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Island Architect Weekly - Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Posted By AIA Honolulu, Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Tuesday, May 31, 2016

AIA National Convention Update

AIA National Convention Update by Abigail Spencer, EVP

View Pictures on Facebook courtesy of Louis Fung, AIA; Ted Garduque, FAIA; Ben Lee, FAIA and Jason Takeuchi, Assoc. AIA.

As you know, the AIA National Convention is THE architecture and design event of the year, and I was truly lucky to experience it at the onset of my first year with our organization. AIA Philadelphia and AIA National did an impressive job with the keynote speakers, sessions, expo hall, networking & socializing opportunities, tours and so much more. More than thirty AIA members from Hawaii attended the convention – a record number representing our state - to listen to and learn from artists like Julia Louis Dreyfus, Neri Oxman and Rem Koolhaas. Each speaker gave us a glimpse into their world. Some were relevant, some less so, but all were thought-provoking in their own way.

It is difficult to understand the magnitude of this incredible organization until you experience it on a National scale. More than anything I was impressed with the people I met and the relationships that I have begun to forge. The Architects, Associates, National staff, vendors and Executives from across the country represent an incredible variety of people, with varying perspectives. It was inspiring to witness such passion and vision being shared with colleagues and friends.

Here are a few of my takeaways from this Convention that I would like to share with you:

  1. I saw tremendous opportunity for Hawaii architects to add to the diversity of AIA at a National level.
  2. Networking is invaluable for all of us – particularly, for me, with other component executives, but any opportunity to get to know and learn from one another is imperative.
  3. The Philadelphia Center for Architecture was very impressive, and many of the initiatives generated through the AIA/Center partnership are ones that, with some modification and fine tuning, could work well here in Hawaii.
  4. There are many ways that we can strengthen our outreach into the schools and general public in order to emphasize the importance of architecture in our community.
  5. The Bacon Brothers band is actually pretty good!

After this experience I encourage each and every one of you to Save the Date for the 2017 AIA National Convention taking place in Orlando April 27-29, 2017.  

Happy Summer!

Abigail Spencer, EVP
AIA Honolulu

Two AIA Honolulu Members Elevated To Fellowship

During the National AIA Convention in Philadelphia last week, AIA Honolulu celebrated two members being elevated to the AIA's College of Fellows.

Congratulations to Bettina Mehnert, FAIA & Glenn Mason, FAIA:

The Fellowship program was developed to elevate those architects who have made a significant contribution to architecture and society and who have achieved a standard of excellence in the profession.

Elevation to fellowship not only recognizes the achievements of architects as individuals, but also their significant contribution to architecture and society on a national level.

Just 149 individuals were selected across the country to join the elite 3,200 members distinguished with this honor.

2016 AIA National Convention Election Results

2017 First Vice President/2018 President-elect:
Carl Elefante, FAIA (left)

2017-2018 Secretary:
Bruce Sekanik, AIA (middle)

2017-2019 At Large Director:
Peter Exley, FAIA (right)

To learn more click here.

Amendment Bylaws Passed at Convention

Also at convention, members passed an amendment to the bylaws (section 2.313*) giving the Secretary of the Institute the authority to waive age requirement for Emeritus in exceptional circumstances and for adequate cause.
"The Secretary's extended authority to approve waivers, however, would apply only to the age requirement for Emeritus status, would be exercised only on a case-by-case basis, and would permit waivers only "in exceptional circumstances and for adequate cause."
If a member is requesting a waiver request for both the age and fifteen consecutive years requirement, the form should indicate the detailed reasons for both exceptional circumstances and adequate causes.

AIA Simplifies Reporting for 2030 Carbon-Neutral Commitment

During the national convention, AIA announced that it has made it easier for members to report their progress toward AIA’s ambitious goal of carbon neutrality in the built environment. A new digital feature of the AIA 2030 Commitment’s reporting system allows for the automatic transfer of a project’s design data from a firm’s energy-modeling analysis software to the AIA’s tracking tool.

The automated data transfer allows firms to report their project and portfolio performance directly from Autodesk Insight 360—an energy modeler included in Autodesk Revit and Autodesk FormIt 360 Pro subscriptions—to AIA’s Design Data Exchange (DDx) tracking tool.

AIA’s nearly 370 signatories to the 2030 Commitment registered almost 6,000 projects in 2015. However, only 40% typically report project progress to the AIA, in part because, previously, all data from energy modeling had to be manually entered into DDx. Read more.

AIA/HAF Gordon W. Bradley Humanitarian Award


This award was last given in 2003, and we’re delighted to see it back again, giving us a way to recognize individuals throughout our community.  Now we need YOUR NOMINATIONS!

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.

Distinguished Past Recipients: Frank Haines, FAIA ME; Andrew Yanoviak, AIA ME; Kenneth Brown, FAIA ME; Philip (Pip) White, AIA; Kurt Mitchell, AIA; Francis Oda, FAIA; Ernest (Ernie) Hara, FAIA and A. Bruce Etherington, FAIA ME.

Who is missing from our list? Your Mentor? Boss? Colleague?
Don't let this moment pass and nominate them today for this distinguished award.

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.

2016 AIA Honolulu Design Awards

Start Your Submission Now! Share Your Vision. Share Your Work (Deadline June 27)

Submit your project and pay for your submission online, in the same easy to use platform. 

New Gala Location! In 2016, we will take our Gala celebration to the amazing Daniel K. Inouye NOAA Center on Saturday, September 17. What else is new? Stay tuned!

Submission Fee & Deadlines
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 including submission dates, fees, eligibility, requirements, project categories, awards, jury information etc...

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.  The fee per entry is $25 for AIAS members and $35 for non-AIAS members. Online submission deadline for students are June 15.

Upcoming AIA Honolulu Updates

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 its clients? How do you find a firm that fits your ideal archetype of practice?

Join us 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 in defining 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 26: "Hawaii in Design" Exhibition Tour for AIA Members (Exclusively)

Register Online! On Sunday, June 26 from 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. From the museum website, 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.”

Come meet fellow AIA members for this glimpse into the realm of museum curation and see what design professionals in other disciplines are up to.

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

AIA Honolulu Members Update

July 9: TEDxHonolulu 2016 FLOW featuring Bettina Mehnert, FAIA

Early Bird Ends Today May 31 + Use A Discount Code!

Our very own AIA Honolulu Member and Architects Hawaii CEO, Bettina Mehnert, FAIA is one of the invited speakers for the 2016 TEDx event in Honolulu on July 9. TEDxHonolulu event is titled  “FLOW: Reaching Our Greatest Potential” and will take place at the Neal Blaisdell Concert Hall.

Early Bird Ends May 31 + Discount Code: As a speaker Bettina is sharing her discount code with her AIA Honolulu family ($15 off!). Buy your ticket today, May 31 to get the Early Bird Rate. The discount code is MEHNERT_TEDxHNL

Speakers: Writer, DJ and producer Christa Wittmier believes circulation is the key to health, and in order to be truly healthy, you need to allow your entire life’s circulation to FLOW. According to architect Bettina Mehnert, we need contemporary architecture where designs from the past and the present can FLOW and live together in a socially creative intensity. Andrei Natarov writes that communicating science to the public needs to be based on the dynamics of FLOW–combining challenges and rewards, the familiar and the mind-blowing. Learn more about Christa, Bettina and Andrei. Click here for more information about the event.

11th Canstruction® Competition

Still Need a Few More Teams for our 11th CANstruction Competition on Oct. 1

Our 11th Annual Canstruction® competition
Saturday, October 1 from 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.

Register Online: Enter Your Team Today!   Entry Fee: $100 per team

2016 Theme: Galacti-CAN-goods!  Meals for our community, our Hawaii, our nation, our earth and our galaxy...One Can at a Time.

Questions?  Email Co-Chairs Reid Mizue, AIA, Leigh Ishida, AIA or Kristin Nakagawa, AIA.

AIA Honolulu Job Board

One New Job Listed - 18 Total Opportunities Available

View ALL jobs on the AIA Honolulu Job Board (posted for 1 month).

Upcoming Events in the Community


  • June 7 - Plan Your Business Exit Strategy
    If you are planning to transfer or sell your business you are welcome to attend an event Wealth Strategy Partners on Tuesday, June 7, 6pm-7:30pm at the Gold Bond Building. Listen to Marko Mijuskovich, MBA, MSIS, CExP who will talk about how to prepare the exit timeline, appraise the business value, assess its current financial position and more. Call 695-2148 to RSVP or email 

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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