Architecture school turns 30 and creates Leighton Liu Scholarship

University of Hawaiʻi
Margot Schrire, (808) 956-6774
Director of Communications, University of Hawaii Foundation
Posted: Mar 7, 2011

HONOLULU – The School of Architecture at the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa recently announced the creation of the Leighton Liu Endowed Scholarship. The scholarship, established with gifts from friends and alumni totaling $35,000, honors former Associate Professor Leighton Liu who retired last year after dedicating nearly 40 years to the school. This scholarship will support an outstanding second year architecture student who demonstrates design excellence and completed their first year at the School of Architecture.
“Leighton Liu is an outstanding educator who always placed the students first. His dedication to teaching and learning has inspired thousands over the 40 years he spent at the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa,” said Clark Llewellyn, dean, School of Architecture. “I am proud to have served with him and am rewarded that his legacy will be remembered and reinforced through the endowed scholarship in his name.”
Liu began as an instructor at the school in 1971 and, in addition to teaching, he assumed numerous responsibilities. Most recently he served as supervisor of the Fabrication Workshop, which unites traditional hand and digital construction techniques. Liu also founded popular annual traditions like the Pumpkin Carving Esquisse and the Sand Castle Esquisse which are enjoyed by students, architectural firms and the general public.
Architectural education at the University of Hawai‘i began in 1946 with a Pre-Architecture Program and has evolved over the years. It became a four-year program in pre-architecture in 1967, and later a new Department of Architecture in 1969. The school was established in 1980 led by Dean Elmer Botasi.
“Thanks to the generosity and hard work of our alumni, I am delighted that this scholarship will continue to benefit promising young students in the years to come,” said Liu.
For more information on how you can support the School of Architecture, please contact Harriet Cintron at (808) 956-3594 or You can also make a give online
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