Member Corner

Welcome back reinstated AIA Honolulu member Paul Williamson Bierman-Lytle, AIA.

Paul Williamson Bierman-Lytle,  AIA is the Executive Director of  Sustainable Development at Group 70 International, Inc.   He reinstated with AIA Honolulu in October 2007.

You can find his contact information by visiting our AIA Architect Finder.  Welcome back Paul!

New This Week

Have you renewed your 2008 AIA membership yet?

Don't forget that paying your 2008 AIA annual dues now may improve your tax picture (consult with your tax advisor) and it will also provide a needed financial boost to the Chapter. 

Renewal for AIA and Assoc. AIA members:  The easiest way to renew is to do so online at the AIA National website. You will need to enter your e-mail address on record with AIA, and your default password which is your "Last name". Online renewal must be done through the AIA National website.

Early Bird Special for Renewing Allied Members for 2008:  Take advantage of the Early Bird Discount through December 31, 2007 and receive a 10% discount off your 2008 membership dues... and save up to $75.  Why not take this opportunity and also upgrade your membership?  Renew Online Today!

Early Bird Special for First-time Allied Membership for 2008:  Tell a colleague. Sign up as a new 2008 Local Allied Member in November/December 2007, and get these last two months of the year for FREE plus get a 10% discount on the 2008 dues if you sign up before December 31, 2007.  Act soon to get the most benefit!  Register Online Today!

Click here to view and/or print our local Allied Membership brochure (PDF file).  Click here for our newly updated Members Only section where it is easy for all AIA Honolulu members to link to their membership renewal online.

News about Chapter 343, HRS and Government Rights-of-way

Attention all AIA, Assoc. AIA and Local Allied members!  Due to the Super Ferry ruling, the County of Hawai'i Planning Department has had to revise their permit review checklist.  Read the copy of Director Christopher J.Yuen's memo to staff regarding the department’s approach in dealing with the State’s environmental impact statement law and its application to work within government rights-of-way.  Read the entire statement and see if your projects will now trigger an environmental assessment and a full environmental impact statement.  These documents are in the public domain and should be widely distributed.  Please forward to any interested parties that you know.  Also included here is a letter from Barry Fukunaga, Interim Director of Transportation at the State of Hawai'is Department of Transportation to the Planning Director expressing their position.

2007 Design Awards banners on display at Kahala Mall

Planning on doing some holiday shopping this weekend?  Why not go to Kahala MalI where you can also  check out the AIA 2007 Design Awards banners that are on display there through this Saturday, November 10, 2007.  They are located in the retail corridor between California Pizza and Macy's
on the Koko Head side.

AIA Honolulu would like to THANK Lorrin Matsunaga, AIA and Urban works for their help in setup.  We would also like to THANK eight inc. for their help in packing up and taking down the banners.

ARE 4.0 Study Resources

In July 2008, NCARB will launch the Architect Registration Examination (ARE) 4.0. This latest version of the exam updates and improves the current format by combining graphic and multiple-choice content. ARE 4.0 integrates the exam format while emphasizing the problem-solving skills architects regularly use in day-to-day practice.

When ARE 4.0 launches in July 2008, some test candidates may see the transition from ARE 3.1 as frustrating, unfair, or confusing. For this reason a resource list has been created with companies and individuals who offer ARE 3.1 and 4.0 preparatory materials and presentations.  Click here and view today!

AIA Honolulu website:  On our AIA Honolulu website we have added a link which takes people to the ARE resource center at National and we also have a section with information about the Intern Development Program (IDP).

AIA Honolulu needs digital photos of Shape of Hawai'i sites

AIA Honolulu needs your help!  If your firm has done any consulting or design work on any of the sites that are being featured in the Shape of Hawaii segments, we would like your help in sending us a digital photo (or a few good shots) with permissions secured for us to post the image on the web.  They photos should be at least 535 x 322 pixels.  If photo credit is requested, please provide information as well.  Send any photos to Amy Blagriff, Executive Vice President, AIA Honolulu.  The idea is that visitors to our site will be able to click on the photo of the featured Shape of Hawaii segment, and hear the MP3 file.  This is the same idea as we used on our People's Choice Award web page.  Click here to view that site to get an idea of where we are heading with this. 

Have you missed episodes and would like to catch up?  Just go to the Hawaii Public Radio's website and listen to all previous shows via mp3 files. Of course, you'll need a Media Player program.  For more information view our Shape of Hawaii web page, which also hosts the MP3 files.

Tune in at 8:07am every weekday on KHPR 88.1 Honolulu (KKUA 90.7 Wailuku and KANO 91.1 Hilo).

Next Week's Shape of Hawaii segments:

11/12  Ket Hing
11/13  Hawaii Theatre
11/14  Waialae Bldg
11/15  Sugar
11/16  Bishop Museum

THANKS again to all of our AIA 150 supporters whose contributions helped make this program possible.  Click here to view the complete list with all the most recent contributors.

Pledge to AIA 150 Today!

View our AIA 150 Sponsors and read about our continued outreach efforts. Our results, we believe, speak for themselves.  Help support our programming this year.  MAHALO to all our AIA 150 sponsors to date!    Add your name to the list, if you have not done so already.

Continuing Education

Register Today! FREE AIA Webcast offers 2.0 AIA/CES LUs

On Wednesday, November 14, 2007 at 9:00am - 11:00am (Hawaii time) the AIA Government Advocacy team will offer a 2 hour live webcast for FREE that you can conduct at your own computer/office after you have registered.

This training is designed to offer members key techniques to be great advocates, ready to clearly and concisely communicate complex ideas to policy makers. AIA Government Advocacy invites all AIA members to participate in Advocacy 101, a Webcast for architects who want to develop the necessary skills to be better advocates for the design profession. Participants will learn ways to make a persuasive case, and develop long term relationships with community leaders.  Click here for more information.

The program will be broadcast live on the internet and registered participants will be able to send questions directly to the panel. The ability to ask the panelists questions in real time is a feature unique to the Webcast tool and allows for interaction as if the audience were right in the room with the panel.

For this event 2.0 AIA/CES LUs (HSW) are available and AIA National is the registered provider.

Click here for more information and Register for FREE Today - don't miss this first ever opportunity!

RSVP Today! 2007 AIA Contract Documents: What's New?

On Tuesday, December 4, 2007 AIA Honolulu is inviting you to a 1.5 hour web seminar at the AIA Honolulu office.  The webinar is titled “2007 AIA Contract Documents: What’s New?” and the institute revises A201TM–General Conditions of the Contract for Construction and the AIA Owner/Architect and Owner/Contractor agreements on a 10-year cycle.  This presentation will provide an overview of the AIA Contract Documents program, the new digital practice documents, and the revisions to AIA Document A201TM–2007 and the 2007 Owner/Architect agreements. The presenter will explain the AIA revision process and identify the pros and cons of each revision with respect to the owner, contractor, and architect.

All participating AIA members earn 1.5 (HSW) AIA/CES LUs.  Click here for an article in the November 2, 2007 issue of the AIArchitect for more information regarding this event.

Click here for more information and to RSVP today.  This event is Free for AIA Honolulu members and $20.00 non-members.  We need to know if you are coming, as we'll need to open the office early.  Please RSVP no later tan NOON on December 3.  Space is limited to the first people that sign up

Community Spotlight

The Honolulu Academy of Arts featuring architectural exhibit of works of Vladimir Ossipoff

On Friday, November 30, 2007 between 6pm -9pm the Honolulu Academy of Arts popular Art After Dark event will feature zip-tours of the Hawaiian Modern: The Architecture of Vladimir Ossipoff exhibit.  AIA Honolulu is the sponsor for this special eventl.  Tours will be given by guest-curator Dean Sakamoto, AIA.  If you want to make one of the guided tours by Dean, you need to show early since this is a very popular event that often draws ~1700 people.

Art After Dark is a Honolulu Academy of Arts event that is being sponsored by AIA Honolulu in conjunction with the Academy's opening of the architectural exhibition of the late, Vladimir Ossipoff, FAIA.  The exhibit will be on display at the museum from November 29, 2007 to January 27, 2008.

This is a Honolulu Academy of Arts event, but we would love to know how many AIA members plan on being there so please click on this link and  Let us Know if you are Coming.  Again, this is just for our information so we know how many of our members are likely to show BUT anyone can come without signing up on our web site. (Again, there is No RSVP REQUIRED to gain entrance to Art After Dark).

If you can't make the Ossipoff zip tour, all galleries will stay open this evening and you can do a self-guided tour of any of the museum galleries.  Food and beverages will also be available for purchase during the event provided by Tiki's Grill & Bar , and there will be music playing and an open dance floor.  All this makes for an event to remember!

The event is Free for Honolulu Academy of Arts members and $10 for Non-Academy members.  If you sign up for an Academy membership that evening, your $10 will be credited toward your Academy membership.  Free parking will also be available at the Academy Art Center, located at Beretania/Victoria/Young streets.

Updates on this event will be posted at Honolulu Academy of Arts website as they become available.

UHSoA Lecture Series presents Materiality Immateriality Today! 

This event takes place TODAY, November 9, 2007 at 5:00pm - 7:00pm at the UH School of Architecture Auditorium, George Hall, Rm. 227.  

Dean Clark Llewellyn of the UH School of Architecture invites all AIA members to this public lecture which is all part of the UHSoA Lecture Series  - Currents 2007 titled Materiality Immateriality.

The presenter is  Byoungsoo Cho, Principal of Byoungsoo Cho Architects, Korea.  Since opening his office in 1994, Byoungsoo Cho, AIA has been actively experimenting with themes such as: 1) experience and perception; 2) – shaped house; 3) L shaped house; 4) modern vernacular, and 5) organic vs. abstract. He has taught at Harvard University, Universitat Kaiserslautern, Yonsei, Hanyang, and  Kyoungki University. He has received the KIA Award, Cri-Arc Award, and an AIA Montana Chapter Honor Award. In addition to being featured as one of three designers in the world with character in Dwell magazine (2005), in 2004 Cho’s firm was selected as one of eleven “Design Vanguard Firms” by Architectural Record magazine.

Parking is $3.00 and the lot is located between the SoA and BusAd building, off University Avenue.

For more information please email Marja Sarvimaki, Assistant Professor, UHoSA or call her at 956-4910. 

Deadline for the 2007 NAVFAC Early Bird is Today Nov. 9, 2007!

On Thursday, November 29, from 7:30am - 2:00pm at the Hilton Hawaiian Village-Coral Ballroom, the 2007 NAVFAC Pacific Designer & Builder Symposium will take place and this year it is hosted by ACECH!  This years theme is “Meeting Tomorrow's Challenges Today”

Click here for a PDF file with explanations of sessions being offered during this event.

Cost:  $110 if registered by Friday, Nov 9, 2007  $145 after Nov. 9, 2007 (AIA & ACECH members).  $145 if registered by Friday, Nov. 9, 2007/  $170 after Nov 9, 2007 (non-members).  $35 for Lunch only.

Registration:  Online registration is now available at the ACEH website.  For a PDF file with registration information that you can fax click here.

KAA Meeting - Dean Sakamoto's Kauai Presentation

On Wednesday, November 21, 2007 from 4:00pm - 7:00pm Dean Sakamoto, AIA, in cooperation with Unlimited Construction and the National Tropical Botanical Gardens will provide a tour of the Lawai Research Library presently under construction on Kauai.

By the time of the visit much of the finished work will be in place, for this first LEED certified structure on Kauai.  They will tour the construction at 4:30pm so plan to be there at 4:00pm to meet in the Office's education center at 4:15pm.

After touring the new construction they will walk the Headquarter facilities designed by Vladimir Ossipoff.   Dean Sakamoto may be willing to share some insight about Ossipoff's design philosophy and practice in advance of the Honolulu Academy of Arts exhibition "Hawaii Modern-the Architecture of Vladimir Ossipoff," curated and designed by Dean Sakamoto.

Please RSVP to Palmer Hafdahl as soon as possible to help them plan for your attendance.  They expect to be done in time for those returning to Thanksgiving in Honolulu to catch the last flight.

Upcoming Events

November Highlights

On November 22 & 23, 2007 Thanksgiving Holiday - AIA Honolulu office will be closed

NOV 13 SFPE: 2003 IBC Solving Means of Egress Issues in Commercial Bldg.

On Tuesday, November 13, 2007 at 8:00am - 4:00pm at the McCoy Pavilion, Ala Moana Beach Park.  SFPE presents a 2003 IBC Solving Means of Egress Issues in Commercial Buildings seminar.  6 AIA/CES LUs (HSW) will be available.  SFPE is handling the registration.

NOV 14 SFPE: 2003 IBC Special Uses and Mixed Occupancies

On Wednesday, November 14, 2007 at 8:00am - 4:00pm at the McCoy Pavilion, Ala Moana Beach Park.  SFPE presents a 2003 IBC Special Uses and Mixed Occupancies seminar.  6 AIA/CES LUs (HSW) will be available.  SFPE is handling the registration.

NOV 21 KAA Meeting - Dean Sakamoto's Kauai Presentation

On Wednesday, November 21, 2007 at 4:00pm - 7:00pm.   Dean Sakamoto, AIA , in cooperation with Unlimited Construction and the National Tropical Botanical Gardens will provide a tour of the Lawai Research Library.  RSVP to Palmer Hafdahl as soon as possible to help them plan for your attendance.

NOV 29 2007 NAVFAC Pacific Designer & Builder Symposium

On Thursday, November 39, 2007 at 7:30am - 2:00pm at the Hilton Hawaiian Village.  The 2007 NAVFAC Pacific Designer & Builder Symposium is hosted by ACECH.  This years theme is  “Meeting  Tomorrow's  Challenges Today”.  Click here for more registration information.

NOV 30 Habitat by Art After Dark

On Friday, November 30, 2007 at 6:00pm - 9:00pm at the Honolulu Academy of Arts.  Sponsored by AIA Honolulu and AIA150.  Habitat by ART after DARK is supported by a dynamic group of young volunteers dedicated to exploring the arts.  This event is in conjunction with exhibition of the architecture of Vladimir Ossipoff.


December Highlights

On December 25, 2007 Christmas Day - AIA Honolulu office will be closed

DEC 4 Contract Document Web Seminar: AIA 2007 Documents: What’s New?

On Tuesday, December 4, 2007 at 7:00am - 8:30pm at the AIA Honolulu office - Red Room.  AIA Honolulu is inviting you to a 1.5 hour web seminar at the AIA Honolulu office.  Click here to RSVP Today.

DEC 11 Metropolis Site Specific Tour

On Tuesday, December 11, 2007 at 12:00pm - 1:30pm at the Honolulu Design Center - Cupolo Events  Room.  Metropolis magazine presents a compelling series of conversations with editor in chief Susan S. Szenasy on the importance of design history in our fast-forward world.


AIA Honolulu Job Board

NEW! 5 Job Listings.  Job Seekers and Employers looking to post jobs, click here to view our online job board. Click here to visit the national AIA Career Center.

AIA Contract Documents

2007 AIA Contract Documents available now!  This week, the AIA launched the 2007 update to AIA Contract Documents. The update includes revisions to A201-1997 and nearly 50 owner/architect, architect/consultant, and contractor/subcontractor agreements. Visit for complete details on the new documents.

For additional information on the 2007 AIA Documents, sign up for the "2007 AIA Documents: What's New?" webinar on December 4, 2007. See upcoming events above.

Click here for paper copies of the 2007 documents, as well as the still-valid previous edition of the updated documents.  AIA Honolulu is a full service distributor of AIA Contract Documents. Learn more.

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