Interdisciplinary Team Earns Honorable Mention

Rendering Credit

Graduate Research Assistants: Gerry Failano, MA, Masters in Landscape Architecture (MLA) Candidate, Eric Teeples, Doctor of Architecture (DArch) Candidate

Project Researchers: Georgina Casey, Climate Resilience Specialist, School of Ocean and Earth Science and Technology, Desiree Joy Malabed, BEnvD, School of Architecture,

An interdisciplinary team from the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa was recognized by American Planning Association Hawaiʻi Chapter (APA-HI) in the 2023 Chapter Awards Program in September. The project’s conceptual renders, research, and stakeholder involvement process earned an honorable mention in the urban design category. Their visualizations of Waikīkī sea-level rise adaptation strategies for buildings, utilities, transportation, and open spaces for 2050 and 2100 resulted in an excellence of thought, analysis and graphics that “create a sense of place.” Architecture and Sea Grant College Program at the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa. Although she was not able to attend, she is proud to have led the team to this amazing achievement.


Project collaborators include principal investigator (PI) Wendy Meguro, AIA, LEED AP BD+C; co-investigator Charles “Chip” Fletcher, PhD; climate change adaptation specialist Josephine Briones, DArch; climate resilience specialist Georgina Casey; graduate research assistants

Gerry Failano, MA, (Master of Landscape Architecture student), and Eric Teeples (Doctor of Architecture student); junior research assistant Desiree Malabed, BEnvD; and rendering tutors Chris Lomboy, DArch, and Andrew Tang, AIA, SBA. . Other contributors include Eileen Peppard, Melanie Lander, Dolan Eversole,, and Aiko Tells, BEnvD. Funding was provided by the Office of Naval Research.


A final thanks to the APA Honolulu Awards Jury, and support from UH School of Architecture, Sea Grant, SOEST.


More project information:  Sea Grant Project Website


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