In 1995, the American Institute of Architects, Honolulu Chapter (AIA Honolulu) wished to recognize architect Gordon Bradley—AIA Honolulu past president 1962—for his rare and wonderful personality and his immense love for life. In 2016, the perpetuation of this awards program was bequeathed to the Hawaii Architectural Foundation.

The Gordon Bradley Humanitarian Award perpetuates Gordon’s special spirit by acknowledging individuals who through his or her career in the profession have exemplified a concern for the welfare of others less fortunate or in need.

Call for Nominations

Nominations are now being accepted for deserving individuals in the community that meets the requirements of this award. If you know of someone who deserves this recognition (self nominations are also accepted), please apply at the link below.

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HAF recognized Bettina Mehnert as a Gordon W. Bradley Award recipient in 2016. Bettina has accumulated over 40 years of architecture experience and is the President and CEO of her company, Architects Hawaii Ltd (AHL). In addition to running the company, Bettina participates at many other levels, whether it be answering phones at PBS fun drives or leading the effort to restructure the Hawaii Nature Center as well as participating in a long list of community organizations such as PBS Hawaii, The Center for Tomorrow's Leader, and the Rotary of Honolulu to name a few. Her commitment is not just to sitting on boards or leading them, but in actively engaging and making a difference in her community. AHL has also adopted the national 1% Program which is where an architectural firm is connected with a non-profit and donates one percent of their billable hours annually to pro bono projects. Bettina says, "community service is at the root of everything I do."

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In 2003, Dr. Alfred Etherington was presented the Gordon W. Bradley Award for his lifelong commitment to bridging architecture with community service. One of Dr. Etherington's notable acts of service was developing a low-cost, modular shelter solution (LokBuild) for 350 families in the Philippines. His legacy continues through the system being passed on to his students at the University of Hawaii at Manoa, School of Architecture.



In 2000, the Gordon W. Bradley Award was awarded to Francis Oda, Chairman Emeritus of Group 70 International, Inc. The committee found Francis' record of community service impressive, exemplifying the giving attitude that this award was intended to recognize. Some of the community organizations that Francis has been significantly involved with include The Aloha United Way, River of Life, Hawaii Youth for Christ, Historic Hawaii, Hawaii Visitors Bureau, and the Contemporary Museum. Francis served as the chair for Allocation and Agency Relations and on the Executive Committee for The Aloha United Way as well as the Campaign Committee Chair for River of Life.