Jennifer Poepoe

AIA / Project Architect

Jennifer is as poetic as she is practical. She’s a visual-spatial thinker who balances project logistics with client expression and architectural intent. She approaches her work as an orchestra conductor — paying attention to all the players, including owners, stakeholders, consultants, code reviewers and team members — to get them to make music together. Attuned to each discipline’s expertise, she understands the various “sounds” of design, build, occupy, and is able to lead projects that fit into the larger urban landscape.

Community focused, Jennifer is inspired by the process of architecture and relishes in working on projects that serve the people it’s meant for. Her most memorable project is her first! Fresh out of school, she worked for the then nascent Weiss/Manfredi. The firm won a national competition to design the Women’s Memorial and Education Center in Arlington, VA. Jennifer took the project from concept to final construction, touching every aspect of the process, while creating something beautiful and meaningful.

She further honed her spatial skills, literally taking a 60,000 foot view of the world, during a six-year hiatus as a commercial pilot. Her time in the air gave her a renewed sense of passion for creating sustainable, responsive environments. When she’s not helping Hawaii retrofit their schools, she’s running triathlons and spending time with her family outdoors.

Jennifer is a Registered Architect in New York and Hawaii. She earned her Bachelor of Architecture from New York Institute of Technology.

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