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A support for the preservation, and presentation of the renown architect, Vladimir Ossipoff's collection of architectural documents
Kaoru Lovett
Honolulu, Hawaii
United States
2 Team Members

The Cause

During the many years Val Ossipoff practiced in Hawaii, he had a huge impact on residential and commercial architectural design. Most of his work was a thoughtful bridge of modernism with tropical design. Some have said his work was “culturally-intensive” reflecting his Russian heritage, strong Asian influence from his childhood in Japan and his deep appreciation for his home in the islands.

That legacy today sits in 66 boxes of folded drawings and papers given to Hamilton Library at the University of Hawaii.

And therein is the problem: access is limited and difficult.

The quest of the Hawaii Architectural Foundation and the AIAS (American Institute of Architects Students- Hawaii Chapter), with your help, is to provide the UH library with special flat file drawing cabinets so the archives department can open up these treasures and make them usable and available to students, teachers, owners and builders. 

The Hamilton Library at the University of Hawaii at Manoa, estimated a total cost of roughly $585,000 spanning over a wo year time period. Our mission is to raise initial awareness of the cause to the overall community so that we may start to take the steps towards fully archiving and presenting the Vladimir Ossipoff architectural documents. We need your help to forever preserve these invaluable documents, so that the future generation of designers and architects may utilize and learn from them.

Thank you for your help. 


The Ossipoff Documents Restoration Project is the first step in a journey to fully recovering and presenting the many documents and files in the Ossipoff collection.

As the Hamilton Library's financial need reaches $585,000, we are hoping to build momentum through this project to spearhead a larger movement in making these documents available.

Because the funds will be going to the Hamilton Library, where they already have a developed preservation department. The risks merely lie in not being able to raise the funds. It would be a shame if these architectural documents remain in the boxes, unavailable to students and the broader community.

The Impact

The ultimate goal of the Ossipoff project is to benefit the next generation of designers by making available to them these invaluable documents. Once the library has the architectural papers prepared, students, architects, and members from the community will be able to view them. 

Other Ways You Can Help

We appreciate any help that we may get. Half of the effort is to raise awarness of the existance of the Vladmir Ossipoff architectural documents. It's people like you that will benefit the future archtiects, designers, and educators of the future! 

Spread the word, share the link, check the facebook page, and come to the events! 

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raised by 70 people in 2 months
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$27,000 USD goal
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This campaign ended on December 10, 2013
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  • $5USD
    A helpful hand

    A mention in a special ad on the Hawaii Architectural Foundation web site and invite to 'Mahalo' reception at Center for Architecture.

    1 claimed
  • $25USD
    I want a Mug!

    An Awesomepoff coffee mug. Start your day with a cup of coffee in an unique mug, emblazoned with an image of the famous architect.

    16 claimed
  • $30USD
    Awesome-Poff T-Shirt !

    An "AwesomePoff' T-shirt - Show your love for Val Ossipoff with a high quality T-shirt emblazoned with an image of the famous architect. (T-shirts designed by Laurel Swan)

    9 claimed
  • $150USD
    Wall Art!

    A 14" x 20" A ready to frame high resolution photo-reproduction print of the Honolulu IBM building, designed by Vladimir Ossipoff.

    4 claimed
  • $250USD
    A Beautiful Canvas

    A 12"x16" Giclée reproduction print on stretched canvas of the Ossipoff designed mid-century masterpiece: ‘The Liljestrand House’.

    8 out of 10 claimed
  • $1,000USD
    A Special Recognition

    A special plaque with your name will be attached to the flat files to memorialize your commitment to the preservation of the Ossipoff Records.

    5 out of 6 claimed
  • $2,500USD
    Behind the Scenes

    A tour of the University of Hawaii Hamilton Library Archive Laboratory with the Head of Preservation Department, Lynn Davis. Lunch included. (Up to 10 People)

    0 out of 3 claimed
  • $3,000USD
    Pacific Club Tour

    A private reception and architectural tour of Ossipoff designed Pacific Club. (Up to 10 People)

    0 out of 1 claimed
  • $3,500USD
    Outrigger Canoe Club Tour

    A private reception and architectural tour of The Outrigger Canoe Club (Up to 10 People)

    0 out of 1 claimed
  • $7,500USD
    A Sketch of your own!

    A beautiful 30" x 40" Giclée reproduction on canvas of a specially selected Ossipoff sketch from the Hamilton Library Collection.

    0 out of 3 claimed

    The Liljestrand House

    A sunset dinner reception for 10 at the Ossipoff designed mid-century masterpiece: ‘The Liljestrand House’. Co-hosted by Bob Liljestrand, Lyn Davis, and members of the Hawaii Architectural Foundation.

    1 out of 1 claimed
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