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Island Architect Weekly - Monday, June 27, 2016

Posted By AIA Honolulu, Monday, June 27, 2016

Monday, June 27, 2016

Next Monday! Happy Fourth of July

Happy Early 4th of July from AIA Honolulu

The AIA Honolulu office will be closed on Monday, July 4th in observance of Independence Day.  We will return to work on Tuesday, July 5.  We wish all our members a Safe and Happy Holiday!

Need Assistance? For questions please visit

The AIA National office will also be closed on Monday, July 4, 2016.  If you need assistance during that time, please visit the self-service help page.

Deadline This Friday! AIA Honolulu Submissions

LAST WEEK!  Submit Your Projects by Friday, July 1

Start Your Online Submission HERE - $400 per entry

9/17  –  Design Awards Gala Sat, Sep. 17 at NOAA Inouye Regional Center (security clearance required).

View our 2016 AIA Honolulu Design Awards Information.

Mahalo 2016 AIA Honolulu Design Awards Sponsors!

Deadline This Thursday June 30! 

The "AIA/HAF Gordon W. Bradley Humanitarian Award” is intended to acknowledge a person who has given his or her time and energy to benefit society. View our 2016 Call for Nominations.

Deadline June 30: All nominations must be submitted to AIA Honolulu by end of day June 30. Review our nomination information and email submissions to Abigail Spencer, AIA Honolulu EVP.

Hawaii State Licensing Advisor

Replacement Suggestions Needed for Hawaii State Licensing Advisor

Our current Hawaii State Licensing Advisor, Laurel Swan, AIA, is moving to New York in October (she will be missed) and we are therefor looking for possible replacement suggestions for this role.

This is an exciting opportunity for any individual interested and the biggest part will be to stay up to date on new issues, discuss licensing issues with individuals and pass on information through presentations.

Email your suggestions: Please email Abigail Spencer, AIA Honolulu EVP.

Upcoming AIA Honolulu Programs

June 28 - Hawaii Engineering and Architecture Intern Forum

Shaping the Future of our Profession!

Once a week through Wednesday July 20 we are inviting all architecture and engineering interns to the Center for Architecture from 12pm-1pm, where they will be given perspective into life after school. Industry and non-industry professionals will speak on where they've been, what they've thought, and how life has evolved along the way, showing how the opportunities each of them had can shape the future of our profession, and WHY WE DO WHAT WE DO to influence the world around us. See specific dates.

RSVP Today! RSVP by emailing Robert Kubota, VP, Douglas Engineering Pacific, Inc. or call him at (808) 687-6875. Lunch will be provided.

June 29: SHADE Institute presents: Transit Oriented Development Roundtable

SHADE Institute invites you to attend a Transit Oriented Development (TOD) Roundtable at the Center for Architecture on Wednesday, June 29 from 12-1:30pm.

Featured Speakers:

  • Harrison Rue, City & County of Honolulu, DPP TOD Administrator
  • Aki Marceau, AICP, HART, Land Use and Sustainability Planner
  • Deepak Neupane, AIA, HCDA, Director of Planning and Development
  • Rodney Funakoshi, AICP, State Office of Planning, Planning and Program Administrator
  • Moderator: Dean Sakamoto, FAIA, of the SHADE Institute  

Kāpili Waipahu Project: This year, the SHADE Summer Institute—a program that brings together interns and professionals from the fields of urban planning, architecture and landscape architecture to provide training and service—will learn from Waipahu’s people and rich heritage. Kāpili, in the Hawaiian language means to “unite” or “put together. ” The Kāpili Waipahu, effort will strive to strengthen bonds within Waipahu’s urban core through planning and design.

July 2: Architectural Walking Tour with Frank Haines, FAIA

Haven't attended one of our regular Architectural Walking Tours with Frank Haines, FAIA?  This is a rare architectural treat that should not be missed.

Kick off your three day weekend right with one of our walking tour legends. This treat is for both members and non-members.

Advanced Registration Online is Required:
Saturday, July 2 from 9am-11:30am

Associate AIA Update

Emerge by AIAU - Earn AXP credit hours online

Are you on the path to licensure? Currently completing NCARB’s Architectural Experience Program (AXP)? Looking to gain some extra experience hours? Emerge by AIAU provides emerging professionals with online video-based education courses, supplying knowledge that is not always available at firms. Emerge by AIAU is free for Associate AIA members. AIA members receive a discounted price of $25 and anyone else may purchase the videos for $40. Learn more!

Reminder! IDP is Now AXP

The Architectural Experience Program (AXP), formerly the Intern Development Program (IDP), officially launches June 29. See NCARB website for details.

Plan Ahead! Attend our ARE Sessions at the Center for Architecture

Mark your calendars for every 4th Thursday (almost) for the rest of the year. Register online today.

Online registration is now open:

AIA Honolulu Job Board

Four (4) New Jobs Just Listed + 10 Total Opportunities!

View ALL jobs on the AIA Honolulu Job Board.

AIA National Update

Call for Presentations: 2017 AIA Convention

The Call for Presentations for the AIA 2017 Convention in Orlando is open. We encourage all presenters and experts with compelling content to submit a proposal for 1) 60- or 90-minute presentation sessions or panel discussions and 2) half-day and full-day preconference workshops.

Call for Proposals: 2017 AIA Women's Leadership Summit

The 2017 AIA Women's Leadership Summit – which will host 400 architectural leaders – welcomes proposals for sessions and presentations on the theme "Creating Tailwinds." New ideas and scholarship with a diversity of topics and presentation styles are sought. 

May ABI Shows Continued Demand For Building

Led by a still active multi-family housing market and sustained by solid levels of demand for new commercial and retail properties, the Architecture Billings Index has accelerated to its highest score in nearly a year. 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 AIA reported the May ABI score was 53.1, up sharply from the mark of 50.6 in the previous month. This score reflects an increase in design services (any score above 50 indicates an increase in billings). The new projects inquiry index was 60.1, up from a reading of 56.9 the previous month.

“Business conditions at design firms have hovered around the break-even rate for the better part of this year,” said AIA Chief Economist, Kermit Baker, Hon. AIA, PhD.  “Demand levels are solid across the board for all project types at the moment.  Of particular note, the recent surge in design activity for institutional projects could be a harbinger of a new round of growth in the broader construction industry in the months ahead.”

Upcoming Events in the Community


Mahalo to Annual Chapter Sponsors

Join Us & Support Your Chapter!  Email or call us at (808) 628-7244 for sponsorship opportunities.

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