Honolulu, HI Architects and Building Designers

Is the scope of your home design project beyond simply replacing countertops or flooring? It’s the responsibility of a Honolulu 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 Honolulu, HI interior architects and designers, keep in mind the following tips to help you choose the perfect one: More
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MCYIA is an interior architecture and interior design firm founded and led by Chuen Yee. The principals and staff... Read More
Honolulu's Stylish Island Architecture, Interior Design & Remodeling
Trigg-Smith Architects is a Kailua based architecture firm designing beautiful and unique solutions for...
Archipelago Hawaii is a dream fulfilled by founder and award-winning designer Tiare Noelani Pinto (CKD, Allied... Read More
  • Click to Call(808) 263-8891
  • 11 miles from Honolulu, 26 projects in Honolulu
Honolulu's Recognized Architects & Building Designers
Ohana Architects approaches architecture with an emphasis on the community and family. Raised in Hawaii, Rocky...
WhiteSpace Architects, formerly Philip White Architects, (PKWA) is an established Honolulu-based architectural... Read More
Honolulu's Elite Architectural Design Studio I Best of Houzz
Lapis Design Partners is a boutique design firm that specializes in residential architecture and interior design....
Green & Stylish Island Architecture, Interior Design, and Remodelling for all budgets. Trigg-Smith Architects... Read More
  • Click to Call(808) 670-3567
  • 11 miles from Honolulu, 8 projects in Honolulu
Honolulu's Award-Winning Luxury Architectural Firm
We are an Architectural Company specializing in custom luxury residential single family homes, large or small,...
Interior Design Firm, located in Honolulu, specializing in Island living Read More
Oahu's Most Innovative and Trusted Architect
We specialize primarily in residential design including renovations/additions and custom single family homes.
We are an Architectural Company specializing in custom Luxury Residential single family homes, large or small,... Read More
Hawaii's leading Architectural Firm 3x Best of Houzz
Whether you prefer Modern Balinese, or a blend of Asian influences with Contemporary, Mediterranean, Tropical...
Fujita + Netski Architecture is a Honolulu based architecture and design firm. We offer all aspects of design... Read More
Honolulu County Architect & Designer Best of Houzz 2014, 2015, 2016
Over the past 21 years we have established a reputation as a talented design firm with integrity & commitment....
It is with much gratitude that we thank our wonderful clients for enabling Kelso Architects to flourish over the... Read More
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  • 11 miles from Honolulu, 2 projects in Honolulu
Oahu's Full Service Residential Architecture Firm
We are a full service residential architecture firm serving Maui and Oahu. We are committed to providing...
Lapis Design Partners is a boutique design firm that works exclusively on residential architecture and interior... Read More
Hawaii Award Winning Design Architectural Firm
Philip White Architects is a Honolulu-based architecture firm dedicated to innovative and...
I'm a licensed professional architect and my company mainly focuses on residential design including new homes,... Read More
Sunnland Architects is a full service architecture firm specializing in custom residences, multi-family, and... Read More
HK Pae Architects design spaces for living well. Read More
Many firms produce award winning designs but forget about their clients needs. For every prominent project... Read More
Ohana Architects is on a mission to strengthen communities. Rocky Arnold approaches architecture with an emphasis... Read More
We specialize to custom home design, from scratch to complete construction drawings. Also can include third... Read More
Featured Reviews for Architects and Building Designers in Honolulu, HI
MCYIA Interior Architecture and Design
Architects and Building Designers in Honolulu, HI
"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
Archipelago Hawaii Luxury Home Designs
Architects and Building Designers in Honolulu, HI
"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
WhiteSpace Architects
Architects and Building Designers in Honolulu, HI
"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
Trigg-Smith Architects
Architects and Building Designers in Honolulu, HI
"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
Jamie Jackson Design
Architects and Building Designers in Honolulu, HI
"Jamie Jackson and her team are incredibly creative and versatile in their design work. They know how to work quickly, effectively and within budget and they have developed great communication tools for their projects. Once a design is agreed upon their implementation and installation are seamless -- professional, on-time, and as promised. Having worked with Jamie on a few occasions, I can highly recommend her to anyone considering her services."
- Ben Welborn
William J. Benjamin, AIA | Lux Homes Hawaii
Architects and Building Designers in Honolulu, HI
"Bill Benjamin is brilliant when working with clients. He is the only architect in Honolulu who will fully collaborate with clients and not impose his artistic views as is the case with many other local architects. He is also highly intelligent and can solve many problems of design and construction that other architects have problems with."
- lippmanr001
Fujita + Netski Architecture, LLC
Architects and Building Designers in Honolulu, HI
"Fujuita+Netski are a powerful punch for architecture and design. We hired them to work on our 1946 Manoa Hawaiian home. They kept the essense of it's style but transported it smoothly into 2012. The team are well trained professionals that team up with a contractor, H1 construction. Together they worked seemlessly to meet you to make your dreams come true. All along they way they showed us what our kitchen would look like with power point presentations, laser models or watercolors. We did an entire kitchen remodel including demoing 2 walls and reframing rooms took approximately 2 months. Our goal was to keep a clean classic Hawaiian plantation feel of Manoa with modern clean lines. The final product looks like it has always been there. They incorperated several unique items like a moveable island, surfboard racks shaped like paddles and gave us a walk in pantry. The flooring is holding up great and we can cook with all our friends with lots of space. We added some modern bling with the dark countertops and kept shaker style cabinets that are so high quality they make hardly any noise when they shut. The back splash was made just for us too, its 3 large pieces of tempered glass painted the color of the ocean. perfect for 2 surfers. Fujita+Netski is not afraid to try new daring things (notice the octupus wallpaper) and can pull them off with style. Not only are they friendly and talented the product is exactly what you want at the end of the process. We saw the team at least 2-3 times a week . They are easily available via text message or email. You will be happy and cannot lose with their sense of design."
- mgzzz
Kelso Architects
Architects and Building Designers in Honolulu, HI
"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
Lapis Design Partners
Architects and Building Designers in Honolulu, HI
"I had a great time with John at Lapis Design Partners. He worked with me from the very first meeting to the final walk through process of my house located at Kahala neighborhood in Honolulu. He spent a great deal of his time into this project since I was not in full time residence during the process. We communicate over email, phone conversation and fax very intensively. He and his partner, Susan as a professional long-time interior designer always respected my views and wishes toward this dream house. I enjoyed the relationship with John during the process and appreciated very much for his professionalism as an architect and his responsiveness to the job. The results came much more than my expectations. We received one of AIA Honolulu awards. Most importantly, my time during the process was enjoyable ! Highly recommended."
- Fumiki Abe
Matsuki Architects
Architects and Building Designers in Honolulu, HI
"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"
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How do I find the best Honolulu 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 Hawaii subcontractors, which can include the builders, engineers and landscaper. 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 Honolulu 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. Different architecture firms in Honolulu, HI provide different services, so the scope of the work can span from pre-design environmental impact studies to selecting furniture and finishes, depending on what your specific needs are.

What sort of process can I expect from a residential architect?


As far as the process goes, the architecture firm or individual 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. There should be plenty of meetings between you and your building designer until you have agreed upon a design that you are completely happy with. Always keep in mind that the designer will have building codes to follow, and likely pre-existing design limitations when dealing with a remodel, so while they might not be able to execute your exact ideas they always have your safety and aesthetics in mind. One of the most important duties of a residential architect is to serve as managers and supervise most aspects of construction, as well as facilitate communication between all other contractors, so you can expect them to be present throughout the entire building process to ensure everything is executed as planned.

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. Residential architects in Honolulu, HI 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 Honolulu 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 in Honolulu, HI on Houzz. Narrow your search in the Professionals section of the website to Honolulu architects. You may also look through photos of Hawaii projects to find interior architects and building designers who have worked on a project similar to yours. You can find more architects in Kailua, Kaneohe, Kāne‘ohe, Waipahu and Pearl City.
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