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Island Architect Weekly - Friday, July 10, 2015

Posted By Camilla Nicholas, Thursday, July 9, 2015
Updated: Friday, July 10, 2015
Friday, July 10, 2015

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Aloha Spencer Leineweber, PhD, FAIA

It is with profound sadness that the AIA Hawaii community mourns the loss of our longtime distinguished AIA Honolulu member and friend Spencer Leineweber, FAIA, who passed away in Manoa on June 21, 2015. She was an exemplary architect, enthusiastic teacher and dedicated mentor who, as a professor at the University of Hawaii School of Architecture, transmitted her tremendous knowledge and absolute passion for architecture to her students and our future professionals every single day.

Spencer was a strong supporter of the AIA Honolulu Chapter and served as AIA Honolulu Chapter President in 2011. A highlight of her presidency was the establishment of a board task force that ultimately led to the creation our now prominent downtown Honolulu Center for Architecture.

Spencer was also an active grassroots advocate/citizen architect throughout her career. Among other highlights, she was instrumental in AIA’s advocacy efforts to implement A.R.E./IDP concurrency in Hawaii. As AIA Hawaii State Council Director (2006-2009) and active member of the AIA/Hawaii Society Board of Directors in the 1980s, Spencer’s contributions to the architectural profession in Hawaii are many. Nationally, Spencer served as Chair of the AIA National Committee on Historic Resources (CHR) in 1990 and held the distinction of being only the second woman to chair that committee since its founding in 1890.

Across our community Spencer was an invaluable repository of knowledge about Pacific and Hawaiian culture and architectural history. She truly embodied the best values of practice and education and made significant contributions to the restoration of Hawaii's architectural heritage. (Please visit AIA National's Historic Resources Committee (HRC) web site to learn more about her inspiring life and contributions.)

Spencer was a mentor and friend who extended her aloha to an ‘ohana that reaches from HawaiI, throughout the Pacific and across to the mainland U.S. She is survived by beloved daughters Amy Hinkley and Eliza Lathrop, brother Norman Armitage, sisters Adra Carr and Amy Armitage, and six grandchildren. We will greatly miss Spencer and her husband and prominent AIA member Michael, who passed away in 2013.

Saturday, July 18 at Hawaiian Mission Houses. Visitation: 4 p.m. Services: 5 p.m. In fond remembrance of Spencer, colleagues, friends and family are invited. Aloha attire. No flowers. Donations suggested to Historic Hawaii Foundation, Hawaiian Mission Houses Museum or University of Hawaii School of Architecture. Condolences:

AIA National Update

Show Us Your Best Work - 2016 Institute Honor Awards

Call for Entries Deadline is August 21, 2015!  For more than 60 years, the Institute Honor Awards program has recognized achievements for a broad range of architectural activity to elevate the general quality of architecture practice, establish a standard of excellence against which all architects can measure perfromance, and inform the public of the breadth and value of architecture practice. The submission fee is $425 for AIA members and $850 for non-members - begin your submission today.

Early bird ends 7/15, Women's Leadership Summit in Seattle Sep 17-19

Register Online! The 2015 AIA Women's Leadership Summit will be held this year in Seattle, September 17-19. This two-day conference will focus on supporting women in leadership by providing a forum to recognize, inform and champion the work being created by women in architecture.

Strengthen your brand and your network. Elevate your exposure and your reach. And grow your legacy beyond your practice. To learn more, click here.

AIA Pushes for National Design Services Act 

As of June 25 the National Design Services Act was re-introduced by Representative Ed Perlmutter (CO-7). This program would authorize student loan debt relief for architectural school graduates who provide services to communities in need through nonprofit community design centers. Help secure the future of your profession by asking your member of Congress to co-sponsor this vital legislation today!
Emerging architectural professionals currently face some of the highest student debt loads when compared with graduates in other fields. Beyond tuition, additional costs unique to architecture, such as modeling materials, technical books, and specialized software only add to the burden. In order for the profession of architecture to attract new talent and grow, we need to ensure that our emerging professionals have every opportunity to gain experience, pay down their debt, and find rewarding work in the architectural field.   This program would reduce the burden of debt on emerging architectural professionals while bringing quality design within reach for underprivileged communities.

LOOK UP - Film Challenge

In the first phase of AIA's "Look Up" documentary series, they paired an architect with a filmmaker to tell the story of Chris Downey, a visionary architect in San Francisco who lost his sight but continued to move his profession forward. Be sure to watch the behind the scenes film, “The Making of An Architect's Story: Chris Downey.”  Now AIA is looking to members by making the "Look Up Film Challenge" connects filmmakers, AIA emerging professionals, and architects. The aim is to create short films that inspire the world to "look up" and experience a deeper appreciation for architects and their impact on our society.

Interested in sharing your story? Know someone with a great story to tell? We encourage you to begin reaching out to any filmmakers you may know and register to participate.  Registration is open now through July 15. The film challenge runs from July 16 to August 3.

Northwest Pacific Region Update

2015 NWP Region Design Awards - Deadline July 13, 2015 at 5:00 PDT

The 2015 Design Awards celebrates the best in architectural design by members of the AIA Northwest and Pacific Region.  These projects represent the finest standards in sustainability, innovation, building performance and overall integration with client and surrounding community.  View Call for Entries!

2015 NWP Region Conference in Montana Sep. 24-25

The 2015 Montana Annual Fall Conference online registration is open and the theme is "Architecture - A Look Inside". It will take place on September 24-25, 2015 at the Gran Tree Inn, Bozeman, MT.

The 2015 AIA Montana Annual Fall Conference will give attendees a look inside the practices of a variety of successful architecture firms in the northwest region.  The conference will feature inspiring architect leaders currently practicing in the region; commercial/industry presentations; an Awards reception and banquet on campus celebrating achievements in Montana and the NW+P Region; and a variety exhibitors sharing current product and service information. All of which should provide insight and answers for Students, AIT’s, Architects and Firms as they take their own career paths in this amazing profession of ARCHITECTURE.

2015 AIA Honolulu People's Choice Award

LAST CHANCE! Vote for our People's Choice Award until 5pm Today

Vote for People's Choice Award!  The 9th Annual People's Choice Award online voting is still open. Everyone can vote -- ONE time for ONE entrant!

Online Voting Period ends TODAY July 10, 5pm

Here's how it works:

  • View all 33 built AIA Honolulu Design Award entrants
  • Pick ONE favorite entrant and vote for it

The winner will be announced during the AIA Honolulu Design Awards Gala on August 25 at the Hawaii Prince Hotel and on our website after the event.  The People's Choice Award is a great opportunity for the public to take part in the recognition of the work of our architecture community as they get to help determine the winner.

Ad Opportunity in the AIA Design Awards Booklet

The 2015 AIA Design Awards booklet/feature is the cornerstone of the architecture industry's communication strategy to encourage design excellence in Hawaii. This publication is distributed to our members as well as to top businesses and affluent consumers supplementing the September 2015 "Top 250" premium edition of Hawaii Business magazine.

Space deadline is July 20! Purchase your ad today in this publication and align your firm with AIA Honolulu toward the shared objective of elevating the quality of Hawaii buildings and structures emphasizing the importance of great, sustainable design shaping our unique identity, sense of place and reverence for our island state. View ad flyer. For info contact Pacific Basin at (808) 534-7560.

AIA Honolulu Updates

Join “Team AIA” for First 2015 AEC Dodgeball Tournament Charity Fundraiser

Register a Team Online!  Join “Team AIA” for the first ever 2015 AEC Dodgeball Tournament Charity Fundraiser.  All members of the construction community are invited to this event on Saturday July 25th at Palama Settlement Weinberg Gym, 12pm – 330pm. View flyer for more event info.  
All firms/organizations are welcomed to form their own teams/half teams.  Please contact Chris Hong with any questions.  ALL profits will go to charity of winner’s choice (from list of construction related charities). Additional donations are most welcomed.  Be ready to Dodge, Duck, Dip, Dive, and Dodge!!

Photo Credit: DodgeBall: A True Underdog Story

Take a Look at our AIA Media Feed Daily

Got a few minutes to catch up on the most recent industry news?

Make sure you cruise on over to the AIA Honolulu website and take a look at the AIA Media Feed. Here you will find news from across the country that can interest you and it gets automatically updated every morning.

 Associate AIA Update

Congrats from AIA Honolulu!  Kim Claucherty Now a Licensed Architect

We wanted to take this opportunity to say CONGRATULATIONS to our very own AIA Honolulu member Kim Claucherty with Ferraro and Choi who we found out just passed all her exams and has now officially become a licensed architect! Woot Woot!  We are so happy and proud of her! Hard work does pay off!

Did you just become licensed or know someone that did? Let us know so we can say Congrats!

Next ARE Prep Sessions in July, Aug & Sep - Register Online!

JULY 29 SESSION: Construction Documents & Services
All meetings will take place at the Center for Architecture from 5:30pm - 7:30pm.

  • Expert lecture by Stephen Nash, AIA, Principal of Nash Architectural Solutions on prescriptive and performance specifications, Masterformat divisions, and the interrelationship of drawings and specifications
  • ARE presentation on the primary AIA contractual documents, bidding and construction administration services
  • ARE Building Section Vignette Presentation by Jason Takeuchi, Assoc. AIA, Intern with Ferraro Choi. Jason will review content as well as tips to using the vignette software. AIA

Upcoming Programs - 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.

IDP Required Hours Reduced by a Third

In September, the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB) announced plans to streamline the Intern Development Program (IDP). Effective immediately, the program will require 3,740 total hours defined by 17 experience areas.    View 2015 IDP Guidelines.

Updated ARE Guidelines Now Available

In a continued effort to refine and improve the testing process of the Architect Registration Examination® (ARE®), NCARB has released a new version of the ARE Guidelines. These guidelines serve as the primary document that outlines the policies and procedures for completing the ARE.

You can test in ARE 4.0 until June 2018

As you continue to make progress toward completing the ARE, remember that ARE 4.0 will be available until June 30, 2018.

ARE 5.0 launches in 2016, at which point you’ll be able to continue testing in ARE 4.0 or self transition to ARE 5.0. You can learn more about ARE 5.0 on NCARB's website and blog.

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Attend the Hawaii SFPE NFPA 101 Seminar July 20-22 - Earn 21 LUs (HSW),  Only 10 spots left!!

Register & Pay Online! Attend an Hawaii Chapter, Society of Fire Protection Engineers (SFPE) seminar titled "NFPA 101®: Life Safety Code® Essentials". This will be the only time this seminar will be offered in Honolulu!  View Event Flyer/Registration Form (PDF).

When:   Monday July 20 - Wednesday July 22 from 8am-4pm
Where:  Hale Ikena, Fort Shafter Golf Clubhouse

Questions? Email Sam Dannaway, Program Chairman, Hawaii Chapter SFPE or call him at (808) 526-9019.

AIA Honolulu Job Board

4 Jobs Listed on the AIA Honolulu Job Board

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

  • Senior Designer-Interiors - Lionakis
  • Project Architect - Group 70 International, Inc.     
  • Junior Project Architect - Next Design
  • Project Engineer - The Vertex Companies
  • ......go to the AIA Honolulu Job Board for more information.

    Upcoming Events in the Community


    • July 11 - Urban Sketchers in Oahu Event
      Join them for a morning of urban sketching at Kewalo Basin Harbor where you can gain a close-up view of a small but active commercial harbor. The event goes from 9:30am-11:30am. Expect an informal and leisurely morning of sketching for artists of all levels and ages. Bring your own art supplies, a chair, food etc.
    • 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.

      Tues, July, 28 - Water Damage Repair
      Tues, August 25 - Tax Credits & Permitting in a Historic District

    • July 17 - Design Build Courses in Hawaii
      Design-Build Institute of America (DBIA) offers two education courses in Hawaii for anyone interested in Design Build. AIA Honolulu has been offered the DBIA member rate. Attend on May 8, 8am-5pm: Design Management Fundamentals or on July 17, 8am-5pm BIM Execution Planning for Design Build-Projects.

    • July 17 - Business Exit Planning Seminar and Luncheon
      Wealth Strategy Partners welcome you to attend a Business Exit Planning Seminar and Luncheon on July 17 from 11:30am-1:00pm at BIA Hawaii, 94-487 Akoki Street. Please RSVP by calling (808) 206-9812

    • July 24 - Intergenerational Action on a Global Scale Conference
      Attend July 22-24 at the Hawaii Convention Center.  Participants from the U.S., Hawaii and over 10 nations are joining us at this international event held first time outside of Washington D.C. An exciting opportunity to learn more about intergenerational issues and age-friendly cities. Mayor Caldwell and Dr. Christy Nishita from the Center on Aging will be there to speak about age-friendly cities and Christy will be part of an age-friendly panel along with presenters from Portland and Japan. Register by May 31, 2015 and save $100!

    • July 24 or Aug 7 - Attend Historic Hawaii Foundation (HHF) Workshops (2 HSW)
      Register with HHF!  This 3-Hour Workshop Covers 1) Benefits and Responsibilities of Designation 2) Evaluating Eligibility for the Register 3) Completing the Nomination Form and 4) Nomination Process. Attend on July 24 at Lanai City or Aug 7 in Honolulu from 9am-12pm.  For more information email HHF or call at (808) 523-2900.

    • Aug 19-20: 11th Annual Hawaii Floodplain Manager's Conference
      Attend the 11th Annual Hawaii Floodplain Manager’s Conference.  This conference is dedicated to topics related to floodplain development and the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP).  Architects are a very important NFIP stakehlolder.  For more information, please contact conference coordinator Ms. Kristen Akamine at (808) 587-0281 or email

    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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