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Tuesday, July 28, 2020

Advocacy Update from AIA Hawaii State Council

Legislature Passes Senate Bill 2060 (SB2060)
Relating to Coastal Zone Management

A Message from our AIA HSC Governmental Affairs Committee

In keeping with AIA National Policy promoting resilient design, the bill requires Sea Level Rise related to climate change be recognized in planning and permitting decisions. The bill takes effect immediately upon Governor Ige’s approval which is expected. 

Of specific interest to architects of oceanfront single-family houses, the bill revises the definition of development in HRS 205A-22 as follows  "’Development’ does not include the following: (1) Construction or reconstruction of a single-family residence that is less than seven thousand five hundred square feet of floor area, is not situated on a shoreline parcel or a parcel that is impacted by waves, storm surges, high tide, or shoreline erosion, and is not part of a larger development;” Revision underlined. Changes to county zoning approval processes can be expected. 

CLICK HERE for information on the bill is available online.

2020 AIA Honolulu Design Awards

Enter Today! Project Submission Deadline is Aug. 28

Our 2020 Design Awards is ON! We are therefore extending our intent to submit period, so more can join us, as long as they can make our Friday, Aug 28 project submission due date.

Two Step Submission Process | Start Today

Step One:  Submit Your Call for Entries & Payment by July 15  

Step Two: Submit Your Projects Online by August 28After you paid for your Intent to Submit (above), AIA will email you a link to the online submission platform.

More Information (PDF): Design Awards Submission Guidelines & Eligibility Requirements

Submission Fee:  $300 - AIA & Assoc. AIA Honolulu Members (Built & Unbuilt Projects). The submission fee is non-refundable.


Associate AIA Update

ARE Update: Prometric Operations and Social Distancing

NCARB reports that as Prometric test centers return to normal operations in compliance with local guidelines, please be aware that social distancing requirements may vary depending on location.

Read more about the capacity of testing centers, rescheduling fees and expected cancellations.

Explore Data on Diversity in Architecture

In 2020, NCARB partnered with the National Organization of Minority Architects (NOMA) to conduct a joint survey exploring candidates’ experiences while pursuing licensure, to assess whether there are impediments and pinch points that disproportionally affect minorities and other underrepresented groups.
This year’s edition of NCARB by the Numbers previews several findings on disparities throughout the licensure process and beyond.

AIA Honolulu's COVID-19 Resource Page

View Latest Updates Online

Check out AIA Honolulu's COVID-19 Resource page!

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AIA National & Other News

Architecture Billings Index (ABI) for May 2020

AIA National reports that architecture billings remain in negative territory for May but demand for design services from architecture firms began to stabilize in June, following their peak declines in April. The May ABI score indicates that a significant share of architecture firms still saw their billings decline from May to June, however, the share reporting declines slowed significantly.

“While business conditions remained soft at firms across the country, those with a multifamily residential specialization saw the most positive signs,” said AIA Chief Economist Kermit Baker, Ph.D., Hon. AIA. “Unfortunately, conditions at firms with a commercial/industrial specialization are likely to remain weak for an extended period of time, until hospitality, office and retail facilities can fully reopen, and design demand for this space begins to increase.” Read the full AIA National press release.

The Next 100 Years Project – Architect Edition (Due Aug. 2)

The Next 100 Years Project – Architect Edition invites architects to speculate on the built environment after the pandemic. It can be a simple cocktail napkin sketch or an elaborate drawing. It can illustrate the smallest details or the broadest brush stroke of private or public space. It can be pencil or charcoal or crayon or even watercolor, but it has to be done by hand.

They also ask architects to write a 100-word essay that describes their image and their vision for the future. Entries will be juried to identify the best 100 submittals for a digital book documenting the project with images of the architect, his/her project, their essay and a brief bio. It will also include an opportunity for the architect to read their essay out loud.

There is no entry fee to submit, no charge to view and download the digital book once it is completed. The Next 100 Years Project seeks to create an online community project filled with heart to save the world.

The National Intercultural Leadership Program

Register Online with AIA Minnesota!  Sessions go from Aug. 19 until Nov. 18

This is a 10-session, intensive leadership development program developed and implemented by AIA Minnesota.  Do you want to strengthen your ability to lead successful equity, diversity, and inclusion efforts in your firm or workplace? Are you motivated to engage in sustained action to address systemic racism in the profession of architecture and in the built environment? Are you interested in more effectively engaging with clients and end users who are demographically or ideologically different from you? 

AIA Honolulu Job Board

Two (2) New Jobs & Six (6) Total Now 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 Events

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.