archawai‘i offers the only NAAB accredited Doctor of Architecture
The Primary activities in the D.Arch program include: Framing architectural inquires within social, cultural, and interdisciplinary studies with emphasis on Asia and the Pacific; Investigating local/global relations evidenced in theory and practice with an emphasis on the quality of the built and natural environment; Critically testing and expanding the definitions of, and relationships between the academy and the profession; Using research as a basis for the grounding of design and as a primary means to expand knowledge in the discipline; and Participating with local and international partners in applied design research and community outreach projects.
The program integrates course work with professional office practice and provides a capstone project of research and design. Future professionals from this program are well equipped to address regional architectural issues in the Asia Pacific arena. The curriculum has a specific Asia Pacific requirement both in the studios, architectural history, and electives.
Requirements: The pre-professional curriculum includes 120 undergraduate credits which may be followed by 90 graduate level credits to earn the D. Arch.
D. Arch Academic Calendar 2015-2016
The Professional Studio (ARCH 547C, ARCH 547P, ARCH 547E) is a twelve-credit course that includes scholarly and research activity combined with professional experience occurring in an off-campus location. Students are able to focus as they are involved with the Professional Studio as their sole activity for the semester. Students are offered the following Professional Studio options:
ARCH 547C PROFESSIONAL STUDIO: COMMUNITY DESIGN
The studio involves professional research and design on outreach community projects that may include architectural design, technological innovation, historic preservation, urban design, or other topics that consults & benefits a specific community user group.
ARCH 547P PROFESSIONAL STUDIO: PRACTICUM
The studio combines scholarly and research activity integrated with the activities of a professional architecture, engineering, planning, construction, or development firm. Practice activities are guided by an adjunct faculty member and selected firm mentors. A focus is given to issues of leadership, critical and creative thinking, and the influence of culture on design decisions. Firms include major U.S. firms with approximately one third located internationally ( e.g., New York, San Francisco, Tokyo, Hong Kong, Shanghai ).
ARCH 547E PROFESSIONAL STUDIO: ALTERNATIVE
The studio combines research and design under the professional guidance of a licensed professional in a location chosen by the student and developed as an Alternative Experience to relate the students chosen research for the D.Arch Project to a professional work environment.
The Practicum Program is a scholarly and research activity integrated into a professional office environment occurring in an off-campus location. The Practicum integrates theory, practice, and research in a comprehensive manner in a professional office study environment. The term "professional" in this context is broadly defined, and it is a goal of the course to engage in a critique and an expansion of how professional design may be conceived and practiced now and in the future. Emphasis is given to developing the core skills of leadership, critical thinking and cultural understanding. The course is an important means of realizing the School's Mission which states, "The School of Architecture offers a global collaborative approach to improving the built and natural environment founded on intellectual inquiry, creative problem solving, and outreach with a commitment to old mission prominence in innovative architectural education, design excellence, sustainability, and research with a focus on Hawai‘i, the Pacific, and Asia."
Students have the option to choose from a growing list of firms. The list consists, but is not limited to:
Ferraro Choi and Associates
Group 70 International
KYA Design Group
Kober Hanssen/Mitchell Architects
Phillip K. White & Associates, Ltd
RTKL International, Ltd
China State Construction Engineering Corporation
Ronald Lu & Partners
J.J. Pan and Partners
SAA Architects Pte Ltd
Weinstein AIU Architects & Urban
Zimmer Gunsul Frasca Architects LLP
Altoon Partners LLP
Architectural Resources Group
Berkus Design Studio
Kwan Henmi Architecture/Planning
ZGF Los Angeles
PDI World Group, LLC
Williams Spurgeon Kuhl & Freshnock
Kallman, McKinnell & Wood
Sasaki Associates, Inc
Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates
News + Events
Professor David Rockwood's book Bamboo Gridshells, was published by Routledge, May 2015.
Professor David Rockwood's gridshell structure was included in Chris van Uffelen's book Bamboo Architecture & Design, published by Braun Publishing AG, 2015.
Professor David Rockwood with co-author Associate Professor David Garmire of the UHM Dept. of Electrical Engineering published A New Transportation System for Efficient and Sustainable Cities: Development of a Next Generation Variable Speed Moving Walkway in the journal Sustainable Cities and Society (published online Oct. 2014, print publication vol. 14 2015).
Professor David Rockwood, with co-authors Associate Professor David Garmire of the UHM Dept. of Electrical Engineering, and Newton Parks, UHM School of Architecture Doctor of Architecture student published A continuously variable transmission for efficient urban transportation in the journal Sustainable Materials and Technologies (published online Dec. 2014, print publication vols. 1-2, Dec. 2014).