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AIA International: ʻŌlelo Hawaiʻi Campus Presentation

December 4, 2023 @ 11:00 am - 12:30 pm HST


December 4, 2023
11:00 am - 12:30 pm HST
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Virtual (Zoom)

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Join us for an AIA International networking event & virtual presentation on the ʻŌlelo Hawaiʻi Campus, Recipient of a 2023 AIA Honolulu Award of Excellence

This presentation and Q&A will be 30 minutes, from 11:00 - 11:30 AM HST, followed by 60 minutes of "pechakucha" format presentations from different speakers.

About the project: The Hawaiian Renaissance of the 1970s sparked the re-establishment of indigenous culture and language-based learning. Since then, a group of community leaders and educators have been working together to develop a complete educational system spanning from preschool to PhD taught entirely in ʻōlelo Hawaiʻi. Along the way, the group has grown into a statewide coalition of schools and nonprofit organizations. Their success has seen Hawaiʻi become an aspirational model for similar indigenous language programs across the nation and around the world.

This project, in collaboration with some of these pioneers, is the culmination of four decades of effort in envisioning, designing, and building a campus-within-a-campus on the grounds of the University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo. Composed of three new facilities, the ʻŌlelo Hawaiʻi Campus will serve to support a Hawaiian Indigenous Language Cycle that spans from preschool to PhD.


Karla Sierralta, AIA
Principal Investigator at UHCDC & Associate Professor of Architectural Design at UH School of Architecture
Karla Sierralta is a licensed architect, educator, and design advocate. Her professional, theoretical, and academic projects address problems of spatial identity in both local and global contexts. In parallel to her academic work, she is co-founder and design director of Strawn Sierralta, an award-winning architecture, and design practice. She also works on public interest design projects through the University of Hawaiʻi Community Design Center. In 2020, she was recognized with the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa’s Presidential Citation for Meritorious Teaching.

Brian Strawn, AIA
Principal Investigator at UHCDC & Director of Campus Planning and Spatial Experience, UH System
Brian Strawn, AIA, is a designer, researcher and educator that directs cross-disciplinary teams through projects that intersect the fields of architecture, design strategy, and user research.  Brian is a founding team member and Principal Investigator at the University of Hawaiʻi Community Design Center, where he has conducted projects for the Hawai‘i Public Housing Authority, Hawai‘i Department of Defense, US Department of the Interior’s Office of Native Hawaiian Relations, University of Hawai'i at Hilo, and University of Hawai'i at Mānoa.

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