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Hawaii Architects are masters of building design and can make your dream house a reality. Perhaps you would like to find Hawaii architects to help you extend the kitchen and install bifold doors opening out onto a newly landscaped garden? Maybe the challenge is a loft conversion but you’re not sure how to make the most of the limited space up there? You might even wish to hire architects in Hawaii to help you build your own house from the ground up. Architects can help you to get a clearer idea of what is possible, both in terms of the land you own and the budget you have. They have extensive knowledge of architectural design, construction methods and building materials, not to mention a strong appreciation of ergonomics – warmth, light and flow within a property. Architects will also be far more capable of seeing the bigger picture – carefully balancing aesthetic appeal with structural safety – and navigating all those little steps from concept through to completion. And with their local knowledge, your Hawaii architects will also often help to obtain planning permission and building regulations approval. More
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Archipelago Hawaii is a dream fulfilled by founder and award-winning designer Tiare Noelani Pinto (CKD, Allied... Read More
  • +1 808-263-8891
  • Kailua, HI, 96734
MCYIA is an interior architecture and interior design firm founded and led by Chuen Yee. The principals and staff... Read More
  • +1 808-200-1100
  • Honolulu, HI, 96814
Green & Stylish Island Architecture, Interior Design, and Remodelling for all budgets. Trigg-Smith Architects... Read More
  • +1 808-670-3567
  • Kailua, HI, 96734
WhiteSpace Architects, formerly Philip White Architects, (PKWA) is an established Honolulu-based architectural... Read More
  • +1 808-201-0929
  • Honolulu, HI, 96826
I'm a licensed professional architect and my company mainly focuses on residential design including new homes,... Read More
  • +1 808-255-5186
  • Honolulu, HI, 96817
Sunnland Architects is a full service architecture firm specializing in custom residences, multi-family, and... Read More
  • +1 808-225-5000
  • Honolulu, HI, 96817
Tropical Architecture Group, Inc. (TAG) is a multi-disciplined, full-service architectural company, devoted to... Read More
  • +1 808-201-0796
  • KILAUEA, HI, 96754
Arquitectura is a Maui-based firm specializing in High-End Custom homes, our award-winning projects are the... Read More
  • +1 808-870-1053
  • Wailuku, HI, 96793
It is with much gratitude that we thank our wonderful clients for enabling Kelso Architects to flourish over the... Read More
  • +1 808-201-0857
  • Kailua, HI, 96734
Stephen Green Architecture, Inc. is a full service architecture firm based in Hawaii, that provides individual... Read More
  • +1 808-217-5979
  • Kamuela, HI, 96743
With over 25 years experience in architecture and construction my greatest satisfaction comes in the successful... Read More
  • +1 808-756-4061
  • Honokaa, HI, 96727
Interior Design Firm, located in Honolulu, specializing in Island living Read More
  • +1 808-593-9330
  • Honolulu, HI, 96814
We are an Architectural Company specializing in custom Luxury Residential single family homes, large or small,... Read More
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  • Honolulu, HI, 96816
Established in 1990, Nishikawa Architects, Inc. creates architecture with an uncompromising dedication to quality... Read More
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  • Wailuku, HI, 96793
Lapis Design Partners is a boutique design firm that works exclusively on residential architecture and interior... Read More
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  • Honolulu, HI, 96813-3306
Featured Reviews for Architects and Building Designers in Hawaii
Archipelago Hawaii Luxury Home Designs
Architects and Building Designers in Hawaii
"Archipelago did an outstanding job designing our home. From the beginning of the planning, they were on top of things every step of the way. Their dedication, attention to detail and follow through far exceeded our expectations. They were worth every dime. I most strongly recommend their work. "
- Steve Cameron
MCYIA Interior Architecture and Design
Architects and Building Designers in Hawaii
"I hired Chuen Yee of MCYIA after reading an article about remodel project in our local newspaper where she was the designer. I was impressed with her ability to find incorporate big box products when appropriate along with custom work. The transformation of this home impressed me and I decided to give her a call. I had been thinking of remodeling my kitchen for 20 years but never knew how to get started. From the first phone call I could tell Chuen was the one to get this long overdue project off the ground. After living with a challenging kitchen for 20 years, I knew exactly where I wanted more countertop space, where my oven should be moved, and that I wanted a more modern clean design. I can't think of anything more unpleasant that pouring over magazines, or looking at local store for products. It's just not my thing. Chuen designed both my kitchen and master bath. She immediately understood my aesthetic and found beautiful and reasonably priced tile, lighting, flooring, etc. Her relationships with local vendors as well as online companies saved me hundreds, if not thousands of dollars. She was also helpful in finding ways to minimize shipping charges to Hawaii. The builder I used was also impressed. He said he finally met a designer that not only provided her vision, but knew exactly how to execute it. She provided him with detailed information about window bump outs, LED lighting transformers, etc. Chuen was always available to answer questions via text, email, and phone. She is easy to work with, never appears stressed, and has incredible patience. She checked in often onsite to make sure the project was moving along properly."
- scl57
Trigg-Smith Architects
Architects and Building Designers in Hawaii
"Trigg-Smith is probably the best architect I've ever worked with - and I've worked with many. He understands vision of his clients, line of sight no matter where you are in the house, colors, textures, materials, size, ..... He's the ultimate architect and I recommend him strongly."
- ltcgraham
WhiteSpace Architects
Architects and Building Designers in Hawaii
"We had a great experience with Phillip White, Laura Ayers and staff when building our new home in Manoa. They are professional, friendly, responsive to our needs as well as giving us superb ideas for the creation of our new home. They worked as a positive team, that really got along on all levels. Their working environment made us feel comfortable and welcome. We highly recommend them for any new clients/projects."
- malama01
Matsuki Architects
Architects and Building Designers in Hawaii
"I used Jeff for a complete renovation of my home. Adding an architect to my team was actually the last component as I thought I could get away without one. Good thing I did engage Jeff because I can't imagine what the project would have looked like had he not been involved. Jeff's design ideas and detailed drawings were certainly key to having my project completed on time and on budget, in addition to having a beautiful finished product. In addition, Jeff worked some magic and was able to get permitting in less than half the time it usually takes. Jeff was flexible, creative, detailed, organized and timely. He communicates well and was responsive to all my requests. All important criteria for having a build go smoothly. I will definitely engage Jeff again if I can find another worthwhile project. Ryan Yanagihara Aiea, HI"
- ryanagihara
Sunnland Architects
Architects and Building Designers in Hawaii
"Sunnland Architects designed our home in Kūki’o on the Big Island of Hawaii. From beginning to end they knew exactly what we were looking for and conceived a design that reflected that. Working with them was a most pleasant experience and gave us great confidence in the overall process."
- smcparland8
Tropical Architecture Group, Inc
Architects and Building Designers in Hawaii
"Architectural/Design We hired Michael and Lani after seeing the detail of their work and meeting them in person to make sure that they were a good fit for us not only in their professional capacity but also a great energetic match for the vision that we had for the project. Our experience with them has surpassed our expectations, They are true professionals, artists and work in a world of creative playfulness that has helped us to create a house that has surpassed our expectations."
- John Burgos
Architects and Building Designers in Hawaii
"I was very pleased to work with Marc! Gill and I built the house of our dreams in Wailea. Marc took our ideas and produced a design that perfectly reflected these dreams. Marc worked seamlessly with our builder and interior design professionals. We are pleased to show our home to any of Marc's potential clients!"
- Al Cullen
Kelso Architects
Architects and Building Designers in Hawaii
"Kelsos were a pleasure to work with. I took them my ideas which proved to be just a bit naive in terms of cost and engineering. They were able to take my ideas for what my living spaces and view should be and fit it on to a challenging hillside. When I got Lisa to measure my truck after the garage was all laid out, the truck was a bit long. After suggesting that I get a smaller truck, they jumped in and designed around my longish truck. Throughout the initial design, cost engineering phase and final construction they were attentive and helpful. They worked very well with Kula Construction. I have been in the house for several years now and I love the design. It all works! I would use them again."
- glosey
Stephen Green Architecture, Inc.
Architects and Building Designers in Hawaii
"Stephen is a very creative architect who designed a beautiful vacation home for us in Hawaii. We worked closely with Stephen for almost three years from initial concept to completion of construction. He solved some difficult design issues with solutions that fit our budget. Since we were Stephen's first major residential project on his own we encountered a few design issues which may have been avoided with more experience or third party review. We would use Stephen again in the future and have provided recommendations to several prospective customers. We would encourage anyone working with Stephen to also hire an interior designer to help address design details."
- cindyvh4287
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How do I choose the right Hawaii architect?

Begin by determining the type of architectural service you require. Is it merely advice that you need? Or a detailed set of architectural design plans? Are you hoping to add a single-storey extension or are you really looking for someone to design you a custom home and handle construction management right through to completion? One of the most important duties of full service architects in Hawaii is to serve as project managers and supervise most aspects of construction as well as facilitate communication between all other contractors.

Architecture is an incredibly technical profession and one where getting things wrong can literally put lives at risk, so do background checks on your architect. Check they are registered with architecture associations such as the Architect’s Registration Board (ARB) and The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA). Being part of an architecture association means that an architect or architecture firm has met certain standards, qualifications and practices, and can be held accountable if they don’t meet these standards. It’s advisable to choose architects that specialise in the kind of project that you are undertaking as their existing experience will shine through in the completed design. Look for an architect in Hawaii that can provide references and reviews of their previous work.

Once you have determined the service level you need, your next consideration will be architectural style. Some architects specialise in designing for traditional housing such as period cottages and country homes, or even in designing modern replicas in a period style. Others have a knack for imagining bolder, more futuristic architectural design in Hawaii incorporating the latest green technology. Check their Houzz profile and website for examples of previous work. Early on, try to gauge availability – there’s no point in choosing an architect that’s going to be booked for months if you have a tight deadline. Some architects are happy to do all their work online or over the phone with you, but if you’d prefer to work with an architect in person then check that your chosen architects in Hawaii will travel to you.

What is the process to hire an architect?

At the first meeting, preferably at your property or building site, give as clear a picture as possible of the kind of home you are trying to create to your architects. Chat through your goals, projected budget, scope of work, schedule and feedback, together with any very specific requirements you might have. It is crucial that your architects are clear about their responsibilities and that these are documented in the contract. Ask them to walk you through the process, including the number of architectural design consultations, site visits and what they will be delivering and when, e.g. feasibility study, a technical drawing, tender package and/or planning application drawings. They could illustrate this using a previous client’s project. Also, what does the architect need from you? Deeds, rights of way, deposit, staged payments etc. Once you have covered all this detail, you are ready to make your choice and get started. The architecture company in Hawaii that you hire will likely start with concept drawings and finish with construction drawings and documents. Some firms even design with 3D renderings, CAD and videos, but this is by no means essential.

What makes a good architect?

You are looking for architects in Hawaii that have the right balance of creative flair, technical nous, practicality and impeccable service to see you through. Get a sense of whether they are a good listener, collaborator and problem solver. Checking their references will also be invaluable at this stage so look at their Houzz profile for past customer reviews. Ask to speak to previous clients, particularly regarding their responsiveness and ability to work creatively around a budget.

How much does hiring an architect cost?

There is no set payment structure for an architect. Some Hawaii architects will charge an hourly rate, others base their fees on a percentage of the total construction cost or propose a fixed fee (payable in instalments) for projects such as house extensions or a complete home design. You may wish to pay in stages to safeguard against any possible dissatisfaction with the quality of service. Make sure the total figure and payment schedule is agreed as part of your contract, particularly if you are trying to accurately estimate the cost of building a house.

What are the important questions to ask architects in Hawaii?

  • How long have you been an architect in Hawaii? Are you part of ARB and RIBA? Are you part of any other associations of architectural design in Hawaii?
  • How would you improve my current property and what do you think is the best use of my available budget?
  • Please can you tell me about similar projects you have undertaken and why you are the right person for the job?
  • What will be some of the main challenges?
  • Do you have experience of managing the construction phase?
  • Will you be the lead architect on this project?
  • Can you give me an overview of this project and tell me who will be doing what?
  • How long will the project take?
  • What will you charge, and will that be based on an hourly rate, a percentage of the project cost, or a fixed fee?
  • Can you recommend builders and contractors in my area?
  • Is there other expenditure that I might have missed and and how can I sensibly cut those costs?
  • What happens if there is a dispute? How would you resolve it?
  • Do you have professional indemnity insurance?
  • How often will you be updating me on progress, either face to face or on the phone?

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