Seminars: Session Details

Session B2
Design Competitions for Hawaii’s Future
Time & Location 10:00AM - 11:00AM | Room 317A
Karla Sierralta
UH Manoa School of Architecture
Matthew Lynch
UH Sustainability Coordinator

The University of Hawaii at Manoa recently held two international competitions promoting the value of design for our communities: The “Building Voices Design Competition” presented by the School of Architecture and University of Hawaii Community Design Center and the “Make the Ala Wai Awesome Student Design Challenge” organized by the Office of Sustainability. The Building Voices competition sought innovative solutions that addressed Hawaii’s unique geographic location, cultural richness, global visibility, and ecological diversity. The Ala Wai student design challenge sought ideas from K-12 and college students to help us envision a large scale, systems thinking approach towards comprehensive ecosystem restoration of the Ala Wai watershed. This presentation will describe both competition processes and selected winning entries.

Karla Sierralta is an assistant professor at the University of Hawaii at Manoa School of Architecture, where she leads the Basic Design Studio and teaches special topic seminars on design. In parallel to her academic work, she is also co-founder of Strawn+Sierralta, an award-winning design studio focused on creating innovative, user-centered experiences through service design, environments and architecture.

Matthew Kamakani Lynch is the University of Hawaii System sustainability coordinator, alongside his work with the Hawaii Green Growth Initiative, and Kahumana Organic Farm. Lynch is also the founder of the Asia-Pacific Center for Regenerative Design, a Honolulu based nonprofit. His work there engaged permaculture design principles in a broad range of community projects from Mongolia to Australia and throughout the Pacific, from building resilience through food security, to sustainable economic development.