KEYNOTE SPEAKERS

 
 
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Dr. Jonathan Kay Kamakawiwo‘ole Osorio

Dean - UH Hawai‘inuiakea School of Hawaiian Knowledge

Dr. Osorio received his PhD in History from the University of Hawai‘i. At Kamakakuokalani, he has developed and taught classes in history, literature, law as culture, music as historical texts, and research methodologies for and from indigenous peoples. His recent publications include The Value of Hawai‘i: Knowing the Past and Shaping the Future, which he co-edited and authored, and Dismembering Lahui: A History of the Hawaiian Nation to 1887. He is also a composer and singer and has been a Hawaiian music recording artist since 1975.

 
 
 
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Kuha‘o Zane

Creative Director - Sig Zane Designs and SZKaiao

Zane, who studied graphic design at the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising in Los Angeles, was a member of PBN’s Forty Under 40 class of 2015 and Hawaii Business’s 20 for the next 20 in 2019. He worked with his father, company founder, Sig Zane, for the past 16 years on everything from the company’s signature aloha shirts to their new Oahu location, Sig On Smith. Kuhao has worked with his father and Hilo design team SZKaiao, to expand their unique design aesthetic to now include airplane liveries, hotel interiors and surfboards. Zane comes from a generational Hula family and practice that grounds and informs his day to day career as a designer.

 
 
 
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Robert K. Iopa

President & Principal - WCITARCHITECTURE

Specializing in architecture and design, Iopa has led WCIT since its inception nearly 20 years ago. He has become known as a respected advocate and creative interpreter of culture, and has developed into one of the most sought after designers and community planning professionals in Hawaii. Rob demonstrates a unique ability to plan, design and implement sophisticated and complex proposals and sustainable strategies – proposals and strategies that strive to create uniquely special places and environments that are rooted in the Hawaiian way of life.

 
 
 

Aaron Ackerman, LEED AP ID+C

Regenerative Building Design Architect - Bowers + Kubota

Bringing 15 1/2 years of experience to Bowers + Kubota, Ackerman received his Bachelor of Science degree in Environmental Design with a special emphasis in Architecture from the University of Colorado at Boulder. Ackerman navigates projects from a multi-disciplinary approach striving to identify and choreograph equilibrium between economic, environmental and social priorities. Ackerman has made it his responsibility to identify creative and sound opportunities to work within the budget to accommodate the project’s sustainability goals while maintaining functionality and efficiency within the built environment.

Reverence to place will always guide and inspire the architecture Ackerman creates. Driven by innovation and utilizing his past experience as a carpenter, he is currently pursuing certification of his own residence through the International Living Future Institute’s Living Building Challenge Certification Program, recognized industry wide as the most progressive green building program in the world.

 
 
 

Ma Ry Kim, RIBA, ARB

Principal - G70

Kim earned a Bachelor of Architecture from the University of Southern California, studied in France at the Centre D’Etudes D’Architecture Et Urbanism, and in London at the Architectural Association School of Architecture where she qualified as an architect in professional practice. Kim has taught at the University of Hawai‘i at Manoa School of Architecture in various capacities. Most recently, she has spent the last two years as a full-time associate professor and Practicum Director.

The former Gensler Europe Partner and Regional Design Leader is recognized for multiple award-winning projects worldwide and for her architectural contributions to emerging economies across the Middle East and Europe. Kim has more than 20 years of industry experience and enjoys working with clients interested in creating economically and socially sustainable developments that transform place and people. Her work centers on the idea of “place making” in the belief that design must support the larger goals of urbanism, cultural resonance, human scale, environmental respect, and essential economic viability. She has led projects in the Middle East, London, Russia, Bulgaria, Siberia and the United States, several of which introduced new building types to emerging cities and regions.