At the core of Adam’s practice is an inquiry into the line (or potential lack thereof) between civic and civil and / or public and private environments. How can a water treatment plant provide both a community service and a space for public interaction and learning? How can it be beautiful and holistically sustainable? Adam has dedicated his career to design that contributes to the civic discourse; he finds beauty and value in the everyday, the moments that really create a city. Basically, he listens to a lot of This American Life.
Adam approaches each design challenge by searching for a balance between the poetic and the pragmatic — beauty meets budget, program and site. The places he crafts respond to the natural environment and function sustainably, with a lasting elegance that does more with less. These qualities of his work have been recognized with numerous publications and awards, including the prestigious AIA Committee on the Environment (COTE) Award.
Adam is honored to be involved in the development of our Honolulu office; he’d like to give back to the community that was so critical to his development. He hopes to design civic spaces that are unmistakably of Hawaii, helping to ensure the State’s sustainable future.
Adam earned his Master of Architecture from the Southern California Institute of Architecture (SCI-Arc) and his Bachelor of Architecture from Arizona State University.