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Island Architect Weekly - Monday, June 13, 2016

Posted By AIA Honolulu, Sunday, June 12, 2016

Monday, June 13, 2016

In the News! AIA Honolulu & Members

Building Industry Hawaii Features AIA Honolulu & Members

Chapter News! Inside the AIA - Taking the Lead (pg. 64-67)

Take a look at the article titles "Inside the AIA - Taking the Lead" where Brett Alexander-Estes did a fantastic job featuring the importance of AIA Honolulu for our members and community. This was a collaboration pieces with some of our active AIA Honolulu members.

Featuring: The importance of our upcoming AIA Honolulu Design Awards featuring the "best of the best" of our architects (submit your projects), our collaborative efforts assisting in gathering input regarding proposed changes for the 2012 International Building Code (IBC) and the International Residential Code (IRC) and our Chapters work to increase opportunities for both students and emerging more.

Mahalo to all participating AIA Honolulu Members (in order of apperance): Ben Lee, FAIA; Jim Reinhardt, AIA-ME; Troy Miyasato, AIA; Dale Keep, Allied; Jason Takeuchi, Assoc. AIA; Chris Hong, AIA and Lorena Yamamoto, AIA.

Congratulations Geoffrey Lewis Architects, Inc. featured in Collaboration (pg. 76-79)

June "Collaboration" Story: This month's "Collaboration: General Contractors & Architects" article in Building Industry Hawaii magazine features a story titled "From Cinder Blocks to Cutting Edge" also by Brett Alexander-Estes.

Find out about a collaboration project between AIA Honolulu member Geoffrey Lewis, AIA of Geoffrey Lewis Architects, Inc. and David Thom from Constructors Hawaii that is the teams "most challenging project to more.

AIA Honolulu Submissions in June

Keep Your Nominations Coming until June 30! 

The "AIA/HAF Gordon W. Bradley Humanitarian Award” is intended to acknowledge a person who has given his or her time and energy to benefit society. This award was originally created to perpetuate Gordon Bradley’s special spirit by acknowledging individuals who, through his or her career in the profession, have exemplified this giving attitude. View our 2016 Call for Nominations.

Deadline June 30: All nominations must be submitted to AIA Honolulu by end of day June 30. Review our nomination information and email submissions to Abigail Spencer, AIA Honolulu EVP.

Let Us Show Off Your Work (deadline June 27)

As stated in the June issue of Building Industry Hawaii by Ben Lee, FAIA - "Recipients of the AIA Design Awards are the best of the best." That is YOU so get your projects in today!

Start Your Online Submission - $400 per entry
6/27  –  Submissions completed, paid for and submitted online by June 27
9/17  –  Design Awards Gala Sat, Sep. 17 at NOAA Inouye Regional Center (security clearance required).

View our 2016 AIA Honolulu Design Awards Information 

NEW! Student Design Awards Category (Students Only)For the first time ever, AIA Honolulu has established a Student Design Awards category to recognize student achievements in the design studio and provide a forum for student work to be celebrated.  Click the link for details!

AIA National News

AIA Gold Medal and Firm Awards - Submission Deadlines July 15

The AIA Gold Medal and Firm Awards are now open for submission.
Gold Medal! The Gold Medal is the AIA's highest annual honor, recognizing individuals whose work has had a lasting influence on the theory and practice of architecture. Read more.

Firm Awards! Each year the AIA also recognizes one firm that has consistently produced notable architecture for at least a decade. It is the highest honor given to firms whose passion and practice have left a lasting mark on the profession. Read more.

Second Annual AIA I Look Up Film Challenge - Registration Closes July 10

With the success of the inaugural I Look Up Film Challenge, where the Hawaii-made film “Mixed Plate Hawaii,” won 3rd Prize, the AIA has launched a new film.  The challenge is for filmmakers and architects to team-up and share their vision with a 2-3 minute video exploring the power of architecture.

For more information check out the:
45-second sizzle reel
Rural Studio: A Story of Solutions (seed film)

Registration is open until July 10 and the challenge will run from July 18 to August 14. Winners will be announced in September 2016.  Learn more or register.

Upcoming AIA Honolulu Programs

June 16: Attend GMM Program "Driving Client Loyalty" (1 LU)

Register Online! Thursday, June 16, 11:30am-1:00pm at the Center for Architecture.

Topic: "Driving Client Loyalty" - View Flyer
Keeping clients happy takes more than just being a great architect. This session will focus on how to cultivate and nurture successful client relationships through non-technical, 'soft skill' techniques. Attendees will come away with proven tips and tricks on building loyalty with existing clients.

Guest Speaker: Mark Tawara, Hon. Affiliate, has over 20 years of experience in marketing, business, management and operations in the AEC industry.

Go-To-Meeting Available! Go-to-meeting is available for our outer island friends and those that can't attend in person.

Cost: AIA Members: $0 No Lunch/$15 Lunch. Non-Members: $20 No Lunch/$30 Lunch.

June 21: Positioning Archetypes of Practice: Firm Identity & Positioning

Can you answer the following questions? What are your firm’s most deeply held values? What is its greatest value to clients? How do you find a firm that fits your ideal archetype of practice?

Join the Join the Young Architects Forum (YAF) to learn about how defining an identity and positioning platform can help your firm create a compelling image and reputation in the market. Learn tools to join the conversation to definte your firms positioning platform.

Register Online! Tuesday, June 21 from 5:30pm-7:00pm at the Center for Architecture.

$10 for AIA Honolulu Members & $15 for Non-members. Pupus and drinks will be served.

June 24: RUDC Discuss Public Forum on the Sustainability of Waikiki

RSVP Online! Our Regional and Urban Design Committee (RUDC) will meet on Friday, June 24 (instead of June 17), 12 - 1pm at the Center for Architecture. Open to all AIA Honolulu members (brown bag lunch)

June Topic: Details of organizing a public forum on the sustainability of Waikiki.    

The role of the AIA Honolulu RUDC Committee is to review, discuss and advocate for positions on various urban design issues that affect our built environment and the communities we serve.

June 26: "Hawaii in Design" Exhibition Tour for AIA Members (1 LU)

Register Online! On Sunday, June 26, 1pm-2:30pm AIA Honolulu members are invited to attend a gallery tour of the Hawai’i in Design exhibit on view at the Honolulu Museum of Art.

The tour will be led by Arts of Hawaii curator Healoha Johnston, accompanied by Kuhao Zane, whose work is featured in the exhibition. The exhibit “features the work of 10 local designers who all reference Hawai’i’s environment – both built and natural – and are at the confluence of deeply rooted aesthetic principles mingled with global impulses.”

Cost: $20 (admission to museum and café included). Advance registration and payment is required. Tour is limited to 20 AIA Honolulu members!

Emerging Professionals Update

NCARB Announces Lower Fees for Certificate, AXP, and ARE

The licensure process isn't cheap, and its cost has been a known barrier to emerging professionals, particularly those right out of architecture school. The shift by the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB) to offer the test sections on a rolling, pay-as-you-go basis, rather than in a single week each year, has helped to allay the burden. Last month, the Council went a step further in announcing reduced fees for three of its programs: the NCARB Certificate, the Architectural Experience Program (AXP), and version 5.0 of the Architect Registration Exam (ARE).

Effective June 29, the cost for the NCARB Certificate will be reduced from $1,500 to $1,100, with the same annual renewal and transmittal fees of $225 and $400, respectively.  Learn more.

AIA Honolulu Job Board

5 New Jobs Listed - 13 Total Opportunities Available

View ALL jobs on the AIA Honolulu Job Board 

Upcoming Events in the Community


  • June 13: SHADE Summer Institute Kick-off Event at Kakaako Agora PR
    Kicking-off with a pau hana on Monday, June 13, 5:30-7pm at the Kakaako Agora.  This is the 2nd annual SHADE Summer Institute and the event will be emceed by investigative reporter Catherine Cruz of KITV and will feature guest speaker Jeanine Centuori, FAIA, of Urban Rock Design in Los Angeles.

Mahalo to Annual Chapter Sponsors

Join Us & Support Your Chapter!  Email or call us at (808) 628-7244 for sponsorship opportunities.

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