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Tuesday, October 13, 2020

Upcoming AIA Honolulu Events

RSVP OPEN! Building Voices Symposium: Foresight Is 20/20
November 2-6 | FREE Webinars | CEU

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. View Brochure with Schedule & Speaker Bios.

The speakers leading sessions this year represent some of the most progressive voices of the industry from leading practices such as BIG, Snohetta, Diller Scofidio + Renfro, SHoP, Olson Kundig and more. In addition, speakers from prominent Hawaii-based firms, both big and small, will offer local perspectives throughout the course of the week-long event. In keeping with the tradition of presenting a diverse set of content, speakers include architects, planners, landscape architects, City & County of Honolulu staff, and UH faculty. 

BUILDING VOICES SYMPOSIUM SCHEDULE NOV 2-6 (Click here for schedule and bios)

EDUCATION - Monday, November 2

EQUITY - Tuesday, November 3

SUSTAINABILITY - Wednesday, November 4

COMMUNITY - Thursday, November 5

HOUSING - Friday, November 6

Sponsorship Opportunities: Ad Spot & Prize Giveaway

We are offering two types of promotional opportunities for our Symposium which will be comprised of nine (9) individual seminars, two per day from Monday, Nov. 2 – Friday, Nov. 6. and there will be a total of two one (1) commercial spot and one (1) prize giveaway per seminar. Please call us 808-628-7243 or email for more information or to purchase today.

Mahalo Building Voices Symposium Sponsors!

General Membership Meeting
Oct 15 Webinar: Case Study - Nohona Hale (LU)

Register HERE! Thursday, October 15, 12-1pm, Webinar

Nohona Hale fulfills all of those goals by providing micro-units targeted to lower income households and maximizing the density of a previously under-utilized and centrally located infill parcel.  To enhance the living environment for residents, each apartment features floor to ceiling window walls that slide open to their own lanais. Building amenities include a community room, kitchen and lounge area, urban farm, fitness room and central laundry. A ground floor commercial space also activates the street presence. The design features custom lanai screens and artwork to create a dynamic residential environment.

Marian Gushiken, Director, Real Estate Development at EAH Housing and WCIT Architecture’s Jonathan Lee, AIA, Project Architect will present the project discussing the design features and micro-unit affordable housing typology.

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

Mahalo GMM Sponsors!

Oct 28 Webinar: AIA’s Economic Research Team Presents: Design and Construction Overview and its Implications for Architecture and the Profession (LU)

Register HERE! Wednesday, October 28, 12-1pm, Webinar

AIA Honolulu proudly welcomes the AIA National Managing Director of Research and Practice Michele A. Russo, who will be delving into the most recent facts and figures from the latest Architecture Billing Index to describe in detail how key trends in our economy are likely to shape the tail end of this year and beyond. 

The AIA National Research and Practice team has not done a Hawaii-specific presentation in more than a decade, so we are very excited to welcome Michele and encourage you to share this with your colleagues. If you’re in the AEC community and are looking to interpret economic trends and apply them to your business decision, this session is not to be missed!

Presenter: Michele A. Russo, LEED AP, The American Institute of Architects.

Cost: Free for all AIA Honolulu members and $15 for non-members.

AIA Honolulu "Member Spotlight"

Welcome Jason Takeuchi, AIA, NCARB
Architect with FERRARO CHOI

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's the most inspiring part of your job?
  2. Best piece of advice you ever been given was…….?
  3. Favorite place in the world and why?
  4. What are the most pressing issues for architects in 2021?
  5. Tell us something new you discovered during this pandemic.
Want to Suggest a Member or Participate? Email Camilla Nicholas with any suggestions.

2020 Annual Business Meeting Update

Welcome Newly Elected Board Members 

AIA Honolulu Staff and Board would like to say MAHALO to our 116 architect members and allied members who attended our first ever Virtual Annual Business meeting last Friday, October 9.

Even though we would have preferred to see each other in person, it was a pleasure to see such a great turn out.

Welcome Newly Elected 2021/2022 AIA Honolulu Board Members (image above)
The AIA Honolulu Board will be led by Karen Sakamoto, AIA as President in 2021.

VP/Pres-Elect: Jim Nicolow, FAIA
Secretary: Chretien Macutay, AIA
Treasurer: Fredrick Hong, AIA
Director: Yuliya Bentcheva, AIA
Director Dean Sakamoto, FAIA
Director: Karla Sierralta, AIA
Director: Steve Teves, AIA
Director - HI Section: John Hetherington, AIA
Public Director: Mark Tawara

Newly Elected AIA Honolulu Rep to the AIA Hawaii State Council:
Lorraine Minatoishi, AIA

REMINDER! AIA Honolulu Online Voting for 2021 Associate Director Position Open until Oct 14, 5pm

Due to a floor nomination we now have a runoff to fill the Associate Director position, and we will therefore conduct an online voting until Wednesday, Oct 14, 5pm.

Introducing Our Two Associate AIA Director Candidates

  • Tovah Elniski, Assoc. AIA
  • Carlos O. Ruiz, Assoc. AIA

Click HERE for our two Associate AIA Director Statements & Bio's.

The results will be announced in the Island Architect Weekly next week.

AIA National & Other Updates

48th Annual NOMA Conference + Expo

The National Organization of Minority Architects’ (NOMA) Annual Conference occurs on October 14th - 18th, 2020, online. The virtual event will explore ways in which architects can break down barriers to creating meaningful projects, remix the role of the designer and unpack new approaches to the design processes of our built environment. Online registration is available until October 10. Learn more.

AIA Film Challenge 2020 Awards Ceremony

AIA National will recognize this year’s winning mini-documentaries with a virtual awards ceremony.

The big reveal is October 21 at 6:00 p.m. The celebration will feature AIA Film Challenge 2020 finalists and the judges—Kezi Ban, Bob Borson, FAIA, and Sarah Curry, Assoc. AIA. Register here.

2020 State Election Preview Oct 19

There are 5,876 legislative races in 44 states that will determine control of state governments and have a tremendous impact on issues Americans care about most.  On Monday, Oct. 19th, at 3 pm EST, please join us for an overview of the hotly contested state legislative and gubernatorial races. Register > 

Support Future Architects through the Architects Foundation

Architecture students incur, on average, $10,000 more debt than most college students. This year, the Architects Foundation is raising funds to match a $15,000 gift for student loan relief.  Donate or start a fundraiser to invest in the next generation of architecture graduates who will solve problems, transform lives, and create a better world. Learn more >

Firm Focus Group Invitation

We are conducting focus groups and need participants at specific decision-making positions in architecture firms. Do you know someone in a medium or large firm that is not a current member of the AIA? If so, invite them to participate in a session. If selected, they will receive a $100 gift card. Focus group invitation >

Power Moves: A WLS Event

The WLS virtual series "Power Moves" has begun, and there is still time to take advantage of the powerful professional development opportunities! Purchase the series and watch a recording of our first session "Build your Foundation Now". Buy your tickets now > 

Forefront an AIA Leadership Event Oct 30

We’re living in a different world that is redefining what it means to be an effective leader. Our one-day of three powerful sessions will teach you essential tactics to fuel your leadership development in becoming an impactful, influential, inclusive leader in your firm, community, and the architecture industry. Learn more >

Best Practice: Architecture as a Value Proposition

When selling services to potential clients, it is important to sell the value of good architecture rather than the cost. Better space offers a better interior work environment, which can improve work efficiencies. Clients will understand the cost much better if you show the value your services provide. Learn more >

Making the 2030 Commitment Work for your Small Firm

The 2030 Commitment was created a decade ago as a resource and tool for firms to track their project performance and improve their buildings' energy efficiency. This course will provide the benefits of being part of the 2030 Commitment, tips for elevating your practice, and insight into how small firms across the country are transforming. Register > 

Built Around Health: The Impact of COVID-19 on Urbanism

The typical architecture firm may have half or more of its assets tied up in yet-to-be-paid—and yet-to-be-billed—fees. Staying on top of your accounts receivable is not merely a cash-flow issue. It is a matter of liability. Read the measures you can take throughout the project cycle to help ensure you get paid. Learn More >

AIA Honolulu Job Board

Seven (7) Jobs 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 Events

  • Oct 6-Nov 10: Hawaii Tourism Re-Opening Consortium Webinars: Restarting Hawaii’s Tourism Industry The University of Hawaii Shidler College of Business Alumni Association and the Travel Industry Management International, invites you to join a new webinar series on supporting the re-opening of Hawaii’s tourism industry. There will be seven webinars every Tuesday at 11:30 a.m. from September 29 to November 10. The webinars are designed to stimulate ideas for solutions that can be implemented by Hawaii businesses, tourism stakeholders, hospitality workers and the general public.

  • Oct 9-23: HCPO 2020 Leveraging Change: Opportunities from Disruption
    The State Office of Planning and APA Hawaii Chapter are excited to announce that the HCPO 2020 Conference Leveraging Change: Opportunities from Disruption.
    When: Oct. 19-23, 11:30am-1:30pm (Lunch time series)
    Cost: $50 APA Members/Public Sector Planners; $75 Non-APA Members; $20 Students (ID required). Registration prices include access to all sessions throughout the week.
    Register: Click here to register online.

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.