Student Work


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Diane Moore

ARCH 750 Studio Plastic Beach
Summer 2017

“Rebirth” From the Ala Wai Student Design Competition

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Melise Nekoba, Jay Moorman and Rubinson Intong

ARCH 743 Ecological Urbanism Studio
Spring 2017

Waipahu Station

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Melise Nekoba

ARCH 743 Studio Waipahu
Spring 2017

Proletarian Paradise Downtown HNL

Final Reviewing Arch 342 S17 HNL downtown jungling.

Michael Amaral, Chloe Bennie, Janica Domingo, Kapono 'O Pu'uwai Fujitani, Alexander Guillerm, Angus Lin, Shane Matsunaga, Jonathan Quach, Richard Robinson, Ivy Tejada, Stacey Villarino, Charissa Yamada, Kristyn Yamamotoya

Arch 342
Spring 2017

Primitiva (Proletarian People Power Tower)

communal sky garden

Duc Tran, Ana Molinar-Ruiz, Melissa Humphrey, Jeffrey Wang, Jason Rupe, Rollin Ritter, Chelsea Silvia, Xu Ruyun, Wei Xu, Ruyun Xu, Kyung Jin / 2017:JooHyun Park, Kris Jugueta, Kalani Molina, Nicholas Civitano, Christian Siamfranca, Alessandra Olsen, Maile Nishimoto,Mighty Binowangan ,Nao Matsumoto, Xi Song, Nohealani Canon, Shun Zeng

Arch 692 “treeitecture”
Spring 2017, 2016

Wetland Exhibition / Recreational Facility

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Michael Honyak, Diane Moore, Akira Ishikawa, Elliot Lazo

Arch 744 Architectural Studio V: Comprehensive Design
Fall 2016

Eat This Color

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Spring 2016

Thomas Square Revisited

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Junho Jin

Intermediate Architectural Design Studio A
Fall 2015

Da Nang Worker Housing

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Nicholas Civitano, Priscilla Nogueira, Duc Tran

ARCH 744 Architecture Studio V: Comprehensive
Fall 2015

The School

The UHM School of Architecture provides the opportunity for a student to earn an accredited degree in the field of architecture or a professional degree in landscape architecture. The only U.S. school of architecture in the middle of the Pacific region, it has been actively and directly engaged in the life and mission of the Mānoa campus through design/research/outreach efforts on campus and in the community.

The University of Hawai‘i is one of the most diverse universities in the United States, so the student body and faculty within the School are naturally diverse. The University is a Carnegie tier-one research institution, and the only National Resource Center for Pacific Island Studies, and one of the only nine National Resource Centers for Southeast Asian Studies. This status provides many opportunities for pursuing funded research unique to the region, resulting in an exceptional level of support for many of the research and study areas the School has chosen to pursue. The Asia Collection in Hamilton Library on the Mānoa campus is recognized as one of the nation’s best, and the Hawai‘inuakea School of Hawaiian Knowledge is the only one of its kind. The rich cultural diversity of the faculty and student body, the emphasis on bridging between Asia and the West, the close ties with institutions in Korea and China, and the curricular structure of the school's programs themselves directly address the current global context.

The School of Architecture offers the four-year undergraduate Bachelor of Environmental Design degree, the two or three-year Master of Landscape Architecture degree, and the three-year Doctor of Architecture degree, Hawaii‘s only accredited degree in architecture. Our undergraduate program provides a solid foundation for careers in the design and building industries, including architecture, landscape architecture, urban design, historic conservation, and construction management. Our accredited graduate program prepares students for leadership in the professional workforce. Students who earn the D.Arch. are eligible for licensure as registered architects in all 54 U.S. jurisdictions, including Hawai‘i. Students who earn the professional MLA are eligible for landscape architectural licensure.

Hawai‘i offers students one of the world’s richest settings for the study of built and natural environments. UH-M is a land, sea, and space grant university especially well-situated to engage design inquiry and experimentation in a twenty-first century context.

Our programs orient to the kuleana of the University of Hawai‘i as an indigenous-serving Hawaiian Place of Learning. The Hawaiian ethos is the intellectual and professional foundation on which we build our mission and curriculum.


1946 Architectural education at the University of Hawai‘i begins with a Pre-Architecture program offered in the College of Applied Science with an inaugural class of 25 students.

1960 The university transfers all pre-architecture courses to the Department of Art.

1965 The faculty establishes the four-year B.A. in Pre-Architecture.

1967 The Department of Art becomes the Department of Art and Architecture and the B.F.A. in Environmental Design replaced the B.A. in Pre-architecture.

1969 The College of Arts and Sciences forms new Department of Architecture, with Bruce Etherington as founding chair.

1971 The university approves the Master of Architecture program.

1972 The National Architectural Accrediting Board (NAAB) awards the M.Arch. initial accreditation.

1976 The faculty reorganizes the Department of Architecture and develops a professional Bachelor of Architecture (B.Arch.) degree.

1976 The NAAB accredits the B.Arch. program.

1980 The School conferred the first B.Arch. degree.

1985 The Hawaiʻi State Legislature budgets funds to construct a new building adjacent to George Hall.

1993 Raymond Yeh succeeds Elmer Botsai as dean.

1994 The university completes the school's present building at 2410 Campus Road, designed by John Hara, FAIA.

1996 The School received full-term NAAB re-accreditation for both its existing B.Arch. first professional degree and its M.Arch. first professional degree.

1999 The University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa proposes the Architecture Doctorate degree and the first class to enroll enters the program.

2004 The National Architectural Accrediting Board recognizes the Doctorate of Architecture D.Arch degree as a professional architecture degree, and makes the program's accreditation retroactive to January 1, 2001, to be concurrent with the terms of accreditation for the Bachelor and Master of Architecture programs.

2005 The Arch.D. replaces the M.Arch. degree.

2007 Clark Llewellyn succeeds Raymond Yeh as dean.

2008 In accordance with the 2004 NAAB Conditions of Accreditation, the school changes its degree nomenclature from "Architectural Doctorate" (Arch.D.) to "Doctor of Architecture" (D.Arch.).

2011 The school introduces the Global Track/China Focus program, which features a dual professional degree with Tongji University in Shanghai.

2012 The school separates the 7-year D.Arch. program into a 4-year pre-professional B.Env.D. (Bachelor of Environmental Design) degree, and the 3-year NAAB-accredited Doctor of Architecture.

2014 Daniel Friedman succeeds Clark Llewellyn as dean.

2015 The school signs a Memo of Understanding with the Nagaoka Institute of Design in Nagaoka, Japan, establishing a student/faculty exchange program.

2017 The university approves the Master of Landscape Architecture program.

Global Connection + Diversity

The University of Hawai‘i is one of the most culturally diverse universities in the United States, and the student body and faculty within the School reflect that diversity. The extensive opportunities for cross-cultural collaboration in coursework and research, the availability of a wide range of scholarly and research options on campus, the proximity of the East-West Center and the surrounding Honolulu community, all support the mission, goals and programs of the School.

Connections are the essence of architecture which is complimented within our diverse school of architecture student body consisting of 300 students, representing over 14 countries. These students are encouraged — even required — to step outside the normal bounds of their cultural comforts and pursue experiences far and wide. Our Study Abroad and Practicum Firms opportunities further our vision of establishing global connections, providing the opportunity to experience a growing list of 50 professional practices. These highly involved firms are globally respected and connected.

The UHM heavily participates in exchange agreements with various universities in the Asia-Pacific Region.

UHM International Programs

Students have also participated in short term international exchange experiences between architecture schools in Australia, China, Hong Kong, Micronesia, Japan, Korea, Taiwan & Thailand. Recent class and student organization trips include Japan, Europe, Peru, Korea, Alaska, Samoa, Los Angeles, Oregon, London, Florida and Malaysia.

Asia Pacific Focus

Our international collaborations lend to a multi-perspective lens, providing greater marketability in a global world. The School is evolving its educational mission and research efforts to take full advantage of the unique opportunities that result from this diversity and Asia Pacific Focus.


The Doctor of Architecture degree program is accredited by the National Architectural Accrediting Board.

The new Master of Landscape Architecture degree program will seek initial accreditation according to the Landscape Architectural Accreditation Board’s established process and timeline.


In the United States, most state registration boards require a degree from an accredited professional degree program as a prerequisite for licensure. The National Architectural Accrediting Board (NAAB), which is the sole agency authorized to accredit U.S. professional degree programs in architecture, recognizes three types of degrees: the Bachelor of Architecture, the Master of Architecture, and the Doctor of Architecture. A program may be granted a 6-year, 3-year, or 2-year term of accreditation, depending on the extent of its conformance with established educational standards.

Doctor of Architecture and Master of Architecture degree programs may consist of a pre-professional undergraduate degree and a professional graduate degree that, when earned sequentially, constitute an accredited professional education. However, the pre-professional degree is not, by itself, recognized as an accredited degree.

University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa, School of Architecture, offers the following NAAB accredited D.Arch. degree tracks.

  • Track I (pre-professional degree in architecture [126/120 credits] + 90 Graduate credits)
  • Track II (non-preprofessional degree [120 credits min.] + 108 graduate credits)

Next accreditation visit: 2018

A copy of the latest NAAB Conditions for Accreditation for Professional Degree Programs in Architecture, and a copy of the NAAB Procedures for Accreditation of Professional Degree Programs in Architecture are available online at A copy of the SoA Visiting Team Report and SoA Annual Reports for NAAB are available in the SoA Student Services Office and can be viewed at any time during normal business hours.

The accredited degree program must demonstrate that each graduate possesses the knowledge and skills defined by the criteria set out below. The knowledge and skills are the minimum for meeting the demands of an internship leading to registration for practice. The school must provide evidence that its graduates have satisfied each criterion through required coursework. If credits are granted for courses taken at other institutions or online, evidence must be provided that the courses are comparable to those offered in the accredited degree program.

NAAB Student Performance Criteria

The criteria encompass two levels of accomplishment:

  • Understanding — the capacity to classify, compare, summarize, explain, and/or interpret information.
  • Ability — Proficiency in using specific information to accomplish a task, correctly selecting the appropriate information, and accurately applying it to the solution of a specific problem, while also distinguishing the effects of its implementation.

The SPC are organized into realms to more easily understand the relationships between each criterion.

Realm A: Critical Thinking and Representation

Graduates from NAAB-accredited programs must be able to build abstract relationships and understand the impact of ideas based on the study and analysis of multiple theoretical, social, political, economic, cultural, and environmental contexts. Graduates must also be able to use a diverse range of skills to think about and convey architectural ideas, including writing, investigating, speaking, drawing and modeling.

Realm B: Building Practices, Technical Skills, and Knowledge

Graduates from NAAB-accredited programs must be able to comprehend the technical aspects of design, systems, and materials and be able to apply that comprehension to architectural solutions. In addition, the impact of such decisions on the environment must be well considered.

Realm C: Integrated Architectural Solutions

Graduates from NAAB-accredited programs must be able to demonstrate that they have the ability to synthesize a wide range of variables into an integrated design solution.

Realm D: Professional Practice

Graduates from NAAB-accredited programs must understand business principles for the practice of architecture, including management, advocacy, and the need to act legally, ethically, and critically for the good of the client, society, and the public.

NAAB Documentation



An accredited professional degree in landscape architecture, such as the MLA, is needed for licensure. A professional license is required to practice landscape architecture.

The Landscape Architectural Accreditation Board (LAAB) recognizes two accredited undergraduate professional degrees, the Bachelor of Landscape Architecture (BLA) and the Bachelor of Science in Landscape Architecture (BSLA), and one accredited graduate-degree program, the Master of Landscape Architecture (MLA).

The School of Architecture intends to seek LAAB accreditation for its new MLA as soon as possible. The first step in this process is an application for accreditation candidacy status during academic year 2018-19. Upon graduation of the first MLA I class (anticipated in 2021), the program will seek initial LAAB accreditation. LAAB program accreditation, once granted, will be retroactive and include the first graduating class.

Important aspects of the MLA program's goals, curricular structure, and assessment of quality of student learning are closely guided by LAAB Accreditation Standard 3 "Professional Curriculum," which identifies key components of a professional landscape architecture curriculum. The MLA program’s educational goals and student learning objectives (SLO) include:

MLA SLO 1: History, theory & criticism
Knowledge and skills in the areas of design history, design theory, criticism, critical thinking; interdisciplinarity; sustainability, resiliency, stewardship; and health, safety, welfare.

MLA SLO 2: Design processes and methodology
Knowledge and skills in critical thinking, analysis, ideation, synthesis, site program and iterative design development at various scales, and design communication.

MLA SLO 3: Natural and cultural systems and processes
Knowledge and skills in plants and ecosystems sciences, with a focus on tropical climates and Asia/Pacific; built environment and infrastructure; human factors and social and community systems; human health and well-being; as well as Hawai‘ian sense of place and cultural practices.

MLA SLO 4: Communication and documentation
Knowledge and skills in written communication, oral communication, visual and graphic communication/representation; design and construction documents; numeracy, quantitative problem-solving/communication; and community and client engagement.

MLA SLO 5: Implementation
Knowledge and skills in construction technology and site engineering; site materials; use and management of plants and vegetation; and policies and regulation.

MLA SLO 6: Computer applications and advanced technologies
Knowledge and skills in 2D and 3D visualization and modeling; design communication from conceptual to construction drawings; and geospatial analysis.

MLA SLO 7: Assessment and evaluation
Knowledge and skills in site assessment, pre-design analysis, landscape performance, post-occupancy evaluation, and visual and scenic assessment.

MLA SLO 8: Professional practice
Knowledge and skills in leadership; values, ethics; practice; and construction administration.

MLA SLO 9: Research and scholarly methods
Knowledge and skills in quantitative and qualitative methods; establishing a research hypothesis; framing research questions; literature/case study review/precedent review; research integrity and protection of human subjects; and communication of research.

Dean’s Message



Welcome to Hawai‘i’s only School of Architecture. We offer the four-year undergraduate Bachelor of Environmental Design degree and the three-year professional Doctor of Architecture degree. The undergraduate B.Env.D. program provides a strong foundation for careers in the design and building industries—architecture, landscape architecture, urban and interior design, historic conservation, and construction management. The graduate D.Arch. program prepares students to enter the profession fortified by an accredited curriculum that integrates paid internship with advanced research exploring topics relevant to contemporary practice and design inquiry.

This is the fourth full year of our 4+3 curriculum, comprised of the 4-year pre-professional B.Env.D. degree and the D.Arch. This combination ensures that our students receive a superior foundation for advanced graduate work within the larger context of twenty-first century grand challenge problems that affect the integrity of built environments—climate change, energy, urbanization, infrastructure, information, health, and social equity. After many years of planning, we hope to offer the state’s first Master of Landscape Architecture degree beginning in fall 2018. Our new MLA will enable us to expand our contributions to principled design in service to communities here and around the world. 

Many special programs augment our core curricula. Through a unique institutional partnership with Tongji University, we offer the Global Track option, one of the country’s only dual-professional degree programs; this year-long experience includes opportunities to intern in Singapore and China. New agreements with the Nagaoka Institute of Design and Meiji University allow students to engage international faculty and students through joint projects in Japan and Hawai‘i. Additionally, the University of Hawai’i Community Design Center, our award-winning service-learning outreach studio, integrates coursework, internship, and employment in support of public-interest projects for non-profit clients and organizations throughout the state.

The State of Hawai‘i offers students one of the world’s richest laboratories for the study of built and natural environments—a vibrant, cross-cultural cosmopolis set amidst the trade wind-kissed Hawaiian archipelago, which contains five climate zones, 10 of the world’s 14 sub-zones, and the tallest mountain on earth, if measured from its base. The University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa is a land, sea, and space grant, Carnegie R1 doctoral research university that fully optimizes its unique geographic location. Among the members of our distinguished full- and part-time faculty, we count experts in affordable housing; digital fabrication; landscape architecture; building systems and performance; resilience; climate change; design communication; Asian, Pacific, and Western architectural and urban history; preservation; and urban ecological design, among other areas of interest. Our faculty includes two members with unique, joint appointments: one with the Office of Public Health, in the Myron B. Thompson School of Social Work; and one with the Sea Grant College Program, in the School of Ocean and Earth Science and Technology.

Our programs explore the potential of design to improve and sustain healthy environments for diverse communities at all scales, and at the same time engage the public imagination in ways that elevate and ennoble community values, aspirations, and identity. Our curriculum embodies a long-standing commitment to the interdependency between disciplinary and professional perspectives, linking the history, theory, and criticism of the constructed world to its ethical and material requirements in practice.

In addition to being the only school in the United States to offer the professional D.Arch. degree, our programs orient to Hawai‘i’s singular cultural context, and to the larger mission of the University of Hawai‘i, in its role as an indigenous serving Hawaiian Place of Learning. The Hawaiian ethos is the intellectual and professional foundation for our discourse, our curriculum, and our mission.

Me ke aloha pumehana—with warm regards,

Daniel S. Friedman, PhD, FAIA 
Dean and ACSA Distinguished Professor




‘a‘ala fragrant,sweet-smelling
‘ae yes
‘ahi yellowfin tuna
ahi fire, lightning
ahu altar, heap of rocks generally erected at the boundaries of an ahupua‘a
ahupua‘a a land division generally running from mountain to ocean, named for the altar (ahu) on which a pig (puaʻa) or pig image was laid
‘āina land, especially Hawaiian ancestral lands; literally, that which sustains
‘ākala pink
akamai smart, clever, intelligent
‘akau north, right side
akua god, natural element or force
‘alani orange
alanui street, road, path, waterway
ali‘i chief
aloha love, affection, hello, goodbye; literally, the long breath
ao day, daylight, enlightened, any kind of cloud
‘a‘ole no, none
ānuenue rainbow
aupuni government
‘awa a medicinal plant, a relaxing drink made from the root of the ‘awa plant
‘awapuhi shampoo ginger
‘ele‘ele black, dark-colored
hālau long house, as for canoes or hula instruction; meeting house
hale house or home
hana work, occupation, activity, task
haole a foreigner; Pidgin slang: Caucasian
hapa half, now commonly used to mean a mix of ethnicities
hau‘oli happy
Hawai‘i the Big Island
heiau temple, shrine, place of worship (pre-Christian)
hele move, go, travel
hema south, left side
hikina east
hinahina gray
honu green sea turtle
ho‘okipa hospitality
ho‘okupu offering, tribute, ceremonial gift
ho‘olohe listen
hoku full moon phase
hōkū star
hui group, organization
hula traditional dance of Hawai‘i
huli turn
humuhumunukunukuapua’a the state fish. a Triggerfish
i‘a any kind of fish
ikaika strong
iki small, little
‘ili land division smaller than an ahupua‘a
‘ili‘ili small pebble
imu an underground oven using heated rocks and vegetation to steam food
i mua go forward, progress
inoa name
kahakai beach, shore
kahawai stream
Kaho‘olawe the Target Island
kahuna expert. a priest, minister, or an expert at any profession
kai ocean, salt water
kalo taro, most significant staple food of ancient Hawaiians
kālua to bake in an imu (underground oven)
kama‘āina literally, child of the land
kanaka person
kāne man, male
kapu sacred, holy, forbidden, taboo
Kaua‘i the Garden Island
kaupoku roof, ceiling, rodgepole, to thatch
keiki child, offspring, or children
ke‘oke‘o white
ti leaf
koholā humpback whale
kōkua help, aid, provide assistance
komohana west
kuahiwi mountains
kukui the candlenut tree, light, lamp, torch
kuleana privilege, responsibility, obligation
kumu teacher, source, reason
kupuna elder, ancestor, grandparent
sun, day
la‘i ti leaf
lāhui nation, race, tribe, nationality
Lāna‘i the Pineapple Island
lani sky, the heavens; figurative term for loyalty
lauhala product made from the woven leaves of the hala (pandanus) tree
laulima cooperation; literally, many hands (working together)
lei garland, usually of flowers and/or leaves, may also include shells and nuts
limu a general name for any type of seaweed, algae, moss, lichen
loa long
lo‘i terraced pond field for growing taro
loko i‘a fishpond
loulu variety of palm used for thatching
mahalo thank you
mahina moon, month
mai‘a banana
maika‘i  excellent, goodness
ma kai towards the sea; the ocean side
makana gift, reward, award
makani general name for any kind of wind
makua parent, aunt, uncle
mālama to take care of, preserve, maintain
malihini newcomer, visitor
manakō mango
mana‘o thought, idea, feeling, belief
mau always, continual, perpetual
Maui the valley island
ma uka toward land, mountains, upland
mau loa eternal, forever
mauna mountain
mele song
melemele yellow
moana ocean, specifically the deep ocean
moku district, region, ship, vessel
mokulele airplane; literally, flying boat
mokupuni island
Moloka‘i the friendly island
momona fertile, abundant, fruitful, rich, fat
mo‘o any type of lizard, a succession, a mall piece or fragment
mo‘olelo story, tale, myth, history
mo‘opuna grandchild, descendant
na‘au guts, intestines, gut instinct, seat of the intuition, feelings, thoughts, heart
nahele forest, grove, wilderness
nai‘a dolphin, porpoise
nalu wave, surf
Nani pretty
Ni‘ihau the forbidden island
niu coconut
nui big, great, size, many
O‘ahu the gathering place
‘ohana family, kin, relative
‘ohe bamboo
‘ōhi‘a‘ai mountain apple
‘ōlelo language, speech, to speak
‘ōlena turmeric
oli chant
‘ōma‘oma‘o green
onipa‘a fixed, steadfast, established, firm, resolute
‘ono delicious or tasty
‘ō‘ō digging stick
pa‘a hard, firm, sound, fixed, solid, durable, permanent, well-understood
pa‘akai salt
pali cliff, precipice
pau done, finished
piko novel, center, connection point, summit
pili close, closeness, relationship, attached, a variety of grass favored for thatching
night, darkness
pōhaku rock, stone
poke to dice, cube, cut into small pieces
poko short
polū blue (for objects, clothing but not for the sea or sky)
poni purple
pono balanced, righteous, equity, correct or proper procedure
puka hole, gap, opening, entrance, door, to emerge, pass through
pukaaniani window
puna spring
pu‘u hill, mound, bulge, protuberance
ua general name for any kind of rain
uahi smoke
‘uala sweet potato, a staple food of ancient Hawaiians
uila lightning, electricity
‘ukulele stringed instrument, small guitar; literally, jumping flea
‘ula‘ula red
‘ulu breadfruit
‘umeke bowl, calabash
‘upena fishing net
wa’a canoe
wahine woman, female
wai fresh water, often found in place names
wailele waterfall
waiwai wealth, value
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School of Architecture 
University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa 
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Building Voices


January 24, 2018

Professor Despang globally peer review selected for World Atlas: “Destination Architecture” by renown PHAIDON

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January 8, 2018

Interim Field Report from Viet Nam

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December 15, 2017

Professor Rockwood and Associate Professor Garmire Awarded Patent

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October 8, 2017

The Albizia Project at Hawaii's Woodshow

Installation at Honolulu Museum of Art School

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September 29, 2017

Students Excel in Innovation + Imagination Challenge

Kris Jugueta and Cale Okamoto congratulated by Steven Hill

Steven Hill, IDSA

September 25, 2017

2017 AIA Honolulu Student Design Awards

School of Architecture at the AIA Honolulu Design Awards Gala


September 18, 2017

‘Design Islands’, the SOA’s interactive Traveling Exhibit System is recognized with a 2017 AIA Honolulu Design Award.

Design Islands featured at the Hawaii State Capitol on Earth Day

Karla Sierralta & Brian Strawn

Building Voices Competition and Exhibition Co-Chairs

September 13, 2017

DArch Projects on ScholarSpace

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Hyoung-June Park

Director of Graduate Programs

Wave Sets Lectures

February 27, 2017

Publishing and the public

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Nancy Levinson

Editor & Executive Director, Places Journal

January 30, 2017


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Healoha Johnston

Honolulu Museum of Art

November 14, 2016

Going Beyond

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Design Partner, LMN Architects, 2016 AIA Firm Award Winner

    Full Time Faculty

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    Simon M. Bussiere

    Assistant Professor

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    Sara Jensen Carr

    Assistant Professor

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    Laura McGuire

    Assistant Professor

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    Stephen Meder

     Associate Professor

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    Wendy Meguro

    Assistant Professor with a joint appointment in the University of Hawaii at Manoa School of Architecture and the Sea Grant College Program

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    Pu Miao


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    Joyce M. Noe

    Undergraduate Program Director, Associate Professor

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    Hyoung-June Park

    Associate Professor, Director of Graduate Programs

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    Karla Sierralta

    Assistant Professor

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    Judith Stilgenbauer

    Associate Professor

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    Lance Walters

    Assistant Professor

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    Christian Bergum

    Visiting Associate Professor

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    William Chapman

    Professor of American Studies, Department Chair and Director of the Graduate Certificate Program in Historic Preservation

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    Cathi Ho Schar

    Adjunct Assistant Professor Director, University of Hawaii Community Design Center


    Dean’s Office

    Daniel Friedman, PhD, FAIA
    Dean and Professor

    Eva Fong Sekimoto
    Director of School Affairs

    Charlene Lagondino
    Administrative Officer

    Pamela Kato
    Admin Fiscal Specialist

    Student Services

    Hyoung­-June Park
    Director of the Doctor of Architecture Program
    Associate Professor

    Judith Stilgenbauer
    Director of the Master of Landscape Architecture Program
    Associate Professor

    Clark E. Llewellyn, FAIA
    Director of Global Studies
    Director of Executive Educatin

    Joyce M. Noe
    Director of Bachelor of Environmental Design Program
    Associate Professor

    June Lee
    Director of Student Services

    Marcus Ortiz
    Student Services Specialist

    Vanessa Works
    Special Projects Specialist

    Student Staff

    Student Services Assistance

    Centers And Labs

    Tony Cao
    Director, Digital Media & IT Lab

    Steve Hill
    Shop Supervisor

    Cathi Ho Schar 
    Director, UHCDC 
    Arch 310

    Steve Meder
    Director, Environmental Research and Design Lab

    Raymond Yeh, FAIA
    Hyoung June Park, PhD
    Design Futures Lab




    The University of Hawai’i Community Design Center (UHCDC) is an outreach initiative led by the School of Architecture that builds on four decades of public service to Hawai’i and the Asia-Pacific region. As a hybrid program of education and practice, UHCDC offers Hawai‘i a new resource for interdisciplinary research and design inquiry. Typical projects help state agencies, the University of Hawaii System, and local non-profit and community organizations explore proof-of-concept design alternatives for problems of diverse type, scope, and scale. Supervised by school faculty in cooperation with members of the professional community, UHCDC provides service learning opportunities for students through academic instruction, internship, and post-graduate employment.


    For information and events please go to the official AIAS Honolulu website @


    American Institute of Architecture Students

    Kristoffer Jugueta
    Chapter President, AIAS 217

    The purpose of the AIAS shall be to promote excellence in architectural education, training and practice; to foster an appreciation of architecture and related disciplines; and to organize architecture students and combine their efforts to advance the science and art of architecture.

    4+3 (DARCH) AND 4+2 (MLA)

    The School of Architecture at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa offers the four-year undergraduate Bachelor of Environmental Design degree together with the three-year Doctor of Architecture degree, Hawaiʻi's only accredited degree in architecture, or the two-year professional Master of Landscape Architecture Advanced Placement Track. The new pre-professional B.Env.D program provides students with a solid foundation for careers in design and building industries, including landscape architecture, urban design, historic conservation, and construction management, among other related occupations. The D.Arch., unique in the United States, prepares students to enter the professional workforce and qualifies them for licensure as registered architects in 53 U.S. jurisdictions and Hawaiʻi. The D.Arch. curriculum integrates internship and professional preparation with required dissertation-level research in diverse topics relevant to twenty-first century practice. 

    Except for some pre-existing conditions, all students entering the D. Arch. Professional Program must possess an undergraduate degree. All applicants are reviewed for placement. Depending on their background, those with a pre-professional [120 credit] degree in architectural studies, or equivalent, will be able to complete the D.Arch. in 3 years [90 credits]. Students without a pre-professional degree must make up deficiencies which will usually require and additional semester or two [15-18 credits] to meet all professional criteria. The restructuring of the architecture curriculum from a 7-year program to the 4+3 or 4+3 ½ complies with the National Architectural Accrediting Board standards for the professional D.Arch. degree.

    The first-professional [90 credit] MLA I degree program is open to qualified applicants with four-year bachelor degrees with majors in any field of study. Applicants with prior professional degrees in architecture or pre-professional undergraduate degrees in landscape architecture, architecture, or environmental design may be granted advanced standing of up to two semesters and enter the first-professional [60-credit] MLA I AP degree track (4 + 2). The MLA further offers a two-year post-professional [54 credit] degree track option, which is open to applicants with prior professional undergraduate degrees in landscape architecture (BLA, BSLA, or equivalent).

    Bachelor of Environmental Design

    The pre-professional 4-year undergraduate degree program at UH Mānoa, the Bachelor of Environmental Design (BEnvD), emphasizes the interdisciplinary nature of the built environment professions and provides a liberal arts and sciences education that takes full advantage of the greater university setting. 

    Master of Landscape Architecture

    The School of Architecture offers Hawai'i’s only professional landscape architecture program. The field of landscape architecture comprises the analysis, planning, design, and management of natural and built environments. Landscape architectural practice presupposes a deep understanding of environmental systems and a commitment to the highest standards of design. A professional license is required to practice landscape architecture. An accredited degree in landscape architecture is needed for licensure. The MLA is a professional degree recognized by the Landscape Architectural Accreditation Board (LAAB).

    Focused on ecological and social sustainability by design, the School of Architecture’s MLA program uniquely positions its graduates to make essential professional contributions needed to maintain and enhance a beautiful, resilient, healthy, and prosperous Hawai‘i within its complex Asia-Pacific and global context. Its focus on contemporary, sustainable urban/landscape planning and design in tropical Asia-Pacific regions, where the majority of growth will occur in the upcoming decades, distinguishes this MLA from other North American landscape architecture programs. Hawai‘i, with its rich natural and cultural history and manifold environmental and social challenges, provides a unique place of learning and opportunity for cutting-edge landscape architectural research, teaching, and practice. There is no other place in the United States where the aspirations of twenty-first century landscape architectural practice converge so seamlessly with the philosophy and culture of the local ancient, indigenous community.

    To accommodate applicants’ varying levels of preparedness through their undergraduate education, the MLA program includes three closely intertwined tracks:

    First-professional MLA Track (MLA I)
    This three-year degree track is open to applicants with four-year bachelor degrees with majors in any field of study.

    First-professional MLA Advanced Placement Track (MLA I AP)
    In the MLA I AP degree track, applicants with professional degrees in architecture or pre-professional undergraduate degrees in landscape architecture, architecture, or environmental design may be granted advanced standing of up to two semesters.

    Two-year post-professional MLA Track (MLA II)
    This post-professional degree track is open to applicants with professional undergraduate degrees in landscape architecture (BLA, BSLA, or equivalent) that fulfill the requirement for landscape architectural licensure.

    Doctor of Architecture

    The School of Architecture offers the only NAAB accredited Doctor of Architecture.

    The Primary activities in the DArch program include: Framing architectural inquiries 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 of expand knowledge in the discipline; and participating with local and international partners in applied design research and community outreach projects.

    The program integrates coursework 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 undergraduate credits which may be followed by 90 graduate level credits to earn the DArch.


    Praxis is a hybrid educational studio module combining paid employment in a commercial or non-profit office with unpaid independent research on topics relevant to contemporary practice and the profession. This required studio course in the D.Arch. curriculum—ARCH 747—serves as a bridge between preparatory coursework and the two-semester design dissertation, the capstone of our professional degree program. In this context, internship provides invaluable experience that strengthens student understanding and awareness of the conditions and requirements for practice; at the same time, it provides a rich laboratory for research and the advancement of architectural knowledge of benefit to both the firm and profession.


    The Praxis program is a scholarly and research activity integrated into a professional office environment occurring in an off-campus location. Praxis integrates theory, practice, and research in the comprehensive context of paid internship in a professional office environment. We define the term "professional" broadly; it is a goal of this studio to critically engage the ways professional design and building production may be conceived and practiced now and in the future. In addition to technical knowledge, PRaxis emphasizes the cultivation of core responsibilities—leadership, professional ethics, critical thinking, and cultural understanding.

    Global Track Dual Degree

    In partnership with Tongji University College of Architecture and Urban Planning (Shanghai, China), the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa School of Architecture has implemented a DArch-Global Track (China) as part of its graduate professional program in architecture. Students who successfully complete this track will have the option to obtain a Master of Architecture degree from Tongji University as well as the Doctor of Architecture degree from the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa. This innovative, timely, and empowering dual-degree track for Hawaiʻi's students and their Chinese classmates, builds upon the School of Architecture's proud 35-year history and commitment to engage the Asia and Pacific Region, with a corresponding curricular mission.


    Students will be accepted into the Dual Degree program by application to the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa Office of Graduate Education for all students except citizens from the People's Republic of China who must apply to CAUP at Tongji University.

    Students accepted into UHM School of Architecture DArch - Global Track (China) Option will spend the first year at the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa. Students accepted by Tongji University will spend their first year at Tongji University. The summer following the completion of the first year of coursework, students from UHM Architecture will enroll in a 4-month professional studio in a participating global practice architectural firm within China. In order to be considered for dual degrees, UHM Architecture students and Tongji CAUP students must apply for entry with advance standing and be accepted into the institution controlling the professional degree before entering the second year of the DArch Global Track.

    For the second year of the program all students will continue coursework at Tongji University in Shanghai and dual degree seeking students will be co-enrolled at both institutions. All coursework will be taught by UHM Architecture faculty and supplemented with Tongji University faculty who meet UHM faculty qualifications. After satisfactory completion of the second year curriculum, all students may be eligible to receive the Master of Architecture from Tongji University. Students are not required to obtain the Master of Architecture in order to continue in the UHM Doctor of Architecture program.

    Before entering the final year of the program, students with extensive international professional experience and/or identified weakness in Design Communication skill will enroll for an 8-week summer professional studio (6 credits) and Advanced Design Communication III (3 credits) on the UHM campus. UHM faculty will evaluate the students for competency. Those needing improvement will be required to take coursework at UHM for the summer between the second and third year. All third year students will enroll for coursework at UHM Architecture. After the successful completion of all academic requirements, students will receive the Doctor of Architecture from UH Manoa.


    International Student Housing is provided on the Tongji campus. The cost is $11-13 per day. A meal plan is an additional $5 per day. Therefore, the cost for housing and food in Shanghai should range around $6,000-$7,000 for a year. Eating in Shanghai can be as expensive as New York or as inexpensive as a few dollars a day. Public transportation (subway) is affordable. You can go everywhere in Shanghai by subway. A week-long excursion throughout China is also incorporated as part of the program. Transportation and lodging are included in the tuition. Round trip airfare from Honolulu to Shanghai is about $1,100. Airport to the University costs about $65 by taxi and is much less by bus. You can also take the Maglev ($10) into the city and then subway.

    More information for graduate student personal budget and cost of attendance

    Executive Education

    The Executive Education Program at the School of Architecture of University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa connects the world’s industry leaders with the most distinguished award-winning architects and experts together at the midway between Asia and North America. This program is an exceptional opportunity for talented architects and leaders to gain new insights toward sustainability, cultural and political factors that significantly impact the architecture field. It also creates a high speed rail for top level collaborations among the highest level respected participants to succeed in today’s highly competitive marketplace.

    Available Courses

    • Building an Innovative Future: Transformative Sustainable Development
    • LEED Workshop Summit
    • Green Building Services Workshops
    • Live Architecture Workshops

    Contact Information

    Clark E. Llewellyn, FAIA
    Director of Global Track and EX:ED
    School of Architecture
    University of Hawai’i at Mānoa
    Direct: 808-956-0675

    Study Abroad

    In addition to the various international study options offered by the school, including the DArch-Global Track and travel as part of ARCH course requirements or options, all students have access to more international study opportunities through the Manoa International Exchange Program (MIX) and UHM Study Abroad Center (SAC).

    UHM Study Abroad Center offers numerous study abroad programs, of which the most commonly participated by architecture students is offered by DIS Study Abroad in Scandinavia, particularly in Copenhagen, Denmark. In fall, spring, and summer semesters, DIS offers courses that are equivalent to architecture design studios and ARCH electives, and the earned credits are UHM resident credits that fulfill UHM major requirements for graduation. For more information on SAC, go to

    Among the many options offered by Manoa International Exchange Program, in which the students pay UHM tuition while studying abroad, the following are recommended for architecture students:

    In Australia

    Deakin University - Architecture and Built Environment
    University of Technology, Sydney - Design, Architecture and Building

    In Hong Kong

    Chinese University of Hong Kong - Architecture (Faculty of Social Science)

    In Japan

    Kyoto University - Architecture, Architectural Engineering (courses taught in Japanese)

    In Korea

    Ewha Womans University - Architecture Design, Architectural Engineering (some courses taught in Korean)
    Inha University - Architecture, Architectural Engineering (some courses taught in Korean)
    Inha University Summer School - Korean Architecture, Contemporary Korean Culture, Art, and Design
    University of Seoul - Architecture, Sustainable Architecture, Building Systems
    Seoul Studio - offered in the Fall Semester and will include Architecture Design Studio, two seminars, Ideas and Crafts of Korea, and Construction Materials and Methods

    In New Zealand

    Victoria University of Wellington - Architecture, Architecture Theory and History, Building Science, Interior Architecture, Landscape Architecture University of Auckland - Architecture

    In the Philippines

    University of the Philippines at Diliman - Architecture

    In Singapore

    National University of Singapore - Architecture, Industrial Design

    In Thailand

    Chulalongkorn University - International Program in Design & Architecture In all of these MIX options, courses are equivalent to architecture design studios and ARCH electives, and the earned credits are transferrable to the UHM system. For more information on MIX Programs, go to

    Students have participated in short term international exchange experiences with students in architecture schools in Australia, China, Hong Kong, Micronesia, Japan, Korea, Taiwan & Thailand.


    Students seeking admission to the school must complete an online application by the stated deadlines. The school and UH Mānoa do not grant deferred admission. Applicants wishing to defer admission must reapply.

    All applicants for admission to the pre-professional undergraduate Bachelor of Environmental Design (BEnvD) program must complete a UH System Application.

    Undergraduate application deadlines:

    • Fall priority deadline is January 5 and final deadline is March 1
    • Spring priority deadline is September 1 and final deadline is October 15

    The Office of Admissions will complete an undergraduate transfer credit evaluation for prior completed post-secondary level coursework or approved Advanced Placement (AP) high school coursework. The School of Architecture will complete a transfer credit evaluation for prior completed post-secondary level coursework taken in architecture or related subjects after an applicant is accepted by UH Mānoa. Architecture course requirements will be waived only for transfer credits that are deemed equivalent to courses offered by the school.

    Students entering the pre-professional undergraduate program directly from high school may potentially complete the program in four years of full-time study. The time to complete the program by transfer students is based on a case-by-case evaluation of transfer credits.


    Students seeking admission to the school must complete an online application by the stated deadlines. The school and UH Mānoa do not grant deferred admission. Applicants wishing to defer admission must reapply.

    master OF landscape ARCHITECTURE

    Admissions procedures for the Master of Landscape Architecture program (MLA) follow general OGE policy ( Applicants for admission to the MLA must hold or expect to hold prior to matriculation a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited U.S. college or university, or an equivalent degree from a recognized non-U.S. institution of higher education.

    To be eligible, a first-professional MLA I track applicant must hold a four-year bachelor’s degree with a major in any field of study. A first-professional MLA I AP track applicant must hold a professional degree in architecture (BArch, MArch, DArch) or a four-year pre-professional bachelor’s degree in landscape architecture, architecture, or environmental design. Additionally, a strong design portfolio is required for an MLA I AP applicant to be granted advanced standing of up to two semesters. A post-professional MLA II track applicant must hold an accredited professional degree in landscape architecture (BLA, BSLA).

    All applicants to the MLA program need to demonstrate a GPA of 3.0 or above for undergraduate course work and for any post-baccalaureate or graduate course work. Minimum TOEFL score for international MLA applicants: 61 (internet) or 500 (paper); or minimum IELTS score for international MLA applicants: 6.00 for the overall band test results.

    Prospective MLA students seeking admission to the program will be required to submit a general OGE application by the stated deadline. In addition, MLA applicants need to submit the following supplemental materials required by the School of Architecture: statement of interest, resume, portfolio, three letters of recommendation, (MLA Supplemental Material Form).

    MLA application deadline for the School of Architecture:
    Admissions to the MLA program (all degree tracks) will be fall semester only with a January 1 application deadline. As an exception, applications for fall 2018 will be accepted through May 15, 2018.


    All applicants for admissions to the professional Doctor of Architecture (DArch) program must hold a baccalaureate degree or higher and must apply online with the Office of Graduate Education. Applicants must also submit a School of Architecture Supplemental Information for Admission form, and required documents directly to the School of Architecture by the stated deadline. Supplemental documents submitted by applicants become the property of the School of Architecture.

    DArch application deadlines for the School of Architecture

    • Fall deadline is January 1
    • Spring deadline is September 1

    Students entering the program who hold a four-year pre-professional baccalaureate degree (e.g., BS architecture studies, BA architecture studies, BA environmental design) enter the 3-year, 90-credit professional DArch program. (Fall semester start date is recommended).

    Students entering the program who hold a baccalaureate degree in a field unrelated to architecture or environmental design (non-pre-professional degree) enter the 108-credit professional DArch program. (Spring semester start date recommended).

    No graduate credit is transferable to the DArch degree if it has been counted for another graduate degree.


    Private support plays a central role in helping the School to teach, inspire, and lead in the field of architecture and architectural education. Many of our alumni & friends have made contributions to the school over the years. Your gift to the School of Architecture can be used to support research and travel scholarships; student activities; alumni events; digital infrastructure; faculty development; distinguished/visiting lecture program; conferences and workshops; library, gallery, outreach communications; and in some way have assisted every facet of the school’s education and service programs. There are many ways to support the School.

    Gifts offer tax or estate-planning advantages that may be useful to donors.

    Outright Gifts

    An outright gift is a direct transfer of an asset to the School of Architecture. Outright gifts may be made with cash, securities, stock, real estate and personal property. An outright gift immediately benefits the School.


    In addition to outright giving, “planned giving” is an exciting way to fulfill philanthropic goals, because a “planned gift” provides not only a gift in support of School of Architecture but also multiple financial and tax benefits to the donor and his or her family.

    Beneficiary Designation

    You can make the UH Foundation, for the benefit of the School of Architecture, the beneficiary of a life insurance policy or a qualified retirement plan such as an IRA, a 401(k), or a 403(b).

    Memorial and Honorary Gifts

    A gift in memory of someone is a powerful way to perpetuate the values and ideals that guided someone’s life, to continue even after they have passed. Honorary gifts commemorate a significant event or someone who is still alive.


    You can make a testamentary gift through your Will or Revocable Living Trust by designating a percentage of your estate, a specific dollar amount, the rest and residue of your estate, or a combination of these options.

    Charitable Gift Annuity or Remainder Trust

    You can make a gift of cash, appreciated securities, or in exchange for a life-income plan such as a Charitable Gift Annuity, deferred payment Charitable Gift Annuity, or Charitable Remainder Trust. The significant benefit here is that you receive lifetime income, an income tax deduction, and capital gains savings (if applicable).

    Outright and Deferred Gift Combination

    You can give a combination of an outright gift and deferred gift. This enables you to start or fully endow a program or scholarship during your lifetime, and make a provision in your Will or Revocable Living Trust, or through a life-income plan, to add significantly to the endowment after you pass away.

    Special Thanks

    In the fall of 2014, with help from several inspired and intrepid leaders, the professional community and colleagues in the local building industry raised $200,000 in support of school communications and identity, among other special initiatives. 

    Our profound thanks to each of these contributors for their continuing generosity and faith in the future of our professions.

    To contribute to the school’s Architectural Advancement Fund, please contact Eva Fong Sekimoto at

    Mahalo nui loa.

    John Adversalo, Architects Pacific, Inc.
    Gene Albano, WSP Hawai'i Inc.
    Ron Altoon
    Barry Baker
    George & Theresa Berean
    Charles Black, Furniture Plus Inc.
    Brian Bowers, Bowers + Kubota Consulting
    Stanford Carr, Stanford Carr Development
    Lawrence Chaffin
    Carleton Ching, Castle & Cooke, Inc.
    Rick Chong, Albert Chong Associates Inc.
    Thalia Choy, Larry and Beatrice Ching Foundation
    Roslyn Chun, Group 70 International, Inc.
    Harriet Cintron
    Coffman Engineers
    Rex Cornair, Cornair Remodeling, Inc.
    Eric Crispin
    Fiske Crowell, Sasaki Associates, Inc.
    Mark deReus, de Reus Architects, Inc.
    EnviroQuest, Inc.
    Joe Ferraro, Ferraro Choi and Associates Ltd.
    Daniel Friedman
    Randall Fujiki
    Masanobu Richard Fujioka, Masa Fujioka & Associates
    Pepito C. Galvez, Group 70 International, Inc.
    Donald & Laura Goo, Don Goo Design LLC
    Richard Green, CBT Architects
    Group 70 International, Inc.
    Frank Haines
    Ryan Hashiro, Bennett Engineers Inc.
    Ken Hayashida, Kai Hawai’i, Inc.
    Lawrence Heim, Jr., HONBLUE, Inc.
    Hirata & Associates, Inc.
    Greg Hiyakumoto, R.M. Towill Corporation
    Christopher Hong, Group 70 International, Inc.
    Norman Hong, Group 70 International, Inc.
    Lee Hopkins, Charles Pankow Builders, Ltd.
    Stephen Huh
    Marshall Hung, Downtown Capital LLC
    Aaron Jon Hyland and Howe Ng, Architectural Resources Group
    Inatsuka Engineering LLC
    William Joey Ing
    Lance Inouye, Ralph S. Inouye Co, Ltd.
    Roy A. Inouye, Group 70 International, Inc.
    Robert Iopa, Brick House Inc.
    Carey Isobe, Group 70 International, Inc.
    Sylvia Jordan, Design Alternatives, Inc.
    Andrew Kam
    Glen Kaneshige, Nordic PCL Construction Services
    Mike Kawaharada, Engineering Employees Services Corp
    Bert Kobayashi, Kobayashi Group
    Dexter Kubota, Bowers + Kubota Consulting
    Michael Kujubu
    Stanley Kuriyama, Alexander & Baldwin, Inc.
    Henry Kwok, KY International, Inc.
    KYA Design Group
    Clemson Lam, Clemson Lam Architect
    Daniel Lau, Finance Factors Foundation
    Howard Lau, Shigemura Lau Sakanashi Higuchi & Associates, Inc.
    Randall Lau, Designer Built Systems, Inc.
    Rodney Lee, Group 70 International, Inc.
    Spencer Leineweber
    Woravudh Lekprathum, Group 70 International, Inc.
    Geoffrey Lewis, Geoffrey Lewis Architect, Inc.
    Bob Liljestrand
    Stanley and Diane Louis
    Ronald Lu, Ronald Lu & Partners (Hong Kong) Ltd.
    Harvey Lung, Bays Lung Rose & Holma
    J. Majkut, Hawaiian Dredging Construction Co. Inc.
    Ernest Martin
    Harvey Maruya
    Glenn Mason, Mason Architects Inc.
    Mike Matsumoto, SSFM International Inc.
    Rene Matsumura, Group 70 International, Inc.
    Linda Miki, Group 70 International, Inc.
    David Miller, Architects Hawai'i, Ltd.
    Clayton Mimura, Geolabs, Inc.
    Dwight Mitsunaga, Pacific Architects Inc.
    Michael Motoda, Walters, Kimura, Motoda, Inc.
    Stanford Murata, Stanford Murata, Inc.
    Randolph H. Murayama & Associates, Inc.
    Arlene Nakamoto
    Cameron Nekota, D.R. Horton
    James Nishimoto, Group 70 International, Inc.
    Joyce & Leon Noe
    Rodney Nohara, Jayar Construction, Inc.
    Francis Oda, Group 70 International, Inc.
    Glenn Okino, Mitsunaga Construction Inc.
    Timothy Oshima
    John Pangrazio, NBBJ LLC
    Brad Perkins, Perkins Eastman Architects, PC
    Hans Riecke, HR Architect Inc.
    Rick Russell, Interface Engineering
    Dean Sakamoto, Dean Sakamoto Architects LLC
    Carol & Merritt Sakata, CDS International
    Stan Sato, J Kadowaki Inc.
    Wesley & Phyllis Segawa, Project Management Inc.
    John Sheehy, Architecture International, Ltd.
    Colin Shimokawa, Shimokawa Nakamura LLC
    Roy Shirota
    Ron Skaggs
    Wendy Souza
    Elizabeth Stewart
    Dave Striph, Ward Village Foundation
    Lloyd Sueda, Sueda & Associates Inc.
    Michael Terry, Belt Collins Hawai'i Ltd.
    Hian Ka Tjen, SAA Architects Pte. Ltd.
    Dennis Toba, Ronald N.S. Ho & Associates, Inc.
    Carol Torigoe, KYA Design Group
    Tyson Toyama, Okahara and Associates, Inc.
    Maelyn Uyehara, Rider Levett Bucknall Ltd.
    Vivaswan Verawudh, Group 70 International, Inc.
    Richard Vierra, Clarence Lee Design & Associates, LLC
    Bill Wilson, Hawaiian Dredging Construction Co. Inc.
    Tom Witten, R. Stan Duncan, Russell Chung, PBR Hawai'i & Associates, Inc.
    Bernie Wonnegerger, Wiss, Janney, Elstner Associates, Inc.
    Benjamin Woo, Benjamin Woo Architects LLC
    WSP Hawai'i Inc. 
    Michael Yasui, Corporate Environments International
    Ed Yeh, Controlpoint Surveying, Inc.
    Ray & Hsiao Yeh
    Grant Yuen, Group 70 International, Inc. 

    Advisory Council

    The primary purpose of the Advisory Council is to assist the School in shaping, refining, and achieving its vision, mission, and goals. The Advisory Council will additionally foster closer ties between the School and its stakeholders. To ensure this, the Advisory Council includes, but is not limited to, alumni and leaders of industries, businesses and organizations that employ the School's graduates and collaborate with the School's research, education and outreach programs.

    As part of a public university, the School does receive state-funded support. However, the School requires financial and in-kind support beyond these levels if it is to compete internationally with other architecture schools for students, faculty and professional recognition. The Advisory Council helps the School garner this support.


    University of Hawaiʻi School of Architecture Alumni Association

    The University of Hawaiʻi School of Architecture Alumni Association is a 501(c)(3) organization founded in 1991. The mission of the Association is to foster and facilitate social, collegial and professional ties between the University of Hawaiʻi School of Architecture and its graduates, friends and  supporters. Various events are held throughout the year to connect with our alumni and friends. For more information or to join, please visit us at




    Scholarships and Awards


    The screening of scholarship applications will be based primarily on the quality of the written proposals and the degree to which the proposal aligns with the purpose of the scholarship. It is therefore of utmost importance that interested applicants communicate their goals, rationale and specific plans as clearly and thoroughly as possible in a thoughtful and well-written proposal. The strength of the applicant’s portfolio, the applicant’s academic history and financial need will also be carefully considered.

    Students are encouraged to apply for multiple scholarships; however, a specific application must be submitted to each fund. Past scholarship recipients are eligible to reapply as long as they satisfy the published application requirements; however, if any two proposals of equal merit are under consideration, it is likely that award priority will be given to the applicant without previous support or opportunity.

    Most applications are submitted and processed online through STAR.

    Allen R. Johnson-Roy C. Kelley Architectural Travel Scholarship

    The purpose of the award is to encourage and assist students to conduct research off-shore and who are expected to “really get something out of the experience”. The donors expressed a wish to see students enrich their understanding and appreciation of architecture through scholarly research and travel and that priority be given to students who have previously had only limited opportunities for travel. Research topics may deal with any aspect of architecture that a student wishes to study and the range of topics has purposely been left open to enable students to pursue research in areas of interest to them and to encourage maximum flexibility and creativity in developing a research proposal. Applicants must have completed the third year design studios at the time the award is distributed and must possess a minimum GPA of 3.0 in architecture coursework. For this award, the recipient is required to report back to the school on the experience (such as a public presentation), ¾ of the award will be given before travel, the remaining ¼ will be given after the report.

    Barry John Baker Endowed Scholarship

    Professor Emeritus Barry John Baker is a 1963 graduate and holds a diploma in architecture from the University of New South Wales in Sydney, Australia. He moved to the United States in 1967. Prior to teaching in Hawaiʻi he was an associate of the distinguished San Francisco firm of Esherick Homsey Dodge and Davis, now known as EHDD Architecture. During his 30 years on the faculty of the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa School of Architecture, he has served as undergraduate chair, graduate chair, associate dean and interim dean of the school. An active participant in faculty affairs, he served as a School of Architecture senator on the Mānoa Faculty Senate for more than a decade, and in that capacity he also served as a member of the senate executive committee and as senate chair. He retired in August 2009. His community activities have included serving as president of the American Institute of Architects (AIA) Honolulu chapter and president of AIA Hawaiʻi State Council. The purpose of this fund is to provide scholarship support to students at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa School of Architecture.

    Bergum Scholarship

    The purpose of this fund is to support recruitment efforts of students to the Global Track Program in the School of Architecture at the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa, by offering scholarship opportunities to the best qualified applicants enrolled in the program. Funds shall be used for costs associated with attendance (e.g. tuition, books, fees, etc.).

    Donald G. Deer Memorial Scholarship

    The purpose of this fund is to emphasize and reward community involvement and academic excellence. It is the donor’s wish to recognize and encourage students with potential for future achievement as well as personal qualities of empathy, intellectual curiosity, integrity, motivation, and interpersonal opportunity with Bonded Materials Company. Applicants must be Hawaiʻi residents enrolled full-time in upper-division undergraduate or graduate level coursework with at least a cumulative 3.0 GPA.

    Gilman Hu Honolulu Chapter CSI Endowed Scholarship

    The purpose of this fund is to assist students with travel, research expenses or other costs to support in the research of technology as applied to the built environment. Recipients must be enrolled full-time as undergraduate/graduate students at the School of Architecture. Applicants must have a minimum GPA of 3.0 in architecture coursework and some degree of financial need. The recipient shall present his/her research in a one-hour program to the Honolulu Chapter CSI at a membership meeting.

    HONBLUE Student Support Fund

    The purpose of this fund is to provide financial support to students who are enrolled in the Doctor of Architecture program and have demonstrated skill in design communications. Funds may be used either for costs associated with attendance (tuition, books, fees, etc.), or to conduct out-of-state studies and/or research. Applicants must be enrolled full-time as undergraduate or graduate students and have a minimum GPA of 3.0 in architecture coursework.

    Leighton Liu Endowed Scholarship

    This scholarship awards an outstanding undergraduate student demonstrating design excellence who has completed his/her first year at the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa School of Architecture and is in his/her second year of the Architecture program. Funds shall be used for costs associated with attendance (i.e., tuition, books, fees, etc.)

    PBR Hawaiʻi Scholarship

    The purpose of this fund is to provide scholarships to deserving, qualified students at the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa School of Architecture who are specializing in or have a focus or concentration in landscape architecture, environmental design or urban design. This fund contemplates and supports the implementation of an accredited professional degree program in landscape architecture in the near future; once in place, the fund will prioritize its students. Funds shall be used for costs associated with attendance (i.e. tuition, books, fees, etc.). Applicants must be full-time, graduate students at the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa School of Architecture who are specializing in or have a focus or concentration in landscape architecture, environmental design or urban design and must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0.

    R. Richard Morris Memorial Scholarship

    The purpose of this fund is to assist graduate students in Practicum Studio with any costs related to practicum study, including but not limited to, transportation, travel, research, living expenses, and tuition. Applicants must be enrolled full-time in Practicum Studio in the next academic year and have a minimum 3.0 GPA in architecture coursework.

    UH  Mānoa School of Architecture Practicum Fund

    The purpose of this fund is to provide financial assistance to students attending Practicum Studio, a major component of the Architecture Doctorate degree program that features learning in a leading architect’s office. Applicants must be full-time students at the School of Architecture who are attending Practicum Studio in the next academic year.

    UHSAAA Scholarship

    Applicants must be graduates from a Hawaiʻi high school, full-time students at the School of Architecture, and entering their second year in the program in the next fall semester. The selected applicant will demonstrate promise as a future architect through coursework and community involvement, and by maintaining a minimum 3.0 GPA.


    Alpha Rho Chi Medal, National Professional Architectural Fraternity Award

    Since 1914, Alpha Rho Chi, the National Professional Fraternity for Architecture and the Allied Arts, has promoted the profession of architecture by encouraging students to excel. To honor their achievements, the Alpha Rho Chi Medal is offered each year to over one hundred schools of architecture, whose faculty select a graduating senior they feel best exemplifies these qualities.

    In 1931, the Grand Council of Alpha Rho chi established the Alpha Rho Chi Medal to "encourage professional leadership by rewarding student accomplishment." The Fraternity provides the medal to selected schools of architecture throughout the country to be awarded to the graduating senior who has shown an affinity for leadership, performed willing service for the school or department, and gives promise of real professional merit through his or her attitude and personality. The Alpha Rho Chi Medal is awarded annually to a graduating senior at each NAAB accredited school of architecture, and schools where Alpha Rho Chi chapters exist, and is judged by the faculty of that school of architecture as best exemplifying these qualities.

    The Alpha Rho Chi firmly believes strong leaders are just as essential as strong designers to the architectural professions. It is vital to our efforts to produce individuals committed to public service, as well as individuals committed to maintaining Architecture and the Allied Arts as noble professions. The Medal embodies all measures of leadership and service, including mertorious activity beyond traditional academic excellence

    Henry Adams Medal + Certificate, American Institute of Architects Award

    Each year, The American Institute of Architects awards an engraved medal and certificate of merit to the top-ranking graduating student in each architecture program accredited by the National Architectural Accrediting Board. A certificate of merit is awarded to the second-ranking graduating student. These awards are provided as part of the AIA/AAF Scholarship Program.

    Formerly called "The School Medal", the program began in 114 and was awarded for "general excellence in architecture throughout the four-year course to graduating students of architecture schools recognized by the Institute." The graduate was later presented with a copy of Mont St. Michel and Chartres, written by Henry Adams. The copyright of this book was later bequeathed to the Institute by the author.

    The Henry Adams fund was established in 1921 with royalties from the book sales. The fund was used to award a copy of the book "to draftsmen who cannot afford to buy it." The School Medal and Henry Adams book awards evolved into the Henry Adams Medal and Certificate Program. To date the program has honored thousands of students.


    University Policies 

    Non-discrimination Policy

    University EEO/AA Policy for Faculty, Staff and Students

    The School of Architecture follows the policies of UHM. It is the policy of the University to provide equity of opportunity in higher education, both in the educational mission and as an employer. The University is committed to comply with all State and Federal statutes, rules, and regulations which prohibit discrimination. The University is committed to a policy of nondiscrimination on the basis of race, sex, gender identity and expression, age, religion, color, national origin, ancestry, citizenship, disability, genetic information, marital status, breastfeeding, income assignment for child support, arrest and court record (except as permissible under State law), sexual orientation, national guard absence, or status as a covered veteran.

    This policy covers admission and access to, and participation, treatment and employment in the University's programs and activities. Discriminatory harassment, including sexual harassment, is prohibited under this policy. The University shall promote a full realization of equal opportunity through a positive, continuing program of nondiscrimination and affirmative action (41 CFR Chapter 60) on each campus.

    Policies of the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa (hereinafter “UHM”) and School of Architecture (hereinafter “SoA”) Policies apply to all students of the SoA. Where SoA Policies differ from those of UHM, the more restrictive policies shall prevail. All SoA students are expected to read and abide by all SoA and UHM policies. The SoA Policies are subject to change; students will be notified of such changes by a revision on the School website.

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