Alison Chiu, Alissa Carson, Lorraine Minatoishi, & Luca Guido

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Asian Influences

Focusing on the history and design of Asian-influenced architecture in Hawaii during the mid-twentieth century, this presentation will examine the influences, individuals, and materials that shaped the architecture of Hawaii before and after statehood in 1959. A myriad of influences from east and west converged on Hawaii during this time. 

A primarily immigrant and agrarian population was thrust headlong into World War II and emerged on the other side into a period of unprecedented rapid growth.  Local architects and builders freely incorporated popular design aesthetics of the time with local materials and cultural references to create a regional modernism that blended modernism with Asian architectural details and craftsmanship. You must be registered for the Docomomo US Symposium in order to attend this session.

Alison Chiu, LEED AP

Working in Hawaii, New York, and the Bay Area, Alison Chiu’s experience in forensic investigations of the building envelope and technical archival research combine two passions to develop a holistic approach to preservation planning. As an Associate at Fung Associates, Inc., Alison engages with clients & owners to provide consultation on historic buildings involving renovation, rehabilitation, and compliance with State and Federal guidelines. Alison is a current Director and past President (2015) of Docomomo US/Hawaii Chapter, and a member of the Association for Preservation Technology International (APTI).

Alissa Carson, AIA, CDT

Born and raised on Oahu, Hawaii, Alissa Carson has always had a passion and interest for Hawaii’s history and the preservation of the island’s resources and buildings.  A licensed architect, Alissa Carson, AIA, CSI, is an Associate at Fung Associates, Inc. and works on various types of architectural projects including historic buildings, where she provides services to balance preservation design sensibility with today’s needs.  Alissa enjoys being involved within the historic preservation community and is a current director and recent past President (2018) of Docomomo US/Hawaii Chapter. 

Lorraine Minatoishi, PhD, AIA, LEED AP

Lorraine Minatoishi is the president and owner of Minatoishi Architects, an award winning architecture firm specializing in residential, commercial, and government projects with an emphasis on historical architecture. She has won numerous awards on projects such as The Royal Hawaiian Hotel & Sheraton Waikiki Master Plan and the Rehabilitation of Building 9 at Pearl Harbor Naval Shipyard. Dr. Minatoishi has also produced the film “Aloha Buddha”, a documentary examining the history and growth of Japanese Buddhism in Hawaii, awarded Audience Best Documentary of the Year at The Hawaii International Film Festival in 2011. Dr. Minatoishi served on the AIA Honolulu Board of Directors, Historic Hawaii Foundation Board of Trustees, was Vice-Chair on the Hawaii Historic Review Board, and was president of the non-profit Friends of Honolulu Memorial Park. In the last year Dr. Minatoishi has been awarded with a Historic Hawaii Foundation Preservation Commendation Award for Translating Japanese Headstones on Kalaupapa National Historical Park (2017), and two Historic Hawaii Foundation Interpretive Media Awards for the Honolulu Hale Through the Times Exhibit (2018) and the Honouliuli Internment Camp Educational Exhibit (2018) at the Waipahu Plantation Village. 

Luca Guido

Luca Guido is a licensed architect, critic and historian of contemporary architecture. Dr. Guido is a Visiting Associate Professor in Architecture at the University of Oklahoma (OU) where he served as the Bruce Goff Professor and Chair of Creative Architecture in 2016. Dr. Guido currently leads the American School of Architecture research project, focused on Bruce Goff and the history of the school of architecture at OU. He has been a member of the executive board for Bruno Zevi’s centennial. His dissertation entitled Building the American Landscape examines the relationship between architecture and landscape in the U.S. from T. Jefferson to F.L. Wright. He gave lectures in Paris, Lisbon, Valencia, Madrid, Rome, Naples, Bucharest, and other cities for, frequently focusing on Wright, Zevi, Goff and the legacy of organic architecture. Recently he curated the exhibition Renegades: Bruce Goff and the American School of Architecture at OU Bizzell Library.

APPROVED for 1.5 LU|HSW AIA CES credits.