579 Hawaii Architects & Building Designers

Is the scope of your Hawaii home design project beyond simply replacing countertops or flooring? It’s the responsibility of a home architect to transform human needs and desires into visual concepts and habitable structures. When you hire an architectural designer, you are not only hiring someone for their architectural services, but also to manage and coordinate other parties involved in the project. As you search through interior architects and designers, keep in mind the following tips to help you choose the perfect one: More 
Kailua, HI, 96734
Archipelago Hawaii is a dream fulfilled by founder and award-winning designer Tiare Noelani Pinto (CKD, Allied ASID,CGP). Tiare established TCB Island Interiors, Slipcovers, Etc.,... Read More
Kelso Architects (808) 262-0006
Kailua, HI, 96734
It is with much gratitude that we thank our wonderful clients for enabling Kelso Architects to flourish over the past 21 years and allowing us to do what we love. During this... Read More
Honolulu, HI, 96814
Interior Design Firm, located in Honolulu, specializing in Island living Read More
Honokaa, HI, 96727
Best of Houzz award winner for Client Satisfaction Specializing in residential, commercial, agricultural and master planning services, PMDA strives to minimize the challenges... Read More
Honolulu, HI, 96826
Philip White Architects, LLC, (PKWA) is an established Honolulu-based architectural firm well known throughout the islands for its dedication to innovative, environmentally... Read More
Kailua-Kona, HI, 96740-1800
Our preference is to provide homes where beauty is derived from an open spatial character rather than the structure being the center of attention. Being available, responding... Read More
Peter Vincent Architects (808) 524-8255
Honolulu, HI, 96814
Peter Vincent Architects has steadily grown in size and expertise since its inception in 1992, and is recognized as one of Hawaii's most highly regarded architecture firms. ... Read More
Matsuki Design LLC (808) 255-5186
Honolulu, HI, 96817
I'm a Licensed Professional Architect and my company mainly focuses on Residential design including new homes, large additions and renovations. Founded in 2001, Matsuki Design has... Read More
Lahaina, Maui, HI, 96761
We create, implement, and manage comprehensive design projects of every scope and size. Every project is an opportunity to innovate and explore new design solutions. Harmony,... Read More
Kula, HI, 96790
Interior architectural design services, full services from planning to turn-key. Custom residential, hospitality, commercial design, project management. Read More
Honolulu, HI, 96816
Fujita + Netski Architecture is a Honolulu based architecture and design firm. We offer all aspects of design services; architecture, interior design, and landscape design. Much... Read More
GT Design, Inc. (808) 334-3302
Kailua-Kona, HI, 96740
Designer of tropical hawaiian homes. GT Design, Inc. works as the design wing of the design/build firm of GM Construction, Inc. Our primary focus is to design projects for... Read More
HK Pae Architects (808) 421-8458
Honolulu, HI, 96815
HK Pae Architects provides architectural design services, specializing in custom residential work. HK has 20 years experience as a licensed architect. Read More
Aiea, 96701
Before co-founding Designer for a Day in 2008, Joan worked as an interiors project designer for Bank of Hawaii and Leo A Daly. As Director of Interior Design for the Castle Design... Read More
Honolulu, HI, 96804
Hawaii's premier award winning green or sustainable architecture firm specializing in luxury green / eco and healthy projects. Programs used if appropriate include: LEED, Living... Read More
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How do I find the best architect for my home design project?


It is best to hire a home architect who will be involved in all phases of the design process, from the initial concept to the completed construction. The architect is often the first person you will hire for your project. If necessary, they might also help you select and hire subcontractors, which can include the builders, engineers and landscape architects. Interior architects are also involved in negotiating contracts for all involved participants. It is for these reasons that it is extremely important for you to have a good relationship with the residential architect you hire. He or she can be the tie-breaking vote between you and the general contractor and can be your biggest advocate during the construction process. Depending on the interior architecture company that you hire, the scope of the work can span from pre-design environmental impact studies to selecting furniture and finishes.

As far as the process goes, the architecture firm that you choose will start with concept drawings and finish with construction drawings and documents. Some firms even design with 3D renderings and videos, but that should not be assumed. One of the most important duties of an architect is to serve as managers and supervise most aspects of construction, as well as facilitate communication between all other contractors.

It is very important to hire the right professional for the job. Remember that the most well-known or established designer might not provide the best architectural services for your needs. It all comes down to the individual project. Research and ask people whose work you like for recommendations. It's important to have somewhat of an idea of the style of house architecture that you prefer, as well as the amount you would like to spend. Architects are natural problem solvers. They will assess the entire situation and help you to solve your problems too. Don't settle for a single company too early. Call and interview a few. Make sure that you feel like your personalities will mesh well and that you like their professional perspective.

Questions to ask prospective interior architects:


  • What is your fee structure?
  • What does the cost include?
  • Do you have professional liability insurance?
  • Can you handle my special requests (ADA, LEED etc.)?
  • What types of renderings (3D, video, illustrative) will you produce?
  • What is your experience with similar projects?
  • When do you expect to start and be finished with the project?
  • What do your services include? (It's best that the services are until construction is completed.)
  • What happens when the cost exceeds the budget?
  • Can you provide me with references?
  • Would you say your work has a defining style? (This is important in case the architect's personal style will interfere with your vision.)
  • Will you help with hiring a general contractor and subcontractors?
  • What do you estimate the cost will be?
  • What will I need to provide?
  • Are there any complications you foresee with this project?


Find a home architect on Houzz. Narrow your search in the Professionals section of the website to Hawaii architect. You may also look through photos of projects to find interior architects or designers who have worked on a project similar to yours. You can find more architects & building designers in Honolulu, Hilo, Kailua, Kaneohe and Kāne‘ohe.
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