Introducing the candidates for the 2015 AIA Maui Executive Committee: President Paul Areus, AIA
Areus is originally from British Columbia, Canada. He went to elementary school
in Long Island, New York and High School in Eugene, Oregon. He graduated with a
B. Arch from the University of Oregon in 2005 and moved to Maui after spending
the summer in Alaska working on the Historic American Building Survey with the
National Park Service. He worked with Bamboo Living as an Architecture Manager
for almost 7 years, completing projects throughout the Hawaiian Islands. After
becoming licensed, in 2012, he founded Areus Architecture. Paul has been
married for 5 years to his wife Wendy & they have a 4 year old daughter,
Athena. Some of Paul's personal interests include playing music, cooking,
mountain biking, hiking, water sports & travel. Vice-President, President-Elect Peter Niess, AIA
and raised on Maui and went to Haleakala Waldorf followed by Seabury
Hall. After attending Oregon State University for two years he
transferred to Arizona State University where he received a BS in Planning Cum
Laude in the College of Architecture and Environmental Design. This was
followed by a Master of Architecture at New School of Architecture and Design
in San Diego. While living in Mission Beach he worked at KRAI Architects
in Coronado Island learning everything that they do not teach us in
school. After moving home in 2006 he has worked on a variety of projects
both commercial and residential. "I love my job and love talking
about anything and everything architecture." Additional Organizations that I participate in include: MYBR - Maui Young Business Roundtable Ka Ipu Ku Kui Fellowship Program Hui Malama Learning Center - Board Member HOCVS - Hawaiian Outrigger Canoe Voyaging Society - Board Member APA Member - American Planning Association - Associate Member Arch-i-Sketch - Founder Secretary Atom Kasprzychi, AIA
a family of craftsmen and artists, Atom Kasprzycki was born and raised here in
the beautiful Hawaiian islands. With a wife of 15 years, and two
energetic sons, Atom is a dedicated family man with a passion for Architecture
and learning. As a licensed Architect and General Contractor he finds
himself today, a new member in the AIA, pursuing a deeper emersion into
Architecture and fulfilling his enjoyment of learning. Treasurer J. Morgan Gerdel, AIA LEED AP BD+C, Homes
Morgan is a licensed
architect and a Principal in the firm Nishikawa Architects. He graduated in
January 2000 with a Bachelor of Science in Art and Design from the MIT School
of Architecture and Planning. Upon returning to Maui, Morgan began working for
Nishikawa Architects as a Project Manager. He helped to establish a new
design-build division, Architectural Design & Construction, Inc., that has
completed over $60 million in construction since its founding.
residential design, he has also designed light commercial, educational and land
development projects. He has become a LEED Accredited Professional, a
designation that indicates a strong depth of knowledge in sustainable design.
on the Maui County Urban Design Review Board from from 2010 to 2014, and was
elected to Vice Chair. He also supported the local nonprofit Valley Isle Road
Runners as President from 2010 to 2013.
Morgan’s personal interests include running,
cycling, and training his dogs in rally and agility. State Council Delegate George Hlavenka, AIA
Mr. Hlavenka is a graduate
of Kansas State University (‘70) and Temple University (‘67) with degrees in
Architecture and Construction. He is licensed in seven states with over forty
years’ experience in commercial and institutional architecture.
George was a partner with
the firms of Jacobs + Hlavenka Architects, and HGBD Architects –
Jacobs/Hlavenka Division in Gainesville, Georgia, and since 2002 is G.R.
Mr. Hlavenka has been a
member of the American Institute of Architects for 36 years, and is Certified
by the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards. He has been a
member of Rotary International for over 20 years, and is a member of the
Upcountry Rotary Club. George has two children in California, and resides with
his wife of 43 years, Lucinda, in Haiku.
Aliki Biniaris, Associate AIA
Aliki Biniaris was born in
Greece, & moved to Maui shortly after being born. Aliki graduated with a
Masters in Architecture in 2012 from the University of Oregon.
She received her bachelor degree in Art from the University of Hawaii in
2008. In 2012 she moved back to Maui and is currently working towards
becoming a licensed Architect.
Mike Williams is a fourth
generation Maui resident. He began in sales of building materials in 1974 at
Lewers & Cooke Maui Branch. He currently is the owner of Valley Isle Building
Products specializing in the sale of windows and doors.