The Construction Specifications Institute (CSI) today announced Gilman K. M. Hu, FCSI, AIA, will assume presidency of the organization on July 1. Hu is an architect in private practice in Honolulu, Hawaii, and is the first CSI president to come from the Honolulu CSI chapter. Born in China, he is also the first Asian-American CSI president.
"I am humbled by this honor and I look forward to leading this organization, which has done so much for me," Hu said. "I am going to focus on improving CSI's communications, and how members experience CSI at the chapter level."
Hu joined CSI in 1967 as a charter member of the Honolulu Chapter. He has served in nearly every CSI leadership position since joining, from Honolulu Chapter President to West Region Conference Chairman to Vice President - Professional on the national level. He has been a member of the national Awards Committee, Nominating Committee and Jury of Fellows.
"We are excited that Mr. Hu will be serving as CSI's new president," said CSI Executive Director and CEO Walter Marlowe. "Gilman brings many years of leadership experience to the position and a keen focus on improving the CSI membership experience. We look forward to working with him to continue advancing CSI initiatives such as GreenFormat."
In 1994, CSI presented the President's Plaque to Hu for his exceptional work performed on behalf of the Institute. The following year, CSI elevated him to Fellowship, one of the Institute's top honors. He is the founder and publisher of The Fellows newsletter, which is distributed to CSI's Fellows.
Hu earned his Bachelor of Architecture from Washington University in St. Louis. He is also a Member Emeritus of the American Institute of Architects.