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Liem Tran's LIMYT Chair, produced in Spring 2015 Arch 490, Furniture Design and Fabrication, was awarded an Honorable Mention in the VMODERN international, professional/student design competition. The award recognizes innovative design and creates a forum for the discussion and development of the discipline.  eVolo Magazine received 233 entries from 34 different countries. The Jury selected 3 winners and 20 honorable mentions.

Honorable Mention
2015 VMODERN Furniture Design Competition

Liem My Tran
4th year BEnvD candidate
School of Architecture
University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa

Simplicity is to understand the essence of an object in order to get rid of the parts that are not essential. More than just a structure for the body to rest on, a chair is the reflection of the human body, its measurements, actions, feelings, and its interaction with the space. Limyt is an exploration of the concept of sitting while pushing the limits of structures and the use of materials.

The chair is made out of 3 pieces of bending Maples veneer, including two sitting members and one backing member. The simplistic continuous form of the design is achieved by the continuity of the material as the sitting surfaces transform into the legs supporting the chair, eliminating the necessity of a fourth leg. As a person sits on the chair, the top of the curves created by the meeting of the two sitting members directly touch the buttock and the pelvic bones, accentuating the tactile sense of sitting.

The sophistication of the chair is the result of a complicated making process. The vacuum lamination method requires multiple prototypes before reaching the workable solution and the finding of the right ergonomic sitting and bending angle. To speed up the fabrication process and minimize the molding material, the slanting angles of the chair’s legs and the backing member are designed to be the same. As a result, only a single mold is needed to produce all 3 parts. Although minimal, this slanting angle of the backing piece added with the tilting angle of the chair created a comfortable resting angle for user to lean on.

Stripping off the extras while accommodating a simplistic, functional form, Limyt introduces a new way of looking at chair not as a passive object for a person to sit on, but a system of surfaces suspends into the air that lightly lifts up the body against the force of gravity.

posted 12/21/2015

A total of fifteen graduates earned their architecture degrees at the Fall 2015 Commencement Ceremony, on Saturday, December 19, 2015 at the Stan Sheriff Center on the Mānoa campus.

DArch Graduates
Nainoa Cravalho
Wen Jin
Scott Macri

BEnvD Graduates
Shawn Agustin
Ramir Belmes
Ryan Ching
Jacob Cantrell
Nigel Guillermo
Aira Iglesias
Carah Kadota
Taylor Kai
Elijah Lee
Melise Nekoba
Brent Sukita
Jeffrey Wang

The DArch graduates delivered final presentations of their dissertations to colleagues, family and friends on Friday, December 18, 2015 in Arch 215. Below lists their project titles and their dissertation committee members, who guided them to completion.

Nainoa Cravalho, Revitalization of ‘Dead Space’ Through the Use of Interactive Interventions
Hyoung-June Park, Assoc Prof and Committee Chair
Jim Dator, Prof & Dir of the Research Center for Future Studies, UHM Dept of Political Science
Scott Robertson, Prof, UHM Information and Computer Sciences Dept
Daniel Seinfeld, Designer

Wen Jin, A Study of Preservation and Expansion of the Tongji Faculty Club
Pu Miao, Prof and Committee Chair
Glenn Mason, AIA, President, Mason Architects
Bill Chapman, Prof, UHM American Studies Dept

Scott Macri, Practical Applications of Rigid Thick Origami In Kinetic Architecture
David Rockwood, Professor and Committee Chair
David Masunaga, Senior Master, ‘Iolani School Mathematics Dept
Scott Miller, Asst Prof of Mechanical Engineering, UHM College of Engineering

posted 12/21/2015

Associate Professor Judith Stilgenbauer, ASLA will present a blind peer-reviewed paper titled "Designing for the Inevitable // Amphibious Honolulu Waterfronts" in the Urban Design track of the March 2015 Council of Educators in Landscape Architecture (CELA) annual academic conference.

posted 03/3/2015

Billie Faircloth, AIA, partner, KieranTimberlake Architects, Philadelphia, will present the firm's recent design research on Monday, March 16, at 6 p.m., in the school auditorium, room 205. Prior to joining KieranTimberlake as its first director of research, Ms. Faircloth was an assistant professor at the University of Texas at Austin School of Architecture, where she taught studios exploring applications for conventional and emerging material technologies and conducted seminars on emerging construction and fabrication technologies. Her articles have been published by the Journal of Architectural Education, Princeton Architectural Press, Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts, and ACADIA. Her book Plastics Now: On Architecture's Relationship to a Continuously Emerging Material, is forthcoming from Routledge in Spring 2015. She lectures internationally to academic and industry audiences, including the Australian Institute of Architects, University of Nottingham, University of Washington, Harvard University, and the University of Texas at Austin. She holds degrees in architecture from North Carolina State University and Harvard.

posted 03/3/2015

TOPO Dialogue at The Haigo and Irene Shen Architecture Gallery, Feb 6-27, 10am–4pm

"Environmental Research and Design Lab Features High Performance Buildings and Net Zero Energy Designs at Hawaii Sustainability in Higher Education Summit" (Feb 26-28, 2015)

See the next generation of furniture designers, Thursday, November 13, 6–9pm

Assistant Professor Wendy Meguro to present at the Energy Efficient Buildings Workshop in Singapore.

2 September - 4 September 2014 Marina Bay Sands, Singapore

Organized under the U.S.-Asia Pacific Comprehensive Energy Partnership (USACEP) and the U.S.-Singapore Third Country Training Program (TCTP), this workshop aims to provide a better understanding of the overall framework for energy efficient buildings applicable to the ASEAN region, in the areas of policy, finance, and technology and to outline the core benefits of energy efficient buildings. The workshop targets mid to senior-level government officials involved in policy development and decision making for governance, public administration, and implementation of energy efficient building projects in their respective organizations.

Spring 2014 Graduates
Runner Up for Best Presentation Award
Tenure and Promotion
Aloha Feng Hong "Helen"

Dr. Daniel Friedman is Appointed Dean of the UHM School of Architecture

Daniel FriedmanThe UH Board of Regents has approved the appointment of Dr. Daniel Friedman as the next Dean of the School of Architecture.  His three-year appointment begins on August 1, 2014.  If you have not had the pleasure of meeting him during his campus visit in March 2014, you may read about him on the links below.

Dr. Daniel Friedman

posted 07/16/2014


ARCC/EAAE 2014 International Conference "Making New Intersections & Connections"

February 12, 2014
For more information visit

posted 08/01/2013

Other News

SEUOL STUDIO - Fall 2014

SEOUL STUDIO is offered in the Fall 2014 Semester and will include ARCH 415 Architecture Design Studio (6 credits) and two seminars, ARCH 490 Ideas and Crafts of Korea (3 credits), and ARCH 490 Construction Materials and Methods (3 credits).

For more information visit click here.

posted 04/28/2014



Kent Award - recognizes and honors the most promising first-time entrant age 18 and under: Landon Hamada, "Curved Chair."
First Place Novice: Hongtao Zhou, "Energy Wood." [READ MORE]

Click HERE to for Media Release.

posted 09/18/2013


Early in 2013 Professor Pu Miao completed an urban/architectural design project in Kunshan, China. Consisting of 5 buildings and 5 public gardens

Click HERE to view more.

posted 09/16/2013


Elmer Eugene Botsai / 1928-2013 Dean of UH architecture school known for passion and expertise

Click HERE to view article.

posted 09/06/2013
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