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Island Architect Weekly - Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Posted By AIA Honolulu, Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Weekly Featured Ad

Oct 20: Register for the 2016 Honolulu BIM Workshops for only $99

Reserve your spot now for this must-attend event!  The Honolulu BIM Workshops, formerly known as Hawaii BIM Camp, returns this year on October 20. Join your peers, special emcee Lynn Allen, and a panel of industry experts for a full day dedicated to BIM and CAD training! View Flyer.

Where: Ala Moana Hotel (410 Atkinson Dr, Honolulu, HI 96814)
When: Thursday, Oct. 20 from 8:00am-5:00pm

Topics covered: AutoCAD, Bluebeam, collaboration, Civil 3D, InfraWorks, point clouds and scanning, BIM 360, and more.  View full class descriptions and learn about the different promotions.

Early Bird! Until Sep. 23rd your registration is only $99 (after $199). Now is the time to register and save!

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2016 AIA Honolulu Design Awards

Congratulations to all 2016 AIA Honolulu Design Awards Recipients!

The 58th AIA Honolulu Design Awards Gala took place on Saturday, September 17 at the NOAA Inouye Regional Center with more than 270 guests in attendance. Congratulations to our 2016 award winners and thank you to everyone who came out to celebrate with us.

View Party Images on Facebook.

Mahalo to our 2016 Design Awards Committee, Jury, Volunteers, Winners/Presenters, and emcees. 

Together we turned the Gala into an AWESOME Party!

....... 2016 AIA Honolulu Design Awards Winners .......


Harirak Residence Ka’upulehu Residence
Cafe Lani
Tadpole Studio de Reus Architects
Wanderlust Plus

Tempura Ichidai IBEW Local 1186 Office
HI Electricians Trn Ctr

3470 Waialae

Wanderlust Plus
Architects Hawaii Ltd
Geoffrey Lewis Architect

Hale'iwa Store Lots UH Culinary Institute of the Pacific at Diamond Head 143 Hekili
Group 70 International Inc
Ferraro Choi And Associates Ltd
WhiteSpace Architects


Hawaii Home + Remodeling
Editor's Choice Award

View the AIA Design
Awards Booklet

Hale Kilo I'a
Hale Kilo I'a
View Insert in Hawaii
Business Magazine
Fujita + Netski Architecture
Fujita + Netski Architecture
October Issue

Mahalo again to our 2016 AIA Annual Sponsors

Upcoming AIA Honolulu Programs

Sep 23: RUDC Committee Meeting

RSVP Online! Regional and Urban Design Committee (RUDC) will meet 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! Wednesday, Oct. 5 from 9am-12pm at the Center For Architecture, AIA Honolulu presents an educational workshop by the State Historic Preservation Division (SHPD). Topics include 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.

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

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

Oct 13: Young Architects Forum (YAF) Pau Hana: Cocktails with Creatives

RSVP Online for Planning Purposes! Join the Young Architects Forum (YAF) on Thursday, Oct. 13 from 5:30pm - 7:00pm for a pau hana at Honolulu BeerWorks. Come meet informally over drinks with your peers and local creatives including artists, landscape architects, interior designers, and architectural photographers.

Cost:  Free (shared pupus, buy the creative a drink)

This event is open to all young professionals in the design field, so help us spread the word to your friends and colleagues.  The local committee of YAF is a part of AIA Honolulu and meets the second Thursday of each month.  YAF Honolulu welcomes professionals that are: nearly licensed, newly licensed, and out to ten years of licensure.

Register Online for Upcoming 2016 YAF Events:

  • 11/10 – Local Beer Tasting and Panel Discussion: Alternate Careers for Architects at the CFA”
  • 12/8 – Holiday Pau Hana - Plans for 2017, location TBD

Oct 27: AIA Honolulu Support the Wahine Forum

Register Online! AIA Honolulu is supporting the 9th annual Wahine Forum on Thursday, October 27 at the Hilton Hawaiian Village Coral Ballrooms. AIA Honolulu members can save $25 off regular admission when you register using the exclusive promotional code: AIA-WF16

Attend the largest professional development conference for women in Hawaii. Cultivate effective partnerships and succeed together through a full day of national keynote presentations and workshops featuring local female leaders.

Nov 2-5: Academy of Architecture for Justice Conference in Honolulu

Save $100 by registering before September 14th.
Register Online Today! The 2016 Academy of Architecture for Justice Conference will take place on November 2-5 in HONOLULU! 

This conference provides an excellent opportunity for you to discover a host of best ideas and practices for courts, detention/correction and public safety facilities. As the “Crossroads of the Pacific”, Hawaii has always been a melting pot and a conduit for sharing ideas and cultures. Please join us to relax, recharge, revitalize and be inspired to advance our practice of Justice Architecture.

Associate AIA Update

ARE Prep Session - 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 foundation of structural principles in 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! If interested to attend via Go-To-Meeting please choose that option when registering.

Register for Upcoming ARE Sessions:

11th Annual CANstruction Competition

Save the Date for "Galacti-CAN-goods" Oct. 1

When:  Saturday, October 1 from 9am - 2pm
Where:  Pearlridge Center - Uptown
2016 Theme:  Galacti-CAN-goods!

Team Build-Out:  9am - 2pm
Subaru Hawaii’s CANstruction Keiki Corner:  10am-1pm
People's Choice:  Oct. 1-16. One Can = One Vote

Mahalo to all 2016 CANstruction Teams!

Mahalo 2016 Canstruction Sponsors!

How Can You Help?

Subaru Hawaii’s Keiki Corner
On Oct. 1 from 10am-1pm bring your children (5-12) and 5 cans for donation and help build an oversized "CAN-struction”.

People's Choice Award
Visit Canstruction at Pearlridge between Oct 1-16 and bring canned food to support Hawaii’s hungry families. ONE CAN = ONE VOTE!

CANstruction on TV!

Make sure you catch our CANstruction teams on the news as they are getting ready for our 11th Annual CANstruction Competition. Mahalo to all teams who are waking up early and helping us spread the news.

  • The KITV - Monday, Sep. 26, 5am-7am: Live build with Rider Levett Bucknall.
  • The Hawaii News Now - Tuesday, Sep. 27, 7am:  Live build with HDR.

AIA Honolulu Member Corner

Update Member Profile for AIA National

With AIA membership renewal upon us, members are encouraged to update any changes to your contact information on your AIA National profile.  To update log on to, sign in with your email address and password, then click on "My Profile" at the top right corner.  Next, use the menu to select the areas of information you may need to edit.

ALSO....Update Your AIA Honolulu Profile & Member/Firm Search Feature

AIA Honolulu gets plenty of phone calls asking us to recommend an architect for a particular project. We always tell them to use our Architect or Firm Finder Feature on the AIA Honolulu website.

Update your membership profile today as this is the information people will see when they search for you. 

To log-in, you will enter you username/password under "Sign In".

Sep 23: "Design Talk Hawaii" hosts Ruth Bolan from Hawaii Theater

Join Design Talk Hawaii host Matt Gilbertson on AM760 KGU or podcast at Friday, Sep. 23, 4:00pm. 

On "Design Talk Hawaii" Matt will talk to Ruth Bolan who became the new president for the Hawaii Theater Center in June. Bolan is a seasoned executive leader with extensive experience in Hawaii’s nonprofit sector. Most recently, Bolan was managing director of external affairs at Teach for America Hawai‘i.

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When:  Wednesday, Sep. 28, 8:00am - 3:30pm
Where:  Neal S. Blaisdell Center, Honolulu
Cost:  $40.00 (Continental Breakfast & Hot Lunch)

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CONTACT: Email Sandrine Lopez or call her at (919) 939-7204.

AIA National Update

"I Look Up Film Challenge" - Vote People's Choice Until Oct 2

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

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

AIA Honolulu Job Board

Two New Jobs Just Posted on the Job Board

View ALL jobs on the AIA Honolulu Job Board.
The Job Board is open to members and non-members. All listings will run for 30 days.

Upcoming Events in the Community


  • Sep 29: Fundamentals of Historic Preservation
    Attend a free program on 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.

  • Oct 7: Hawaii Economic Association Conference
    Conference title is "Hawaii’s Cost of Living and Real Estate:. We’re at the point of the current economic expansion where we must do something to realize the potential for further urban development and redevelopment. Attend Oct 7, 7:30am-3:00pm at the Halekulani Hotel. Registration fees through Sep. 30 is $110 for HEA & Partner Organization Members; $150 for Non-Members; $45 for Students.

  • Oct 8: Exploring the Gold Coast (1 LU)
    The Hawaii Chapter of Docomomo will lead an architectural walking tour through a neighborhood at the end of Waikiki known as the Gold Coast. The tour will discuss the development of the area during the post-World War II era, and will feature mid-rise apartments, as well as the Outrigger Canoe Club and the Elks’ Lodge. Tour and registration will begin at Outrigger Canoe Club Oct. 8, Check in 8:30am, tour at 9am.

  • Oct 11: DCAB October Conference - Registration now open!
    Registration is now open for DCAB's next conference on "Accessible Residential Dwelling Units". The conference will held on October 11, 2016 at the Ala Moana Hotel. Click here for more information on the conference and how to registration.

  • Oct 13: Sustainable Materials for the Bath (1 HSW)
    Attend a Ferguson event on Thursday, Oct. 13, 11am-1pm at their showroom for lunch and a continuing education program, Sustainable Materials for the Bath, presented by National Sales Manager of Native Trails, Eric Dietz.  Register by Oct. 10 by RSVP to Adrienne McCay or call at (808) 832-7474.

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

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