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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 2014-2015

Professional Studio

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:


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.


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 ).


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.

Practicum Firms

Practicum Sites

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:

Architects Hawaii
Ferraro Choi and Associates
Group 70 International
KYA Design Group
Kober Hanssen/Mitchell Architects
Phillip K. White & Associates, Ltd
Urban Works

RTKL International, Ltd

China State Construction Engineering Corporation

Ronald Lu & Partners

Gansam Partners

J.J. Pan and Partners

Broadway Malyan-Singapore
SAA Architects Pte Ltd
Pomeroy Studio

Weinstein AIU Architects & Urban

Zimmer Gunsul Frasca Architects LLP

RAFI Architecture

Altoon Partners LLP
Architectural Resources Group
Architectural International
Berkus Design Studio
Gensler-San Fransisco
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
Perkins Eastman

Lessard Design


News + Events

Memorial Service Information for Professor Spencer Leineweber
Visitation:   4 p.m. July 18 at Hawaiian Mission Houses.
Services:     5 p.m. Aloha Attire. No flowers. Donations suggested to Historic Hawai'i Foundation, Hawaiian Mission Houses Museum or University of Hawaii School of Architecture.

With profound sadness and heartbreak, the faculty and staff of the School of Architecture mourn the passing of our esteemed colleague Professor Spencer Leineweber, PhD, FAIA. Spencer was an exemplary architect, teacher, mentor, and beloved kama'aina. We offer our love and sympathies to her family, students, and friends.

Associate Professor David Rockwood's book Bamboo Gridshells, was published by Routledge, May 2015.

Associate Professor David Rockwood's gridshell structure was included in Chris van Uffelen's book Bamboo Architecture & Design, published by Braun Publishing AG, 2015.

Associate 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).

Associate 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).

HouMinn Evolution, Please join us Monday April 27 at 6 p.m. in the auditorium for a presentation by Marc Swackhamer (University of Minnesota) and Blair Satterfield (University of British Columbia) on the occasion of the opening of an exhibition of the work of their firm, HouMinn.
For nearly two decades, HouMinn Practice has explored an alternative approach to design agency. HouMinn's founding partners Marc Swackhamer and Blair Satterfield purposely decentralize design control in every project. They believe that by allowing outside experts and forces to influence their work, they foster contextual suitability, project diversity, and novelty. In their early work, outside agency comes from multi-disciplinary collaborators who contribute new ways of considering each project and push the work in unexpected and sometimes uncomfortable directions. HouMinn has collaborated with experts from such varied disciplines as computer science, engineering, material science, biology, digital media art, graphic design, product design, apparel design, and crowd sourcing. In this latter category, HouMinn designed open infrastructural systems to accommodate a wide range of crowd-sourced building skins, technological systems, and material finishes. Critics lauded the results for their innovation and willingness to challenge the logic of conventional team organization and construction techniques. Most recently, HouMinn has been exploring how material behavior can unpredictably contribute to the formal characteristics of a building surface. By removing the limits manufacturing control imposes on the organic behaviors of materials, HouMinn allows the internal logic of materials to have as much influence on the design as the architects themselves. In all three modalities, Satterfield and Swackhamer place themselves behind-the-scenes, engaging their work as front-end strategists rather than conventional designers who exert their authorial will. They believe that this way of working is more sympathetic to an ethic of connectivity in the built environment. In all its projects HouMinn seeks generate diverse, multi-disciplinary teams, shaped to specifically address messy problems in completely new and unanticipated ways.

Assistant Professor Wendy Meguro and coastal geologist Rob Walker co-presented, "Evaluating Nature-based Infrastructure for Coastal Resiliency on Oahu, Hawaii" at the April 2015 National Association of Environmental Professionals annual conference.

Assistant Professor Lauren Mitchell, Ph.D. has contributed a peer-reviewed book chapter entitled "Orlando, Florida's Ubiquitous Libidinal Boxes" to the recently published trans-disciplinary Parlor Press book Florida, (edited by Jeff Rice; Parlor Press, 2015). Among the notable contributors, Gregory Ulmer, Sid Dobrin and Charlie Hailey are also featured within Florida.

Billie Faircloth, AIA, partner, KieranTimberlake Architects, Philadelphia, will present the firm's recent design research on Monday, March 16, at 6 p.m., in the school auditorium, room 205. Prior to joining KieranTimberlake as its first director of research, Ms. Faircloth was an assistant professor at the University of Texas at Austin School of Architecture, where she taught studios exploring applications for conventional and emerging material technologies and conducted seminars on emerging construction and fabrication technologies. Her articles have been published by the Journal of Architectural Education, Princeton Architectural Press, Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts, and ACADIA. Her book Plastics Now: On Architecture's Relationship to a Continuously Emerging Material, is forthcoming from Routledge in Spring 2015. She lectures internationally to academic and industry audiences, including the Australian Institute of Architects, University of Nottingham, University of Washington, Harvard University, and the University of Texas at Austin. She holds degrees in architecture from North Carolina State University and Harvard.

Associate Professor Judith Stilgenbauer, ASLA will present a blind peer-reviewed paper titled "Designing for the Inevitable // Amphibious Honolulu Waterfronts" in the Urban Design track of the March 2015 Council of Educators in Landscape Architecture (CELA) annual academic conference.

Assistant professor Lauren Mitchell, Ph.D. to Speak at National Convention:
Mitchell will be presenting her research as part of a panel entitled "Cultural Politics of Space: From Swamps to Sprawl," this March at The Conference on College Composition and Communication.

Assistant Professor Sara Jensen Carr, Ph.D. be part of a panel on Design + Health at the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture (ACSA) conference in Toronto, March 19-21

Assistant Professor Sara Jensen Carr, Ph.D. presents two papers at the Council of Educators in Landscape Architecture (CELA) conference at Kansas State University, March 24-27

Recently, Associate Professor Judith Stilgenbauer's invited, peer-reviewed book chapter "Processcapes: Dynamic Placemaking" appeared in Routledge's new book Now Urbanism: the Future City is Here (edited by Jeffrey Hou, Benjamin Spencer, Thaisa Way, Ken Yocom; Routledge, 2015).

Recently, Assistant Professor Sara Jensen Carr, Ph.D. co-authored a paper for Preventive Medicine titled, Moving toward implementation: The potential for accountable care organizations and private–public partnerships to advance active neighborhood design.

Professor Martin Despang has received his 6th national ACSA Faculty Design Award recognition since 2007, this year for his "Academic Kindergarten" to be received at the 103rd Annual ACSA Meeting in Toronto

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