April 2021 – In Search of Contemporary Hawaii’s Architectural Soul

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CSI Honolulu General Membership Meeting

In Search of Contemporary Hawaii’s Architectural Soul 

Some current approaches and projects 

Tuesday, April 20, 2021
12:00 p.m.

FREE WEBINAR but registration required. Webinar link will be emailed the day before to registered attendees.


What is Hawaii’s Architectural Soul? When planning and designing a project what elements and features do you incorporate to capture the “soul” of Hawaii? Is this even possible?

In April’s Membership Meeting, Matt Gilbertson will take us on a journey on several of his recent projects to explain the various contemporary Hawaii vernacular architectural expressions he used in several of his projects, including:

  • The new Ku`ono Marketplace in Kahala and Foodland Market;
  • A transformed Central Pacific Bank Headquarters in downtown at King and Alakea Streets
  • The Girl Scouts of Hawaii’s new Camp Paumalu cabins
  • The new Hawaii State Veteran’s Home in Kapolei

Matt will discuss the sustainability strategies, energy-saving techniques, technical design and schedule disruption challenges that he faced and overcame on each of these projects.


Guest Speaker:

Matt Gilbertson, AIA, NCARB, LEED AP
Founder, President, Director of Design
MGA Architecture, LLC
Honing his craft in Hawaii for over three decades, Matt Gilbertson has emerged as one of Hawaii’s most creatively diverse and accomplished design architects. Gilbertson’s award-winning portfolio of projects often challenges– and at other times embraces – our local norms, but always brings new ideas to represent the unique experience of Hawaii life through its built environment. With dozens of noteworthy projects across a full spectrum of commercial, office, retail, residential, hospitality and health/wellness sectors, Gilbertson’s work is recognized by industry leaders as distinct and memorable. In addition to his design acumen, Matt’s business and leadership skills have also garnered numerous local and national business industry and community awards as he navigates MGA Architecture, LLC through the challenges that lie ahead. MGA Architecture celebrates its 12th anniversary this year..



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  • April 2021 Event
    April 20, 2021
    12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
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