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Amy L. Blagriff, Hon. AIA | Notes of Interest

Since 2003, Amy Blagriff has been executive vice president for AIA Honolulu, a component that serves about 800 members and allied professionals. During this decade Blagriff has developed a reputation as an able manager who has strengthened the financial and legal foundation of AIA Honolulu and, more importantly, as an avid design advocate with an unwavering member-centered approach to chapter leadership.

Communication has been a tool expertly deployed by Blagriff to offer greater value to AIA Honolulu members. In 2005, she developed an award-winning website for the chapter that has been used as a template by other components across the country. She has also created a slate of programs to recognize member accomplishments and to increase the profession’s visibility and influence. She expanded National Architecture Week to proclaim “April is Architecture Month in Hawaii,” for example. She has helped establish other annual events highlighting architecture, such as Chinatown & Waikiki walking tours, AIA firm open houses, film nights, and co-produced events with the Honolulu Museum of Art.

During her time at AIA Honolulu, Blagriff has also helped establish the chapter as an important voice in conversations regarding development. She has been an effective advocate for the chapter’s position on pressing urban-design issues and has organized town hall events and media-outreach efforts to advance public understanding. She has collaborated in formulating state and local public policy on issues including licensure, procurement, and public health, safety and welfare.

As a former member of the National AIA Board of Directors and past president (2010) of the Council of Architectural Component Executives (CACE) of the AIA, Blagriff is credited with helping to reestablish positive relationships between the chapters and the national organization during a critical time for the profession.

More recently Blagriff spearheaded efforts to develop a new Center for Architecture, which opened in 2012 in downtown Honolulu. The Center is home to AIA Honolulu, but it is also a gathering place where chapter members can interact with members of the allied professions, industry partners, and the general public.

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Amy L. Blagriff, Hon. AIA

Location: Honolulu

2014 AIA Honorary Membership Jury

  • Charles Schreckenberger, AIA, Chair
  • Braun & Steidl Architects Inc.
  • Akron
  • Torrey Stanley Carlton, Hon. AIA
  • AIA San Antonio
  • San Antonio
  • Eric R. Hoffman, AIA
  • Washington University in Saint Louis
  • St. Louis

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