Architectural Month in April
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2016 Architecture Month

Free & Low-Cost Events - Open to All in April!

AIA Honolulu is celebrating its 10th Annual Architecture Month with several free and low-cost activities being planned for the public during the month of April.  We started these annual events to highlight the power of good design in making our communities better places to live, work and play and also generate a discussion of design in Hawaii.  We hope by elevating awareness of architecture, you will be inspired by your surroundings on a daily basis.

Hundreds of island residents and visitors enjoy these architecture and design-related events each April. Make sure you are one of them in April 2016. View images from our 2015 walking tour, firm crawl and film night!

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APRIL 1, 2 & 16 - Architectural Photography: An Exploration of Form (3 Part)

Register Online! Join T.E. Garduque, FAIA, an advocate for Critical Seeing in three informative sessions as he discusses the joy of architectural photography; gives instruction and guidance for field practice and summarizes the day’s shoot with a critique session. Intended for the advanced hobbyist photographer, all levels of experience and the public welcomed. Fee: $65.00 AIA Members, $95.00 Non-Members and $50.00 Students. Event Summary Flyer.

APRIL 6 - Hawaii Public Radio Pledge Drive 3pm-6pm

Help support Quality Programming and the Arts in Hawaii

AIA Honolulu architects has participated in the Hawaii Public Radio pledge drive for many years and truly enjoy taking part in keeping quality programs and arts alive in Hawaii.  During our shift, AIA Honolulu architects answered the phones, took pledges and offers challenges. Last year we offered a free walking tour + refreshments to some of the phone pledges.

Support/Pledge on April 6 from 3pm-6pm!

  • Step 1 - Tune in to HPR on 88.1 or 89.3 on your FM dial.
  • Step 2 - Call HPR at 944-8800 (KHPR) or 941-3689 (KIPO)
  • Step 3 - Make your pledge during the AIA Honolulu shift from 3pm-6pm
  • OR....Pledge online: Go to and click on Donate Now

APRIL 9 - Architectural Walking Tour: Historic Waikiki

Register Online! In 2016, the public is invited to join in a Historic Waikiki Walking Tour, led by AIA architects and other design-minded volunteers, on Saturday, April 9. AIA member-architects first ventured into Waikiki in celebration of Architecture Month in 2013; due to overwhelming demand, Waikiki will be our site again in 2016 – but with an all-new tour.

Over the course of two hours, walkers will learn about architecturally significant historic buildings and areas in Waikiki – a world-famous locale that we are all familiar with, but that too few of us appreciate as a center of historic architecture.  The tour covers a distance of over one mile. Comfortable shoes, sunscreen and hats are highly recommended; walkers are encouraged to bring water and snacks to keep their energy up!
Cost: Tours are $15/person. Tour times are set by advanced reservation and online pre-payment.

APRIL 27 - Oahu Public Film Night "Urbanized"

Film Title: Urbanized

  • When:  Wednessday, April 27, 6:00pm - 8:45pm
  • Where: Center for Architecture, 828 Fort Street Mall, Ste. 100

RSVP Online! Urbanized is a feature-length documentary about the design of cities, which looks at the issues and strategies behind urban design and features some of the world’s foremost architects, planners, policymakers, builders, and thinkers.

Film to be followed by a Panel Discussion.

APRIL 29 - Architectural Firm Crawl in Downtown Honolulu: Open House Night

RSVP Online! On Friday, April 29 from 5:00pm - 8:00pm we host our last Architecture Month event, the annual Architecture Firm Crawl in Downtown Honolulu.

People will pre-register to receive a map of participating firms who will open up their doors to the public.

The public is welcome to visit all AIA firms listed in any order they liked. This is a fun way to see what a Design Studio looks like and learn about the people, their projects and ask any questions.

Click here for a list of participating firms and online registration.

APRIL 14, 21 & 29: Public Film Nights - D
ouble Feature for 2016

No RSVP Needed! To celebrate Architecture Month across the state, the Hawaii Island Section of AIA Honolulu invites the public to join in three free film presentations.  View Event Flyer.

  • Kona: Thursday, April 14 at 6:00 p.m. at the Donkey Mill Art Center (78-6670 Mamalahoa Highway)
  • Waimea: Thursday, April 21 at 5:30 p.m. at the W.M. Keck Observatory Headquarters, Hualalai Learning Theater
  • Hilo: Friday, April 29 at 5:15 p.m. at the Hawaii Innovation Center at Hilo, Conference Room.

This double feature focuses on the power of design to positively transform communities. Alejandro Aravena, 2016 Pritzker Prize winner in a TED talk: The Power of Synthesis, and Olmsted and America’s Urban Parks, Rebeca Messener, 2011.

April 17: Young Architects Workshop

Sign Up with DMAC! This workshop is presented by AIA Honolulu - Hawaii Island Section and the Donkey Mill ArtCenter (DMAC) as part of our 10th Annual Architecture Month Celebration on the Big Island. View Workshop flyer (PDF).

This is a hands-on workshop for students grade 6 through 12. Students will design and build a small shelter at 1:12 scale. Instructor is Shaun Roth, AIA with other Architect volunteers. The cost is $45, twelve students maximum. Sign Up/Information: Go to the Donkey Mill ArtCenter(DMAC) website or call them at 808-322-3362.


APRIL 7 & 16 - Two Free Sketch Events in Celebration of Architecture Month!

USk O‘ahu and American Institute of Architects Honolulu announce two Free Sketch Events!

April 7, 6-8 pm, Meet in the Front courtyard of the King Kalākaua Building (View Flyer)
April 16, 3-5 pm, Meet at the Center for Architecture (View Flyer)

What to expect: An informal get-together for sketchers of all experience levels.
What to bring: Art supplies of your choice and personal items (e.g., chair, food).
Schedule: Unstructured sketching with a show-and-tell session at the meeting point, where we socialize, chat about our work, and learn from each other. Events will be held regardless of weather.

APRIL 21: Scavenger Hunt at Ala Monana

RSVP Online! The Scavenger Hunt is co-sponsored with Docomomo. It wall take place on Thursday, April 21 from 6pm-9pm and the starting/meeting place is Design Within Reach at the Ala Moana Shopping Center.

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