Center for Architecture
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Center for Architecture







Our Center for Architecture, home to the Honolulu Chapter of the American Institute of Architects (AIA Honolulu), is located in the historic Fort Street Mall business district in downtown Honolulu.

Leadership I Engagement | Collaboration

This gathering space presents an exciting opportunity for our member architects to connect and engage with professional affiliates, industry partners and the public, in a dialogue, and give them a better understanding how design affects our lives everyday. 

Our space is open to members and the public and we welcome rentals! 

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Special rates available for monthly board meetings - Ask Us!

The Center for Architecture is designed for flexibility and openness, is conveniently located and outfitted with the latest in audiovisual presentation equipment....

......all included in one value-added price.

Amenities Included:

  • Wireless internet throughout space
  • Telephone conferencing
  • Video conferencing (Tandberg and web-based applications)
  • Mounted PC's, LCD projector and screen
  • Just bring your presentation to load
  • Built in sound system for music and presentations
  • Comfortable chairs and seminar tables
  • Hightop tables for receptions
  • Presentation easels for your use

Center Areas:

  1. Conference Room: Seats avg. 15-18 comfortably.
    Seats up to 18 people at the conference tables. The room features video teleconferencing capabilities, laptop connections and flat screen TV's for PowerPoint or video presentations. Glass doors are glazed for privacy.

  2. Program/Exhibition Space: Seats avg. 30-40 comfortably.
    Our program space accommodates a variety of set ups such as panel discussions, theater style presentations or training at seated tables. Also great for hosting networking receptions.

  3. Kitchen: This is a great staging area for event servicing and clean-up but not intended for meal preparation. Renter responsible for all catering arrangements. See rental agreement for terms.

  4. Outside (Lanai): Our storefront space is located on Fort Street pedestrian mall and provides a great setting for attendees to step outside during breaks or for use as an informal lunch break area.

Center for Architecture in the Media

Design & Construction Team

Firm: Geoffrey Lewis Architect, Inc.
Project Architects: Geoffrey Lewis, AIA; Kristin Nakagawa, AIA
Contractor: Constructors Hawaii, Inc.
Electrical Engineer: MOSS Engineering, Inc.
Mechanical Engineer: Engineering System Hawaii, Inc.
Structural Engineer: William Blakney Structural Engineering
Computer Network Consultants: Prosis Network Solutions

The winning Center design submitted by Geoffrey Lewis, AIA, of Geoffrey Lewis Architect, Inc., was chosen from among 16 comprehensive entries in a blind judging, by a panel of seasoned and emerging local architecture industry leaders.  View Plan (PDF).

Lewis’ design is "very engaging from the street” and "maximizes flexibility of the space,” jurors said. Jurors included Laura Ayers, AIA; John Fullmer, AIA; Sam Haagenson, AIA; Frank Haines, FAIA; Clark Llewellyn, FAIA; and Sandi Quildon, AIA, as well as Amy Blagriff, Executive Vice President, as an ex-officio (non-voting) member.

Lewis’ submitted commentary noted that "the relocation of the AIA Honolulu office (from the Stangenwald Building on Merchant Street) marks the start of a shift in relationship between architecture and the community…making the Center for Architecture an inviting icon in our urban fabric and an ideal place to host events that will encourage conversation between the architecture community and the public.”

Mahalo Contributors!

Mahalo to the following companies for for their support to the Center build-out.

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