OUR HISTORY

The Hawaii Architectural Foundation (HAF) is a non-profit organization that gained 501(c)(3) status in 2003. HAF provides a tax-deductible way to fund appropriate AIA-related activities that the architectural community has never before had available. Hawaii is one of 24 other states, the District of Columbia and four national foundations with similar efforts.

OFFICERS

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GEOFFREY LEWIS, AIA

President

Principal & Owner | Geoffrey Lewis Architect, Inc.

Geoffrey Lewis, AIA is the principal and owner of Geoffrey Lewis Architect, Inc., established in 1997. He graduated from SCI-Arc in 1989 and moved back to Honolulu in 1990. Geoff and his team have won numerous awards for custom residential and commercial projects. A past president of the AIA Honolulu Board of Directors, Geoff taught design studio for several years at the University of Hawaii, School of Architecture and currently sits on the SOA Advisory Council. He also participates on Doctorate of Architecture thesis committees at the SOA and considers this some of his most enjoyable time as a mentor.

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DANIEL SANDOMIRE, AIA

Secretary

Vice President, Development | Haseko (Hawaii), Inc.

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JOHN CHEEVER

Treasurer

Renewable Energy Project Developer | RevoluSun LLC

John Cheever started his career as an environmental planner in Honolulu, embarking next into the world of K-12 education as a teacher and coordinator of professional development workshops in Colorado, San Francisco and then back to his roots in Hawaii at Punahou School and Mid-Pacific Institute.  After incorporating the principles of design and environmental conservation into “project-based” experiences for his students, John ventured over to renewable energy development to help schools (UH West Oahu, Hanahau’oli, Hawaii Preparatory Academy, Island Pacific Academy, DOE “Cool Classrooms”); non-profits (Goodwill Industries, See Dai Doo, American Red Cross); businesses (Bank of Hawaii, MW Group, Ice Palace); and landowners (10+ solar farms in Waianae) achieve their sustainability objectives.

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

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JOE FERRARO, FAIA

Principal | Ferraro Choi & Associates

Joe Ferraro co-founded Ferraro Choi in February 1988. Joe achieved recognition as a Fellow of the American Institute of Architects in 2008 for his significant contribution to environmentally sustainable professional practice. Reflecting his expertise in sustainable projects for science and education facilities, he is the Architect of Record for a number of notable projects, including the University of Hawaii at Manoa’s Information Technology Center and, in Antarctica, the Amundsen-Scott South Pole Station.

Joe's primary reason for joining HAF was to reach out and inform the public on the value of architecture in our community.

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KAREN HONG

Agent, Architect & Engineers Program | Atlas Insurance Agency

Karen Hong is an Insurance Agent with Atlas Insurance and has been in the insurance industry for over 40 years. She specializes in professional liability insurance coverage for Architects and Engineers. She regularly conducts educational seminars for her clients on insurance, risk management, contract review and loss prevention.

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GLEN KANESHIGE

President | Nordic PCL Construction, Inc.

Glen Kaneshige is the president of Nordic PCL Construction, overseeing building operations with over 30 years of construction experience. In 2011 and 2023, he received the Outstanding Union Builder Award from the Hawaii Carpenters Union, and is currently involved in several Hawaiian construction organizations, including the Carpenters Union Health & Welfare Fund and Masons & Plasterers Training Fund, where he is a management trustee.

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GLENN E. MASON, FAIA

Principal | MASON

Glenn Mason is the founder of Mason Architects, dba MASON, and is a Fellow of the American Institute of Architects. Recognized for his leading role in the preservation of culturally important places, Glenn has had the honor of working on many of the most important historic sites in Hawaii and Guam, including ‘Iolani Palace, Lunalilo Tomb, the Former Advertiser Building, Hulihe’e Palace, Kalahikiola Church, and Kawaiaha’o Church.

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KATIE MACNEIL, AIA

Principal | G70

Architect Katie MacNeil is a Principal of G70 with over 25 years of experience. Katie specializes in full-service design with client engagement from vision through realization; from feasibility through construction. She is recognized for her capacity for leading complex projects. By employing creative strategies, leveraging technical expertise and building collaborative networks, Katie focuses her principles on securing client satisfaction. Her thoroughness in all phases of the work results in a continuity of design that realizes the vision in the execution.

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JIM NICOLOW, FAIA, LEED FELLOW

Director of Sustainability | Lord Aeck Sargent

Jim Nicolow, FAIA, LEED Fellow, served as the 2022 AIA Honolulu President and is currently the Director of Sustainability for Lord Aeck Sargent. Jim has committed his architectural career to transforming the built environment through leadership and collaboration on significant deep green projects; sustainability education and advocacy; and professional leadership and mentorship.

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JASON TAKEUCHI, AIA, NCARB, NOMA

Project Architect | Ferraro Choi & Associates

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MARK TAWARA, Hon. AIA Honolulu Affiliate

Principal | Manageability LLC & President/CEO | Bright Light Digital

With over 25 years of experience in marketing, management and technology, Mark Tawara currently splits his time between Manageability – a strategic management and marketing consulting firm focused on the built environment, and Bright Light Digital – a full-service audio-visual and technology company. In addition to having served in various marketing and operations capacities for architecture and engineering firms, Mark is a serial entrepreneur, having launched several successful companies in retail, technology and consulting over the course of his career.

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STEVE TEVES, AIA, NCARB

Principal | Design Partners Incorporated

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BRIAN WOLF, ASLA, LEED AP

Principal Landscape Architect | Wolf Landscape Architects

Brian Wolf, ASLA, LEED AP is Principal Landscape Architect and founder of his own practice, Wolf Landscape Architects, LLC.  Brian’s 15 years of professional experience in Hawai‘i runs the gamut from commercial developments to luxury resort destinations and high-end residential.  Born in Indiana, but raised in New Jersey, he received his Bachelor of Science degree in Landscape Architecture from Cornell University in Ithaca, NY.  As a LEED Accredited Professional, Brian plays a leading role in designing sustainable and context-sensitive projects anticipating LEED Certification, including Punahou School's new Kosasa Grade 2-5 community.  Brian's passion for outdoor learning environments is further enriched by his wife, Meleana, who is a Kindergarten teacher at Punahou.

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KIMI YUEN

Vice President | PBR Hawaii

As Vice President of PBR HAWAII, Ms. Yuen manages a variety of planning and physical design projects as well as the successful preparation of land use permits, environmental assessments and impact statements. Her work includes a diverse range of regional and long-range land use plans, master plans, public and private sector projects, community outreach and meeting facilitation, urban design, educational facilities, and park master plans. Ms. Yuen holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in architecture from the University of California, Berkeley and a Master of Urban and Regional Planning from the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa. She has served as President of the American Planning Association Hawai‘i Chapter and is currently the LAI Aloha Chapter President.

BOARD EMERITI

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CHUCK EHRHORN, AIA

Principal | C&J Planning

Chuck spent 22 years as head of planning for the James Campbell Estate from which he retired in 2006. A former president of AIA Honolulu and HAF, Chuck is a founding member of HAF.

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LARRY HEIM, Hon. AIA Honolulu Affiliate

President | HONBLUE

HONBLUE Inc. is the established leader in coordinating the printing and distribution of construction information and documentation for AEC services in Hawaii. Larry is a former HAF President and is a strong supporter of the architectural design community.

CHRIS HONG, AIA, NCARB, LEED AP

Principal | Chris Hong Design LLC

Chris Hong specializes in project innovation and rebranding, overseeing a wide range of projects from commercial and institutional facilities to healthcare architecture. With an emphasis on sustainability and integrated collaboration, Chris has managed all phases of project delivery ranging from schematic design through construction administration.

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HARVEY J. LUNG

Partner | Bays Lung Rose & Holma

Harvey Lung is a construction lawyer who has been involved with the construction industry for more than 40 years. He routinely represents architects in the defense of professional liability claims. A significant part of his practice also involves the negotiation and drafting of design and construction agreements for commercial, residential, industrial, and residential projects.

Having worked with architects for the entirety of his career, it was natural for him to become involved with HAF to further promote architecture in Hawaii, including the support of educational, cultural, historical, and artistic endeavors promoted by HAF.

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JIM NIESS, AIA

Founder | Maui Architectural Group

Escaped Honolulu in the late seventies for fertile ground on Maui. Founded the firm, which has enjoyed ample success with a broad portfolio in this small construction market, from historic preservation, residential, hospitality to major visitor attractions. Twice its president, Jim was instrumental in the birth of AIA Maui and served as its State Council representative for many years. He is a recent Trustee for the Historic Hawaii Foundation and enthusiastic advocate for encouraging youngsters to enter the profession.

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JEFFREY NISHI, AIA

Principal | Jeffrey Nishi Associates

Mr. Nishi was born in Honolulu Hawaii. received a Bachelor of Architecture degree from the University of Arizona in Tucson, Arizona in 1972, registered architect in Hawaii in 1975.

Working with many award winning architects most notably Vladimir Ossipoff from 1974 – 1979 and Norman Lacayo AIA Inc. in 1979 – 1983. In 1983 became a founding partner of Nishi Kondo Onishi Inc. and in 1984 founded his firm of Jeffrey Nishi & Associates/Architects.

Nishi joined HAF to support the community awareness of the built environment, Architects and Architecture.

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PETER VINCENT, FAIA

Founding Partner | Peter Vincent Architects

Peter is the Founder and Managing Partner of Peter Vincent Architects. A Fellow of the American Institute of Architects, he is the driving force and design visionary for the 30-year-old architecture and interior design firm in Honolulu. Peter is the Board Chair for the Lyceum Fellowship, as well as the past President of both the Hawaiʻi Architectural Foundation and American Institute of Architects Honolulu Chapter.

EX OFFICIO

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BILL CHAPMAN, DPHIL, ASSOC AIA

Interim Dean | School of Architecture, University of Hawaii at Manoa

My approach is for students to learn by doing. Many of my classes have a field component, where students work on “real-life” projects. Other courses involve a considerable amount of research and require in-class presentations. I believe strongly on the need for individual initiative and creativity. The teacher is a guide and sounding board for the development of independent–and sometimes team–ideas.

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JULIA FINK

Executive Director | AIA Honolulu

As EVP of AIA Honolulu, Julia oversees the strategic direction of the organization, its daily operations and the execution of its mission. In this capacity she strives to provide value to AIA’s members, its stakeholders and the design community at large.

Julia is a nonprofit professional with experience in Hawaii’s healthcare and social service sectors. She is community-minded and collaborative, having cofounded academic and trade symposiums and served on a national leadership council.

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WAYNE GOO, AIA

2024 President | AIA Honolulu