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Accessibility Planning & Consulting

American Electric Co

Arcadia, Inc.


Fletcher Aluminium


Martin Garage Doors HI

Rainforest G Construction LLC

SA-FE Export-Import

Unistrut Hawaii


2008 AIA NWP Region Conference Sponsors

Visit our top sponsors for the October 7-10, 2008 AIA Northwest & Pacific Region Conference. Mahalo for their generous support!


Group 70 International, Inc.



RIM Architects

Lincolne Scott, Inc.


Ferraro Choi And Associates

Clifford Projects Inc.


Garduque Architects, LLC
Mason Architects, Inc.


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LEED NC and EB Exam Prep sessions!

Green Ideas Environmental Building Consultants is the first company to successfully have its
professional development course, “LEED for New Construction Exam Preparation Seminar”, (PDF) reviewed and approved under the USGBC Education Provider Program.  We’ve trained over 7000 architects, engineers and contractors to successfully complete the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED)® Accredited Professional Exam. 

USGBC Hawaii Chapter and Green Ideas, Inc. are organizing the following LEED Exam Prep Workshops:
* LEED for New Construction Exam Prep Seminar, May 5th 2008 (6.5 AIA/CES LUs HSW)
* LEED for Existing Buildings Exam Prep Seminar, May 8th 2008 (6.5 AIA/CES LUs HSW)

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2008 AIA NWP Region Conference Sponsors

Visit our top sponsors for the October 7-10, 2008 AIA Northwest & Pacific Region Conference. Mahalo for their generous support!

To Whom it may CANcern!

Enter Canstruction Online Today! 

It starts with one can. To feed the hungry. To lift the spirit.  To change the world. AIA Honolulu is proud to announce its THIRD  Annual Canstruction competition.   The Hawaii Foodbank is committed to serving 270 member agencies including food pantries, feeding programs; homeless shelters; rehab centers; soup kitchens and neighbor island Food Banks.  Sadly, the Foodbank has only an eight day supply of food on its shelves.  Last year AIA Honolulu along with its partners Pearlridge Center, Foodland, HonBlue and C & S Wholesale Grocers , raised 42,000 pounds of food for the Hawaii Foodbank – their largest single-event donation.  Do you have what it takes to design and build a structure made of nothing but nutritious canned goods?  For more information about Canstruction, email Joy Davidson, AIAPictured above is the 2007 Structural Integrity winner "i-tiki" by Ferraro Choi and Associates.

Who can Enter?  All AIA Honolulu Member Firms - Architects, Associate Architects and Local Allied Members.  Any group of Small Firm Practitioners are welcome to band together to form a team like last year. You can also include allied partners like engineering firms and product representatives if you would like to create a multi-disciplinary team.  Just remember that space is limited to the first 18 firms who sign up for this year's event.  Some of our teams from last year have already secured their space as a "returning can-alumnus".  Deadline for your firm's intent to enter AND payment is due no later than Friday, April 25.

Scheduled Dates:  The scheduled date for the Canstruction® Build-Out is Saturday, August 23, 2008, and the date for the People's Choice Canstruction® Awards Presentation & Decanstruction is Sunday September 7, 2008.  "Can-structs" are on display for two weeks. Other dates including deadline to order food will be shared with team members who sign up in an upcoming team meeting (date TBD).

The 2nd Annual Public Walking Tour was a huge success

Frank HainesLast Saturday, April 12, 2008 over 200 people gathered at Fort Street Mall for the 2nd Annual Free Public Walking Tour of Downtown Honolulu.  This architectural walking tour managed to get both AIA Honolulu members and the public buzzing of excitement and ready for a long walk early in the morning.  It was a beautiful day with motivated walkers, entertaining tour guides and knowledgeable docents. Once again AIA Honolulu hosted a successful event and it could not have been done without all our wonderful volunteers.  A great big MAHALO to everyone who played a part in this event (big or small) from AIA Honolulu!

Pictured here to the left is Frank Haines, FAIA with a group of walkers sharing his wealth of knowledge.

Below are a few comments that people sent us the day after the tour:

"Thank everyone involved for hosting the event.  We enjoyed the tour very much and will recommend to out of state and off island friends when they come to visit. Thanks to all the docents as well."         

"The tour (and exposure to your wonderful members) was very enjoyable and worthwhile.  I intend to make it subject of my next Waikiki News column." 

"I went to the walking tour last Saturday, my first time, and I just want to tell you that I was really impressed.  Everything was very well organized. The docents were awesome.  I felt really honored to shake hands with Mr. Haines.  Members of our group were raving about the whole tour.  And it was free!"

"It was wonderful. Thanks so much for the knowledgeable docents, excellent organization and friendly leadership. Too much to absorb one time. I'd love to do it again next year."

Join us for two more Free Public Events for Architecture Month

Family Sunday at the Honolulu Academy of Arts on Sunday, April 20 from 11am-5pm.  This event is part of their "Earth Day celebrations" and island architects will lead keiki in a number of environmentally friendly design projects including building take-home terrariums utilizing native Hawaiian plants and construction with milk cartons. The theme of the event is “GREENhouse.”

RSVP Today! Film Night: The Future of Design in Honolulu on Tuesday, April 29 from 5:30- 8:00pm.  The Oahu architecture community is hosting a free public showing of “True to Form: Vladimir Ossipoff, Architect”, a one-hour documentary that tells the story of this nationally recognized architect who is considered one of Hawaii’s greatest practitioners of the 20th century. The film/discussion event will take place at the Honolulu Design Center.  The key question is: Where is Hawaii headed in terms of design?

The public is invited to mix and mingle with the architecture community during no-host cocktails from 5:30 p.m. The panel discussion begins at 6 p.m. Esteemed architect Francis Oda, FAIA will moderate a distinguished panel that includes Bill Brooks, AIA, Geoff Lewis, AIA, A. Kam Napier, editor of Honolulu as well as interior designer Mary Philpotts McGrath, ASID.  The film will be shown at 7 p.m.

Amuse wine bar is located adjacent to Cupola Events room opens at 4:30 pm for no-host cocktails and food for purchase.  Click here for the menu.

Update! AIA Honolulu members in the News

There are still opportunities for you to catch Honolulu members in the media during the month of April.  Don't miss the chance to listen to what your fellow members have to say in support of good design.


APRIL 22:  Tune into Hawaii Public Radio’s “Business Beyond the Reef” show (89.3 FM) on Tuesday, April 22 at 5 pm as they discuss lessons that Hawaii can learn from international cities and upcoming Architecture Month events. This can be heard on the radio, but it’s also streamed through the web.  The three panelists for this live talk will be David Bylund, AIA of Architects Hawaii, Deborah Rosenblum, AIA of WATG and one more candidate from WCIT still to be announced.

APRIL 29:  Joe Ferraro, FAIA will be a panelist the following week on the same show (HPR’s “Business Beyond the Reef” show, 89.3 FM) on April 29 at 5 pm as they discuss “green” design and sustainability from a number of perspectives.

Date to be announced! Next KGMB morning show (4:30am to 8:00am ) will be with Glenn Mason, AIA from Mason Architects live at Iolani Palace.  The date has changed from a previously announced April 21.
This will be the second of a KGMB series planned for each Monday morning during the month of April!

Did you miss out?

We are very pleased to share with you the great coverage we are experiencing for Architecture Month. 
1) Frank Haines, FAIA talks about Aliiolani Hale at KGMB on April 14, 2008.  There is also mention of Family Sunday (April 20) at Honolulu Academy of Arts!  And our walking tours of downtown Honolulu
2) Lorrin Matsunaga, AIA talks about the historic Honolulu Fire Station at KGMB on April 8. The coverage is in-depth and interesting and we encourage you to take a few minutes to watch the videos.

Continuing Education Spotlight

Extending Early Birds fee to Late Birds for the 2008 Army COE

Register Online Today!  There is still time to sign up for the 13th annual Honolulu District, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers workshop.  The event will be held on Wednesday April 23, 2008 from 7:30 am. 

Click here for the 2008 Army COE Workshop agenda (PDF). 

Need AIA/CES LUs (HSW)?  Up to 3 AIA/CES LUs will be available to each participant and some of them are HSW.  AIA Honolulu is the registered provider.

The Early Bird Fee is extended to LATE BIRDS and the fee will stay at $110.  It includes continental  breakfast, lunch, coffee breaks, & one copy of workshop manual.  Click here for more information.

Sign up for the April 22 webinar at the AIA Honolulu office

April 22, 2008 from 7:00am - 8:30am:  AIA Contract Documents Software: The Basics.   RSVP Now!  AIA Honolulu is again inviting you to a 1.5 hour web seminar at the AIA Honolulu office. 

This introductory level presentation is geared to new users of AIA Contract Documents software. Current users looking to brush up on their basic skills will also benefit from the seminar.  This Web seminar will provide an overview of the software and point out highlights of the design and features.

RSVP Today!  All participating AIA members earn 1.25 AIA/CES LUs. The webinar is Free for AIA Honolulu members and $20 for non-members. 

Free Lunch & Learn: Hawaii Glass Block

This FREE member Lunch & Learn will be offered on Thursday, April 24, 2008 from 12:00pm to 1:00pm at the AIA Honolulu Office - Red Room and is provided by Hawaii Block Glass.  The presenter is Mark Brower, local Allied Member and general manager for Hawaii Glass Block.

Participants will learn about properties of Glass Block and how they can solve the building design problems. The full range of different styles and types of Glass Block will be presented and participants will learn the appropriate application of each series of block. An understanding of the design and installation specifications will complete the learning objective. Do you have military projects coming up? Glass Block has newly released data on blast specifications. Sound proofing and laser listening device approved

This lunch and learn qualifies for 1.0 AIA/CES Learning Units (LU) and Pittsburgh Corning is the registered provider.  The cost is Free for AIA Honolulu members and $20 for non-members.  Lunch will be provided.

RSVP:  Click here to RSVP for this event.  First come first serve since seating is limited.  For additional program information email Mark Brower or call him at (808) 841-2565. 

Big Island AIA/ASID Mini Expo on May 8

On Thursday, May 8, 2008 from 9:30am - 3:00pm there will be a Mini Expo at the Waikoloa Beach Marriott Resort and Spa, on the Big Island provided by AIA and ASID.  Two of the seminars have AIA/CES LUs HSW.  AIA members please remember to bring your AIA number for CEU tracking.  Lunch is being hosted by the vendors.  Click here for a PDF flyer with more information.

RSVP is required and needs to be done by Thursday May 1, 2008 to Susan Choi, CSI, CDT, MAI.

UHSoA Lecture - The Project

The University of Hawaii School of Architecture lecture series Currents is holding another lecture on April 18, 2008 from 5:00pm - 7:00pm in the UH School of Architecture Auditorium Room 205. 

The lecture is titled The Project and is presented by Yungho Chang, Professor/Head, Department of Architecture at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

All lectures are free and open to the public.  Lectures begin at 5pm but seating is limited so early arrival is recommended.  Lectures are followed by a short Q & A session and an informal reception in the courtyard of the Architecture building.  All UHSoA lectures offer AIA/CES LUs and UHSoA is the registered provider.

Click here for a flyer (PDF) with more information about upcoming lectures.  For more information, please visit the University of Hawaii at Manoa School of Architecture website or call them at (808) 956-4904. 

Community Spotlight

2008 Disability Access Conference & Accessible Design Awards

The Disability and Communication Access Board (DCAB) is pleased to announce their 2008 Disability Access Conference: ‘Design for All’ and our 2008 Accessible Design Awards program.  The design awards acknowledge projects that have made Hawaii’s built environment more accessible to all individuals regardless of age or physical abilities. The awards program is a means to recognize those individuals and companies who have not only risen to the challenge but have created buildings and facilities that enhance Hawaii’s entire community.

Submit a project that was substantially complete within the past five years prior to the submittal deadline of July 30, 2008. This year’s categories are: Public Design (State or County), Private Design, Residential Design (Public or Private).  Conference Announcement and Call for Entries.

This year’s design award winners will be honored at a luncheon at the 2008 Disability Access Conference ‘Design for All’ to be held at the Ala Moana Hotel on October 16, 2008.  All award winners will be featured on DCAB’s website, our quarterly newsletter Ha`ilono Kina and our monthly Access E-Bulletin. 

If you have any questions about the awards program or the conference, please contact Mona Higa.

Upcoming Events

April Highlights

APR 20 Family Sunday at the Honolulu Academy of Arts

On Sunday, April 20, 2008 the On Sunday, April 20 there will be a Family Sunday at the Honolulu Academy of Arts.

APR 23 2008 Army Corps of Engineers Workshop

On Wednesday, April 23, 2008 the 13th annual Army COE workshop is being held at the Ala Moana Hotel from 7:30am-1:30pm.  The theme this year is “A Green Future in the Pacific."  Up to 3 AIA/CES LUs (HSW) will be available.

APR 24 Lunch & Learn: Hawaii Glass Block

On Thursday, April 24, 2008 from 12:00pm-1:00pm at the AIA Honolulu Office - Red Room. Participants will learn about properties of Glass Block.  Free for AIA Honolulu members and $20.00 non-members.  This event qualifies for 1.0 AIA/CES LU.

APR 29 Free Public Film and Panel: The Future of Design in Honolulu

On Tuesday, April 29, 2008 from 5:30pm-8:00pm at the Honolulu Design Center.  The Oahu architecture community is hosting a free public showing of “True to Form: Vladimir Ossipoff, Architect”, a one-hour documentary. The public is invited to mix and mingle with the architecture community.


AIA Honolulu Job Board

NEW! 1 Job Listing.  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!  The AIA just 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.

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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