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Island Architect Weekly - Tuesday, April 5, 2016

Posted By AIA Honolulu, Tuesday, April 5, 2016

Tuesday, April 5, 2016

2016 Architecture Month is HERE

April 6 - Attend the Proclamation for April as ARCHITECTURE MONTH

Attend and show your support! Please join AIA Honolulu and the UH School of Architecture at the Hawai‘i State Capitol for a Senate presentation proclaiming April 2016 as Architecture Month.  

When: Wednesday, April 6, 11:30am, State Capitol, Senate Chamber.
Seating is available in the gallery of the Senate Chamber.

Call for Design Awards Banners to Display at the State Capitol in April

In observance of Architecture Month, Senator Donovan Dela Cruz is inviting the architecture community to exhibit work at the State capitol in the last two weeks of April.  Due to the quick turnaround and space conditions, we are asking for past awards banners to display.

If firms are interested, email Cathi Schar, AIA and confirm your ability to deliver them to the CFA by the end of day April 14th.


The 2016 Architecture Month is HERE and lots of free and low cost public activities have been planned. We welcome all members, family and friends to join us. Register online today!



Call and make a pledge to the Hawaii Public Radio on Wednesday, April 6 from 3pm - 6pm while your fellow AIA and Allied members man the phones.

Action Required! Call on Wednesday April 6 from 3pm - 6pm: 
Tune into HPR (88.1 or 89.3 FM dial) and call 944-8800 (KHPR) or 941-3689 (KIPO) to make your pledge.

April 7 - Free Architecture Month Sketch Events
Co-Related Event!  AIA Honolulu and the non-profit Urban Sketchers Oahu have partnered for the first-ever Architecture Month Sketch Events, informal gatherings for sketchers of all experience levels.

Thu, April 7, 6-8pm
in the front courtyard of the King Kalakaua Building.

  • April 9 - Architectural Walking Tour: Historic Waikiki 
    Join us for an all-new tour of Historic Waikiki, led by AIA architects and other design-minded volunteers, on Saturday, April 9. Over the course of two hours, walkers will learn about architecturally significant historic buildings and areas in Waikiki – a world-famous locale that we are all familiar with, but that too few of us appreciate as a center of historic architecture. Tours are $15/person. Advanced reservation required.


  • April 16 - Free Architecture Month Sketch Events
    Co-Related Event! AIA Honolulu and the non-profit Urban Sketchers Oahu have partnered for the first-ever Architecture Month Sketch Events, informal gatherings for sketchers of all experience levels.
    Sat, April 16, 3-5pm in front of the Center for Architecture.

  • April 21 - Ala Moana Scavenger Hunt (Sponsored by Docomomo)
    Co-Related Event! Join AIA Honolulu and Docomomo for a fun Scavenger Hunt at the Ala Moana Shopping Center on Thursday, April 21. The starting point will be at Design Within Reach and the event goes from 6pm-8pm.  Team up with a friend for some possible prizes and some fun. RSVP Online.
  • April 27 - Free Oahu Film Night at the Center for Architecture " URBANIZED"
    As part of the Architecture Month celebration, the Center for Architecture will host a free screening of Gary Hustwit’s “Urbanized,” a feature-length documentary about the design of a modern city.  The film night will take place on Wednesday, April 27 at the Center for Architecture. Doors will open at 6:00pm and introductions and movie will start at 6:30pm.  The film will be followed by a Panel Discussion.

  • April 29 - Architectural Firm Crawl in Honolulu
    Our Firm Crawl in Honolulu will take place on Friday, April 29 from 5:00-8:00pm. For this events attendees get a map over participating firms who will open their doors to the public and welcome them to visit their space in any order they like. Stay tuned for online RSVP and participating firms.

Architecture Month on the Big Island

The Hawaii Island Section of AIA Honolulu will celebrate Architecture Month with free showings of “Alejandro Aravena: The Power of Synthesis” and “Olmsted and America’s Urban Parks” in Kona, Waimea and Hilo.

When & Where:

Associate AIA Update

Apr 5: ARE Prep "Programming Planning and Practice (PPP) Exam Review"

APRIL 5 SESSION: RSVP Online! Are you on licensure track? Attend our April 5, Programming Planning and Practice (PPP) Exam Review session at the Center for Architecture from 5:30pm - 7:30pm.

PROGRAM AGENDA: 5:30pm-6:00pm: Check In | Socialize (Remote users need to login) 6:00pm-6:20pm: Jason Takeuchi, Assoc, AIA will provide an overview of the site zoning vignette and applicable strategies.
6:20-7:20pm: Hazel Go, AIA will cover the content in the multiple choice section of the PPP exam    

COST: Register online in advance to receive the lower fee of $10 for AIA/AIAS members and $20 for non-members.

Go-To-Meeting Available! Interested members and non-members on licensure track or emerging professionals from neighboring islands to sign up and attend remotely. Email us if you are interested so we can give you more information.

April 6 - What's Next? A Dialogue with AIA Leaders

Join AIA on Wednesday, April 6 from 11:30am - 1:00pm at the UHM School of Architecture (Rm 214) for an important conversation about trends in mentorship and transitioning from school, from leaders at AIA National.
Speakers include:

  • Louis K. Fung, AIA (Moderator & Presenter)
  • Danielle Mitchell, AIAS (Presenter)
  • Joseph Lai, AIA (Presenter)

This event is FREE - bring your own brown bag lunch. Click here for detailed event Information.

Questions? Email Julie Lam, Assoc. AIA.

AIA National News

AIA Selects Upjohn Research Initiative Projects

The jury for the AIA Upjohn Research Initiative, a joint program of the College of Fellows and the Board Knowledge Committee to support knowledge sharing between practitioners and academicians, has announced the four projects selected to receive grants. Read more.

The purpose of this grant, now in its ninth year, is to provide base funds for applied research projects that advance professional knowledge and practice. The 18-month long project grant qualifies recipients to have their findings and outcomes published both electronically and in a nationally distributed publication. The total award of $100,000 will be spread across the selected proposals. The jury felt the process and deliberations were fully consistent with the blind-peer review intent of the program. This blind-peer review helps add an element of rigor to the process whereby proposals are debated on their own merits. The following four submissions were selected for funding:

2015 Upjohn Research Grant Recipients:

  • Auto-Shading Windows: Smart Thermobimetal Solar Blinds
    Principal Investigator: Doris Sung, AIA (DOSU Studio Architecture)
  • Building Resilience: A Tool for Planning & Decision-making
    Principal Investigator: David Fannon, AIA (Northeastern University)
  • Clothesline Sunpower: PV Papeles
    Principal Investigator: Kristina Yu, AIA (University of New Mexico; McCLAIN + YU Architecture & Design)
  • Point-of-Decision Design (PODD) to Support Healthy Behaviors in the College Campuses
    Principal Investigators: Upali Nanda, Assoc. AIA, and Michelle Eichinger (Center for Advanced Design Research and Evaluation – CADRE/HKS; Designing4Health).”

AIA Industry News

Remembering Zaha Hadid, Hon. FAIA

AIA Honolulu members were saddened to learn of the sudden passing of Zaha Hadid, Hon. FAIA, the first woman recipient of the Pritzker Prize.  Tributes have continued to pour in from the profession for Hadid, whose significant impact on the world of architecture is certainly undeniable.

"We are all shocked and devastated that we lost Zaha today, a most beautiful individual, talent, leader and friend," Patrik Schumacher, Director of Zaha Hadid Architects, wrote on Facebook.  Read more tributes at ArchDaily here.

AIA Honolulu Job Board

Two New Jobs Just Listed on our Job Board

Jobs on the AIA Honolulu Job Board are posted for 1 month.

    UH School of Architecture Events

    • Apr 11: Guest Lecture: Nicholas De Monchaux
      Local Code: 3,659 Proposals About Data, Design, and the Nature of Cities by Nicholas de Monchaux, Associate Professor of Architecture and Urban Design, College of Environmental Design, UC-Berkeley, Berkeley, CA

    • Apr 13:  Career Fair

    Upcoming Events in the Community


    • May 3: 2016 DCAB Conference: Designing Accessible Transient Lodging, Swimming Pools and Spase
      Hotels, vacation rentals and dormitories are all subject to the 2010 ADA for Accessible Design. The U.S. Access Board is the agency that drafted the Americans with Disabilities Act Accessibility Guidelines adopted by the Department of Justice. Come hear directly from the US Access Board staff on the requirements for designing accessible hotel rooms, vacation rental units, dormitory rooms and how to make swimming pools and spas accessible at DCAB's 2016 Disability Access Conference on May 3, 2016 at the Ala Moana Hotel.

    • May 18: Ferguson Expo
      You are invited to the now annual Ferguson Expo on May 18 from 8:00am-5:00pm. Just like last year, the day will be filled with CEU classes, in addition we will have Product information seminars on the showroom floor. All the brands in the showroom will be represented.  As well as giveaways and food.  BIA Networking Night at 5, that’s when the party starts. With some cooking demonstrations from some local restaurants. Food tasting and wine sampling.  Sure to be a good time had by all.

    Mahalo to Annual Chapter Sponsors

    Join Us & Support Your Chapter!  Take a look at the 2016 AIA Honolulu Sponsorship prospectus and let us know which programs your firm would like to support. Email or call us at (808) 628-7245 for questions.

    Mahalo to our Latest Silver Sponsor: SSFM International

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