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Island Architect Weekly - Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Posted By AIA Honolulu, Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Veteran's Day - Friday, Nov. 10, 2017

Mahalo to all AIA Honolulu members and family members who served in the U.S. Armed Forces!  The AIA Honolulu Center for Architecture will be closed on Friday, November 10 in observance of Veteran's Day.

We will re-open for regular business on Monday, Nov. 13 at 9:00am. For information during this period visit AIA Honolulu or the AIA National website.

AIA Honolulu Programs

Nov 9: YAF Pau Hana "Talk Story with FAIA"

RSVP Online!  This Free event is capped at 40 attendees. You must RSVP prior to the event as Walk-Ins will not be permitted.

When: Thursday, Nov. 9, 5:30-7:00pm
Where: Peter Vincent Architects, 1021 Smith Street, Penthouse
Bonus: Free Pupus & Wine Tasting

Join the Young Architects Forum (YAF) and AIA Fellows (FAIA) for a joint pau hana with delicious pupus and wine tasting.

Peter Vincent, FAIA, has offered to host the event at his office conveniently located downtown. Learn about their experience and journey to becoming a Fellow and listen to our local FAIA talk story about their favorite clients.

The local committee of YAF is a part of AIA Honolulu serving the interests of the licensed out to ten years licensure (and the young at heart).

Mahalo YAF Sponsors!     

Nov 11: Architectural Walking Tour - 6 Spots Still Available!

Haven't attended one of our regular Architectural Walking Tours with AIA Honolulu?  This is a fun architectural treat that should not be missed. Invite your family and friends for some holiday fun.

Advanced Registration Online is Required:

Saturday, Nov 11 from 9am-11:30am

The tour is of downtown Honolulu through the eyes of an architect from 9am-11:30am (check in 8:45am) starting at the Center for Architecture.

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITY! At this time we are also in need of 4 more walking tour guides. If this sounds like a fun opportunity and you want more information please email Purnima McCutcheon, AIA.

How to Give a Presentation Tomorrow & Sleep Well Tonight (1.5 LU/Session)

Become a More Effective and Confident Communicator and Leader!
Join Pam Chambers, Hawaii's Presentation Coach since 1985. She has coached architects, contractors, entertainers and CEO's.  View Event Flyer.

Register Online for Sessions:
Wednesdays from 11:45-1:30pm at the Center for Architecture

AIA/CES LU: All sessions qualifies for 1.5 AIA/CES LUs.

Cost: $60 AIA Members / $75 Non-Members per session.


Nov 16: Free Program at the UHM School of Architecture

"What It Is Weʻre Talking About When We Talk About Built Environments"

RSVP Online!  Free and Open to the Public.

Join Us for the November General Membership Meeting, being held in collaboration with the UHM School of Architecture, UHSAAA and AIAS!

When/Where: Thursday, Nov. 16, 5:30pm-8pm, UHM School of Architecture. Lecture followed by a reception.

Speakers: Keynote remarks by Michael Bruno, UHM Vice Chancellor for research/Interim Vice Chancellor for academic affairs. Panel discussion: Charles Kaneshiro, AIA, President/COO, G70; H. Ron Riggs, PhD, Interim Dean, UHM College of Engineering; Lauren Roth Venu, Founding Principal, Roth Ecological Design.

Mahalo GMM Sponsor!

This is a FREE opportunity for AIA Honolulu members to listen to incredible speaker/panelists, interact with colleagues, and show our support for the future Architectural leaders in our community.  We highly encourage you to attend this unique, collaborative event at the School of Architecture.


Dec 1: Celebrate the Season! 2017 Design & Construction Industry Holiday Party

Join AIA Honolulu, the NKBA Aloha Chapter, BIA-Hawaii and the ASID Hawaii as we celebrate the holidays together! View Party Flyer.

Register Online with BIA-Hawaii - Space is limited.

When/Where: Friday, Dec. 1, 5:30-10:30pm, Ko'olau Ballroom, 45-550 Kionaole Rd, Kaneohe

Cocktails | Amazing Food | Live Music

5:30pm: No-Host Cocktails & Reception
6:30pm: Buffet Dinner & Program
7:30- 10:30pm: Dancing & Celebrating

Cost: $50 per person

Celebrate the holidays with colleagues, friends and other design professionals from throughout Hawaii!

AIA Honolulu & Member Update

Congrats! Michael Ka’ainoni, AIA Featured on

Congratulations to our own AIA Honolulu member Michael Ka’ainoni, AIA for being featured on  This is one of the first Native Hawaiian and individual members from Hawaii to be featured.

This was possible due to the work of our AIA Honolulu member and Board member Jason Takuchi, Assoc. AIA due to his involvement with the National Associates Committee who has been conducting individual member interviews on the topic of mentorship.

Congrats to both Michael and Jason for putting AIA Honolulu on the map!

Canstruction Featured in the MidWeek Central Oahu Voice Community News

Take a look at the latest issue of MidWeek Central Oahu Voice Community News where several Canstruction teams have been featured. This is a great short story featuring our annual Canstruction competition and teams.  Thank you for all involved and we hope to see you back in 2018!

Longhouse Design+Build Receives 4 Awards at BIA-Hawaii’s Renaissance Awards

On October 6, 2017 BIA-Hawaii celebrated its 32nd Annual Renaissance Home Building and Remodeling Awards.

Longhouse Design+Build was honored with four awards including the Overall Grand Award for Commercial Remodeling, the Grand Award for Outdoor Living, the Grand Award for New Residential and the Carl Reppun Award named in memory of the Renaissance Awards’ first chairman in recognition of “Small Contractor Building Excellence”.
Photo (L to R):  Alan Labbe of D.R. Horton, Mike Young, Timothy Hamilton, AIA, Jennifer Harada Okino, AIA and Jeffrey T, Long, AIA of Longhouse Design+Build, Craig Washofsky of Servco and Cathleen Main of BIA-Hawaii
Photo:  Elepaio Residence - Grand Award for New Residential & The Carl Reppun Award

AIA National Update

Tax Reform - Get Ready to Mobilize

Last week, congressional leaders unveiled the Tax Credits and Jobs Act (H.R. 1) to rewrite our nation’s tax code. Based on AIA's preliminary assessment of the proposal, this bill could do real damage to thousands of architecture firms and would eliminate incentives for good design.

The bill excludes professional services such as architecture firms from the same lower small business tax rates as other industries, essentially forcing them to pay higher taxes than other business types. The proposal also eliminates a significant number of deductions, credits, and other incentives like the Historic Tax Credit and the tax deduction for energy efficient commercial buildings (179D).

The combination of higher taxes on design firms and fewer incentives for good design could be devastating to architects and the communities they serve. It is imperative that you make your voice heard – please tell your representatives how these changes will affect you and your business.

Congressional leaders say they hope to pass this tax reform package by the end of the year. That’s why we are mobilizing now.  Over the coming weeks, AIA will continue meeting with legislators in Washington, D.C. and engaging AIA members across the country as this proposal makes its way through the legislative process. Click here to read statement issued by AIA President Tom Vonier, FAIA.

How can you help?  Join the AIA Legislative Action Network (LAN) and receive in-depth, up to date information on this and other key issues. You’ll be invited to briefings and trainings that strengthen your advocacy activities and ensure you’re the first to know how federal legislation affects you. You also can make your voice heard now by sending a letter to your members of Congress to urge them to protect the tax provisions that affect you the most: Green Building Incentives, Historic Tax Credit or S Corps.
STAY ALERT – this bill may move fast, and if it does, we will need to mobilize quickly.  If you see an AIA Action Alert in your inbox, don’t delete it: Read it and ACT. It may be our only opportunity to weigh in with Congress.  Together, we can speak up for our shared values as architects and make sure that we are at the table when Congress makes big decisions that affect us.

AIA Honolulu Job Board

Five Jobs Listed on our Job Board

Jobs are posted for 1 month. Posting fee: $25/members, $40/non-members.

Renew Your 2018 AIA Membership

Renew Your 2018 AIA Membership Today! An AIA membership connects you to 90,000 professionals who share your passion for architecture

2018 Dues Installment Program! Prefer to split up your membership dues payments? Select that option when renewing online. Reinstating Members must enroll through a manual process by completing a Dues Installment Program enrollment form and a membership application. Email AIA Honolulu for questions.

Partnering with Sister Organizations

Nov 14: BIA-Hawaii: Still Houseless in Hawaii: A Sensible Way Forward

Register Online with BIA-Hawaii!  AIA Honolulu is an Event Sponsor!

BIA-Hawaii is holding its 3rd Still Houseless in Hawaii Summit examining root causes for the housing shortage and bring possible solutions to the table. View Event Flyer.

When/Where: Tuesday, Nov. 14, 8am-12pm at the Pomaika‘i Ballroom, Dole Cannery

Cost: $95 for BIA-Hawaii & Partner Members (AIA, Chamber of Commerce, NAIOP)

UHSAAA Holiday Event

Dec 8: UHSAAA Hosting 3rd Annual Holiday Social "Cheers to the Year"

Register Online! UHSAAA is hosting its 3rd Annual Holiday Social "Cheers to the Year" Dec. 8, 6pm-8pm at the Center for Architecture. Attend a pau hana gathering where alumni, professionals and students can mingle, reminisce and kick off the holiday season.


This will be a one-night sponsorship opportunity for alumni and soon-to-graduate DArch students of the UH School of Architecture. Students will be displaying brief descriptions of their two years of research.


Tickets: $10.00 for General Admission and $20.00 for Sponsors (incl. pupus and two drink tickets). It will be Aloha Friday, so Casual Business attire is encouraged. 


If you opt to sponsor a student, you will be contacted with a list of students and their dissertation topic to choose as your mentee. Consider sponsoring a student whose research resonates with your interests.


Questions? Email UHSAAA at or call Henry Schneider Assoc. AIA at 748-9002.

Upcoming Events in the Community

  • Nov. 9: Hawaii's First Aloha Expo 2017
    INspiration's Kitchen and Bath division has put together a one day Expo with two International speakers,  vendor booths and a cool reception for the industry at the end of the expo.
    There is no fee to attend the expo or seminars which come with CE units.
    When/Where: Thursday, Nov. 9, 9am-5:30pm, INspiration Design Studio, Honolulu Design Center
    Pre-Register: Call (808) 237-5460 or email the Design Studio at INspiration.

  • Nov 11: The 2017 Hawaii International Film Festival (HIFF): COLUMBUS
    The 2017 HIFF presented by Halekulani takes place Nov. 2-12. "COLUMBUS" is about a renowned architecture scholar who falls suddenly ill during a speaking tour, his son Jin finds himself stranded in Columbus, Ind, a small Midwestern city celebrated for its many significant modernist buildings. This film wowed audiences at Sundance. View Film Flyer.
    When/Where: November 11, 5:30pm at the Regal Dole Cannery Stadium 18
    Discounted Tickets: AIA Honolulu is an HIFF out reach partner and our members receives discounted tickets with the promotional code HIFF2017.

  • Nov 14: Running Your Business Today for Future Succession Planning
    Setting up the business for a third party sale, family business planning, avoiding costly partnership disputes, retirement plans that benefit the owner etc. Heavy pupus and drinks hosted
    When/Where: Nov. 14, 5:30pm-7pm at the Outrigger Canoe Club, Duke's Room
    RSVP: RSVP by emailing Sam Haas or call at (808) 206-9812.

  • Nov. 15: Free Elkay's CEU Webinar: Sink Sense (1 HSW)
    To facilitate the sink selection process, this webinar provides an overview of the sink materials, configurations utilized in residential applications with a focus on style, functionality and material durability.
    When/Where: Wednesday, Nov. 15, 12pm CST
    Topic: Navigating Today’s Vast Kitchen Sink Market Course
    Register: Click here to register online.

  • Fall Seminar Series: Green Infrastructure Designing for a Resilient Landscape in Hawaiʻi
    When/Where: Wednesdays 3:30-4:20pm, St. John 11 at UHM
    (You could also join from your PC, Mac, Linux, iOS or Android:
    A seminar series on the positive impacts of Green Infrastructure (GI) on watershed health, especially in relation to populated areas:
    Nov. 15:  GI Design & Implementation in Communities Judith Stilgenbauer (UH School of Architecture)
    Nov. 29:  Cultural & Community benefits Kanekoa Kukea-Shultz (Kākoʻo ʻŌiwi)

Annual Sponsorship Opportunities

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