Scholarship Program_2022

The AIA Honolulu Architecture Scholarship Program began in 2009 and is jointly administered by the University of Hawaii School of Architecture. The scholarship program annually awards grants to two architectural students in support of their studies in architecture.

Congratulations to our 2022 AIA Honolulu Scholarship Recipients


Pictured (L–R): 2022 Scholarship Recipients Brandi Baligad and Beau Nakamori.

Congrats 2022 Scholarship Recipients:
In 2022 the School of Architecture Scholarship Committee selected two students to receive our AIA Honolulu Scholarship:

  • Brandi Kanani Baligad will be a fourth year BEnvD student, who expects to graduate in Fall 2022. Brandi believes that nature is one of the greatest precedents for design. Her design work is heavily influenced by nature, which contributes to developing a healthier and stronger built environment in Hawaii.
  • Beau Nakamori earned his BEnvD degree and will be in his 2nd year of the DArch graduate program. He was featured in UH Manoa’s “Finding Our Kuleana” (YouTube) campaign. As the 2022–23 President of AIAS, he has organized an event-filled calendar for the upcoming academic year.

AIA Honolulu, together with additional grant support from AIA National and the Hawaii Architectural Foundation, awards $1500 scholarships to both students for the academic year.

To be eligible the recipient must:

  • Be enrolled full-time as an undergraduate or graduate student
  • Have completed at least two years of study at the University of Hawaii School of Architecture
  • Minimum GPA of 3.0
  • Submit a letter of introduction and samples of work with a one-page description of concepts

Student applicants are judged on their overall ability, desire, determination and potential for successfully completing their architectural education. Consideration is taken for the concepts presented in the following special interests: Sense of Place, Sustainability, Alternative Energy Systems and New Technologies for Environmental Systems.

For information of the AIA Honolulu Scholarship Program, email AIA Honolulu at

Funding the Scholarship Program

Funding for the AIA Honolulu Scholarship Program comes from the Chapter's general funds and from the Hawaii Architectural Foundation. As a local Chapter, AIA Honolulu applies to receive additional grant support from AIA National to supplement our locally contributed funds.

AIA National desires to support local and state Components and/or their affiliated foundations to provide and develop scholarship programs. For more information on the AIA Component Matching Grant Program, click here (Web).

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