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2012 AIA Design Awards

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Shaping Communities


Exquisite. Refreshing. Appropriate. Innovative. Cost effective.

These are some of the accolades used by our jurors as they reviewed the distinguished entrants in this year’s AIA Honolulu Annual Design Awards.

Each year since 1958, the architecture community has honored design excellence through the oldest program of its type in Hawai‘i. The AIA Honolulu Design Awards recognize the most outstanding achievements of our members’ submitted works as determined by an esteemed panel of our peers.

From small homes to multi-million dollar research facility projects, each entry brings unique complexities and constraints, but allows us as architects to showcase innovative solutions to the challenges that we face with each design.

This year’s Unbuilt Design Award submissions met these complex challenges with seeming ease. Jurors commented on the innovative use of materials, daylighting and sustainable strategies used on projects that are designed to clearly respond to a specific site with elegant solutions to difficult problems.

The 2012 Design Award winners show the way that architects connect with the community, deepen our ties to the entire building industry and demonstrate how design affects our lives everyday.

I offer my deepest congratulations to all of the people that submitted projects
for consideration and especially to the award winners.

Yes, design does directly and profoundly shape our communities.

Pip White, AIA
2012 President, AIA Honolulu

AIA Honolulu’s New Center for Architecture

AIA Honolulu will unveil its brand new Center for Architecture this fall. The Center, which also serves as AIA Honolulu’s new office, will increase the organization’s visibility in the business district and deepen its engagement with the community.

The new Center, located on Fort Street Mall in the Oceanit Building, will be a gathering place for architects, building-related industry workers and community members who have an interest in architecture. The storefront location that was formerly occupied by Rainbowtique will be transformed into an evolving space for collaborative learning, shared resources, meetings and displays.

The winning design for the Center for Architecture was submitted by Geoffrey Lewis, AIA, of Geoffrey Lewis Architect Inc. His compelling design was selected out of 16 comprehensive entries by a panel of seasoned and emerging local architecture industry leaders during a blind judging process. The jurors felt his design is “very engaging from the street” and “maximized flexibility of the space.”

AIA Honolulu’s previous office was located in the Stangenwald Building on Merchant Street. Lewis believes that AIA Honolulu’s new office on Fort Street Mall marks the start of a shift in relationship between architecture and the community.

“The Center for Architecture will become an inviting icon in our urban fabric and an ideal place to host events that will encourage conversation between the architecture community and the public,” says Lewis.    

The new Center will also support AIA Honolulu in carrying out its mission and goals.

“With the opening of our new Center, AIA Honolulu looks forward to increasing our involvement with the community and drive positive changes through the power of design,” says AIA Honolulu’s Executive Vice President Amy Blagriff.

828 Fort Street Mall, Ste. 100, Honolulu, HI 96813 (808) 545-4242 • www.aiahonolulu.org

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