30 years & counting...
2014 marks 30 years of practice for Philip White, better known as Pip, who over three decades of work and passion has assembled a diverse portfolio of projects including custom homes, commercial centers, hotels, and public spaces – on every major Hawaiian island. His leadership as president of PKWA inspires consistently excellent work, earning the firm several awards for both residential and commercial projects.
As a seventh generation kama'aina and itinerate world traveler, Pip truly understands design and what characteristics make Hawaiian architecture unique and appropriate for an island lifestyle. His “signature” style is a product of his belief that each project should uniquely reflect the combination of client, location, and climate. He acknowledges that architects are often entrusted with helping people realize their dreams, and he is grateful for that privilege.
Pip is a family man, an active member of his community and a thoughtful mentor. Through his leadership roles on several non-profit boards including the Asia Pacific Center for Architecture, the Hawaiʻi Architectural Foundation, and the AIA Honolulu, he has helped shape the islands’ architectural community and several of it’s future leaders. As one would expect from someone born and raised in Hawai'i, Pip holds family and surfing dear to his heart as well as his two rambunctious dogs, Kawena and Kahea.
Laura is a sharp, talented architect able to handle the rigors of a demanding profession with a friendly smile and sense of humor. Laura is highly respected by her clients and colleagues for her design sense and project management skills. She is an invaluable member of the PKWA team, bringing high-level design skills, organizational excellence and the ability to manage diverse teams.
Laura received her B.S. at Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta, and her M.Arch., summa cum laude, from the University of Michigan. Her undergraduate curriculum included a year at the prestigious École d/Architecture La Villette in Paris, France. She is also currently a member of the American Institute of Architects, Honolulu Chapter and a LEED AP.
By leading seminars on green building technology and completion of multiple sustainable projects, Laura is considered a rising star in sustainable design in Honolulu. She also recently organized a series of leadership workshops for young architects to help them each formulate a roadmap to leadership in the profession and community. When not in the office, Laura loves spending time with her husband and two young children.
Laurel Swan wants to live in a world where our homes and businesses are in ecological balance with the earth and good design is accessible to all. As a designer at PKWA, she brings her lifelong passion for sustainability and eye for graphic design to each of her projects.
Laurel received a B.A. in Theater Design from Haverford College and a Doctorate of Architecture from the University of Hawai'i School of Architecture, graduating top of her class. As a graduate student, she completed an apprenticeship at TIBÁ - a living laboratory for natural design and construction in Brazil.
When Laurel’s not in the office or volunteering her time with the AIA on the Board of Directors, you can find her paragliding amidst the Ko'olau mountains or enjoying time with her husband, son, and Irish Setter.
Jin Park is PKWA’s resident technical guru and production specialist. With an impeccable attention to detail, he plays an integral part of our team by ensuring that each project is of the highest quality. Jin’s quiet sense of humor and never-ending patience make him our go-to guy on so many levels.
Jin received his B.Arch from the University of Hawaiʻi School of Architecture and is currently working towards becoming a licensed architect in the State of Hawaiʻi. Concerned with making the most of our cultural and environmental resources here in the islands, Jin is a certified LEED AP with a specialty in building design and construction. He brings over 14 years of experience in the field of high-end residential and commercial/retail design to the firm.
Having lived in Hawaiʻi since the age of three, Jin enjoys spending time finding new restaurants to test and spending time with his growing family. Jin rides a classic motorcycle, cruising into the office each day in style.
As a designer with PKWA, Joanna Griffith brings a passion for sustainable and culturally appropriate design to each of her projects. Maintaining her LEED AP credential and staying up to date on advancements in sustainability help make her one of the office’s go-to people for all things green.
After receiving her B.S.Arch from the University of Minnesota, Joanna earned her Doctorate of Architecture from the University of Hawai'i School of Architecture. She developed a deep appreciation for Scandinavian design during her time studying architecture at the Danish International School in Copenhagen, Denmark.
Out of the office, you can often spot Joanna at one of the community service or professional events she helps organize through her leadership roles with the USGBC and AIA. On weekends you can find her exploring the island’s mountains and beaches or searching for the best cup of coffee in town with her husband.
Yoshie Castillo is the friendly face that greets you when you visit our office. Originally from Tokyo, Japan, Yoshie has spent the last 15 years making Hawaiʻi her home.
Yoshie has an impressive range of skills, with degrees in Interior Design, Garden Design, Floral Design, and is most recently working toward her accounting license. She brings her broad range of expertise to PKWA with an infectiously cheerful disposition, ensuring all office needs, from the client to the employee, are met with efficiency and finesse.
When Yoshie is not at the office, you can find her tickling the keys of a piano, exercising her green thumb in the garden, and enjoying time with her husband and two cats.