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Architecture Month in April

2011 Architecture Month - Stay Tuned

Architecture Month is held annually every April and most of our events are FREE and Open to all AIA members, Residents and Visitors. 

Our programs highlight our shared values of good design in making our communities better places to live, work and play. 

Right now our 2011 Architecture Month programs are in the planning stages so please stay tuned for further details and online registrations to open.

Pictured Above: Free Public Architectural Down Town Walking Tour in April 2010.

To see what is being planned please take a look at our 2010 Architecture Month Events below. Last year was a huge success with several hundred participants in a number of different events.

We would like to say Mahalo to everyone who helped us organize and execute this amazing event in 2010 and also to everyone who came out to join us!  See you all back soon!

Click here to view ALL 2010 Architecture Month photos.  Read below for more information about all the events.  2010 Architecture Month Pressrelease (PDF).

2010 Public Architecture Month Events

April 18 - Family Sunday at the Honolulu Academy of Arts
On Sunday, April 18 the Bank of Hawaii Family Sunday featured entertainment and themed activities suitable for families and people of all ages.  Island architects lead keiki in a number of design projects including tea paintings, inspired by “Alice in Wonderland” and themed “Tea Party” to celebrate the 83rd birthday of the Honolulu Academy of Arts. 

Architects also designed a mini putt putt course that was staged on the front lawn of the academy.  The event was a great success and ran for 5 hours which gave many keikis a chance to play. Mahalo to Kevin Funasaki, AIA for coordinating this event again. Click here for more information or visit the Honolulu Academy of Arts website.

April 20 - Hawaii Public Radio Pledge Drive, AIA Members' Shift
On Tuesday, April 20 from 6am - 9am, 10 AIA Honolulu volunteers got up early to help out during the Hawaii Public Radio Pledge Drive.  Eight architects were manning the phones while Charles Kaneshiro, 2010 AIA Honolulu President and Amy Blagriff, AIA Honolulu Executive Vice President went on air to urge people to pledge while also making a pitch for why Design Matters and Architecture Month.  A big Mahalo to everyone that called in to make a pledge and to our volunteers. View HPR Facebook.

April 21 - Francis D.K. Ching Lecture: Seeing, Thinking, Drawing
On Wednesday, April 21 from 6pm-7:30pm at the University of Hawaii School of Architecture a packed auditorium listed to the free Francis D.K. Ching lecture titled Seeing, Thinking, Drawing

This University of Washington professor emeritus and author presented his perspective on the relationship between traditional and emerging digital methods of drawing and design. In particular, he addressed the continuing relevance of free-hand drawing for architects and designers as one of tools available to today's professionals.

April 24 - Historic Architectural Walking Tours of DT Honolulu
On Saturday, April 24, AIA Honolulu held our annual Free Historical Walking Tour of Downtown Honolulu. ~180 people came out and walked  the streets on a sunny and warm Hawaiian  morning.  Our  wonderful tour guides took the walkers on an amazing stroll through our beautiful downtown where  they met with our informative docents who taught them interesting facts about each of the featured buildings. 

Many volunteers put in a lot of time to pull this off, and positive reactions from the participants made it all worthwhile.  Below you can read some of the comments emailed to us:

"Each guide taught me something about the history of Honolulu using buildings that I have often passed by in too much of a hurry.  I felt like I was peering into the vital and sometimes troubled history of Hawaii.  Thanks AIA for the great community service that you are doing.  My wife and I thoroughly enjoyed the tour"

"I want to express a big "Mahalo!" to those who took the time to organize and put this event together.  Truly enjoyed the sites and the information shared by the various guides.  Born and raised here, there's a tendency to take for granted the various historical buildings around Honolulu, without a deeper appreciation for the history they represent.  So, this was a great walk through history and an eye opener about the value of these sites.  Will encourage friends to sign up for future tours. Mahalo and have a great week."

"Thank you very much for organizing the architectural walking tour.  Our guide was wonderful, as were the docents at each site, and we enjoyed it tremendously." 

MAHALO!  Mahalo to Spencer Leinweber, FAIA, Architecture Month Chair, David Kaahaaina, AIA, Walking Tour Chair and all 14 Docents and 16 Tour Guides.  Thanks for an amazing job.

April 27 - Free Film/Panel Discussion: "Build Green"
On Tuesday, April 27 from 5:30pm-8:00pm at the Honolulu Design Center AIA Honolulu sponsored a documentary  titled Build Green followed by a panel discussion. 

Over 60 people attended,  and even though we experienced  some  technical  difficulties with the audio portion of the film presentation, our panelists did an admirable job of presenting engaging and insightful information to the audience. Or as Bobbie Kane, one of our local allied members put it:

"Actually although they had trouble with the movie last night, the panel of architects was simply excellent, and there was a wholesome discussion between the members of the panel and the audience. Well done."

Our deepest thanks go to moderator David Bylund AIA, and to panelists Steve Meder, University of Hawaii, Mark Ayers, AIA, Matthew Goyke AIA, Race Randle, ForestCity Hawaii and Matthew Pennaz, Long & Associates AIA, Inc.

April 30 - Design Studio Open House - "Firm Crawl"
On Friday, April 30 from 4:00pm-8:00pm seven wonderful architecture firms opened up the doors to our members and the public to learn more about their offices, projects and people.  

Around 80 people put on their walking shoes and walked from firm to firm to see what great things each firm had to offer.  This was a fun "walking networking party" - better than After Work!

Mahalo to all Participating Firms: Eight Inc., Group 70 International, Mason Architects, M5 Architecture, Next Design, RIM Architects & WATG.

Read some of the comments we received after the event:

"I wanted to let you know what a wonderful evening we had last Friday when we visited all seven of the Architectural firms during the Downtown Design Studio Open House.  We were able to meet and talk with so many architects in a casual environment.    The  architectural firms provided great food and drinks and took their time to show us around their offices.  It was humbling to see many of our projects that we manufactured on their walls and video screens.  Thank you for setting this up!  The food was delicious, the tours were educational, the Architects were  gracious and informative; the evening was just fun!"

"Just a quick note to thank you for the great Architecture Open House Program on Friday night, April 30th.  I never knew there were so many creative artists and wonderful business people in downtown Honolulu.  I had a great time. A big mahalo to all the architecture companies that opened their offices for the community."

AIA Honolulu Member Architecture Month Events

April 3 -  Highlighting Green Design on the Big Island - The AIA Hawaii Island Section invited AIA members to attend a day of continuing education in sustainable design, built works old and new.  Featured over the entire day were two newly completed leading edge designed school buildings including the Hawaii Preparatory Academy Energy Lab and an afternoon tour of Halau Hoolako at Kanu o Ka Aina.  Members also toured the HPA Davies Chapel, and heared a lecture on sustainable design for schools.

April 15 - Celebrating Architects
Over 90 architects and guests, including one baby in stroller-to-be architect, showed up at the Pearl Ultra Lounge last Thursday, April 15 to celebrate our many new architects who received their Hawaii license in the past year.

A total of 16 of the 35 new architects were able to make this great party date. They were joined by architects, allied members, friends and guests  representing more than 30 companies.  Mahalo to all of you for coming out and showing your support!

The event brought together many familiar faces and some less frequently seen architects.  Perhaps it was tax day and another good reason to have a  drink.  Delicious pupus, refreshing drinks and architects ready to party made this celebration a big success. Pictured above you can see some happy architects ready to party the night away. (Richard Olmstead, AIA in the forefront, left)

Mahalo to Louis Fung, AIA from Fung Associates, event organizers, and his incredible staff Amy Okada, Julie Y.C. Lam, Anne Gervais, and Mayu Tamayori for putting on such a great celebration.  We can only say well done and we are already looking forward to next year!

Architecture Month in the Media

TV and Radio Spots:
April 27 Featured Culture & the Arts Segment on Hawaii Public Radio, 88.1/89.3 FM 
Click here (Mp3 file will load) Listen to a great interview aired on Hawaii Public Radio on April 29 where Noe Tanigawa interviewed Mike Leineweber, AIA from Media5 Architecture inside the Honuakana Building that they designed and Glenn Mason, AIA, of Mason Architects, inside the Stangenwald Building where AIA Honolulu and Glen's firm have offices. Listen to them talk about architecture and the AIA Honolulu celebration of Architecture Month.

April 22 at 6:45am on KHON:  Charles Kaneshiro, 2010 AIA Honolulu President and Spencer Leineweber, FAIA, 2010 AIA Honolulu Vice President/Presidents Elect and Architecture Month Char were interviewed on upcoming Architecture month activities. 

Throughout April: Listen Here (mp3) or View & Listen (facebook) Charles Kaneshiro, 2010 AIA Honolulu President did an interview with KHVH/KHBZ radio. This one-minute interview was aired throughout the month of April. 

Printed Media:
April 6   - The University of Hawaii System
                 Renowned architect to give public lecture on the topic of freehand drawing

April 13 - Honolulu Advertiser article
                  Celebrate Architecture Month with Free Down Town Walking Tours.
April 14 - "Honolulu On The Cheap"
                  Free Tours of Downtown Honolulu Architecture.
April 14 - Honolulu Advertiser
                 Architects show free 'Build Green' film April 27.
April 15 - Honolulu Advertiser
                  April 21 talk will be quite a draw.

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