Seminars: Session Details

Session A4 (HSW)
The Future of Hawaii Housing – A Toolkit for Design, Part 2
Time & Location 3:30PM - 4:30PM | Room 314
Jonathan Lee
WCIT Architecture
Kevin Miyamura
Andrew Neuman
Vicky Takamine
PA’I Foundation

Part 2 - continued from the previous session.

This companion session to seminar A3 highlights two local case study projects that reflect the principles and guidelines established in the study: the Ola Ka ‘Ilima Artspace Lofts presented by members of the Urban Works project team and PA’I Foundation, and Nohona Hale, presented by the project architect from WCIT Architecture. The session closes with a round table discussion gathering government agency representatives, designers, developers, and community partners to talk about the tools needed to advance the next generation of housing in Hawaii.

Jonathan Lee, AIA, is a project architect at WCIT Architecture. He graduated from the University of Pennsylvania and worked in Philadelphia, New York City, Asia and Australia before making the move back home to Honolulu where he was born and raised. With a background in multidisciplinary design, Jon is keenly interested in well-crafted, immersive environments that seek innovative and meaningful solutions. At WCIT he has worked on projects ranging from Waiea at Ward Village and Nohona Hale, a micro-unit rental housing project, to the masterplan of Blaisdell Center and hospitality projects on the neighbor islands.

Kevin Miyamura, AIA, is an architect and partner at Honolulu-based architecture practice AMA/AE, whose work centers around an integrated approach to architecture, environment and construction. Kevin was educated and trained in the Pacific Northwest and New York City for nearly twenty years before returning to Honolulu in 2005 to practice, teach, and research. His past and current experience has included collaborating on a range of project types including affordable housing, education and schools, residential, and community projects. He also teaches design theory and studio at the University of Hawaii School of Architecture, and has served as project advisor at the UH Community Design Center and Hawaii Wood Utilization Team.

Andrew Neuman, AIA, is an architect and partner at Honolulu-based architecture practice AMA/AE. From 2016-19 he managed design and construction of Ola Ka’ Ilima Artspace lofts, affordable housing for artists in Kaka’ako at Urban Works Inc. Andrew graduated with an M.Arch from UBC where he received the RAIC Medal of Excellence in 2012. His work on community-based sustainable infill and ownership solutions was published in Canadian Architect Magazine and won first place in the City of Vancouver’s re:Think Housing competition. He is interested in sustainable, collaborative community development, affordable housing, and finding a thoughtful architectural language within constraints of Hawaii’s construction costs.

Victoria Takamine is a respected kumu hula, cultural advocate and community organizer. In 2001 she founded the PA‘I Foundation, a nonprofit that supports native Hawaiian arts and culture and produces the Maoli Arts Month festival and annual fashion show under her direction. The PA‘I Foundation invited Artspace to partner with the Ford Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts and ArtPlace to develop the Ola Ka ʻIlima Artspace Lofts project, a mixed-use arts rental development blending live/work space for artists and their families, nonprofit partners, and community events and gatherings. Victoria earned both a master of arts in theatre, dance and dance ethnology and a bachelor of arts in music from the University of Hawaii.