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Island Architect Weekly - Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Posted By AIA Honolulu, Monday, November 20, 2017

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Happy Thanksgiving from AIA Honolulu

Give thanks this holiday and enjoy your family, friends and colleagues!

Thanksgiving is a time, for reviewing what we treasure,
the people we hold dear, who give us so much pleasure.
Without you as my friend, life would be a bore;
having you in my life, Is what I'm thankful for.

Closed Nov. 23 - 24. We will re-open on Mon, Nov. 27 at 9:00am. For information during this period go to AIA Honolulu or the AIA National self-service help page.

CORRECTION! Memorial Service Update

Frank Haines, FAIA Celebration of Life on December 27, 4pm

We now have updated Celebration of Life information for Frank Haines, FAIA ME to share with you.

When:   Wednesday, Dec. 27, 4pm
Where: The Star of the Sea School field, located at 4469 Malia Street, Honolulu (field adjacent to Kahala Nui)

There is limited parking in the School’s parking lot, along Malia Street and along Aliikoa Street.

AIA Honolulu Update

It’s Here!  The AIA Honolulu Housing Committee Blog

AIA Honolulu Members, please visit the first and only AIA Honolulu Housing Committee Blog! If you are interested in joining our committee and / or posting a topic for discussion on our blog please email Questor Lau, AIA.

Notice: All posts are the opinions of the individual posting it, who is solely responsible for its content. Opinions expressed do not represent the opinions of the Honolulu AIA or the Honolulu AIA Housing Committee.

Volunteer Opportunity! Two Guides Needed for Saturday Architectural Walking Tours

As you might already know AIA Honolulu offers architectural walking tours on pre-reserved Saturday mornings. The tour is of downtown Honolulu through the eyes of an architect and goes from 9am-11:30am (check in 8:45am) with the start at the Center for Architecture.

Two (2) Volunteers Wanted! At this time we are in need of 2 more walking tour guides. You will only be asked to guide tours once every few months. This is an excellent opportunity to promote architecture to the public and give back to the organization, all while getting some fresh air and exercise.

Interested? If you are interested or want more information please email Purnima McCutcheon, AIA.

AIA Honolulu Programs

Dec 1: 2017 Design & Construction Industry Holiday Party

Online Registration Closes TOMORROW Wednesday, Nov. 22! Join AIA Honolulu, the NKBA Aloha Chapter, BIA-Hawaii and the ASID Hawaii as we celebrate the holidays together.

Register Online with BIA-Hawaii - Deadline Nov. 22!

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

Dec 6: Attend Our Last Presentation Session (1.5 LU)
How to Give a Presentation Tomorrow & Sleep Well Tonight

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.

Register Online:

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

Dec 7: AIA-GCA Meeting "The Construction Process: Evolution of the Documents…Including the Construction BIM Model"

Register Online!

3-Part AIA-GCA Series: Our third and final session will focus on how the Construction Documents form the basis of the construction and describe how the drawings evolve through the construction phase through the RFI, ASI, PCD, and CO processes.  Join us to better understand how Contractors are using BIM for their virtual construction models, the technologies being utilized to track & document changes in both the field and office, and the post-construction model being offered to the Owners for management of their new facilities. 

When/Where: Thursday, Dec. 7, 11:30am-1pm, Center for Architecture. Brown bag session.

This presentation will focus on how the Construction Documents change and evolve during the Construction Phase and Post-Construction period. 

Cost: $10 for AIA Honolulu/GCA members & $20 for non-members.

Dec 14: Attend Our December Community Service Event

Register Online Today!

Our December General Membership Meeting will be a community service event free and open to AIA Honolulu members that sign up and bring a gift. It will be similar to last year with gift wrapping and tag making plus food and drinks hosted by SSFM.

When:  Thursday, December 14, 11:30-1pm
Where: Center for Architecture

Cost: AIA members/free & Non-AIA members/$10

Chosen non-profit beneficiary organization will be announced soon on the AIA Honolulu website.

Dec 14: YAF Pau Hana Event at Tchin Tchin

RSVP Online! We are asking for advanced online registration for planning purposes.

It has been a great year!  Thank you to all who have supported and attended various YAF events throughout 2017. Please join the Young Architects Forum (YAF) for a no host pau hana  event as we get together one last time before ringing in the new year.

When:   Thursday, December 14th, 5:30-7:00 pm
Where:  39 N. Hotel Street, Honolulu, HI 96817 (upstairs)

Cost:  Free (no host food and drink)

Jan 25: Register Now for the 2018 AIA Honolulu Kick Off Party

Celebrate with Us! Bring your colleagues, friends and spouse for a fun evening with great networking.

Register Online Today!

Join AIA Honolulu, AIA Hawaii State Council and the Hawaii Architectural Foundation for our a joint Kick-Off Party at the Center for Architecture! View Party Flyer.

Come meet the new 2018 Board members from all three organizations hear what the year will bring.  For this years festivities we will also be celebrating Newly Licensed Architects.

     Thursday, Jan. 25 from 5pm - 8pm
Where:    Center for Architecture

Refreshments: Included in the price is two drinks and delicious heavy pupus.

Cost: $40 for AIA Members (AIA, FAIA, ME, Allied), $30 for Assoc. AIA Members, $50 for Non-Members and $20 for Students until Jan. 24.  At the Door fee is $60 for members and non-members.


Become an Annual AIA Honolulu Sponsor & Start with the Kick Off Party!
Start the year off by becoming an annual sponsor with focus on the Kick Off Party for the best coverage through the year. View our Annual Sponsorship form and start your partnership with AIA Honolulu today.

Questions? Email Camilla Nicholas, AIA Honolulu or call her at (808) 628-7245.

AIA National Update

Tax Reform's Impact on Architects

The House recently passed a sweeping tax reform bill, and the Senate is preparing to follow suit. AIA has concerns about the impact on architecture businesses, as well as the elimination of incentives for historic preservation and energy efficiency.
Learn more >

Architecture Billings Bounce Back    

After a stand-alone month of contracting demand for design services, there was a modest uptick in the Architecture Billings Index (ABI) for October. As a leading economic indicator of construction activity, the ABI reflects the approximate nine to twelve-month lead time between architecture billings and construction spending. The American Institute of Architects (AIA) reported the October ABI score was 51.7, up from a score of 49.1 in the previous month. This score reflects an increase in design services provided by U.S. architecture firms (any score above 50 indicates an increase in billings). The new projects inquiry index was 60.2, up from a reading of 59.0 the previous month, while the new design contracts index eased slightly from 52.9 to 52.8.

“As we enter the fourth quarter, there is enough design activity occurring that construction conditions should remain healthy moving through 2018,” said AIA Chief Economist, Kermit Baker, Hon. AIA, PhD. “Extended strength in inquiries and new design contracts, along with balanced growth across the major building sectors signals further gains throughout the construction industry.”  Read more >

Apply for 2018-2019 Architects Foundation Scholarships

The Architects Foundation scholarship application period for 2018-2019 is now open. From now through January 17 students may apply for the Diversity Advancement Scholarship and Payette Sho-Ping Chin Memorial Academic Scholarship. These scholarships are available to a wide-range of students pursuing a degree in architecture.
Learn more >

Call for Submissions: Diversity Recognition Program

The AIA Diversity Recognition Program recognizes architects, components, and others for exemplary commitment and contributions to diversifying the profession of architecture. The deadline to submit is January 24.
Submit application >

Deadline extended for the Grassroots Leadership Excellence Awards

The deadline has been extended for the Grassroots Leadership Awards. The new deadline is Friday, December 1. Enter to win a monetary award for your component or project. First place winners will receive $1,000 and second place winners will receive $500.  To submit, please create a new account with Cadmium. Your AIA credentials will not work.
Deadline: December 1
Submission guidelines >
Submit your project >

Call for 2018 National Candidates

The call for nominations of candidates to stand for election at the AIA Conference on Architecture 2018, is open through January 31, 2018.

Submit Your Sustainable Project to COTE Top Ten

COTE Top Ten is the industry's best-known awards program for sustainable design excellence. The Award highlights achievements in both design intent and actual performance across the triple bottom line of social, economic, and environmental value. Submissions are due by January 17 at 5pm ET.
Learn more and apply >

AIA Innovation Award Recipients Announced

The Innovation Awards recognize the exemplary use and implementation of innovative technologies and progressive practices among architects and designers, their collaborators, and their clients, in support of the design, delivery and operation of buildings or research in practice and academia.
View the recipients >

AIA Honolulu Job Board

Six Jobs Listed on our Job Board

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

UHM School of Architecture Events

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

  • 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. 29:  Cultural & Community benefits Kanekoa Kukea-Shultz (Kākoʻo ʻŌiwi)

  • Nov 29: SMPS Lunch Program: Effective Communication Strategies (1 LU)
    Join SMPS for this month’s Marketer’s Toolkit where Richard Ma of Presentation Resources will explain how to utilize video and other media sources to create a more vibrant presentation.
    When/Where: Wednesday, Nov. 29, 11:45am-1pm, Center for Architecture
    Topic: Effective Communication Strategies
    Cost: $0 SMPS Members and $25 for Non-SMPS Members
    Register: Click here to register online for this SMPS lunch program

Annual Sponsorship Opportunities

Become a Sponsor and Show Your Support

Annual Sponsorship! Interested in increased visibility throughout the entire year? Sign up today for 12 continuous months of benefits!  View our Sponsorship prospectus and start your partnership with AIA Honolulu today.  Sponsor Your Chapter Today & Add Your Firm Logo Here!

Email Camilla Nicholas, AIA Honolulu or call (808) 628-7245.

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