Design Lovers in Hawai'i

Dean Sakamoto Architects/SHADE Dean Sakamoto Architects/SHADE Diversity Badge Employer:
Honolulu, HI, USLocation:
Thu, Aug 18 '22Posted on:

Seeking Design Lovers in Paradise - FUTURE Is NOW!

Dean Sakamoto Architects/SHADE is seeking architects and designers who are passionate about what they do and want to make positive change through it. 

We are in the process of resetting our practice for the future by building a team who wants to grow with us. The priority of this search is to identify and select individuals who embody personal and professional mission alignment with SHADE’s core values which include:

  • Commitment to design excellence, sustainability and humanitarian concerns
  • Balance individuals' lifestyle & well being with firm success, project team, and project objectives
  • Absolute rigor in all SHADE-related endeavors, including having fun

DSA/SHADE is a full-service environmental design firm and charitable foundation. Dean Sakamoto Architects (DSA) was founded in 1999 and is known for its culturally specific, environmentally concerned design solutions in the Northeast U.S. and Hawai‘i. SHADE, which stands for Sustainable Humanitarian Architecture and Design for the Earth, is a collaborative practice, with a focus on and network in the rapidly urbanizing tropical and subtropical Asia-Pacific regions.  

Principal Architect, Dean Sakamoto, FAIA is an expert in the areas of the history and applications of modern architecture and urbanism in Hawai'i; sustainable and resilient design for coastal sites; public interest design in culturally diverse and underserved communities. 

SHADE’s practice group is multi-disciplinary and is made up of continental U.S.-based and international collaborators. Our architectural projects include K-12 schools, university facilities, affordable housing, public libraries, financial institutions, and creative workplaces. Areas of expertise include museum-quality environments, urban multi-modal path design, and resilient design for coastal communities and buildings. 

SHADE Institute, a non-profit subsidiary of DSA/SHADE, provides low-cost public interest planning and design services through its fellowship training and mentorship program and is an active component of the office environment.

Job Profile

Applicants should hold a minimum of 3-7 years of experience. Professional licensure is preferred, however, State of Hawai‘i registration is not required. Senior-level architects (10 years or more experience) who may want to work with us on a part-time basis are also encouraged to apply. Non-licensed designers must have a minimum of 3 years of professional experience which ideally, includes project management and all phases of architectural service. A professional B.Arch. or M.Arch. degree from an accredited university is required. We believe in professional development and mentorship at all levels. 

Primary responsibilities may include creating design drawings; construction document production; and project management. Licensed architects and senior designers may supervise/mentor project designers and assistants. Secondary responsibilities may include oversight of one or more areas of office management/operations. An open personality and flexible mindset are a must; the ability to be creative yet meet budgets and schedules and possess a design sensibility that is compatible with the firm. Proficiency in Revit, AutoCAD, Adobe Suite software and Excel is required. Excellent verbal and written communication skills along with a proactive approach are desired. Candidates who demonstrate successful prior project outcomes of design excellence in the application materials will receive priority consideration. Compensation will be based on experience and may be adjusted according to performance (3 month post-hire evaluation period).  

Experience and/or interest in applying sustainable and humanitarian-design certification programs such as LEED, Living Building Challenge, SEED, etc. is ideal. 

Application Materials 

Before we talk story, please email the following information to

  • Cover letter (1-page max) stating your interest/reason for applying for this position (specify which position).
  • Resume with contact information of 3 references (phone/email)
  • Work samples - please limit this to eight pages in PDF format. Files larger than 5MB will not be reviewed.

 Deadline to Apply 

Applications will be reviewed upon receipt immediately. For more information on DSA/SHADE see and or call (808) 591-5558.

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