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Tuesday, September 15, 2020

AIA Honolulu "Member Spotlight"

Welcome Eamonn P. Kinsella, Allied Member
Director, Business Development at Allana Buick & Bers, Inc.

Welcome to "Member Spotlight" where we feature AIA Honolulu members, ask them 5 random questions, get to know each other and maybe learn a thing or two.

Click here to find out his answers to the below questions.

  1. What do you like about working at firm/your company?
  2. What’s the coolest experience you ever had?
  3. Favorite place in the world and why?
  4. Favorite food and restaurant?
  5. Tell us something new your discovered during this pandemic?
Want to Suggest a Member or Participate? Email Camilla Nicholas with any suggestions.

Save the Date for Important AIA Honolulu Events

Save the Date! Friday, October 9, 12pm
Virtual AIA Honolulu Annual Business Meeting & Elections

Register Online Today! Zoom meeting invitation will be emailed to all members who register online.  All active AIA Honolulu members are invited to attend and we are asking you to RSVP for an accurate quorum count.

Meeting Information Coming Soon! Stay tuned for our Annual Business Meeting & Elections package including our agenda and candidate information. 

Online Voting for Candidates! Voting for candidates to fill expiring terms for 2021 AIA Honolulu Officers, Directors and AIA Honolulu Representatives to the AIA Hawaii State Council will be held after the Virtual Business meeting is concluded. We will email a link to our online voting platform Oct 9, 5pm and close it Oct 14, 5pm.

AIA Honolulu Board of Directors Elections – Who Can Vote?  As stated in the Bylaws, all AIA members and Associate AIA members in good standing for 2020, and assigned by the Institute to this Chapter as their primary membership, are eligible to vote at this meeting. Local allied members may attend but may not vote.

Registration Opens Soon! Virtual Design Symposium Nov 2-6
"Building Voices: Foresight is 2020" (LU + HSW)

The BUILDING VOICES symposium is an annual ideas + action festival that engages diverse design perspectives as a framework for responding to the contemporary challenges and opportunities experienced in Hawai‘i.

With an eye toward the future, the week-long series of nine virtual presentations will gather national and local designers to discuss how they see learning, housing, community, equity, and sustainability through the lens of architecture.

As the fourth event in series, which is jointly hosted by AIA Honolulu and the UH Mānoa School of Architecture, BUILDING VOICES: FORESIGHT IS 20/20 will focus on highlighting strategies for employing design in insightful ways, with clarity of intent, to achieve aspirational outcomes.

The theme for this year’s event, FORESIGHT IS 20/20, focuses on projecting how we as a community can move forward in proactive and progressive ways beyond reflecting on the limitations of the current context and practices. 

AIA Honolulu Upcoming Webinars (HSW)

Sep 17: Talk Story with the Mayor (HSW) An Update on the City & County of Honolulu moderated by Robbie Dingeman, Honolulu Magazine

Register HERE! Thursday, September 17, 12-1pm, Webinar

Honorable Kirk Caldwell, Mayor of the City & County of Honolulu Kirk Caldwell was elected the 14th Mayor of the City and County of Honolulu and assumed office on January 2, 2013.

Mayor Caldwell has prioritized investing in Honolulu’s core infrastructure, with a focus on roads, sewers, bus and rail transportation, parks, and homelessness.

Cost: $10 for members and $20 for non-members. Registration is required.

Mahalo GMM Sponsors!

Oct 1: Water Reuse as a Design Opportunity (HSW)

Register HERE! Thursday, October 1, 12-1pm, Webinar

This course will dive into high level insights of The William J. Worthen Foundation’s Design Professional’s Guide to Onsite Water Use and Reuse.  The session will briefly cover project pitch, scope definition, system specification, permitting, and operation of onsite water reuse systems for multi-family residential and non-residential applications.
The course will also localize the conversation to highlight insights from the Hawaii Community Foundation’s Fresh Water Initiative, collaborations with Board of Water Supply, and potential bragging rights for developers like Stanford Carr Development who would be among the first to implement meaningful at scale onsite water reuse technologies in Hawaii. 

Welcome Speakers: Kyle Pickett, Co-founder and COO of Urban Fabrick Inc and Dana Okano, Ph.D, AICP, Program Director in Community Grants and Initiatives division of the Hawai‘i Community Foundation (HCF).

AIA/CES LU: 1 AIA/CES LU (HSW). AIA Honolulu is the registered provider.

Cost: $10 for members and $20 for non-members

Honolulu AED Information

Bill 69 and Automatic External Defibrillators in Hawaii

An analysis from the National Institutes of Health estimates that 18,000 Americans have shockable cardiac arrest out of hospitals and in public with witnesses. They estimate that 1,700 lives are saved each year by bystanders using an AED rather than waiting for emergency medical services to shock the heart.

In 2017 the Honolulu City Council took the prudent and pro-active step by creating Bill 69 requiring new development projects in Honolulu to have automatic external defibrillators (AED) architecturally incorporated into any commercial design or city office building. 

This update to the existing building code went into effect on January 1st. 2018. Buildings that were developed after January 1st, 2018 without AEDs are having their building permits retroactively re-opened and are requiring the building to install AED says Hawaii’s AED Institute. Hawaii’s AED Institute has been able to assist developers with this immediate request as AED Institute has no lead times with installing AED as they have inventory on island and can install and maintain the AED immediately for the project to be in compliance with DPP’s ask. Read more.

AIA National & Other Updates

Leadership Pathways for Ethnically Diverse Women

AIA National is launching a new program to promote ethnically diverse women into leadership positions within the AIA. Next2Lead will provide leadership and experiential education, mentoring and experiences. The pilot program is the first of its kind for the AIA. 

In an effort to create a program and curriculum of the highest quality, AIA issued a Request for Proposal seeking a consultant who will provide curriculum design, development, instruction, facilitation, communications, assessment and evaluation. Responses to the RFP will be accepted through October 15. Learn more.

Sep 30-Oct 2: 2020 AIA/ACSA Intersections Research Conference

Register with AIA National! Registration is open for this year's live online Research Conference. The conference theme is carbon and will feature presentations from researchers, architects, and academic scholars. The latest research to be highlighted includes embodied carbon, life cycle analysis, biomaterials, passive strategies, the interface between carbon, equity, and public health.

Still Time! Vote for Your Favorite Films by Oct 4

Vie All & Vote Online Here! The AIA Film Challenge 2020 films are in. Now it’s time to vote for the People’s Choice winner, an award that comes with a $2,000 cash prize. Watch the films, then vote for your favorites—up to once an hour. Voting ends October 4.

This year we have three films from Hawaii you might want to check out!

Leadership Pathways for Ethnically Diverse Women

Architects Foundation Launches Black Women in Architecture Scholarship  
The Architects Foundation recently launched a new scholarship specifically to raise funds for Black Women in architecture. The Desiree V. Cooper Memorial fund aims to provide scholarship funding for Black Women earning a degree in architecture. Created to honor the late Desiree Cooper, a DC-based architect who sadly passed in 2015, the scholarship celebrates her work and highlights her efforts as a Black licensed architect in the U.S. Read more

Daniel S. Hart Elected AIA National 2021 First Vice President/2022 President-Elect

AIA National announced the results of the campaigns for its national offices, following elections held this week. Daniel S. Hart, FAIA, will be the 97th President of the AIA beginning December 2021 for one year, succeeding 2020-21 President Peter Exley, FAIA, of Chicago.

Hart, a member of AIA Austin, is the executive vice president of architecture and serves on the board of Parkhill, a 380-person A/E firm, with offices throughout West Texas. Additionally, Bill Turner will become the AIA's new Secretary and Ryan Gann was elected At-large Director. Read more.

Submit Your Project to the 2020 Innovation Awards

The Innovation Awards recognize the exemplary use and implementation of innovative technologies and progressive practices among architects and designers, their collaborators, and their clients to support the design, delivery, and operation of buildings or research in practice or academia. The non-refundable entry fee is $350 for members, $400 for non-members, and $100 for academic institutions per submission. Submit >

Best Practice: Essential Resources for Starting a Firm

Though one could launch a firm without any professional assistance, it is wise to assemble a core group of trusted professional advisers and other resources you can rely on for timely information, valuable advice, and support. This best bractice will help in forming the ideal team. Learn More > 

Free Webinar Sep 30: Understanding Design Industry Risks

Join AIA National for a free webinar on Sept. 30 that explores strategies for identifying, understanding, and managing risks in the design industry. Presenters will cover changing standards of care, scope creep, fiduciary responsibility, BIM, and economic loss. Earn 1 LU. Register today >

AIA Honolulu Job Board

Four (4) New Jobs & Nine (9) Total Listed

Post a job with AIA Honolulu!
Jobs are posted for 1 month. Posting fee: $25/members, $40/non-members.

AIA National Career Center

The AIA National Career Center is also a great place to look for your next career or post a job. Check back frequently as new jobs are posted every day.

Upcoming Community Event

Mahalo 2020 AIA Honolulu Sponsors

There is still time to align your firm with relevant programs and events! View our updated Sponsorship Prospectus.

Questions? Email or call us (808) 628-7245 for questions or to pledge your support.