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Island Architect Weekly - Tuesday, August 9, 2016

Posted By AIA Honolulu, Monday, August 8, 2016

Tuesday, August 9, 2016

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2016 AIA Honolulu Design Awards - Saturday, Sep. 17

Don't Delay! Must Register Online by Friday, Sep. 2 (or Aug. 19 for Non-US Citizens)

Register Online Now! 

Event Date: Saturday, Sep. 17 from 5-9pm at the award-winning NOAA facility on Ford Island (security clearance required). View invitation flyer.

Join us for cocktails, heavy pupu’s, live music and socializing with friends and colleagues, and of course the Awards Program featuring our 2016 Winners presenting their distinguished project stories!

CES Tour: Sign up for our optional building tour (1 LU) during registration (starts at 4:30pm).

Must Register by Sep. 2 (or Aug 19)! Due to strict security requirements of the Ford Island Military Facility, all attendees are required to obtain security clearance prior to being permitted on base. We can not accommodate late registrations or changes to attendees after the registration deadline.

MAHALO 2016 AIA Honolulu Design Awards Sponsors!

Upcoming AIA Honolulu Programs

Aug 11: Learning to Start Your Own Business + Wine Tasting, 5:30pm

Sip Delicious Wines and Learn from Local Architects Who Started their Own Firm!

Register Online! Join YAF on Thursday, Aug. 11 from 5:30-7:00pm at the Center for Architecture as we socialize, sip wine and enjoy a panel discussion with local architects who took the leap and started their own firms. Bring questions for a lively discussion!

Panelists: Reid Mizue, AIA of Omizu Architecture, Cathi Schar, AIA of Collaborative Studio, Fritz Johnson, AIA of Fritz Johnson Architect, and Janine Clifford, AIA of Clifford Planning.

Cost:  $25 AIA members; $35 non-AIA members. Includes wine tasting and light pupus.

Plan Ahead for Upcoming YAF Events in 2016:

Aug 18: HI Rise Reflections - A Panel Discussion on Reflective Glass (1 LU)

Register Online! Attend our next General Membership Meeting (GMM) on Thursday, August 18, 11:30am-1:00pm at the Center for Architecture

Panelists: Andrew Sabados - Founder, Cornerstone Energy Solutions; Deepak Neupane, AIA, PE - Director of Planning & Development at HCDA; Representative to speak on Wildlife Impact and Moderator Robbie Dingeman - Editor, Honolulu Magazine, Public Director of AIA Honolulu.

Go-To-Meeting Available for our outer island friends and those unable to attend in person. Register online and check this option.

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

Aug 24: ADA Program: Document Review Process & Common Errors (2 HSW)

Register Online! Wednesday, Aug. 24,8-10am at the Center for Architecture. The Disability and Communications Access Board (DCAB) has prepared a custom program for AIA Honolulu. Members and Non-Members can attend.

Topic: Document Review Process & Common Errors. This will be an overview of the Disability and Communication Access Board's (DCAB) document review process and the common design errors found in their document reviews.

Presenter: Mona Higa, Facility Access Coordinator from the U.S. Access Board/Disability and Communication Access Board (DCAB).

Cost: $20 for members and $35 for non-members. Advanced registration and payment is required.

Associate AIA Update

Aug. 18: Attend A FREE Live NCARB Webinar: AXP, ARE, & Certification (1.5 LU)

Register Now! Join us on Thursday, Aug. 18 at the Center for Architecture, 5:30-7:30pm when Matthew Friesz, AIA, NCARB, LEED Green Assoc., Outreach Manager, Experience + Education from NCARB will present on a range of licensure topics relevant to students, aspiring architects, supervisors, architects, and people in the architecture profession.

The presentation will review the steps necessary to achieve licensure to become an architect and other programs to get the most out of your career in architecture. This live webinar will be broadcast from the Center for Architecture.

AXP Supervisors & Firm Principals! This is an excellent way to learn about the AXP, ARE 5.0 and other updates to continue promoting licensure and professional development in your firms.  

Neighbor Islands! Attend remotely by using our Go-To-Meeting capabilities. Email us if interested.

There is no charge to attend, but please register so we can plan for refreshments and seating.

ARE Sessions Aug 25: Structural Systems – Part I

Register Online! Thursday, August 258, Center for Architecture, 5:30-7pm.  

Cost: $10 for AIA/AIAS members; $20 for non-members.

August Topic: Structural Systems – Part I: Fundamentals, strategies, and tips for the structural layout vignette. Review of general structural principles, materials, and technologies.

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

Plan Ahead for ARE Sessions:

Mark your calendars for every 4th Thursday (almost) for the rest of the year. Register online today.

Online registration is now open:

AIA Honolulu Member Corner

AIA Honolulu Members in Building Industry Hawaii

AIA Honolulu worked with Building Industry Hawaii for their August issue to include some of our AIA Honolulu member firms.

  • "Collaboration" article titled "Executive Action" (pg 54) featuring Kurt Mitchell, AIA's Kaiser regional headquarters by RIM Architects.
  • Design Excellence (pg. 42) with Charles Kaneshiro, AIA and Wayne Goo, AIA from Group 70 International.
  • Now or Later (pg. 53) by Phil Camp, AIA with Hawaii Architecture

Do you have a project that might be a good fit for "Collaboration"? Please email our AIA Honolulu EVP Abigail Spence

RIM Hawaii's Jonathan Sim, AIA NCARB, Promoted to Associate

Congratulations to Jonathan Sim, AIA NCARB in celebrating his promotion to Associate with RIM Architects Hawaii . Over the last four years, Jonathan has contributed significantly to the RIM Hawaii office, providing guidance and leadership to the design staff, as well as setting an excellent example of customer service to our clients. After 10 years of design experience in Washington D.C. and Hong Kong with several global architecture firms, Jonathan returned home in 2012 to Hawaii and joined RIM Architects.

Local Allied Member Kieselbach Woodworks in PBN

In a Pacific Business News article from July 29 titled "J.J. Dolan's owners reveal details about newest Chinatown restaurant" it was mentioned that when the owners secured a loan from Hawaii National Bank for the build-out, one of the renovations include the addition of a 31-foot handcrafted bar custom made by Wayne Kieselbach of Kieselbach Woodworks.

Welcome New, Upgraded, & Transferred in Members since June 2016

New Members!

  • Reid Ramos, Assoc. AIA
  • Salma M. Aref, Assoc. AIA
  • Jerilyn Hattori Assoc. AIA
  • Phap Vu, Assoc. AIA
  • Taylor K. Cook, Assoc. AIA
  • Landon S. Hamada, Assoc. AIA
  • Jesse H. Burgess, AIA
  • Sooyoun Park, Assoc. AIA
  • Nguyen K. Vong, Assoc. AIA

Upgrade from Assoc. AIA to AIA!

Questor Lau, AIA
Joanna C. Griffith, AIA

Transfer In!

Sheldon Doney, Assoc AIA



Allied Member Updates

Biggest opportunity of the year! Reserve your booth at the EXPO

Deadline to register and be included in the official print guidebook is Aug. 15!

The 17th Pacific Building Trade Expo, will take place on Tuesday, Oct. 25, 9am-5:30pm at the Hawaii Convention Center. Presented by Honblue, Inc. and jointly produced AIA Honolulu and CSI Honolulu, is the largest trade venue serving Hawai’i’s building design professionals and contractors. Last year, more than 1,700 Architects, Contractors, Engineers, Developers, Interior Designers, Specifiers, and Military & Government Officials attended Expo.

Reserve your exhibit space now and meet them all face to face in one day:
•    Visit the Pacific Building Trade Expo website
•    View 2016 Exhibitor Reservation Info
•    Email Barbie Rosario or call her at 864-7983

AIA National Updates

Need Help Getting Visibility and Press?  

Looking to get media attention for your project or firm?

Watch the video for public relations tips from PR professional Julie Taylor, Honorary AIA as she talks with AIA's CEO Robert Ivy, FAIA about how to get visibility in the media for your firm and projects.

Sep 7: How to Become a Contributor to Your Local Media Outlets (1 LU)

Register for AIA National Webinar on Wed, Sep 7 from 9am-10am PDT (6am HST). This AIA National webinar will explain the possibility for residential architects to provide written content to local newspapers, lifestyle magazines, design blogs, etc. The opportunity can be developed either as part of a local AIA CRAN or SPP group or as an individual practitioner. They will cover how to establish the opportunity, the types of topics that are most likely to resonate with news outlets and their readers, and how AIA members can be part of the Institute’s overall public awareness campaign by helping to explain the role of architects in residential design.

Sep 8: Free Webinar on Materials Transparency (1 LU)

Register for AIA National Webinar on Thu, Sep. 8 from 3pm-4pm EDT (9am HST). Join AIA for a webinar where legal, insurance, and practice leaders will help you understand the risks and opportunities of materials transparency. Learn contract language addressing some of the risks to incorporate in your AIA Contract Document.

AIA Honolulu Job Board

Two Jobs Listed 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


  • Aug 11-Aug 18: Historic Preservation Standards Seminar (3 HSW)
    Join Historic Hawaii Foundation and the National Park Services for a free class on how to protect authentic character and sustain it for future generations. This event takes place on Lanai, Kauai, Maui, Kona, Hilo and Oahu. Qualifies for 3 AIA CES LUs (HSW). AIA Honolulu is the registered provider.

  • Aug 8-12: FEMA E-74 Reducing the Risks of Nonstructural Earthquake Damage (6 HSW)
    The Hawaii Emergency Management Agency is offering free training days in August from 8:00am-4:00pm. This training describes the sources and types of nonstructural earthquake damage and the effective methods and guidance that individuals and organizations can use to take action now before the next earthquake and minimize future injuries and property losses from nonstructural risks. Qualifies for 6 AIA CES LUs (HSW). AIA Honolulu is the registered provider.

    - Mon, Aug. 8: Sheraton Princess (Oahu)
    - Wed, Aug. 10: J.W. Cameron Center (Maui)
    - Fri, Aug. 12: West Hawaii Civic Center (Hawaii)

  • Aug. 16: Hawaii Clean Energy Day
    Attend the 8th Annual Hawai'i Clean Energy Day at Laniakea YWCA * Downtown Honolulu on August 16 from 9am-4:30pm with Pau Hana Party to follow. This workshp is titled “2030 or Bust: Reality Check” and will feature new technologies and challenges in the post NextEra era, Hawaii’s policies, investments and organizations must undergo transformative change to meet its ambitious clean energy goals.

  • Aug 30 & 31: Attend Universal Design/Build 2-Day Classes
    Attend the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) 2-day classes "Universal Design/Build" at the CTC-Pacific Construction Training Center. 12 (HSW) NHAB is the registered provider. View Event Flyer (PDF).  Apply for the Employment Training Fund (ETF).  Questions? Email Barbara Nishikawa or call at 629-7505.

  • Aug. 30: CSI Honolulu Event "Why Isn't My Floor Level?"
    The CSI Honolulu August program will be a panel discussion composed of an architect, a structural engineer, a general contractor and a leveling material installer. It will take place at Architects Hawaii and start at 5pm.

  • September 9, 10 & 11 - "ARE EXAM - Live In-Person Seminars" 4.0 & 5.0 Versions
    Offered by MBA Educational Horizons includes MBA Booklet - Honolulu - Waikiki Beach Hotel. Call (949) 208 - 2979 or go to their website for more information. Tutoring/Coaching & Materials also offered. For questions or to register email them today - only 15 candidates in each session.

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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