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Island Architect Weekly - Friday, August 21, 2015

Posted By Camilla Nicholas, Friday, August 21, 2015
Updated: Friday, August 21, 2015
Friday, august 21, 2015

Featured Weekly Ad

Sep 3 - You are invited to the Hawaii Lumber Products Association (HLPA)

"Build it with Wood, Meet & Learn"

When:   Thursday, Sep. 3 from 8am-12pm
Where:  Center for Architecture, 828 Ft. St. Mall, Ste 100
Cost:     $50.00 (incl. continental breakfast/literature)

Attend a CE seminar for architects, contractors and those interested in Building with Wood.  It will be a fun session and you will earn PDH and CEU form IACET.  View Event Flyer (PDF).

Speakers/Instructors/Classes: Josh Hamilton, LP Corp: "Wood Framing Solutions: Laminated Strand lumber when strength, stiffness and straightness matter" & Tim Waite, Simpson Strong-Tie  "Load Path connections and lateral systems solutions for engineered wood product construction".

Register Today: Register online or call 541-WOOD. Visit the Hawaii Lumber Products Association website

    AIA National & Industry Update

    New Law Affecting Residences Signed by the Governor

    On July 10, Governor Ige, signed H.B. 830 (224) into law, which amends chapter 6E-42 Hawaii Revised Statues (HRS). Effective July 1, 2015, applications for a proposed project requiring a County permit on an existing privately-owned, single-family detached dwelling unit or townhouse will only be subject to State Historic Preservation Division (SHPD) review under Chapter 6E-42 HRS if the single family, detached dwelling unit or townhouse is:

    1. Listed on the Hawaii and or national register of historic places; or
    2. Nominated for inclusion on the Hawaii and or national register of historic places; or
    3. Located in a historic district

    Act 224 exempts all other projects for renovations or improvements to privatley-oned, single-family detached dwelling unti or townhouse that requires a County permit from SHPD review. Read the entire letter with more information.  In order to better assist the review process, SHPD has posted a list of all privately-owned, single-family detached dwelling units or townhouses listed in the Hawaii or National registers of historic places on the SHPD website.

    2016 National AIA Committees - Call for Nominations

    AIA National is seeking nominations for members to serve on AIA national committees! This year, the process has been moved online. Once on the page you will be asked to log in to the members' side of (using the same login and password used for CES). You will then see a screen listing all of the AIA national committees with openings in 2016. A click on the committee name will lead to a description of the committee's charge.

    All interested members will be required to submit a resume and a letter of interest for each committee application. The nomination process closes at 5:00pm EST on Thursday, October 15. Appointments will be made by the end of 2015. Please note that applicants must be Architect or Associate members; the link will not work otherwise.

    Click here to begin the process. If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to call or email Pam Day, Hon. AIA  call her at (202) 626-7305.

    In Case You Missed It! 2015 AIA Compensation Report Now Out

    Architecture Firm Compensation Back on Upward Trajectory!  Though U.S. architecture firms are still recovering from the Great Recession, overall business conditions are improving allowing an increase in compensation for architecture positions, according to a press release published by the AIA this week.  Compensation across the profession increased an average of 1.8 percent per year over the 2013-2014 period, with growth occurring in every architectural staff category, according to the AIA 2015 Compensation.

    The 2015 AIA Compensation Report is the industry’s most comprehensive resource on salary and compensation, designed to help you understand your value and make the best decision for your career or business. Get your copy today.

    PLUS.......New, Free Salary Calculator for Members   

    As part of the 2015 Compensation Report, AIA National is pleased to launch a free salary calculator for members. The calculator allows members to see the mean and median salary for 17 architectural staff positions, cut by nine regions of the country or five firm size categories.

    The August 2015 issue of the Young Architects Forum

    Take a look at the August 2015 issue of the Young Architects Forum (YAF) "Connection: The Architecture and Design Journal of the Young Architects Forum"  as they discover the State of Practice.  

    It’s very apparent that the state of practice has evolved, but how will it change in the future? In YAF's first ever issue on the state of the profession, they examine current and future trends that impact how business is done. .

    2015 AIA Honolulu Design Awards Gala

    Registration Closes at 12pm! Attend the Biggest AIA Party of the Year on Aug. 25

    RSVP Until 12pm Today! Don't miss the 2015 AIA Honolulu Design Awards Gala Dinner & Program.  Online registration closes today Friday, Aug. 21 at 12pmWaited until the last minute? Email Camilla Nicholas for availability.

    Come Celebrate Design Excellence!
    When:  Tuesday, Aug. 25, 5pm - 9pm
    Where: The Hawaii Prince Hotel and Golf Club
    Cost:  $85/person / $850/table / $2000/premium table

    ALL AIA members, guests and the general public are invited to attend this celebration.

    Join us and be treated to our "Pecha Kucha" style awards presentation where the winners get to tell their stories, a delicious dinner and a no-host cocktail hour with the best company in town.

    Become a 2015 AIA Honolulu Design Awards Sponsor

    Select the AIA Honolulu Design Awards Gala as your firms premier event to sponsor for 2015 - and become a part of our Annual AIA Honolulu Sponsorship program.

    Become a Sponsor Today! Sponsor the biggest design excellence celebration of the year with lots of media exposure - view our 2015 AIA Honolulu Sponsorship Prospectus!  Email Camilla Nicholas, Assistant Director for more information or call 628-7245.

    AIA Honolulu Update

    Aug 22: Evening Celebration with 2015 Medal of Honor recipient Donald Goo, FAIA

    Buy Tickets Online! On Saturday, Aug. 22 from 5:30pm - 8:30pm at the Hawaii Convention Center you are invited to attend an "Evening Celebration with 2015 Medal of Honor recipient Donald Goo, FAIA" presented to you by the Hawaii Architectural Foundation (HAF).

    At this celebration the AIA Hawai‘i State Council will present Donald Goo, FAIA with the Medal of Honor. This is the highest accolade that the Hawai‘i Chapter bestows and represents only the seventh time that the Medal of Honor has been presented.

    Cost:  The cost is $150 per ticket.

    Sponsorship: View sponsorship opportunities or email Sidney Char, AIA.

    Aug 28: ADUs: An Aid to Affordable Housing or Neighborhood Blight?

    RSVP Now! Our monthly membership educational sessions are about to start up again and the kick-off event is presented to you by our Regional and Urban Design (RUDC) Committee. This session is open to ALL interested AIA members and non-members.

    When:     Friday, Aug. 28 from 12pm - 1pm
    Where:   Center for Architecture
    Topic:     ADUs - An Aid to Affordable Housing or Neighborhood Blight?

    Background:  The RUDC has looked at the issue of Accessory Dwelling Units (ADUs) since late 2010 and the general consensus amongst committee members has been favorable toward the concept. ADUs, in concept, are consistent with existing AIA Honolulu Public Policy but at our February 2015 Board meeting concerns were expressed that ADU construction would result in overbuilding and “blight” of neighborhoods and Questor Lau will address these concerns in his slide show presentation.   Read more background information about this talk and some ADU history - provided by Scott Wilson, AIA, 2015 President.

    Cost: This one is complimentary to kick off our fall monthly programs.  Feel free to bring your own lunch.

    Sep 2: APA Presents - Landscape Architecture and Ecological Urban Design

    Register online with APA Hawaii!  AIA Honolulu Members are welcome to join the Hawaii Chapter of the American Planning Association (APA Hawaii) for their monthly presentation on Wednesday, Sep. 2, 12:00-1:00pm at the Center for Architecture. 

    Landscape Architecture and Ecological Urban Design play key roles in the planning of resilient Honolulu waterfronts.  Sea level rise and ground water inundation will profoundly affect large areas of the city in the not-so-distant future.  This session presents operation strategies for rising sea levels illustrated with speculative ecological urbanism concepts developed during recent urban design studios held at UH SoA under the direction of Judith Stilgenbauer.

    Cost: AIA Honolulu members will receive the APA member rate of $10. Feel free to bring your own lunch.

    Sep 18: Attend "Visionary Path to a Restorative Future" Session (1 CEU)

    Register Online! We have also lined up our September monthly membership educational session and welcome your registration and participation. When:     Friday, Sep. 18 from 11:30am-1:00pm
    Where:   Center for Architecture
    Topic:     The Living Building Challenge is a "Visionary Path to a Restorative Future"

    The Living Building Challenge is a "Visionary Path to a Restorative Future" and defines the most advanced measures possible for sustainability in the built environment. This advocacy and certification program covers buildings, landscape & infrastructure, and neighborhoods at all scales and envisions a future that is Socially Just, Culturally Rich and Ecologically Restorative. To be certified under the Challenge, projects must meet a series of ambitious performance requirements over a minimum of 12 months of continuous occupancy. Find out more.

    Guest Speaker: Lisa Reinke, AIA, LEED AP with Reinke Designworks. Lisa is an architect (Hawaii) and planning consultant. As part of the International Living Future Institute's Ambassador Network, she serve as a volunteer Ambassador-Presenter of the Living Building Challenge in Hawaii and Singapore.

    Cost: $20 for AIA Honolulu members & $35 for Non-members. Lunch will be provided. If vegetarian option is preferred please indicate on the registration form.

    Associate AIA Update

    Sep 1: ARE Prep Session - Building Design & Construction Systems Part 2

    RSVP Online for Building Design & Construction Systems on Sep 1. All meetings will take place at the Center for Architecture from 5:30pm - 7:30pm.

    • ARE part 2 of 2 presentation by Jason DeMarco, AIA, Architect with Ferraro Choi on site work, concrete, masonry, metals, rough and finish carpentry.

    Upcoming Program - Plan Ahead and Register Today:

    Cost: Register in advance to receive the lower fee of $10 for AIA/AIAS members and $20 for non-members. Walk-in rates are $15 for AIA/AIAS members and $25 for non-members. 

    Go-To-Meeting Available! We now have Go-To-Meeting capabilities and welcome interested members and non-members to sign up and attend remotely. Email us if you are interested.

    AIA Honolulu Job Board

    13 Jobs Listed on our AIA Job Board

    Jobs on the AIA Honolulu Job Board are posted for 1 month. The fee is $25/members & $40/non-members.

    • Architect/Interiors - Scott|Edwards Architecture LLP
    • Construction Administrator - Architects Hawaii Ltd.
    • Intern Architect - Pacific Asia Design Group, Inc.
    • Intern Architect - Clifford Planning & Architecture LLC
    • Full Charge Bookkeeper/HR - Clifford Planning & Architecture LLC
    • Administrative Assistant - Roy K. Yamamoto Architect, Inc.   
    • ......go to the AIA Honolulu Job Board for more information.

      Upcoming Events in the Community


      • Aug 25 - Sustaining Chinatown: Historic Preservation Summer Series 2015
        Attend a 3-part series to learn how to maintain and protect historic structures. All one hour presentations will be on the last Tuesday of the month, Noon at Lyon Associates office. Register online.  Call the Chinatown Improvement District for information (808) 589-9927. Part 3: Tues, August 25 - Tax Credits & Permitting in a Historic District.

      • Aug. 29 - Farm to Table Event
        AIA Members are welcome to attend an ASLA Hawaii Family Picnic at Mari’s Garden, a state of the art organic farming experience where fresh vegetables and fish are raised in sustainably grown Aquaponic Gardens.  Participate in a tour of the gardens and afterwards enjoy a special dinner prepared by Chef Elmer Guzman of The Poke Stop.  This is a family event so bring the Keiki’s, participate and enjoy!  RSVP online by August 14.

      • Oct 20 - Leadership Seminar at Windward CC
        Executive coach to Fortune 500 company leaders and International speaker Jim Bagnola, PhD, CSP, will appear in Hawai‘i for a special one-time leadership seminar at Windward Community College on Tuesday, October 20 from 9am-4pm.  Early Bird ends until Aug. 17. Call 235-7433 for questions.

      Contract Documents Update

      Buy Paper Documents Now Before They Are Gone

      AIA Honolulu still has a limited stock of AIA Contract Documents available for purchase at the Center for Architecture.  View our order form and email or call us for latest inventory. 

      We will contact you to coordinate pick up or we can mail it for an additional $15 shipping and handling fee. For questions email AIA Honolulu or call (808) 628-7243.

      Can't find the document you need in our form? Buy it online on the AIA National website.

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