People’s Choice Awards

professional+student entries

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Wednesday, June 14 – Wednesday, June 28

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Voting is now closed. The winners will be announced at our Design Awards Celebration on July 28, 2023 at the Aloha Tower Sunset Ballroom!
Professional Built Entries
B. Here Now: Residential

Photo credits: David Tonnes
Project location: Kapolei, Oahu, HI
Project completion date: 2020
Submission type: Residential

This renovation of an existing structure created a suburban haven in troubled times on a below-million-dollar budget. Ideally, this refuge would have a calming effect and encourage appreciation of Hawaii's environment. Entrants are drawn through the open plan to the southern glass wall with its 180-degree, unobstructed view of the south Oahu coast. The dry Zen Garden beyond the tile lanai inspires calm appreciation of Hawaii's geography, ocean and sky.

The back/windward side of the house features a stunning glass wall via a structural-engineer approved, welded steel frame that is hurricane resistant to 120+ mph. Then the roof was re-weaved with new ridge and perimetral beams, added to support new rafters over the kitchen. They were extended to protect the upstairs lanai/balcony and the entire glass wall. The steel framework was dip galvanized and 5X-coated with Cortec paints to extend life by (est.) 82 - 88 years.

The kitchen ceiling height was increased from 8' to 9'-10"" at the lowest point and to 16'- 8"" at the highest. That allowed interior and exterior spaces to merge without losing any function upstairs. The design provides delightful outdoor spaces, abundant natural light, and privacy – a challenging combination for a small suburban lot.

Brigham Young University Hawaii Science Building: Institutional
Commercial Renovation Papa Pilialoha the Friendship Floor: Interior Architecture
Coral House: Residential
Hoʻokupu Center: Institutional
Huihui at Ka'anapali Beach Hotel: Commercial/Industrial
Island Studio: Residential
Kekelaokalani Building Kamehameha Schools Kapālama Campus: Institutional
Koko Kai Cliffside Renovation: Residential
Līlia Waikīkī: Residential
Lydia House: Commercial/Industrial
Pāpa'aloa Homestead: Residential
Waikiki Market: Interior Architecture
Waikoloa Middle School Classroom Building: Institutional
World Language Center: Institutional
Student Entries
Bishop Museum: Graduate

Category: Graduate

This redesign of the Bishop Museum’s entry sequence takes inspiration from water in a number of forms, and the idea that everyone and everything in Hawaii has reached its shores by crossing our aquatic borders. Formed from initial principles aiming to learn from how water moves around island chains, working off those shapes and keeping principles of Polynesian navigation in mind while addressing issues of circulation and exposure to the elements across the site led to a design focused on community, accessibility, and comfort.

Speaking to the idea of designing for well-being from the AIA Framework for Design Excellence, one of the main conclusions that came out of initial site analysis studies was how exposed to the elements visitors are by the current design. There are few shaded spots and the site can be hot, so to remedy this the proposed design features two different tree canopy stories to provide shade and guide wind through the planted “island” berms. By adjusting elements of thermal comfort across the site, people have access to a cooler, more comfortable journey, as well as a shaded picnic area.
The site also features ADA-accessible slopes across all features to be as welcoming and inclusive for as many people as possible.

FoodHub Avenue: Undergraduate
Hale Kōwā: Undergraduate
Ho`ola Lako Pono: Undergraduate
Maunalua Fishpond Heritage Center: Undergraduate
Piko: Graduate
Pixel Forest: Undergraduate
Seed-To-Waste Center: Undergraduate
The SU.NI House: Undergraduate
Tseng-Yuho Museum: Undergraduate
Umeke ‘Ai Center: Undergraduate
Waialae Mixed-Use: Undergraduate

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