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Island Architect Weekly - Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Posted By AIA Honolulu, Monday, September 18, 2017

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

2017 AIA Honolulu Design Awards

Congratulations to all 2017 AIA Honolulu Design Awards Recipients!

The 59th AIA Honolulu Design Awards Gala took place on Saturday, September 16 at the IBM Building Courtyard with more than 300 guests in attendance. Congratulations to our 2017 award winners and thank you to everyone who came out to celebrate with us.

View LOTS of Party Images on Facebook.
Photo Credit: Andrea Brizzi Photography LLC

Mahalo to our 2017 Design Awards Committee, Jury, Volunteers, Winners/Presenters, and emcee. 

Together we turned the Gala into an AWESOME Party!

....... 2017 AIA Honolulu Design Awards Winners .......

View 2017 AIA Honolulu Design Awards Booklet
(Included in the Hawaii Business Magazine October Issue)

Hawaii Community College
Palamanui Campus
Glade One Golf Clubhouse
Salt at Our Kakaako
Urban Works Inc WATG
INK Architects;
Pompei A.D

(Interior Architecture)
Sushi Sho Hale Palekaiko

Design Islands

Guerin Glass Architects, PC;
Nomura Co.
Peter Vincent Architects
UH Community Design Ctr

Interior Architecture
Historic Preservation

(Interior Architecture)
Chinatown Urban
Acupuncture Project
Symphony Honolulu

Hawaiian Dredging
Construction Company Bldg

SHADE Institute
Mason Architects, Inc.


(Interior Architecture)

Hawaii Home + Remodeling
Editor's Choice Award

Stevenson Middle School
Science & Technology Ctr

Ward Village’s South
Shore Market

Hale Moku
(Boat House)
Ferraro Choi And Associates
DKKY Architecture Studio
Peter Vincent Architects

MAHALO 2017 AIA Honolulu Design Awards Sponsors!

AIA Honolulu Programs

Sep 21: Join Us for Ola Ka 'Ilima Artspace Lofts (1 LU)

Featuring special guest and developer of Artspace, Greg Handberg, flying in to present.

Register Online Today!

Thursday, Sep. 21, 11:30am-1:00pm, Center for Architecture.

How do we build affordable housing that makes sense for Hawaii, that is cost effective, and that successfully delivers dignified living spaces (and amenities) to our community? 

The Artspace team will be presenting the Ola Ka `Ilima Artspace Lofts project with the hopes of contributing useful insight to the discourse of affordable housing in Hawaii. View Event Flyer.

Mahalo GMM Sponsor!

The panel discussion will (tentatively) involve representatives from Urban Works, the Artspace development team, the EAH property management team, and the general contractor Unlimtied Construction Services, Inc

Cost - Register by Sep. 20, 12pm for Lunch to be provided
$20 AIA Honolulu Members & $35 Non-Members. Walk-ins ok but no lunch included.

Go-To-Meeting available for neighbor island friends and those who simply can't attend.

Sep 28: Join Us! AIA Honolulu Film Night "Making Space"

5 Women Changing The Face of Architecture

RSVP Online! Come view a full-length documentary titled Making Space - 5 Women Changing The Face of Architecture. It is about five dynamic and accomplished female architects who are the rising stars in architecture-previously an all-male galaxy--and they are literally and figuratively changing the landscape. View Event Flyer.

Film to be followed by a panel discussion talking about Women in Architecture and other applicable topics.

Panel: Edean Rivera, Danielle Mitchell, Assoc. AIA and Tonia Moy, AIA with moderator Wendy Meguro.

When: Thursday, Sep. 28, 5:30pm-8:00pm at the Center for Architecture

Cost: Free (suggested donation at the door)

Mahalo Film Night Sponsors!

Oct 12: YAF Pau Hana at Kieselbach Woodworks

RSVP Online!

Join the Young Architects Forum (YAF) for a Pau Hana at Kieselbach Woodworks.  The local committee of YAF is a part of AIA Honolulu and meets the second Thursday of each month.  YAF Honolulu welcomes professionals that are: nearly licensed, newly licensed, and out to ten years of licensure.

When/Where: Thursday, Oct. 12, 5:30 pm-7pm, Kieselbach Woodworks, 825 Halekauwila St

Presenter: Nicholas Haigler, Kieselbach Woodworks

Cost:  No charge. Please RSVP for planning purposes.


Mahalo YAF Sponsor!


Save the Date! Booth Still Available for the 2017 Pacific Building Trade Expo Oct 24

Tuesday, October 24
Where: Hawaii Convention Center

Presented by Honblue, Inc. and jointly produced AIA Honolulu and CSI Honolulu.

The Pacific Building Trade Expo is the largest trade venue serving Hawaii’s building design professionals and contractors.

Here's why you should attend:

  • 24 Free and Outstanding Educational Seminars (8am-4:30pm) - Earn up to 4 AIA/CES LUs
  • An Exhibition Hall with Products & Services (9am-5:30pm) - Over 250 Vendors
  • Free Buffet Lunch, Aloha Reception + Great Prize Giveaways

Want to Exhibit?  Go to the Pacific Building Trade Expo website for information OR email Barbie Rosario of BK Corporate Coordinators or call her at (808) 864-7983 (Oahu).

AIA Honolulu Annual Business Meeting - Tuesday, October 24, 11:30am-1:00pm! 
The AIA Honolulu Annual Business Meeting and lunch takes place, in conjunction with the Expo from 11:30am-1:00pm. Come hear what is new with the chapter and vote for our 2018 AIA Honolulu Board Nominees. The Annual business meeting information packages will be mailed out in the end of September.

Nov/Dec: How to Give a Presentation Tomorrow & Sleep Well Tonight (4.5 LUs)

Attend our 3-part presentation workshop and learn how to become a more effective and confident communicator and leader!

Presenter: Join Pam Chambers, Hawaii's Presentation Coach since 1985. She has coached architects, contractors, entertainers and CEO's.  View Event Flyer.

Register Online for Sessions:
Wednesdays 11:45-1:30pm at the Center for Architecture

AIA/CES LU: All sessions qualifies for 1.5 AIA/CES LUs (total 4.5 LUs).

Cost:  We strongly encourage attendance for the entire series; sessions designed to work effectively together.
Series (All 3):
$150 for AIA members / $185 for Non-Members
   $60 AIA Members / $75 Non-Members.

Stay Tuned! 2nd Annual Holiday Party

Join AIA Honolulu, the NKBA Aloha Chapter, BIA-Hawaii and the ASID Hawaii as we celebrate the holidays together!

Celebrate the holidays with colleagues, friends and other design professionals from throughout Hawaii!

Cocktails | Amazing Food | Live Music

Event Details and Registration Information and Sponsorship Opportunities this coming Fall 2017

12th Annual CANstruction Competition

Coming In 2 Weeks! Watch Our Teams Build CANstructions Saturday, Sep. 30

When:   Saturday, September 30 from 9am-2pm
Where:  Pearlridge Center - Uptown
Theme:  Browse a Library of CANstructures!

Team Build-Out:   9am - 2pm
Kids CAN Corner: 10am-1pm
People's Choice:   Sep. 30 - Oct. 15 (vote for your favorite with cans)

Pictured: 2016 Juror's Favorite "We CAN Guard the Galaxy Against Hunger” by WATG.


Keiki Corner: On Sep. 30 from 10am-1pm bring your children (5-12) and 5 cans for donation and help build an oversized "CAN-struction”.

People's Choice Award - One Can. One Vote: Visit Canstruction at Pearlridge between Sep. 30-Oct. 15 and bring canned food to support Hawaii’s hungry families. ONE CAN = ONE VOTE!

Mahalo to all 2017 CANstruction Teams!

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View MOSO Bamboo X-treme Product Flyer (PDF).

AIA Honolulu Job Board

Eleven Jobs Just Listed on our Job Board

Jobs are posted for 1 month. Posting fee: $25/members, $40/non-members.

  • Project Architect - John Hara Associates Inc.
  • Project Engineer (Honolulu) - Lionakis
  • Project CAD Support - Fung Associates, Inc.
  • Job Captain - Fung Associates, Inc.
  • Project Architect - Fung Associates, Inc.

AIA National Updates

Call for 2018 National Committee Nominations Open Until Oct. 9

AIA is seeking nominations for AIA national committees. To view openings in 2018, visit our nomination homepage. The deadline for submissions is 5pm ET on October 9. Members must submit a resume and a letter of interest with their application. Applicants must be Architect or Associate members in good standing.

Public Policies and Position Statements Review Ends Sep. 22

A second review of the AIA Public Policies and Position Statements will take place from August 18 - September 22. The discussion draft is posted here, and will be edited based on the comments received and then reviewed by the AIA Board of Directors in December. Please follow the instructions and use this form to submit your comments. Please return the form to by September 22.

Public Voting Open for AIA’s I Look Up Film Challenge

Vote Online Today! The public is invited to cast their vote to choose the winner of the American Institute of Architects 2017 People’s Choice Award's third annual I Look Up Film Challenge.

With the theme, Blueprint for Better, the 2017 I Look Up Film Challenge looked to architects and filmmakers to collaborate in the creation of films that highlight projects helping to change communities for the better. AIA captured this year’s theme in a powerful documentary, Midtown. A Blueprint for Better, as a motivational example for architects and filmmakers.

Upcoming Events in the Community

Sep. 20-22: 2017 Hawaii Congress of Planning Officials Conference

Register Online! The City & County of Honolulu Department of Planning & Permitting invites you to the 2017 Hawaii Congress of Planning Officials Conference, September 20 – 22, 2017 at the Alohilani Resort Waikiki.

Hawaii is home to the most isolated metropolis in the world, Honolulu, and, just like any other community, we depend on our neighbors, Kauai, Molokai, Lanai, Maui, and Hawaii for social, economic, and cultural support. Isolation, and the conditions associated with it, breeds a unique set of circumstances across our island chain. Public, private, nonprofit, activist, neighbor island and volunteer groups must continue to work together. Developing stronger partnerships with our neighbors is paramount to the success of the Hawaiian Islands.

For question email prc@hawaiibiz.rr.come or call (808) 864-9812.

Oct 26 & 27: WELL AP Exam Preparation 2-Day Workshop Training

Register Online! Thursday, Oct. 26 & Friday, Oct. 27 at the Center for Architecture.

Renowned sustainability experts Green Building Services offers an exclusive live training on how to prepare for and pass the WELL AP exam – the only training officially sanctioned by the International WELL Building Institute. Encompassing two full days of instruction led by WELL Faculty at AIA Honolulu’s Center for Architecture on October 26 & 27, our course offers the following:

Presenters: Delivered by WELL Faculty members, this exam preparation course provides a detailed and efficient approach to studying.


  • Sep. 27: SMPS Program "Marketer’s Toolkit #2: InDesign 101" (1 LU)
    Join SMPS at their 2nd Marketer’s Toolkit session and discover the benefits of using Adobe InDesign to develop your next marketing brochure with speaker, William “Bill” Morrison of Pacific New Media
    When/Where: Wednesday, Sep. 27, 11:45am-1:00pm, Center for Architecture
    Cost: Free for SMPS Members; $25 for Non-Members. Bring your own lunch.
    Register: Click here to register online with SMPS.

  • Sep 23-Oct 8: 25th Anniversary for Hawaii’s Woodshow 2017
    Hawaii’s Woodshow, Na La‘au o Hawai‘i is Hawai‘i Forest Industry Association’s (HFIA) annual juried woodworking exhibition.
    When:  Sep. 23-Oct. 8, Tuesday-Sunday 10am-5pm
    Where: Honolulu Museum of Art School, Linekona Gallery
    Cost: Free Admission

  • Fall Seminar Series: Green Infrastructure Designing for a Resilient Landscape in Hawaiʻi
    When/Where: Wednesdays 3:30-4:20pm, St. John 11 at UHM
    (You could also join from your PC, Mac, Linux, iOS or Android:
    A seminar series on the positive impacts of Green Infrastructure (GI) on watershed health, especially in relation to populated areas:
    Sep. 20: Design Lauren Roth (Roth Ecological Design)
    Oct. 04:  Land use & Permitting Jesse Souki (Hawaiʻi Community Development Authority)
    Oct. 18:  Hydrology & Watershed Kim Falinski (The Nature Conservancy)
    Nov. 01:  Policy & Legal considerations Randall Wakumoto (Facilities Maintenance Storm Water Quality)
    Nov. 15:  GI Design & Implementation in Communities Judith Stilgenbauer (UH School of Architecture)
    Nov. 29:  Cultural & Community benefits Kanekoa Kukea-Shultz (Kākoʻo ʻŌiwi)

2017 Annual Sponsorship Opportunities

Become a Sponsor and Show Your Support

2017 Annual Sponsorship! Interested in increased visibility throughout the entire year? Sign up today for 12 continuous months of benefits!  View our 2017 Sponsorship prospectus and start your partnership with AIA Honolulu today.  Sponsor Your Chapter Today & Add Your Firm Logo Here!

Email Camilla Nicholas, AIA Honolulu or call (808) 628-7245.

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