What major industry trends do you see unfolding in Hawai‘i?
Hawai‘i has truly become a national/international market with major players in investment, development, design and construction working here. Chinese and Korean investors and developers are the most recent players. As the relatively small Hawai‘i market becomes saturated, it has become critical for designers to seek opportunities in other markets throughout the Pacific and beyond.
Are there design challenges specific to Hawai‘i? What are some ways that G70 has navigated those challenges?
The challenge has been to strengthen Hawai‘i’s unique sense of place. Globalization has worked against this, but G70 has been addressing the issue architecturally and environmentally for several decades in terms of planning and interior design. It’s important to think of ourselves as a living culture and to adapt to modern tastes and needs in ways that are specific to Hawai‘i while achieving excellence on a global level.
What does it take to succeed in Hawai‘i in your line of work?
While design and technical excellence is required, I believe the most important element of success is to live by values that benefit your clients and the community. This is what creates ongoing relationships that, in turn, lead to success.
You’ve earned more than 50 design awards over the course of your career. Which is your most prized and why?
I believe the award I am most happy with is the American Institute of Architects Honor Award, which is probably the highest award for a building in the U.S., because I received it when I was 27 years old and didn’t know any better.
Advice for future architects, builders or designers:
Think beyond your own needs and desires to focus on the needs and desires of clients and the community. By thinking and living for the benefit and blessing of others, you, too, will be blessed.