2019 Design Award Winners

The AIA Honolulu’s Annual Design Awards is Hawaii’s oldest program of its type—held annually since 1958. Built and unbuilt projects submitted by local AIA members are judged on their merit by a distinguished jury of AIA architects. Our award program is an avenue for AIA Honolulu architects to be recognized by their peers for their effort and dedication to excellence in architectural design.

View AIA Honolulu Design Awards winners since 1958 (PDF).

Congratulations 2019 AIA Honolulu Design Awards Recipients

Award of Excellence &
Mayor's Choice Award
UH West O‘ahu, Administration + Health Sciences Bldg.
Firms: KYA Design Group & Perkins&Will
Client: University of Hawaii West Oahu
Contractor: Swinerton Builders
Location: Kapolei, Oahu, Hawaii
Photo: Andrea Brizzi Photography

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Award of Excellence 
Residential
Kua Bay Residence
Firms: Walker Warner Architects; NICOLEHOLLIS Interior Design; Lutsko Associates and Eric Johnson Associates)
Contractor: Ledson Construction
Location: Kona Coast, Big Island, Hawaii
Photo: Douglas Friedman Photography; Laure Joliet Photography

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Award of Merit 
Interior Architecture
HTDC Entrepreneur’s Sandbox
Firm: Ferraro Choi And Associates Ltd.
Client: Hawaii Community Development Authority & Hawaii Technology Development Corporation
Contractor: Nordic PCL Construction, Inc.
Location: Honolulu, Oahu, Hawaii
Photos: Andrea Brizzi Photography

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Award of Merit 
Commercial/Industrial
‘Iolani Campus Expansion – Residence Hall
Firm: G70
Client: ‘Iolani School
Contractor: Nordic PCL Construction, Inc.
Location: Honolulu, Oahu, Hawaii
Photos: Ronald Ribao
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Award of Merit 
Interior Architecture
Joan K. Mendel Kindergarten Classrooms
Firm: G70
Client: U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
Contractor: Hibiya Engineering Ltd.
Location: Fussa, Tokyo, Japan
Photos: Naoomi Kurozumi


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Award of Merit 
Residential
Kūono at Volcano
Firm: LSA Architects LLC
Client: Jeff Brink; Loch Soderquist
Contractor: J Leucht Construction LLC
Location: Volcano, Big Island, Hawaii
Photos: Andrew Richard Hara



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Award of Merit 
Unbuilt
Blaisdell Center Redevelopment
Firms: AECOM; Snøhetta; WCIT Architecture
Theater Consultant: Theater Projects
Client: City and County of Honolulu
Location: Honolulu, Oahu, Hawaii
Renderers: Snøhetta; MOARE; WCIT Architecture
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Distinctive Detail Award 
Disinctive Detail
UH West O‘ahu Administration + Health Sciences Building - Exterior Skin Design
Firms: KYA Design Group and Perkins&Will
Client: University of Hawaii West Oahu
Contractor: Swinerton Builders
Location: Kapolei, Oahu, Hawaii
Photos: Andrea Brizzi Photography
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Honorable Mention 
Residential
Flower Avenue
Firm: Peter Vincent Architects
Contractor: Potter Mallis
Location: Venice, California
Photos: Luke Gibson; Erhard Pfeiffer; Tessa Neustadt


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Honorable Mention & 
Hawaii Home+Remodeling Editor's Choice Award
 
House TN I Kahala
Firm: Wander X Wonder
Contractor: Swell Design Company, LLC
Location: Honolulu, Oahu, Hawaii
Photos: Taku Miyazawa

 

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Honorable Mention 
Unbuilt
Plural Territories
Firm: Strawn + Sierralta
Renderer: Strawn + Sierralta




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People's Choice Award 
Interior Architecture
King’s Hawaiian Executive Offices
Firm: Philpotts Interiors
Client: King’s Hawaiian
Contractor: Pinnacle Contracting
Location: Gardena, California
Photos: Mike Kelley



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USGBC Hawaii Sustainability Award 
Keauhou Lane
Firm: hi•arch•y llp
Client: Gerding Edlen
Contractor: HDCC
Location: Honolulu, Oahu, Hawaii
Photo: Oliver Koning


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Hawaii Energy Award 
For Excellence in Energy-Efficient Design
Hoakalei Golf Clubhouse
Firm: Peter Vincent Architects
Client: Hoakalei Country Club, LLC
Contractor: Haseko Construction Mgmt Grp
Location: Ewa Beach, Oahu, Hawaii
Photo: Andy Landgraf; Kyle Rothenburg


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Established in 2016, the Student Design Awards were created to honor student achievements in the design studio and provide a forum for student design excellence to be celebrated beyond the academic setting.
to be celebrated beyond the academic setting.

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Award of Excellence 
Undergraduate
Transit Studio at Kualaka‘i
Student: Kaimana Tuazon
School: UH at Manoa School of Architecture
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School: UH at Manoa School of Architecture

  


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Honorable Mention 
Graduate
Aero Skin-Future Airport Design
Student: Yuanyuan Wu
School: UH at Manoa School of Architecture



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Honorable Mention 
Graduate
Chua Lanh
Students: Jason Hashimoto; Khoa Nguyen; Valerie Ribao; Julia Schray
School: UH at Manoa School of Architecture

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Honorable Mention 
Graduate
Hòa kê´t: The City of Harmony
Student: Jonathan Quach; Connie Kwan; Sydney Foster; Mitchell Moses
School: UH School of Architecture

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2019 Design Awards Jury

Juror selection is based upon the locating impartial individuals who represent high levels of achievement, design quality and professional integrity. Every attempt is made to create a balanced panel that will provide fair judgment to all entries.

The 2019 Design Awards jury was made up of three local architects: Geoffrey Lewis, AIA, principal and owner of Geoffery Lewis Architect, Inc., and AIA Honolulu Past-President; Karen Sakamoto, AIA, partner at Next Design, LLC, and incoming AIA Honolulu Vice President / President-Elect; and Cathi Ho Schar, AIA, LEED AP, Assistant Professor at the University of Hawaii at Manoa School of Architecture and Director of the University of Hawaii Community Design Center. The three local jurors were joined by two San Francisco-based jurors: Daniel Simons, FAIA, LEED AP, principal at David Baker Architects; and Paul Woolford, AIA, LEED AP, BD+C, Senior Design Principal for HOK’s San Francisco Studio.

Members of the design awards committee whose firms have submitted in that year may not be present and/or may not participate during any aspect of jury deliberations.


Thank You to our 2019 Design Awards Sponsors!



AIA Honolulu Annual Design Awards Program Details

The AIA Honolulu’s Annual Design Awards is Hawaii’s oldest program of its type—held annually since 1958.  Built and unbuilt projects submitted by local AIA members are judged on their merit by a distinguished jury of AIA architects. All project types are eligible for submission by members—from small home renovations to multi-million dollar resorts.

The Annual AIA Honolulu Design Awards Program provides an avenue for AIA Honolulu architects to be recognized by their peers for their effort and dedication to excellence in architectural design.  In doing so, AIA Honolulu hopes to raise public consciousness, awareness of design excellence and the special role of AIA architects in the community.


Project & Awards Categories

Many award winning projects from this prestigious awards program are now considered architectural landmarks in our islands—appropriate and well-conceived solutions addressing important urban or social concerns.

Project Categories:

Each entry shall be submitted, and may receive an award, in one of the following categories.

  1. Commercial/Industrial
  2. Distinctive Detail (choose for consideration of our NEW Distinct Detail Design Awards)
  3. Institutional
  4. Interior Architecture
  5. Residential
  6. Unbuilt

The number of projects awarded in each category and the level of award shall be determined by the jury.

Juried Awards:

  • Award of Excellence: Requires unanimous vote of the jury that a project excels in all aspects. Reserved for those projects which stand out from all of the meritorious award winners. This highest honor recognizes projects which are deemed to exemplify excellence of architectural design on all levels of analysis, and exemplify the highest standards to which AIA members aspire.
  • Award of Merit: Requires consensus from the jury that a project is deserving for a high quality of work overall. Granted to projects which display a high standard of architectural quality and design.\
  • Honorable Mention: Responds to notable achievements in one or more particular project aspects;
    area(s) that stood out, as agreed through consensus by the jury.
  • USGBC Hawaii Sustainability Award: In collaboration with USGBC Hawaii, AIA Honolulu is proud to present the Sustainable Design Award category in 2018. The U.S. Green Building Council Hawaii Sustainability Award celebrates the best of green building and sustainable market transformation. The award recognizes projects “for their integration of design excellence with environmental performance,” which aligns with the American Institute of Architects Committee on the Environment Top Ten Award criteria.
  • Hawai‘i Energy Award for Excellence in Energy-Efficient Design: In collaboration with Hawaii Energy, AIA Honolulu is proud to present the Hawai‘i Energy Award for Excellence in Energy-Efficient Design category in 2019. All Unbuilt and Built projects in the Institutional or Commercial/Industrial categories have the option to also compete for this award.  The award recognizes design that embodies Hawai‘i Energy’s mission to assist Hawai‘i’s consumers in maximizing energy efficiency as a critical step to getting to our state’s clean energy goals, saving ratepayers on their utility costs and protecting our islands’ environment. 

Non-Juried Awards:

  • People's Choice Award. First launched in 2007, the People’s Choice Award provides the public an opportunity to view AIA distinguished entrants and determine an annual winner by popular choice. This award aims to encourage public dialog to help shape Hawaii through design excellence.
  • The Mayor’s Choice Award. Begun in 1998, the Mayor’s Choice award aims to validate the importance of good design in shaping our city and local communities. Thanks to the honorable Mayor Kirk Caldwell, City and County of Honolulu, for his continued support.
  • Hawaii Home+Remodeling: Editor's Choice Award is selected by the editor of the Hawaii Home+Remodeling Magazine from all our residential design award entrants.

View AIA Honolulu Design Awards winners since 1958.


Eligibility Requirements:

Licensed Architect members of this Chapter may enter all project categories.
Associate AIA members of this Chapter may submit in the unbuilt category only.
No time limit from when project was completed to when it may be submitted for an award.
No limit to the number of submissions by the same architect or firm.
Firms whose employees are members of the jury are not eligible for submission in that year.

The following re-entry rules apply to previously submitted projects:

  • Those projects that did not receive any award in a prior year may be resubmitted.
  • Previously awarded projects which have undergone substantial renovation may be resubmitted.
  • Previously awarded unbuilt projects are eligible for re-submittal upon completion.
  • Projects which received past recognition in a non-juried category (such as past Members’ Choice or People’s
    Choice winner) may be submitted in subsequent years for consideration of a juried award.
  • All other previously awarded juried projects are not eligible for resubmittal.

Awards Publications

AIA has maintained an excellent partnership with aio Media, publisher of Hawaii Business Magazine. This alliance positions our members within a core readership of business and professional leaders as well as potential private clients. Be sure to pick up their October issue.

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