concept! Located in the heart of Kaka'ako, Keauhou Place presents one, two and three-bedroom condominiums and townhomes that afford the contemporary urban living. With spacious floor plans, top-of-the-line energy efficient appliances, exquisite finishes and endless views, you can truly live the urban cosmopolitan lifestyle.  Keauhou Place offers a resort-like lifestyle with a range of amenities including a state-of-the-art gym, BBQ areas, swimming pool, children’s tot lot, a recreation deck and even a secret garden.

Tour Guide: Stanford Carr of Stanford Carr Development, LLC

Cost: $20 for AIA Honolulu members & $35 for Non-members. Bento will be included. No Walk-ins.

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2017 NAIOP Annual Symposium March 9

Register with NAIOP Online!

The 2017 Annual NAIOP Hawaii Symposium will take place on Thursday, March 9 at the Hawaii Convention Center. Registration starts 12:30pm.

Program Agenda: View Event Flyer

  • 1:15pm: Keynote Speaker Mark Dunkerley, CEO & President, Hawaiian Airlines, Inc.
  • 2:00pm: Hospitality Industry (Panel Discussion)
  • 3:15pm: Let's Talk About Deals (Panel Discussion)
  • Cocktail & Pupu Reception to Follow.

AIA Honolulu Partnering

Feb 23: Allied Professions Trivia Night 2017

Register with ASLA Hawaii

The Meeting of the Allied Minds Trivia Night will be a fun and unique event for members of ASLA, AIA, APA, LICH, and NAIOP to form interdisciplinary teams and compete in a game of trivia. View Event Flyer.

When:   Thursday, Feb. 23, 5:30pm-8pm
Where:  Kaka’ako Agora, 441 Cooke Street

Enjoy Pupus from Flyin' Ahi food truck and Honolulu Beerworks brews while testing your knowledge of Hawaii architecture, design, and planning.  Prizes will be given away to the winning teams!

Watch the Hawaii ASLA Facebook page for hints to questions to provide your team with BONUS POINTS.

ALSO.....Call for Entries! Registration for the 2017 RE-LEI Design Competition is now open: This is an opportunity for designers, allied professionals, and college and high school students to design and create a beautiful, handmade lei made of post-consumer waste and recycled materials. Entrants should consider ways to transform their recycled materials and to integrate traditional lei-making techniques. Read more.

Associate AIA Update

March 2: Attend 5.0 ARE Prep Session "Practice Management"

Register Online!

Thursday, March 2, 5:30-7pm at the Center for Architecture. $10/AIA/AIAS members & $20/non-members.

AXP, ARE, & Licensure Questions?  From 5:00pm-5:40pm our ARE Prep Session chairs Jason DeMarco, AIA and Todd Hassler, AIA will be available for one-on-one mentoring regarding AXP, ARE, and licensure.

March Topic:  We will cover ARE 5.0 Practice Management and the corresponding ARE 4.0 exams that we’re covering are Construction Documents & Services and Programming, Planning, & Practice.  We will also review the ARE 4.0 PPP vignette.

Neighbor Islands! If interested to attend via Go-To-Meeting please choose that option when registering.

Studying for the ARE?

AIA ARE Prep Powered by Black Spectacles has you covered with ARE 4.0 video tutorials and brand-new ARE 5.0 video exam prep curriculum, including built-in exam practice questions and interviews with architects.

AIA Associate members receive an exclusive 15 percent discount and the option of a monthly, 6-month or annual subscription. Start Studying Today!

NCARB Update! Revised Certification Path for Architects without a Degree

Last week the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB) announced the launch of phase one of its revised certification path for architects without a degree from a program accredited by the National Architectural Accrediting Board (NAAB). The NCARB Certificate will facilitate reciprocal licensure among the 54 U.S. jurisdictions, according to the press release distributed by NCARB on Tuesday.  Through this alternative, architects licensed in a U.S. jurisdiction who hold an architecture-related degree can satisfy the Certificate’s education requirement by documenting two times the Architectural Experience Program’s™ (AXP™) requirements (7,480 hours). A separate certification option for U.S. architects without an architecture-related degree will launch in spring. Learn more!

These education alternatives replace a previous option known as the Broadly Experienced Architect (BEA) Program, which cost $5,000 plus transcript review fees. Additionally, these revised paths will lead to a shorter evaluation process, and will be offered at no additional charge to active NCARB Record holders. The changes were adopted by a vote of the NCARB membership in June 2016 at its Annual Business Meeting.

AIA Honolulu Member Update

Department of Planning & Permitting Update: The ePlans System Down March 6 & 7

Update from the Department of Planning and Permitting (DPP)! The ePlans system is scheduled to be:

  • Taken down* on Monday, March 6, 2017 at 6:00am
  • Back on line on Tuesday, March 7, 2017 at 6:00pm

*During the down time period applicants should still be able to create IBPs and apply for online permits, but there would be no ePlans submittal and/or review possible at that time.

AIA Trust Update: Relief is in sight  

The AIA Trust has just partnered with a Professional Employer Organization (PEO), a company that manages all the aspects of employee management for your organization. The PEO is offered to AIA members at a significant discount.

A PEO can manage your payroll, benefits administration, hiring, workers' compensation, regulatory compliance and more. Sometimes known as HR-outsourcing, a PEO gives you the opportunity to focus on the work you need to be doing. Read more.

Great Architecture/Design Firm Space: 1660 Kalakaua Avenue, Suite 105A

The space is 825 sf. on the ground floor of Waikiki Parkway.  It comes with a 120 sf. storage and 5 covered parking stalls.  Monthly rent is $2,100.  Also, a full bathroom with shower provided.  It will be available as of April 1, 2017. View images.

Interested? Email Peter Lee (Realtor) of Marcus & Associates or call at (808) 839-7446.

AIA National Updates

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Mark Your Calendar – 2017 AIA National Events

AIA Honolulu Job Board

Three Jobs Listed on our Job Board

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

Upcoming Events in the Community

University of Hawaii School of Architecture Events

  • Feb 27: Nancy Levinson Lecture, 6 pm
    Attend second lecture in their spring 2017 Wave Sets series, welcoming Nancy Levinson, editor and executive director of PLACES Journal, who will speak on “Publishing and the Public.”  Her Nancy address current politics and the press, how architects negotiate their relationship to power, and the emerging challenges and opportunities of contemporary public life.  Reception to follow.


  • Feb 23: 3-D Engineering Film "Dream Big" during Engineers Week
    The American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) Hawaii Section will present an engineering film aimed at inspiring the next wave of future engineers. Doors open 5pm, program 6pm & film 7pm.
    Film Title: Dream Big: Engineering Our World
    Date/Time/Location: Thursday, Feb. 23, 5pm at the Consolidated Theaters Ward 16
    Register: Register at

2017 Annual Sponsorship Opportunities

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2017 Annual Sponsorship! Interested in increased visibility throughout the entire year? Sign up today for 12 continuous months of benefits!

View our 2017 Sponsorship prospectus and start your partnership with AIA Honolulu today.  Sponsor Your Chapter Today & Add Your Firm Logo Here!

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

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