Resources for Architects

Community, educational outreach and collaboration are important elements of AIA Honolulu's mission. Our Tools and Resources for Architects page contains a wealth of information for AIA Honolulu members to help you as an individual as well as your firm.

The purpose of The AIA Trust is to develop and offer insurance and benefit programs of the greatest possible value and to serve as a risk management resource for members and components of the American Institute of Architects.

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Architects across the nation depend on AIA Contract Documents because they are a vital business tool, helping you minimize risk and maximize efficiency. Architects can rely on AIA documents to outline their role throughout the entire project, establish a clear scope, and protect business interests. AIA understands that an architect's role in a building project goes well beyond the design phase. AIA's agreements give clear, concise descriptions of an architect's scope of work that preclude disagreements and delays. AIA’s cutting-edge Sustainable Projects and BIM documents are the most trusted agreements of their kind on the market, and the General Conditions remain the keystone to large projects nationwide.

The trust of professionals is what makes AIA Contract Documents The Industry Standard.

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How to talk about architecture with clients and the public

The AIA Message Book is a public relations guide designed for AIA Members for crafting clear and effective messages.

While there is great respect for architects, there’s little understanding of what we do, or how our work affects others. It’s our job to help others understand what we do, and more importantly, why it’s important to them. We know well that when we collaborate closely with clients, we can design and build better homes, communities and public spaces that benefit us all.

Supported by a tremendous amount of research and developed with AIA members, this guide helps bridge the gap between architects and the public.

The AIA Message Book assists you in explaining the work of architects. Using proof points, statistics, and anecdotes grouped in topic areas that you can customize, this guide will help with your communications and messaging efforts.

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The mission of the AIA Small Firm Exchange is to advance the mutual interests of architects practicing in small firms.

Objectives of the AIA Small Firm Exchange are three-fold.

  • (1) Advocate for small firms within the AIA and in outside organizations and agencies
  • (2) Promote leadership in Small Firm professional development and practice
  • (3) Facilitate and support the local component round tables and small firm networks
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In 2006, Architecture 2030 issued the 2030 Challenge, a breakthrough vision that calls for all new buildings, developments, and major renovations to be carbon-neutral by 2030. To support this call to action, we created the AIA 2030 Commitment—a national framework with simple metrics and a standardized reporting format—to provide a structure for tracking progress and help you meet the challenge.

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Architects are adept and skilled in anticipating the impacts of disruptions in the built environment

"Citizen architects" assist their communities through service on boards and commissions before and after a disaster to plan for hazardous events, ensure building codes are updated, and advise on responsible land use that will allow businesses and communities to assume operations more quickly after a disaster.

In a state of emergency, architects and engineers work together to determine the habitability of homes and businesses, preventing further harm and injury to unsuspecting residents.

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The AIA Global Practice Primer is designed for architects who are either considering the pursuit of projects abroad or are already engaged in international work. It serves to highlight the intricacies and differences when it comes to working abroad, including specifics on how international practice generally differs from domestic architectural practice in the US.

The primer was produced by the AIA International Practice Committee and features contributors with a wealth of first-hand knowledge and expertise on international projects. From business development and marketing to legal issues and project delivery, this primer is designed to provide architects with the basics needed to expand your work internationally.

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AIA Best Practices is a collection of relevant, experience-based knowledge and expert advice on firm management, project delivery, contracts and more, aligned with the Architect’s Handbook of Professional Practice, 15th edition. You’ll find:

  • essential knowledge based on deep experience
  • expert advice that is immediately usable
  • new content and recent updates to definitive articles
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Looking for a job in Architecture or Design? Thinking about becoming an architects? Do you need resources for continuing education or CEU credits? Visit our Education and Career Center for resources related to your future as an architect.

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The State of Hawaii has a broad array of online resources available for Architecture professionals, including the Department of Commerce and Consumer Affairs, Department of Planning and Permitting, and the Department of Business Economic Development and Tourism. If you know of a professional resource for architects and designers that should be added to this list, please contact the AIA Honolulu office.

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AIA Honolulu Local Allied Members are often employed by firms in the construction industry engaged in research, design, development, manufacturing, distribution or training for building and construction products and systems.

Our Allied Professional search provides you with direct access to architect-friendly companies who work with design industry experts every day and understand your business. Please consider these member's companies for your product or service needs.

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Hawaii is home to a large number of design-oriented organizations, including membership organizations, non-profits developed to further design issues throughout the state, and public resources specifically geared around the design industry. For a list of just a few of these important organizations, click the button below. If you know of an organization that should be added to this list, please contact the AIA Honolulu office.

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Advocating of behalf of architecture and the design industry in Hawaii is primarily done through the American Institute of Architects Hawaii State Council. The AIA Hawaii State Council represents AIA members on matters of state-wide interest, and provides assistance and advice to state, governmental and regulatory bodies regarding issues affecting the profession and practice of architecture in Hawaii.

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For more than 150 years, the members of the American Institute of Architects have worked to advance our quality of life through design. From designing the next generation of energy-saving buildings to making our communities healthier and more vibrant, from helping neighborhoods rebuild after disasters to exporting American design know-how to the rest of the world, architects turn dreams and aspirations into reality.

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