Architectural Month in April
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2018 Architecture Month in April

Free & Low-Cost Events Open to All

AIA Honolulu is celebrating its 12th Annual Architecture Month and under the thematic umbrella of “Community: Design Matters, we are pleased to offer free and low-cost activities for the public during the month of April.

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These annual events got started 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.

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APRIL 5 - Free PechaKucha: Night of Design Presentations

Food | Drinks | Live Music | Amazing Presentations * Walk-Ins Welcome!

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Under the thematic umbrella of “Community: Design Matters,” AIA Honolulu will celebrate with a Pecha Kucha night.

When:  Thursday, April 5, 5:30pm - 8:00pm
Where: Center for Architecture, Honolulu

Please help us usher in Architecture Month with presentations by AIA member architects, interior designers, educators, fine artists and writers in the fast-paced Pecha Kucha-style: a total of 20 slides per presenter with only 20 seconds of commentary per slide.



APRIL 6 - Hawaii Public Radio Pledge Drive 8am-10am

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 8am-10am!

  • 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 8am-10am
  • OR....Pledge online: Go to and click on Donate Now

APRIL 6 - Free Architectural "Firm Crawl" Open Houses

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Learn more about the projects local architects are currently working on by joining our free “Firm Crawl".  On this one evening, numerous Honolulu architecture companies will open their doors to the public, inviting the community in to learn more about the projects that the firms are engaged in and the architects behind those designs.

When:   Friday, April 6, 5:00pm - 8:00pm
Where:  Various Downtown Honolulu Firms

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

APRIL 7 - Architectural Photography Workshop with David Franzen

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Attend a special photography workshop created especially for AIA Honolulu during Architecture Month. Join this renowned architectural photographer and learn how to Capturing a ‘Sense of Place’ – strategies & techniques towards effective and artful digital photography which convey the spirit of a place!

When:  Saturday, April 7, 8am-4pm
Where: Center for Architecture, Honolulu

Cost: $75 AIA Members, $105 Non-Members & $55 Students. Session limited to 20 participants.

APRIL 27 - Free Oahu Public Film Night: Big Time

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You are invited to come the view a free film of interest to the design-minded.  The film might be followed by a panel discussion by AIA Honolulu member-architects on the issues that were raised by the filmmakers.

Film Title: Big Time (1h 33m) Read More.

  • When:  Friday, April 27, 5:30pm - 8:00pm
  • Where: Center for Architecture, Honolulu

Cost: Free (suggested donation at the door)

APRIL 28 - SOLD OUT! Architectural Walking Tour: Kaka’ako

Registration Closed - FULL TOUR!

The public is invited to join in a Walking Tour of Kakaako, led by AIA member-architects, on Saturday, April 28 – a rare opportunity to explore the area’s rich history and future vision from a design perspective.

When:   Saturday, April 28, 3pm-6pm

Over the course of two hours, walkers will learn about architecturally significant historic and recent buildings and spaces in an area of urban Honolulu that has been the focus of so much attention in recent years.

Cost:  Walking tours are $15 per person. Advanced reservations required.

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Free and Public Film Night

No RSVP Required! To celebrate April as Architecture Month across the state, the Hawaii Island Section of AIA Honolulu invites the public to join them in a free architectural related film:

  • Dave Made A Maze, a 2017 American fantasy adventure comedy horror film directed by Bill Watterson.


April 21: Young Architects Workshop 2018

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This workshop is presented by AIA Honolulu - Hawaii Island Section and the Donkey Mill Art Center (DMAC) as part of our 12th Annual Architecture Month Celebration on the Big Island.

When/Where: Saturday, April 21, 10am-2pm (with lunch break) at the Donkey Mill Art Center (Lawn or parking lot)

Title: Cardboarditecture (Cardboard + Architecture). Hands-on workshop for students grade 6-12.

The cost is $10 per participant, maximum 15 student. 

To register for the Teen Architects Workshop, please contact Donkey Mill at (808) 322.3362.


APRIL 13: Free ASLA Film Night

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Film Title: Women in the Dirt: Landscape Architects Shaping Our World.

  • When:  Friday, April 13, 5:30pm - 8:00pm
  • Where: Center for Architecture, Honolulu

APRIL 15: Bank of Hawaii Family Sunday

No RSVP Required!

Since 2004, Bank of Hawaii has made it possible for the Honolulu Museum of Arts to open their doors to the public free of charge on the third Sunday of every month. The day offers a program of art activities, entertainment and film focused on an exhibition or art principle.

  • When:  Sunday, April 15, 10:00am - 2:00pm
  • Where: Honolulu Museum of Art

For Architecture Month in April their theme is Architecture and AIA Honolulu will participate. This means from 11am-3pm our wonderful volunteers will staff a booth with fun architectural related children activities. Stay tuned for more information.

Mahalo AIA Honolulu Activity Sponsor

April 16: 2017-18 UHM SoA Waves Sets Lecture Series

No RSVP Required!

  • When: Monday, April 16, 6pm
  • Where: UH Manoa School of Architecture, Auditorium

Come listen to guest speaker Will Bruder, FAIA with Will Bruder Architects Phoenix, AZ.  Open to the public.

APRIL 21 - Free Urban Sketchers Event

No RSVP Required!

USk O‘ahu and AIA Honolulu Announce Free Sketch Event

  • When: Saturday, April 21, 9:30am-12pm
  • Where: AIA Honolulu Center for Architecture

This informal get-together for sketchers of all experience levels to draw and paint in downtown Honolulu. Join us to share your artwork, exchange tips and tricks for sketching, and learn a little about the architecture in the area from a local architect. Find out more about Urban Sketchers Oʻahu on their websiteEvents will be held regardless of weather.

APRIL 21: Annual Beaux Arts Ball

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The UH School of Architecture Alumni Association will bring you this 2nd Annual celebration.

  • When: Saturday, April 21, 5:30pm
  • Where: Hilton Waikiki Beach Hotel, Grand Ballroom

Stay tuned for more information.

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