SCHOOL OF ARCHITECTURE
UNIVERSITY OF HAWAIʻI AT MĀNOA

October 5, 2018

Jonathan Quach Wins Hawaii ASLA Award of Excellence

Jonathan Quach Wins Hawaii ASLA Award of Excellence

Judith Stilgenbauer

Associate Professor and Director of Graduate Studies

On October 5, 2018 the Hawaii Chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) awarded the inaugural Award of Excellence to University of Hawaii Doctor of Architecture student Jonathan Quach. This award represents the highest recognition in Hawaii ASLA’s newly established student design awards category.

Jonathan Quach received the Award of Excellence for innovative landscape design work from his UH Manoa Fall 2017 ARCH 415 concentration design studio on Wahiawa Freshwater Park (instructor: Associate Professor Judith Stilgenbauer).

October 5, 2018

ASLA Pookela Award

Pookela Award

Judith Stilgenbauer

Associate Professor and Director of Graduate Studies

During its October 5, 2018 Triennial Awards Ceremony, the Hawaii Chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) honored Associate Professor Judith Stilgenbauer with the Pookela Award--the highest recognition it can bestow on landscape architects in the state.

The award name stands for "striving for the best, commitment to excellence, champion, or pinnacle of excellence." The Pookela Award recognizes landscape architects who have made significant contributions and changed the way the profession looks at landscape architecture.

Excerpts from award nominations include:

“For her dedication, commitment, and leadership in the pursuit of excellence in the study, practice and theory of landscape architecture. What was once only a dream of the landscape architecture profession in Hawaii is now a reality. Judith deserves to be recognized for establishing Hawaii's first MLA program at UHM.”

“Judith brings an important international perspective to Hawaii landscape architecture and has helped link our local issues to the broad issues now confronting the larger world we live in…. Judith has been essential in the successful creation of the new MLA program at UH Manoa. This new program, with Judith's leadership, promises to train a new generation of practitioners who will re-define the role of landscape architecture and its response to the energy, water, and climate change challenges we are facing.”

September 7, 2018

2018 Praxis Prize Presentations

2018 Don and Laura Goo Praxis Prize Recipients: (from left) Elena Lehkter, Rubinson Intong, Jr and Melise Nekoba

Bill Chapman

Interim Dean

On Friday, Sept. 7, 2018 at the first Paper Architecture Night of the Fall 2018 semester, three graduate students were honored by Interim Dean Bill Chapman as the first recipients of the Don and Laura Goo Praxis Prize.

First Place - Elena Lehkter (A Comparative Study on Colors in Asian Architecture)
Second Place - Melise Nekoba (Choreographic Flow for a Contemporary Sustainability - the "24-Hour Space")
Third Place - Rubinson Intong, Jr. (A Hale for Bees)

The Don and Laura Goo Praxis Prize was established in 2018 to support Arch 747P practicum interns, and awards top Praxis presentations with cash scholarships based on merit and research potential. Don and Laura Goo have supported the School of Architecture for decades and have been especially dedicated to advancing its practicum program.

September 4, 2018

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September 4, 2018

Ribao and Nguyen win national design competition

Image courtesy of Valerie Ribao and Khoa Nguyen

Sara Carr

Assistant Professor

D. Arch. students Valerie Nica Ribao and Khoa Nguyen and faculty advisor Assistant Professor Sara Jensen Carr were named winners of the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture's (ACSA) Designing Healthy Places competition with special recognition in the category of Agricultural Urbanism for their project "O'ahu Ahupua'a : Connecting Land, Water, and People." Ribao and Nguyen's proposal re-imagined the ahupua'a and agricultural development in the contemporary urbanized context of Honolulu, looking at how traditional stewardship techniques could ensure human and ecological health.

Ribao and Nguyen were one of 5 winners selected out of 169 entries. The competition was also sponsored by the National Endowment for the Arts and the American Institute of Architects. bOf their project, an esteemed jury of design and health experts commented, "This project intentionally broadens the definition of health to include environmental and cultural elements. Food insecurity is an
important social problem and becomes a driver for thinking about architecture and landscape architecture in this project. By reclaiming wetland farming this project is going back to cultural definitions of the land and society’s relationship to the land."

Ribao and Nguyen received a $1250 cash prize and their project will be exhibited at the ACSA Annual Meeting in Pittsburgh this spring.

May 12, 2018

CONGRATULATIONS SPRING 2018 GRADUATES

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Hyoung-June Park

At the 108th Annual Commencement Ceremony held at the UH Manoa Stan Sheriff Center, we congratulate our Spring 2018 degree earning students for successfully completing their architectural programs.

Doctor of Architecture (DArch)           Bachelor of Environmental Design (BEnvD)    
   Zoila Castaneda                                     Brandon Annino   
   Yating Fan                                              Chloe Bennie   
   Andreas Gaeta                                       Gary Castle 
   Glenn Grande                                         Hsuan Ling Chen                                                       Yuquing Han                                          John Colburn
   Michael Honyak                                      Riley Josephson
   Veronica Ige                                           Kale Marshman
   Danalli Ignacio                                        Mitchell Moses
   Akira Ishikawa                                        Chazz Okimura
   Catherine Kenjo                                     Gladys Razos
   BriAnn Laban                                         Clarenore Selbe
   Gabrielle Lapinig                                    Michael Stone
   Elliot Lazo                                               My Tran
   Ling Li                                                     Charissa Yamada
   Mark Anthony Lombawa                         Kristyn Yamamotoya
   Kirstie Maeshiro-Takiguchi
   Jayna McClaran
   Diane Moore
   Juncheng Shen
   Sho Tetsutani
   Joern Vallesteros

May 11, 2018

2018 Hawai‘i Architectural Foundation Awards

Sho Tetsutani receives his award from HAF President Scott Wilson

Stephen Meder, Laura McGuire, Karla Sierralta

Doctoral Committee Chairs

The Hawai‘i Architectural Foundation (HAF) provided three distinguished awards for excellence in architectural research.    

The Award of Merit was presented to Yuging Han for his doctorate research project, "A Study on Indoor Natural Ventilation in High Rise House from the Perspective of Carbon Reduction, Shanghai, China." Han utilized computational fluid dynamic (CFD) methods to analysis various air pressure  conditions to assess and optimize passive  ventilation strategies to improve comfort, reduce energy demand and decrease carbon emissions during the construction and operation of high rise residential buildings in Shanghai, China.  

Danalli Ignacio earned the Award of Distinction for her research project, “The Power of Poeticism in Architecture Exploring the Concepts of Teshima Art Museum in Waikīkī.” Her project elucidated a number of key design elements utilized at the internationally recognized Teshima Art Museum, and sought to translate these into a new museum building for Honolulu. Her design explores how an architect can apply a set of design criteria to create spaces of meditation, sensory experience, and ultimately, a subjective sense of freedom in an otherwise congested urban realm.

Sho Tetsutani received the Award of Highest Distinction for his DArch project titled "Design Elements For A Vertical School, Case Study: Kakaʻako," which focused on studies of early childhood development and pedagogical models in relationship to architectural space in the vertical typology. This project proposed a series of innovative design guidelines and spatial explorations centered around the child encompassing three concepts: Play, Nurture, and Learn.

May 11, 2018

2018 ARCC KING STUDENT MEDAL FOR EXCELLLENCE

Honyak

Hyoung-June Park

Associate Professor and Doctoral Committee Chair

This Architectural Research Centers Consortium (ARCC) King Student Medal for excellence in architectural + environmental design research was awarded to Michael Honyak.  Michael received this award for his doctorate research project, " Design Decisions for a Buildable Prefabricated Modular High-Rise Structure with Customized Geometry: A Case for Honolulu, HI."  His project was selected based upon criteria that acknowleged innovation, integrity, and scholarship in architectural and/or environmental design research.

Modular prefabricated designs are restricted spatially and formally to rigid boxes in 
high-rise buildings, and buildings with customized forms lead to structures that are more complex and expensive. This project challenges these facts and demonstrate that by following a prefabricated modular design methodology, a customized geometrical form can be created while becoming more economically feasible.

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