SCHOOL OF ARCHITECTURE
UNIVERSITY OF HAWAIʻI AT MĀNOA

March 1, 2016

“Mixed Plate: The Architecture of Hawai‘i” highlighted in Architect Magazine

Kaoru Lovett, Graham Hart, and Ronald Ribao

Kaoru Lovett

Architect Magazine interviews Kaoru Lovett (BEnvD).  He and his colleagues Graham Hart (DArch) and Ronald Ribao (DArch) received the People’s Choice award and third place overall in the AIA’s Look Up Film Challenge. In this interview, Kaoru speaks about the Hawaiian sense of place.

January 30, 2016

Exhibition: “Flying Around Design”

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Assistant Professor and licensed pilot Lance Walters

From November 2015 to April 2016 the Haigo and Irene Shen Architecture Gallery features an installation of recent work and research by by Assistant Professor Lance Walters. “Flying Around Design” is an exhibition about design inspiration. The models and graphic work on display provide an analogy between architecture and aviation, demonstrating how interests and experiences are inevitably bound to our work as designers. It consists of five chapters, each based on a fundamental mnemonic device used by pilots during the pre-flight check, known as CIGAR. Projects range from sUAV (drone) photogrammetry research as it applies to architecture to ruminations on the many overlapping perspectives pilots and architects share of the built environment.

January 30, 2016

Honorable Mention Award in VMODERN Furniture Design Competition

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Liem My Tran

 Fourth year Architecture major Liem My Tran was recently selected for a coveted honorable mention award in the international VMODERN Furniture Design Competition. VMODERN serves to recognize innovative design and create a forum for the discussion and development of the discipline. Tran’s project was selected by a distinguished jury from among 233 entries, originating from 34 different countries. Liem’s LIMYT Chair is a transcendently simple arrangement of three bent planes, each comprised of hard maple veneer. Liem Tran produced the design in the school’s ARCH490 Furniture Design and Fabrication elective, taught by Steven Hill, IDSA, during the Spring 2015 semester. Her design and all of the winners can be seen at: www.vmodern.com.

January 10, 2016

Sabbatical Leave, January 4 – June 30, 2016

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Associate Professor Hyoung-June Park

During his sabbatical, Professor Park will investigate various design optimization methodologies on urban resilience as a part of “Design Futures.” His research collaboration will be made with Professor Ghang Lee, who is the director of “Building Informatics Group” in the Department of Architectural and Urban Engineering, College of Engineering, Yonsei University in Seoul, Korea. Professor Park’s co-authored paper titled “A TALE OF TWO CITIES: A Cost-driven Design Optimization in Addis Ababa & Honolulu” was accepted to CAADRIA 2016 (21st Annual Conference on Computer-Aided Architecture Design Research in Asia), which will be held at the University of Melbourne in Australia from March 30 to April 2, 2016.

January 30, 2016

Professor Noe is a delegate to the 2016 NCARB Regional Summit

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Joyce Noe, FAIA

Associate Professor Joyce Noe, FAIA, who was recently appointed to the Hawai‘i Engineer, Architect, Surveyor, & Landscape Architecture Licensing Board, will attend the March 2016 NCARB Regional Summit meeting in Savannah, Georgia, as a funded delegate.

January 30, 2016

Workshop on Living Shorelines on Tropical Islands

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Assistant Professor Wendy Meguro

The UH School of Architecture and UH Sea Grant’s assistant professor Wendy Meguro and nine partners will conduct a workshop on Living shorelines on Tropical Islands at the IUCN World Conservation Congress, the world’s largest conservation event. “Living Shorelines” integrate habitat restoration techniques, coastal engineering, and conservation to mitigate coastal hazards through the incorporation of natural elements.  Partners in the September 2016 workshop in Honolulu include the Hawai‘i Shore and Beach Preservation Association, Environmental Defense Fund, NOAA, The Nature Conservancy, Hawaii Department of Land and Natural Resources, University of Massachusetts SAGE, and Global Forest Coalition.

January 30, 2016

HIDesign’s 3D Lab Contributes to Campus-wide Innovation

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Landon Hamada, Reece Bonilla, Elena Lekhter, and Steven Hill

During the summer of 2015, HIDesign’s 3D Lab took on the challenge of shaping a new innovation space at the heart of the Mānoa Campus. Three doctoral candidates in architecture—Landon Hamada, Reece Bonilla and Elena Lekhter—pooled their experience and talents to generate a complete interior design treatment for one of Mānoa’s most exciting new spaces. In just a few short weeks, the team studied the concept of innovation spaces, interviewed future users, and produced several alternative designs. In the end one was selected and the team assembled the design presentation, which included the conceptual background, drawings, detailed furniture specifications, and even a video showcasing the finished result. Steven Hill, IDSA, and 3D Lab director who coached the team throughout the process, commented, “It was very refreshing to watch a student team take on a professional challenge like this, and to attack it with such passion and excitement. I think the administration’s trust was repaid in full, through this team’s sense of service and aesthetic skill.”

January 30, 2016

New Publication in Braun Publishing AG (Switzerland)

Martin Despang

Chief Editor and Art/Architecture historian Chris van Uffelen of Braun Publishing AG (Switzerland) has selected Professor Martin Despang's family firm, Despang Architekten, as the subject of a prototype publication for a new monograph series. The series will explore the critical practices of smaller firms located around the world. Despang Architekten's Despang Architekten Inklusive Architecture is the first monograph to be published in this series.

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