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Island Architect Weekly - Tuesday, September 6, 2016

Posted By AIA Honolulu, Tuesday, September 6, 2016

Tuesday, September 6, 2016

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Upcoming AIA Honolulu Programs

Sep 8: Young Architects Forum - Firm Tour and Presentation, 5:30pm

RSVP Online! Join our Young Architects Forum (YAF) Thursday, Sep. 8 from 5:30-7:00pm when they visit Group 70 International.

A firm tour followed by a presentation by several of their staff about their firm, specifically discussing how they got started and where they are today, thoughts on multidisciplinary practice, how they have used and leveraged technology over the years, their value of professional development, and next steps.

This event is free but we are asking for online registration for planning purposes.

Register Online for Upcoming 2016 YAF Events:

Sep 15: “Unfortunately, Copyright Infringement is not Theft” (1 AIA/CES LU)

Register Online! Attend our next General Membership Meeting (GMM) on Thursday, September 15, 11:30am-1:00pm at the Center for Architecture. View Flyer.

Topic: “Unfortunately, Copyright Infringement is not Theft”

Architects should have knowledge of basic intellectual property concepts, especially copyright law.  We will discuss the common myths and misconceptions about copyright law and will cover topics including ownership of copyrights, copyright infringement, registration of creative works with the federal Copyright Office, trademarks and trade secrets.

Speakers: Bennett Chin, Esq. - attorney for design professionals w/ McCorriston Miller Mukai MacKinnon LLP.

Go-To-Meeting Available for our outer island friends and those unable to attend in person.

Cost: AIA Members: $0 No Lunch/$15 Lunch. Non-Members: $20 No Lunch/$35 Lunch.

Date Change! Sep 23: RUDC Committee Meeting

RSVP Online! Regional and Urban Design Committee (RUDC) will meet on Friday, September 23, 12-1pm at the Center for Architecture. Open to all AIA Honolulu members (brown bag lunch).

The committee will be discussing a possible position statement incorporating a new version of a "one seat ride" for HART, for review by the general membership.

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.

Oct 5: Navigating the SHPD Review Process & Essential Information (3 HSW)

Register Online! On Wednesday, Oct. 5 from 9am-12pm at the Center For Architecture, AIA Honolulu presents an educational workshop by the State Historic Preservation Division (SHPD) as they will cover relevant preservation laws, the permit review process, preservation programs, and effective communication with SHPD. View Flyer.

Speakers: Dr. Alan Downer, Administrator, SHPD, Deputy Historic Preservation Officer; Hinano Rodrigues, History and Culture Branch Chief, SHPD; Kaiwi Nui Yoon, Architectural Branch Chief, SHPD; Dr. Susan Lebo, Archaeology Branch Chief, SHP.

Go-To-Meeting Available for our outer island friends and those unable to attend in person.

Cost: $25 AIA members / $40 non-members (Includes light breakfast and refreshments).

Associate AIA Update

ARE Sessions Sep 22: Structural Systems – Part II

Register Online! Thursday, September 22, Center for Architecture, 5:30-7pm.  $10 for AIA/AIAS members; $20 for non-members.

September Topic: Structural Systems – Part II

Building upon the foundational structural principles of Part I, Part II will focus upon:  principles for selecting a structural system, types of structural systems, materials used for structural systems and their relative strengths and weaknesses, construction of structural systems particularly connections, and building code requirements such as loading and allowable stresses.  This second session will also present the structural vignette.

Neighbor Islands - Attend Remotely! If interested to attend via Go-To-Meeting please choose that option when registering.

Register for Upcoming ARE Sessions:

AIA Honolulu Member Corner

Sep 9 - "Design Talk Hawaii" hosts Mark Chai

Join Design Talk Hawaii host Matt Gilbertson on AM760 KGU or podcast at Friday, Sep. 9, 4:00pm. 

On "Design Talk Hawaii" Matll will talk to Mark Chai, an award-winning, Hawaiian-Chinese artist whose work has been seen in many magazines i.e. Dwell, New Yorker, House Beautiful, Sunset, Travel & Leisure.  Mark’s lamps are featured in the Honolulu Museum of Art’s 2016-17 year-long exhibit, “Hawai‘i in Design.” Named by Honolulu magazine as one of Hawaii’s hottest designers, Mark’s lamps are in demand by architects, interior designers and private collectors, including legendary musician Herb Alpert.

Members Helping Members: Difficulty Locating Property Dimensions?

Serina Calhoun, AIA Members and Principal Architect with syncopated architecture in San Francisco is creating a site to standardize site information for cities across the country.  Everything from lot dimensions to zoning, permit history, historic reports, contact information for the previous architects who worked on a site, etc. She started doing this when she recently encountering extraordinary difficulty locating property dimensions for a site outside her normal area of work and it occurred to her that other architects probably have this same problem.
To make sure we are collecting the information most relevant to architects she has created a VERY short survey of 16 simple questions.  AIA Honolulu is not endorsing this project but just assisting her in connecting with other architects.  Click here to learn more about her project here.

Education Opportunities by Sister Organizations

Sep 7 & 29: Fundamentals of Historic Preservation

Presented by Lorraine Minatoishi, Ph.D, AIA, LEED AP & Co-sponsored by the APA Hawaii Chapter

RSVP Online! Attend a free program on Sep 7, 12pm-1pm OR Sep 29, 9am-10am at Minatoishi Architects. The class will discuss 1) Historic Preservation 2) Secretary of Interiors (SOI) standards for the treatment of historic properties 3) National Historic Preservation Act (NHPA) 4) Section 106 Process and more. View Flyer. The presenter is AIA Honolulu member Lorraine Minatoishi, Ph.D AIA LEED AP.

Sep 8: Understanding Financial Statements - Accounting for Engineers/Architects Part I

Register Online! Attend ACECH's September Meeting titled "Understanding Financial Statements (Accounting for Engineers & Architects Part I)" on Thursday, Sep. 8 from 7:30am-9:30am at the Pacific Club. Topics covered are 1) Balance Sheets, Income Statements & Cash Flow Statements 2) Basis of Accounting 3) Depreciation - What is this and what does it mean? 4) Financial Statement Analysis.

Presenters: Carr, Gouveia + Associates, CPAs, Inc., David M. Carr, CPA/PFS, CFP(R) and Chris Laroza, CPA

Sep 22: The 16th Annual Hawaii Build + Buy Green Conference (6 HSW)

AIA Honolulu is the registered CES provider

Register Online! This annual event brings together nationally acclaimed keynote speakers and local experts in the fields of green building and communities, affordable housing, design, engineering, construction and development. Under this year’s theme, "Breaking Ground on Green & Affordable Housing and Communities", the conference will feature notable projects from Kakaʻako and across Oahu.

Nov 7-9: Hawaii SFPE Seminar Presentation - 2016 NFPA 72 National Fire Alarm Code

Register Online! The Hawaii Chapter of the Society of Fire Protection Engineers are sponsoring this three-day seminar through a special arrangement with the National Fire Protection Association. It will take place on Nov. 7-9 from 8am-5pm each day at the Hale Ikena, Fort Shafter Golf Clubhouse. The cost is $1295 per person. 

AIA National Update

Vote for Hawaii! Public Voting Now Open for 2nd Annual I Look Up Film Challenge

WHAT: The American Institute of Architects (AIA) invited filmmakers and architects to team-up to create a short film showing architecture as a solution. With more than double the number of films submitted in 2015, the public is encouraged to select their favorite film as part of the People’s Choice Award.  Though a jury of architects and filmmakers is reviewing submissions for select prizes, the People’s Choice Award is an opportunity to showcase the film that most resonates with the public. 

Hawaii's contribution is titled "ALBIZIA" and again submitted by Kaoru Lovett, Ronald Ribao, Graham Hart. This is the same team who created "Mixed Plate Hawaii" and won the People's Choice Award in 2015!.

Visit to access the films:

  • Step 1: Watch the films (Click here to view Hawaii's
  • Step 2: Vote for your favorite film
  • Step 3: Share it with your friends on social media

WHEN: Public voting for the People’s Choice Award is open through Oct. 3.

The winner of the People’s Choice Award will receive:  $2,500, a screening of their film at the Architecture & Design Film Festival in Washington, DC + two round-trip tickets to the festival.

Understanding the New Overtime Rules

With the Department of Labor's new overtime rules set to go into effect in December, AIA has prepared a brief guide to help members cut through the misinformation and learn what's really in store for architects and their firms.  Click here for more information and download the one-pager.

Help Louisiana Recover from Historic Floods

Donate today! After the August flooding, AIA Louisiana and AIA Baton Rouge have set up a fund to support affected members firms and their homes across the state.  At least 60,000 homes have been impacted.  Many homes were not in designated flood areas and owners are without flood insurance.

Join the Resilience Network

The Resilience Network is a forum for knowledge sharing and networking on topics related to hazard mitigation, climate adaptation, and community resilience with opportunities for project participation. As external opportunities and internal projects are initiated via the Board and Strategic Action Plan, AIA staff will match members to opportunities based on the interests and expertise noted in the member profile. To join, complete the member profile.

AIA Message Book Offers Tips to Support Public Outreach  

Let the AIA Message Book be your guide for crafting clear positive, and memorable messages to a variety of audiences and settings.  After months of research, surveys, and message testing from both the public and architects, the AIA Message Book is now available online.

AIA Honolulu Job Board

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The Job Board is open to members and non-members. All listings will run for 30 days.

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