General Membership Meeting Webinar
Pandemic Discussion – Round 2 : How Have Businesses Been Impacted,
How They Have Adapted and How Will They Plan for the Future
With the impact of COVID-19 and the state’s work-from-home orders, firms have been forced to modify their typical operations to provide a safe environment for their employees. Our panel will discuss how their firms have been impacted by the current pandemic. In addition to providing insight on transition strategies and new business operations, the panel will also discuss how these unprecedented times may impact how firms operate in the future.
- David Akinaka, AIA, Principal/Vice President and Secretary of Ferraro Choi: David Akinaka joined Ferraro Choi and Associates Ltd. in 2004 and became a principal in 2016. Much of his work has been focused on commercial, institutional, and interior projects, which serve as a catalyst for the community including the UH Culinary Institute of the Pacific at Diamond Head, Entrepreneurs Sandbox, Waimanalo Health Center, and Wailuku Civic Complex. Prior to returning to Hawaii, he spent several years practicing at an award winning architecture firm in New York City. Mr. Akinaka has served on the AIA Honolulu Chapter Board of Directors and belongs to the Urban Land Institute, Lambda Alpha International, and Hawaii Leeward Planning Conference. He received a Bachelor of Science in Architecture from the University of Virginia and a Master of Architecture from Columbia University.
- Geoffrey Lewis, AIA, Principal and owner of Geoffrey Lewis Architect, Inc.: Geoffrey Lewis, AIA is the Principal and owner of Geoffrey Lewis Architect, Inc., established in 1997. He graduated from SCI-Arc in 1989 and moved back to Honolulu in 1990. He and his team have won numerous awards for custom residential and boutique commercial projects. Geoffrey served on the AIA Honolulu Board and was President of the Chapter in 2018. He has taught design studio for several years at the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa School of Architecture and sits on many D-Arch thesis committees.
- Bettina Mehnert, FAIA, LEED AP, President, CEO of AHL: A respected visionary and leader, Bettina is an indomitable force in the evolution and innovation in Hawai‘i's architectural sector. Her novel philosophy of practice blends IT solutions, firm culture, client cultivation, and community service as inseparable filaments of professional leadership, keeping AHL firmly
faced towards the future. Taking community service beyond the annual donation and fundraiser template, Bettina also instituted a 1% pro bono program, by which the firm annually donates 1% of its billable hours to a worthy project. An adventure seeker who loves unstructured travel and long-distance runs, Bettina can be found traveling to run routes and races anywhere from a couple miles to marathons. Runs allow her to “think clearly and recharge for the busy day ahead.’’
Moderator: Todd Hassler, AIA
AIA/CES LU: 1 AIA/CES LU. AIA Honolulu is the registered provider.
Cost: Free for AIA Honolulu members and $10 for Non-Members. Registration is required.
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