Thursday, February 21, 2019

Seeking Project Architect/Designer

DSA/SHADE is seeking an individual with a minimum 3-5 years of professional working experience since completion of a professional degree in architecture (M.Arch. or B.Arch.) and professional architect's license and/or NCARB certificate is ideal. Registration in Hawaii is not required. Primarily responsible for project design, management and supervision of Jr. Project Designers and Project Assistants. Secondary responsibility for one or more areas of office management/operations. Leadership capability a must; ability to be creative yet meet budgets and schedules; and possess a design sensibility which is compatible with the firm. Proficiency in Revit, AutoCAD, Adobe Suite software and Excel is required. Excellent verbal, written communication skills along with energetic, assertive and proactive personality traits are desired. Candidates who demonstrate successful prior project outcomes of design excellence will receive priority consideration.

Applications will be accepted only at No queries or applications will be answered through this blog site. For specific questions email or call 808 591-5558

Thursday, December 20, 2018

Big Island Whiskey Bar

Working with Studio Becker of Honolulu, DSA designed this prefabricated whiskey bar and kitchen renovation for a private house on the Big Island of Hawaii. Native ohia wood millwork and state of the art LED lighting mix with the finest spirit collection in the middle of the Pacific Ocean. 

Monday, September 17, 2018

Boathouse at Canal Dock Opens! 



Over 20 years in the making, the Boathouse at Canal Dock, is a one-of-a kind public complex which reconnects the City of New Haven to its historic waterfront. This new $37m, 30,000 square foot building placed on an elevated public plaza houses a community rowing facility and docks, event spaces, marine biology research lab, and historical interpretive displays. A grand ribbon-cutting ceremony and reception was opened by New Haven Mayor Tony Harp (pictured above, right side, with Dean Sakamoto). Commissioned by the New Haven City Plan office, DSA worked under contract with Langan Engineering and in collaboration with WRT of Philadelphia and Greg Wies Gardner Architects of New Haven. Since 2009, DSA was responsible for conceiving and developing the historic mitigation component of this project. DSA's strategy was realized through interpretive design elements  which includes site signage, a 21 panel timeline of New Haven Harbor's history, and a permanent, museum quality exhibition titled The Adee Memorial Boathouse and the Boathouse at Canal Dock which tells the story of how this new 21st century waterfront development replaces the razed former Yale boathouse from 1911 in order to make way for the I-95 bridge widening project. This project was funded primarily by the Federal Highways Administration and the Connecticut State Department of Transportation.

DSA is extremely proud to be associated with this landmark project and would like to acknowledge its team members who contributed to its content and design (2009-2018): 

Angie Hurlbut, Monica Perez del Rio, Jim Reilly, Anne Sommer, Betsy Fox, Connie Kwan, Colin Caplan, Natalina Lopez, Chris Mackey, Lance Hirai, Jieun Cha, Geoffrey Lawson, David Marcoux, Benjamin Breton, Diana Sheil, and Lei Naomi Sakamoto

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Monday, August 27, 2018

Hurricane Preparedness is REAL

As Hurricane Lane churned toward the Hawaiian islands last week, every property owner determined the degree of preparedness to realize. In the case of the Pacific Heights House, a two story historic wood framed structure perched over 500 feet above sea level, the decision was made to install a custom window protection system, which was designed, procured and installed in 3.5 days. Translucent corrugated PVC panels cut to overlay existing openings and secured with Velcro, over-sized washers and screws to window casing is pictured here. Thankfully, Lane was weakened off shore by wind shear and this house now has a ready-made system for future events.