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Island Architect Weekly - 4.7.2020

Posted By AIA Honolulu, 16 hours ago

Tuesday, April 7, 2020

REMINDER! COVID-19 Member Survey

Survey Deadline is April 10! Help AIA Honolulu Assist You Better

If you already take then survey - mahalo!  As the architectural profession and construction industry responds to the novel coronavirus, we all have questions. While there is a tremendous amount of uncertainty surrounding the pandemic, what we know for certain is there will be impacts on your business, your clients, your employees and your projects.

CLICK HERE to respond to our brief survey on how COVID-19 is affecting your practice to help us understand how we can better assist you. Deadline is Friday, April 10, 2020.

COVID-19 Updates

COVID-19 Hospital Advisory Committee Update

A Message from Committee Chair Don Shaw, AIA

As the pandemic has unfolded, various members of the AIA Honolulu chapter expressed concerns upon reading about the projected shortage of hospital facilities in Hawaii.

Our initial focus was to convey, to local authorities, the idea that hotel rooms and similar facilities could be converted to healthcare use in an emergency such as this one. As we were engaged in this effort, Lt. General Semonite of the US Army Corps of Engineers announced that the Corps was proceeding with feasibility studies in NYC, to do something similar, funded by FEMA. Click here for more detailed information.

Subsequently, it was announced that USACE was proceeding to do similar studies here in Hawaii, starting with the Convention Center. When we learned that the Corps was requesting qualifications from local design-build teams to carry out this work, our committee attempted to get the word out to interested AIA firms. Although the notice was extremely ‘short-fuse’, some of our firms managed to respond to the request.

At present we are monitoring these efforts. We will try to keep the membership informed of any concrete plans to create additional healthcare facilities in Hawaii. If you have relevant information or questions on the subject, please don’t hesitate to email Don Shaw, AIA or call him at 808-295-7429.

Updates! AIA Honolulu COVID-19 Resource Page

Take a look for the latest! AIA Honolulu is constantly updating our COVID-19 resource page with current information as we receive it.

Questions? Email AIA Honolulu at or call 808-628-7243.

Hawaii State Licensing for Architects

Hawaii State Licensing for Architects due April 30, 2020

The State of Hawaii's renewal cycle for professional licensing of Architects, Engineers, Surveyors and Landscape Architects (every two years) is coming up on April 30, 2020 - Renew Online.

Continuing Education Requirements: Between May 1, 2018 - April 30, 2020 you need 16 hours of continuing education in public protection topics, such as health, safety and welfare (HSW). Fulfillment of the CE requirement is subject to random audit by the State of Hawaii. If a person was licensed during the 1st year of the biennium, 8 CE credits are required. If licensed during the 2nd year of the biennium, no CE is required.

Check Your AIA Transcript: Go to and check your transcript under Career and Continuing Education using the date range of May 1, 2018 through April 30, 2020.

Cost for Architects: $130. Do not renew online if you are requesting a waiver or modification of the CE requirement.

General Licensing Questions? Call 808-586-3000 between 7:45am-4:15pm. 

AIA Transcript Questions? Call AIA National at 1-800-242-3837. You can also email AIA Honolulu or call us at 808.628.7245.

Upcoming Continuing Education Opportunities

Still Need CEU's before April 30?

AIAU is Open 24/7 

We're in the midst of a pandemic and to help you navigate these uncertain times, AIA has made some of AIAU's best business and tech courses available to you for free.

More Upcoming Virtual Continuing Education Opportunities

APR 9: Health, Wellness, & Specifying LVT (1 HSW)

Register with Armstrong Flooring! Thursday, April 9, 1pm EST (7am HI)
Human health and wellness and luxury vinyl tile (LVT) are increasingly important design elements for building spaces. This course explores the intersection of these two design trends, provides insight into specifying LVT that achieves WELL Building Standard® Features and has been approved by the IDCEC, AIA for HWS and the Green Business Certification Institute for WELL AP credit.

APR 9: Architecture in a Time of Pandemic (1 LU)

Register Online with AIA Austin: Thursday, April 9 at 2pm CST (9am HI). FREE (500 limit)
The webinar will be led by two very smart construction lawyers, one of whom served as a board member for 11 years and has been an Honorary AIA Austin member since 2012. Expect some very insightful and helpful information to be shared that will hopefully aid members in navigating their practices under the current circumstances.

APR 16: The Role of Flooring in Room Acoustics (1 HSW)

 Register with Armstrong Flooring! Thursday, April 16, 1pm EST (7am HI)
The Role of Flooring in Room Acoustics describes the fundamental properties of sound and how acoustical design impacts indoor environmental quality (IEQ). The role of acoustics in green building rating systems will be described and examples comparing acoustical design criteria in LEED 2009 and LEED® v4 will be reviewed.

APR 21: Action Now: Accelerating Pathways to Decarbonization (6.5 HSW)

Register with AIA Seattle! Tuesday, April 21, 8:30am-5pm PST (5:30am-2pm HI). FREE
AIA Seattle has moved their climate summit online, and they are inviting members from across the country to join them at no cost.  This will take place as a series of 4 live webinars on April 21.  Attendees may register for as many or as few of the sessions of the four sessions as they wish.  Together, these sessions will offer a total of 6.5 LU HSW.  Live webinars are limited to 500 participants each. 

This summit will explore high-impacts actions in policy and practice that make actionable differences in atmospheric carbon over the next five years, including : 1) Reducing embodied carbon in new construction, including both materials and the construction process; 2) Electrification of buildings; and 3) Retrofitting existing buildings.  What are the data-driven interventions that will pay the highest dividends immediately, and what will position us to stay on the path to 2030 targets and net-zero 2050? What are the regulatory and financial frameworks necessary to support this scale and urgency?

AIA Honolulu Member in the Media

Virtual Interview on COVID-19: Bettina Mehnert, FAIA, CEO, AHL

Take a look at an article by Steve Petranik, Editor of Hawaii Business Magazine titled "Virtual Interview on COVID-19: Bettina Mehnert, CEO, AHL" featured on April 1, 2020.

Bettina was asked the 5 below questions. Click here for her replies.

  1. How are you coping amid the COVID-19 crisis?
  2. Did your business continuity plan work or were there surprises?
  3. Have you found silver linings in these difficult times?
  4. How are you maintaining your company culture?
  5. Do you have advice for other local companies?

AIA National Updates

March 2020 Special Report

Moving ahead, challenging times confront the design professions

AIA National released a report this week outlining the potential impact of COVID-19 on the design and construction industry. The recent survey conducted by AIA National found that “50% of architecture firms reported fewer new design projects for March—as of the March 23 survey date—as compared to their expectations entering the month. The percentage increased to 59% for new inquiries for design work. In terms of work on active projects, the overwhelming majority of architecture firms (83%) are anticipating a decline in revenue for March relative to their expectations heading into the month, with over a third of firms estimating that their revenue will be at least 10% below expectations.” Read the full report.

AIA Honolulu Job Board

3 Jobs Total Posted on the AIA Honolulu Job Board

Post a job with AIA Honolulu!
Jobs are posted for 1 month. Posting fee: $25/members, $40/non-members.

AIA National Career Center

The AIA National Career Center is also a great place to look for your next career or post a job. Check back frequently as new jobs are posted every day.

Upcoming Community Events 

  • Apr 22: SMPS Hawaii: Digital Marketing & Social Media Strategies
    In the age of COVID-19 and social distancing, digital marketing and social media plays a critical role in staying connected to your clients and building new business. Speakers Howard J. Wolff, FSMPS, Most Senior Person, Full-Height Advice, Jackie Jaques-Smythe, EVP, Anthology Public Relations and Dale R. Keep, Owner of Key3Marketing, LLC.
    When/Where: Wednesday, April 22, 11:30am-1pm, Webinar
    Cost: Free for SMPS Members and $25 for Non-Members
    RSVP: Click here to register online.

2020 AIA Honolulu Annual Sponsorship Opportunities

Together We Are Strong! Join Us in 2020 & Support Your Chapter

Align your firm with relevant programs and events! In 2020 we will offer new professional development programs, more advocacy efforts and greater visibility for your firm. Options are limitless as we offer lots of different programs and levels to choose from. View our updated Sponsorship Prospectus.

Questions? Email or call us (808) 628-7245 for questions or to pledge your support.

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