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Island Architect Weekly - Monday, June 6, 2016

Posted By Camilla Nicholas, Monday, June 6, 2016

Monday, June 6, 2016

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June 21: Attend CSI Honolulu's Installation & Awards Dinner + Special Tabletops

Attend CSI Honolulu's 2016-2017 Installation & Awards Dinner on Tuesday, June 21, 5pm at the Plaza Club.  David Kaahaaina of Allana Buick & Bers, will be installed as the CSI Honolulu President. Come celebrate outgoing and incoming officers and directors, as well as, accomplishments of their members with Chapter Awards. View flyer.

Mini-expo! Network with good friends and food and visit with the special tabletop presenters!

Reservations: Fill out the registration form to attend or for a table top. Email CSI Honolulu or call 847-1862.

King Kamehameha Day June 10

King Kamehameha Day - AIA Honolulu Closed June 10

The AIA Honolulu office will be closed on Friday, June 10 in observance of the King Kamehameha holiday.

Don't miss the 100th Anniversary King Kamehameha Celebration Floral Parade taking place on June 11. The parade will begin at 9:00 a.m. at ʻIolani Palace in downtown Honolulu.

AIA/HAF Gordon W. Bradley Humanitarian Award

Keep Your Nominations Coming until 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. This award was originally created to perpetuate Gordon Bradley’s special spirit by acknowledging individuals who, through his or her career in the profession, have exemplified this giving attitude. 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.

2016 AIA Honolulu Design Awards

Submit Today! Let Us Help You Show Off Your Work (Deadline June 27)

Start Your Online Submission - $400 per entry
6/27  –  Submissions completed, paid for and submitted online by June 27
9/17  –  Design Awards Gala Sat, Sep. 17 at NOAA Inouye Regional Center (security clearance required).

View our 2016 AIA Honolulu Design Awards Information 

NEW! Student Design Awards Category (Students Only)For the first time ever, AIA Honolulu has established a Student Design Awards category to recognize student achievements in the design studio and provide a forum for student work to be celebrated.  Click the link for details!

Upcoming AIA Honolulu Programs

June 16: Attend GMM Program "Driving Client Loyalty" (1 LU)

Register Online! Thursday, June 16, 11:30am-1:00pm at the Center for Architecture.

Topic: "Driving Client Loyalty" - View Flyer
Keeping clients happy takes more than just being a great architect. This session will focus on how to cultivate and nurture successful client relationships through non-technical, 'soft skill' techniques. Attendees will come away with proven tips and tricks on building loyalty with existing clients.

Guest Speaker: Mark Tawara, Hon. Affiliate, has over 20 years of experience in marketing, business, management and operations in the AEC industry.

Cost: AIA Members: $0 No Lunch/$15 Lunch. Non-Members: $20 No Lunch/$30 Lunch.

June 21: Positioning Archetypes of Practice: Firm Identity & Positioning

Can you answer the following questions? What are your firm’s most deeply held values? What is its greatest value to clients? How do you find a firm that fits your ideal archetype of practice?

Join us to learn about how defining an identity and positioning platform can help your firm create a compelling image and reputation in the market. Learn tools to join the conversation to definte your firms positioning platform.

Register Online! Tuesday, June 21 from 5:30pm-7:00pm at the Center for Architecture.

$10 for AIA Honolulu Members & $15 for Non-members. Pupus and drinks will be served.

June 24: RUDC Discuss Public Forum on the Sustainability of Waikiki

RSVP Online! Our Regional and Urban Design Committee (RUDC) will meet on Friday, June 24 (instead of June 17), 12 - 1pm at the Center for Architecture. Open to all AIA Honolulu members (brown bag lunch)

June Topic: Details of organizing a public forum on the sustainability of Waikiki.    

The role of the AIA Honolulu RUDC Committee is to review, discuss and advocate for positions on various urban design issues that affect our built environment and the communities we serve.

June 26: "Hawaii in Design" Exhibition Tour for AIA Members (Exclusively)

Register Online! On Sunday, June 26, 1pm-2:30pm AIA Honolulu members are invited to attend a gallery tour of the Hawai’i in Design exhibit on view at the Honolulu Museum of Art.

The tour will be led by Arts of Hawaii curator Healoha Johnston, accompanied by Kuhao Zane, whose work is featured in the exhibition. The exhibit “features the work of 10 local designers who all reference Hawai’i’s environment – both built and natural – and are at the confluence of deeply rooted aesthetic principles mingled with global impulses.”

Cost: $20 (admission to museum and café included). Advance registration and payment is required. Tour is limited to 20 AIA Honolulu members!

AIA Honolulu & Industry News

Honolulu Named in Final Round the 100 Resilient Cities Initiative

We are excited to share that Honolulu has just been named in the final round of the 100 Resilient Cities initiative (100RC)What is the 100RC?  100 Resilient Cities (100RC), pioneered by The Rockefeller Foundation, helps cities around the world become more resilient to social, economic, and physical challenges that are a growing part of the 21st century. 100RC provides this assistance through: funding for a Chief Resilience Officer in each of our cities who will lead the resilience efforts; resources for drafting a Resilience Strategy; access to private sector, public sector, academic, and NGO resilience tools; and membership in a global network of peer cities to share best practices and challenges.

AIA National - AIA is a 100RC platform partner, enabling AIA components and named cities to work together if both parties so choose. Stay tuned for more information.

2016 SAME Honolulu Scholarship Program (Deadline June 30)

The Society of American Military Engineers (SAME Honolulu) is again offering scholarships to deserving high school seniors and college students who will be or are currently enrolled at a university with an accredited engineering or architecture program.  Application deadline is June 30, 2016. Read more.

Questions? Email Julie Chen, Scholarship Director, SAME Honolulu Post c/o Marketability, LLC. Winners will be announced in July 2016.

11th Canstruction® Competition Oct 1

3 Spot Still Available! Don't Miss Your Chance to Participate

Enter Your Team Today!   Entry Fee: $100 per team

2016 Theme: Galacti-CAN-goods!  Meals for our community, our Hawaii, our nation, our earth and our galaxy...One Can at a Time.

Questions?  Email Co-Chairs Reid Mizue, AIA, Leigh Ishida, AIA or Kristin Nakagawa, AIA.

AIA Honolulu Job Board

1 New Job Listed - 11 Total Opportunities Available

View ALL jobs on the AIA Honolulu Job Board 

NEW! Architect/Intern - Scott Edwards Architecture

Upcoming Events in the Community


  • June 7 - Plan Your Business Exit Strategy
    Planning to transfer or sell your business? Attend an event Wealth Strategy Partners on Tuesday, June 7, 6pm-7:30pm at the Gold Bond Building. Call 695-2148 to RSVP or email

  • June 13: SHADE Summer Institute Kick-off Event at Kakaako Agora PR
    Kicking-off with a pau hana on Monday, June 13, 5:30-7pm at the Kakaako Agora.  This is the 2nd annual SHADE Summer Institute and the event will be emceed by investigative reporter Catherine Cruz of KITV and will feature guest speaker Jeanine Centuori, FAIA, of Urban Rock Design in Los Angeles.

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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