Architectural Month in April
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Join Us for 2020 Architecture Month in April

Free & Low-Cost Events Open to All

AIA Honolulu is celebrating its 14th Annual Architecture Month and we are pleased to offer free and low-cost activities for all during the month of April.

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.


APRIL 2 - Free Architecture Month Launch: A Night of Design Presentations

Register Online! Please register for planning purposes. Walk-ins still welcome.

Refreshments | Music | Design Presentations

When:  Thursday, April 2, 5:30pm - 8:30pm
Where: Howard Hughes Showroom, 1240 Ala Moana Blvd, Honolulu, HI 96814

2020 means 20 x 20: See 20 images in 20 seconds during this fast-paced dive into all things design: fashion, built, landscape and more projects are featured throughout the night! Just one of the facets of the Architecture Month’s vibrant kick-off, this event at the Howard Hughes Showroom is open to the public and is sure to fill up fast.

This event is open to the public and is sure to fill up fast so reserve your spot now.

APRIL 2 - Hawaii Public Radio Pledge Drive 6am-9am

Help support Quality Programming and the Arts in Hawaii

AIA Honolulu architects have 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 answer the phones, take pledges and offer challenges.

Listen / Call / Donate April 2, 6am-9am

  • 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 18 - Architectural Walking Tour in Kakaako 

Register Online! Advanced reservations and payment required.

The public is invited to join in a Walking Tour of Kakaako, led by AIA member-architects, on Saturday, April 18 – a rare opportunity to explore the area’s rich history and future vision from a design perspective.  Over the course of two hours (about 1.5 miles), 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. 

Docent-guided tours explore a general history of the vibrant Kakaako neighborhood focusing on urban living and affordable housing in this eclectic neighborhood next to downtown.

When:   Saturday, April 18, 8am-12pm
Starting Point:  Mother Waldron Park, at the corner of Cook St & Pohukaina St.
Cost:  $15/person supports AIA expenses. Advance payment and reservation required.

APRIL 18 - Free Urban Sketchers Oahu in Kakaako

No RSVP Required! USk O‘ahu and AIA Honolulu Announce Free Sketch Event

  • When: Saturday, April 18, 10am-12pm (Show and Tell 11:30am)
  • Meeting Point: Mother Waldron Park (Cooke St. and Halekauwila St.)

Sketchers of all skill levels, this is for you! AIA Honolulu teams up with Urban Sketchers Oʻahu to visit Mother Waldron Park for a morning of sketching in any medium to chronicle Kaka’ako. We'll sketch for 1.5 hours and then gather for a show-and-tell social at 11:30 a.m. The goal of Urban Sketchers Oʻahu is to raise awareness, interest, and enthusiasm for sketching on location as a way to document local scenes, express oneself artistically, and make connections. Art is then shared online at the Urban Sketchers Oahu website via Flickr.

APRIL 19: Bank of Hawaii Family Sunday - Water

No RSVP Required!  Join AIA Honolulu on Bank of Hawaii Sunday at the Honolulu Museum of Art during Architecture Month celebrating the theme: Water.  Children of all ages will be introduced to the architectural and design experience while letting their imaginations run wild.  Stop by our table from 10am-2pm and visit with our wonderful volunteers who have planned a fun architectural related children activity.

  • When:  Sunday, April 19, 10:00am - 2:00pm
  • WhereHonolulu Museum of Arts, 900 S. Beretania, Honolulu

Supplies will be provided, no advance registration required. There will also be volunteers on hand to assist and talk about the field of architecture.

APRIL 24 - Free Design "Firm Crawl" Open House

Register Online!  Register online to receive the Firm Crawl map of participating firms.

Learn more about architectural design, interior design, landscape design and meet the people shaping Hawaii’s built environment during this annual tradition that is open to the public.  On this evening you can visit several design firms in the central business district of downtown and adjacent areas during this open house: many locations include pupu and drinks! Learn more about architectural design, interior design, planning, landscape design and meet the people shaping Hawaii’s built environment during this annual tradition that is open to the public.

When:   Friday, April 24, 5:00pm - 8:00pm
Where:  Various Downtown Honolulu Firms

APRIL 25 - Architectural Photography Workshop

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Attend our photography workshop created especially for Architecture Month. Led by world-class photographers, whose focus is on visually capturing architectural and interior design, this workshop offers participants a chance to learn more about ways to obtain images that best showcase the built environment. Workshop includes light refreshments upon arrival, followed by a pre-photo shoot lecture on composition, strategies and techniques. The group will then embark on a three-hour photo shoot in the greater downtown Honolulu area. Following a three-hour critique session with editing examples in the Lightroom software that provides each participant with the opportunity to share selected images and receive professional advice on photography techniques and strategies, image editing in Lightroom and image composition.  

Ideally required:  Digital Camera, laptop to download and review images, thumb drive to transfer images to CFA server. Lunch is not included.

When:  Saturday, April 25, 8am-4pm
Where: Center for Architecture, 828 Fort Street Mall, Ste. 100, Honolulu

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

APRIL 30 - Free Oahu Public Film Night

Register Online! Register online for planning purposes.

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

Film Title: TBA

The film will be followed by a lively panel discussion that will focus on parallels and similarities between Congo and Hawaii.

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

Cost: Free ($5 suggested donation at the door)


APRIL 2 & 9: Free Public Film Nights - The Human Shelter

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. 

Film Title: The Human Shelter (56 minutes)

In a special collaboration, IKEA has funded award-winning documentary maker Boris Bertram’s latest project – “The Human Shelter: An Expedition Into What Makes A Home”. Currently touring the international film circuit.


    • Waimea: Thursday, April 2, 5:30pm: W.M. Keck Observatory Headquarters, Hualalai Learning Theater, 65-1120 Mamalahoa Hwy, Waimea, HI 96743
    • Kona: Thursday, April 9, 6pm: Donkey Mill Art Center, 78-6670 Mamalahoa Highway, Holualoa

    April 11: Kona Young Architects Workshop "Tree+House"

    Contact Donkeymill Art Center to Pre-Register!  AIA Honolulu presents Tree+House, a workshop combining the ideas of building with and in nature with the human need for shelter. Students will work with architecture and art mentors to design and construct a model of a treehouse while learning design and exploring our relationship to nature and shelter.

    When:  Saturday, April 11, 10am-2:00pm (with lunch break)
    Where: Donkey Mill Art Center, 78-6670 Mamalahoa Hwy, Holualoa, HI 96725
    Level: Grades 6 - 12
    Tuition: $10 per participant (limited to 15 participants).

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