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July 30, 2023

AIA Honolulu Awards Waikiki Market with Honorable Mention for Interior Architecture

Waikiki Market, a full-service grocery store and culinary marketplace at the heart of Waikiki, was awarded Honorable Mention for its Interior Architecture at the 65th Annual AIA Honolulu Design Awards. The event was held at the Aloha Tower Sunset Ballroom on July 28. Selected by a panel of top industry experts from roughly 20 entries, Honorable Mention winners showcase significant accomplishments within specific project facets or areas that garnered distinction, as determined collectively by the judging panel.

Grant Chang and fellow award winner
Photo Credits: Leah Friel Photography

“Our concept centered on creative ways to highlight local culture. Waikiki, this market in particular, has such a deep, rich history,” said Director of Architecture Grant Chang. “It was important to weave this storytelling into the project in ways that seamlessly evolves the space. We’re thrilled that our industry peers have recognized Waikiki Market among so many other incredible projects in contention.”

AIA Honolulu’s Annual Design Awards recognizes regional built and unbuilt projects across a wide range of industries, from small home renovations to multimillion dollar resorts. The winners were selected by a jury of five distinguished AIA architects, two of whom are members of an AIA chapter outside of Hawaii to ensure a balanced panel and that the uniqueness of Hawaii architecture is recognized and appreciated by non-local jurors.

Grant Chang shares speech on behalf of Waikiki Market 
Photo Credits: Leah Friel Photography

The Design Awards incorporate values from AIA’s Framework for Design Excellence as part of the program requirements. Comprised of 10 principles, the Framework identifies specific metrics to evaluate buildings that illustrate progress toward a zero carbon, equitable, resilient and healthy built environment.

Waikiki Market was designed to emphasize unique, local experiences. Materials throughout the space were sourced from local suppliers and take on a significant role in paying homage to Hawaiian culture and its deep connection to biophilia. Artistic expressions from local artists are prominently on display and dually serve as wayfinding tools to guide patrons through the multi-level space. The food hall concept accentuates local cuisine and houses two restaurants in a thoughtful arrangement that caters to the needs of both residents and tourists.

Our Hawaii team gathers to celebrate our win!
Photo Credits: Janice Y.K. Li

For more on Waikiki Market: https://lowneyarch.com/work/waikiki-market/

Check Out Our Fellow Award Winners: https://www.aiahonolulu.org/2023-design-award-winners/

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