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Island Architect Weekly - 1.15.2019

Posted By AIA Honolulu, Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Martin Luther King Jr. Day - Monday, Jan. 21

The AIA Honolulu office will be closed on Monday, Jan. 21 in observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day.  We will re-open for regular business on Tuesday, January 22 at 9am. 

For info during this period go to AIA Honolulu or the AIA National self-service help page.

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Call for Entries: 2019 KUKULU HALE AWARDS (Letter of Intent Feb. 1)

Recognizing projects and people in the state’s commercial real estate industry

2019 Kukulu Hale Awards, recognizing excellence in Hawaii’s commercial real estate industry. New projects and renovations completed for the public, private and nonprofit sectors are eligible if completed in Hawaii between January 31, 2016 and January 31, 2019. Nominations may be submitted by any person or entity affiliated with the project. 

Important 2019 Dates:
Friday, Feb. 1: Deadline to postmark Letter of Intent to enter
Friday, March 1: Entry portfolios due
Friday, May 3: Awards announced at the Royal Hawaiian Hotel

Entry forms and information are available by calling Barbie Rosario at NAIOP Hawaii, (808) 864-7983, or email or visit

2019 AIA Honolulu Annual Sponsorship Opportunities

Join Us! Start Your Sponsorship Early and Pick Your Programs

Get On Board Early! In 2019 you will see lots of exciting sponsorship and networking opportunities. Support your profession and become an AIA Honolulu Annual Sponsor Today!

Start your partnership by supporting our 2019 Joint Kickoff Party on January 24 and pick which program-specific sponsorship opportunities your firm would like to align with and at what levels. Your options are limitless! 

Email or call us at (808) 628-7245 for questions.

Upcoming Programs & Events

2019 AIA Honolulu & AIA Hawaii Kick-Off Party!
It's Time to Celebrate! Join Us on Thursday, Jan. 24, 5pm-8pm

Enjoy Great Company, LOTS of Amazing Door Prizes & Food Catered by Da Spot

Register Online Today!

Join AIA Honolulu for our annual Kick-Off Party at the Center for Architecture! Bring your colleague(s), friend(s) and/or spouse for a fun evening with great networking. View Party Flyer.

Meet our new 2019 Board and hear what the year will bring.  We will also thank our outgoing board and celebrate our Newly Licensed Architects.

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. 23.  At the Door fee is $60 for ALL.



View 2019 Sponsorship prospectus and start your partnership with AIA Honolulu today. Questions? Email Camilla Nicholas, AIA Honolulu.

Feb 5: 2019 Shinnen Enkai Networking Reception

Register with CICH Online! Deadline to register is Friday, Jan. 25.

When/Where: Tuesday, February 5, 5:30pm - 7:30pm at Café Julia, 1040 Richards Street

AIA Honolulu members are invited to celebrate the New Year and the legislative session with other construction industry leaders and public officials at the Construction Industry Council of Hawaii’s (CICH) traditional Shinnen Enkai or New Year’s Celebration.

This will be an excellent opportunity to learn about related industry issues and meet with your counterparts in the industry and the legislators who will be driving the important issues during this coming session. The CICH serves as the umbrella organization for construction groups in Hawai‘i’s building industry. Cost is $25/person.

Feb 27: 2019 Mentorship Program + Kick Off Pau Hana

Register Online! Online registration to the Kickoff Pau Hana automatically enrolls you in the program. Registration limited to first 25 participants.

When/Where: Wednesday, Feb. 27, 5:30-7:30pm

We invite AIA Honolulu members (AIA, Assoc. AIA, Allied Members), Sister Organization Members and Non-Members to participate in a new mentorship program geared toward emerging professionals and their development.

A formal platform and social group for emerging professionals to engage with industry leaders from diverse backgrounds. Five learning groups will engage a new mentor every other month in Pau Hana setting (five meetings total March - November 2019)

2019 Kick-Off Pau Hana! The program begins with a Kick-Off Pau Hana, which will be an informal gathering to introduce the program and allow participants to meet the mentors and their learning groups. All participants are strongly encouraged to attend the kick-off pau hana.

Program Cost: $50 - Includes Pau Hana Kickoff + 5 Group Mentoring Sessions.

AIA Honolulu Firm Update

Congrats Urban Works, Inc!

Hawaii Community College Palamanui Campus, Kailua-Kona, Hawaii, Featured in 2018 Architectural Portfolio Honoring Education Design Excellence

Urban Works Inc. announced that their project Hawaii Community College, Palamanui Campus, Kailua-Kona, Hawaii was selected for publication in lnforma's American School & University® 2018 Architectural Portfolio. It also won an AIA Honolulu Award of Excellence in 2017.  The project was featured in the November/December 2018 edition of the magazine and also online at An annual competition honoring education design excellence, the Architectural Portfolio spotlights projects representing today's most effective learning environments.  A jury of AIA's Committee on Architecture for Education members and education administrators evaluated submissions from architectural firms, schools and universities across the country. One hundred sixteen projects were chosen for publication in AS&U, an educational facilities, purchasing and business administration magazine reaching 57,000 facility planners, school and university administrators, and architects with this issue. Again, congrats Urban Works Inc!

AIA Honolulu Job Board

Five (5) New Jobs Listed on our 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.

AIA National Updates

AIA Recipients for 2019 Institute Honor Awards for Interior Architecture

AIA is recognizing nine projects with its 2019 Institute Honor Awards for Interior Architecture. The 2019 Interior Architecture program celebrates the most innovative interior spaces. The five-member jury evaluates entries based on design achievement, including sense of place and purpose, ecology and environmental sustainability and history.

Visit AIA’s website for more information on the Institute Honor Awards for Interior Architecture.   

Register Today! Grassroots 2019 March 6-8 in Washington DC

Register Now for Grassroots 2019 and this year's event will be held in Washington, DC March 6-8 at the Renaissance Washington DC Downtown Hotel.

Grassroots 2019 is AIA’s annual leadership and legislative event for elected chapter leaders and chapter staff. This year’s agenda emphasizes chapter and community leadership with workshops designed to help elected chapter officers become more effective chapter and civic leaders. Attendees share information, ideas, and best practices with their counterparts from around the country and are given the opportunity to provide input on AIA initiatives. There are also many networking opportunities with peers and AIA national staff.  This year’s theme is “People. Purpose. Partnerships.” Learn More.

AIA Grassroots 2019 Leadership Conference Scholarship Due Feb. 4

The Call for Applications for Scholarships for Emerging Professionals to attend the AIA Grassroots Leadership Conference in Washington DC on March 6-8 is Now Open! The scholarship is provided to Associates and Young Architect members of AIA, who have been registered less than 10 years. The scholarship covers airfare and registration expenses.  Read more >

Application deadline is February 4, 2019.

Upcoming Community Events

  • Jan 30-Feb 1: 2019 SMPS Pacific Regional Conference
    Two and a half days of professional development through 18 powerful learning sessions, 3 keynote sessions and several fun networking events, this will be a wave you don't want to miss.
    When/Where: January 30-Feb 1 at the Hilton Hawaiian Village Waikiki Beach Resort
    Register: Click Here to register online with SMPS
  • Feb. 11: 2019 Historic Hawaii Foundation Preservation Honor Awards  
    The Historic Hawaii Foundation is seeking preservation projects from all islands and the deadline to submit nominations is February 11.  The Awards offer architects and their project partners a wonderful opportunity to receive recognition for and showcase their preservation-related projects with their peers. Click here for more information.


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