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Island Architect Weekly - Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Posted By AIA Honolulu, Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Featured Weekly Ad

May 25: Join Rinell Wood Systems for a FREE Program on:
The Role of PVC in Sustainable Exterior Building Products (1 CEU)


You are invited to attend a FREE Rinell Wood Systems Lunch and Learn at the AIA Center for Architecture. View Program Flyer.

Thursday, May 25:
12pm-1pm – Rinell Wood Systems, lunch & CEU course

You will learn about the following: Understanding the chemistry of PVC / Misconceptions surrounding PVC manufacturing / Why use PVC as a building material / How to define “green” products.

Questions? Email RSVP to

Have a Great Memorial Weekend

AIA Honolulu will be closed on Monday, May 29!

The AIA Honolulu office will be closed on Monday, May 29 in observance of Memorial Day.  Have a wonderful holiday with friends and family and remember those fallen who served bravely.  For questions visit the AIA Honolulu website.

AIA NATIONAL OFFICE CLOSED:  The AIA National office will also be closed and for assistance you can use their self service resources.

Online Submission Open

Start Online Submission Now - Add & Edit until June 16!

Start Online Submission(s) TODAY!
Edit and add entries as needed until the submission deadline.

The AIA Honolulu Annual Design Awards is Hawaii’s oldest program of its type, held annually since 1958.  Projects submitted by local AIA members to the 59th Annual AIA Honolulu Design Awards will be judged on their merit by a distinguished jury. View 2017 AIA Honolulu Design Awards Information.

Reduced Submission Fee:  $275 / Project

Submission Deadline:  June 16 - submission must be fully completed and paid for.
Save the Date! Design Awards Gala, Sep. 16 at the iconic IBM Building Courtyard

  Mahalo 2017 Design Awards Sponsors!
Become a Design Awards sponsor today

Upcoming AIA Honolulu Meeting & Events

June 1: Few Spots Available for "Get The Job" Leadership Workshop

Targeted to owners, principals, and future leaders responsible for bringing in new business  

Learn how to succeed in Hawaii's increasingly competitive marketplace. Get insights presented from successful professional service firms worldwide that can be implemented immediately. View Event Flyer.

Presenter: Howard J. Wolff, Full-Height Advice.
Cost/Session:   $79 AIA Members / $97 Non-Members.

Register Online for Sessions:
June 1:  Marketing Plans That Really Work
June 29:  Communicating in a Way That Gets Clients to Listen
July 25:  Selling Without Selling Out

June 8: Young Architects Forum (YAF) Pau Hana

RSVP Online Today!

Join the Young Architects Forum (YAF) for a Pau Hana at Bethel Union on Thursday, June 8, 5:30-7 pm.  Meet like-minded emerging professionals in AIA and sister organizations while enjoying one of downtown Honolulu’s trendiest bar and restaurant. 

The local committee of YAF meets the second Thursday of each month and serves the interests of newly licensed out to ten years licensure (and the young at heart).

AIA Honolulu T-shirts for Sale!


Support you local AIA Honolulu Chapter and purchase your t-shirt today!

Just $20 each (S/M/L/XL).

Stop by the Center for Architecture or contact us at (; 808.628.7243) to order your shirt

12th CANstruction® Competition!

Help Hawaii's Foodbank Stock Their Shelves

12th Annual Canstruction® competition takes place on Saturday, September 30, 9am - 2pm at Pearlridge Center.

We look for design/build teams to take on a fun and rewarding challenge.  Show off your skills while helping stock the Hawaii Foodbank shelves.

Enter Your Team Today   Entry Fee: $100 per team

2017 Theme:  Browse a Library of CANstructures!  Volumes of meals for our local community that seem to jump off the pages...One Can at a Time.

Mahalo CANstruction Competition Sponsors:

  Become a 2017 Canstruction Sponsor

Associate AIA News

June 1: ARE Prep Session "Programming & Analysis"

Register Online Today!

Thursday, June 1, 5:30-7pm, AIA Center for Architecture.

Overview: We will be covered ARE 5.0 Programming & Analysis and the corresponding ARE 4.0 exams that we’re covering are Site Planning & Design / Programming, Planning, & Practice.  We will also review the ARE 4.0 PPP vignette.

Cost:  $10 for AIA/AIAS members and $20 for non-members.

2017 Jason Pettigrew Memorial ARE Scholarship Applications Open

The Jason Pettigrew Memorial ARE Scholarship recognizes significant contributions of emerging professionals and helps defray Architect Registration Examination (ARE) costs.  Run by the Architects Foundation and the AIA Center for Emerging Professionals, this scholarship is open to any Associate Members who are eligible to sit for the ARE.

Deadline: June 19. Click HERE for more information.

Community Scholarship Opportunities for Architects

2017 MCAH Scholarship/Golf Tournament for AIA Member High School Children

The 20176 Mason Contractors Association of Hawaii's (MCAH) Annual Scholarship Golf Tournament benefits AIA Honolulu Members by awarding a scholarship to an AIA dependent.

Scholarship Deadline May 31:  The MCAH will be awarding five (5) $2,000 scholarships to high school graduates from the State of Hawaii. Go to MCAH's website for information and online application.

2017 SAME Honolulu Scholarship Program Application

The Society of American Military Engineers (SAME Honolulu) is again offering 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. College students currently enrolled in an accredited engineering or architecture program are encouraged to apply for the one-year scholarship ($1,500).  High School seniors who will be enrolled in an accredited engineering or architecture program at a 4-year college/university are encouraged to apply for the 4-year scholarship ($6,000). View SAME 2017 Scholarship Application form.

Application deadline is June 15, 2017 so there's time for your students to apply after they finish school. They just need to request for their transcripts and ask their professors/teachers for reference letters (we require only one reference letter) before school is over.

Questions? Email Julie Chen, Scholarship Director, SAME Honolulu Post c/o Marketability, LLC.

Local Allied Member

Welcome Dan Curtis with Schluter Systems L.P

Welcome new allied member Dan Curtis with Schluter®-Systems, a firm who manufactures a full line of products uniquely designed for the installation of tile and natural stone, all of which strive to solve common problems found in tile installations, while benefiting the industry as a whole. The Schluter product line includes trim profiles, waterproofing and uncoupling membranes, floor heating systems, waterproof building panels, shower systems, and more.  View Product Brochure.

A solutions-based company, Schluter®-Systems offers a host of nationwide workshops and seminars geared towards professionals of the tile industry. Schluter® also actively participates in the development of standards and specifications for ceramic tile installation through representation in industry organizations such as the Tile Council of North America (TCNA) and the Terrazzo, Tile, and Marble Association of Canada (TTMAC).

Contact: You can contact Dan Curtis by email or call him at (888) 472-4588 x 3459.

AIA National Updates

June 1: Understand the 2017 AIA Owner/Architect Agreements (1.5 HSW)

Register Online! This free webinar taking place on June 1, 2-3pm (ET) will provide insight into the newly revised 2017 Owner-Architect agreements. Presenters will also discuss the new Sustainable Projects Exhibit and explore how it can provide a positive impact on the health and safety of building occupants.

June 14-15: State Government Network (SGN) Annual Meeting, St. Louis MO

Register Online! Join us for a two-day conference of fast-paced, hard-hitting ideas, education, networking, and innovative collaboration with your peers, colleagues, AEC firms, and government officials.

The meeting will take place in Westin St. Louis, MO June 14-15; 2-5pm CT

July 19-21: SpeakUp AIA Advocacy & Action Event, Denver CO

Register Online! SpeakUp is the AIA’s annual legislative and political advocacy leadership event taking place July 19-21 in Denver, Colorado. This three-day event will feature workshops, role playing, and interactions with federal and state political and policy experts allowing architects to develop the skills necessary to advocate for their profession and community.

Registration is limited to only 120 participantsClick HERE for more information.

Hotel reservations: Call Curtis Hotel, Denver CO at (303) 571-0300.

AIA Honolulu Job Board

One New Job + on our Job Board

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

Upcoming Events in the Community


  • June 7: Pam Chambers Presentation Skills Course (Level 1)
    When/Where: Wednesday, June 7-July 12, 6:00–8:30pm, Center for Architecture.
    Topic: Become a more comfortable and effective speaker
    Register: Email Pam Chambers or call her at (808) 377-5679.

  • June 14: Sustaining Places: Historic Preservation Summer Series 2017 (1 HSW)
    AIA Honolulu is the registered provider. 
    Three part series by  the Historic Hawai‘i Foundation and the Chinatown Improvement District
    When/Where: Wednesday, June 14, 12pm-1pm, Lyon Associates
    Topic: Improving the Performance of Historic & Existing Buildings to Save Energy and Money
    Register: Register online at (advance registration recommended)

  • June 21: Celebrate with Lyton Construction Company
    Attend a Layton Construction Company Customer/Subcontractor Appreciation Event with pupus and drinks.
    When/Where: Wednesday, June 21, 4pm-6pm, Layton's Office
    Register: Click Here to RSVP online with Layton.

  • Jul 7: Public Interest Design Workshop for Design Professionals & Community Partners
    Design professionals will learn skills and methods to actively engage in "Public Interest Design" through fee-based practice.  Instructors and special guest speakers will present in-depth case studies of the participatory processes and the outcomes of their award-winning Public Interest Design projects. Successful completion of this AIA, ASLA, & USGBC accredited workshop qualified participants for 8 HSW CEUs/PDHs and advanced online seminars leading to certification as a SEED Professional.
    When/Where: Friday, July 7, East-West Center, Honolulu
    Register: Register online HERE! Members of AIA, ASLA, SEED: Super Early Bird (ends May 26): $150, Early Bird (ends June 16): $200 and After 16 June: $250.

2017 Annual Sponsorship Opportunities

Become a Sponsor and Show Your Support

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!

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

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