Honolulu—WRNS Studio of San Francisco and Minatoishi Architects, Inc. of Honolulu announce the formation of a new office in Honolulu. The new office, WRNS Studio Hawaiʻi, is located at 1429 Makiki Street, Suite 2-211, in Honolulu. Lorraine Minatoishi, Ph.D., AIA, LEED AP, will be managing director; WRNS Studio partner Adam Woltag, AIA, LEED AP, will be design director.
“Hawaiʻi’s unique culture and environment demand a critical approach to placemaking, and our studio has been created specifically to serve this purpose,” said Woltag. “We bring extensive sustainable design knowledge, which will be of particular importance given the critical environmental challenges facing Hawaiʻi.”
A graduate of Hawaiʻi Baptist Academy and a fourth-generation local, Lorraine Minatoishi is a licensed architect with a bachelor of architecture from the University of Hawaiʻi at Manoa, a master of architecture from the University of Oregon, and a doctorate in engineering with an emphasis on architectural history from Waseda University in Japan. She has helped to conserve some of Hawaiʻi’s most important landmarks, including Kalaupapa National Historic Park, the Honouliuli Japanese Internment Camp, and Pearl Harbor. She is active in her community, having served on the Hawaiʻi Historic Place Review Board and the Historic Hawaiʻi Foundation Board of Trustees and as president of the Friends of Honolulu Memorial Park. She recently produced Aloha Buddha, a documentary exploring the history and life of Japanese temples in Hawaiʻi. A published author of texts about the architecture of Hawaiʻi, she shares her deep knowledge both within the industry and through volunteer and adjunct teaching positions at the University of Hawaiʻi and Chaminade University.
Raised in Hawaiʻi, Adam Woltag attended University Lab School in Honolulu before obtaining his bachelor of architecture at Arizona State University and his master of architecture at the Southern California Institute of Architecture. He joined WRNS Studio in 2005, serving as lead designer on a number of education, civic, and health care projects. His award-winning designs include the 2010 AIA COTE Top Ten Green Projects award for the City of Watsonville Water Resources Center (LEED Platinum and Net Zero Electricity) and the 2005 AIA San Francisco Excellence in Architecture Award for the Ryan Ranch Outpatient Hospital in Monterey. He was made a partner of the firm in 2008. Committed to advancing the profession of architecture and the purposeful development of our cities, Adam has served as an adjunct professor at California College of the Arts and chairman of the City of Berkeley Design Review Committee. He will be relocating to Hawaiʻi where he will bring his deep knowledge of sustainable design and placemaking with his understanding of local architecture and community to craft high-quality, enduring environments that are unmistakably of Hawaiʻi.
Minatoishi Architects, Inc. is an award-winning architectural firm specializing in residential and commercial projects. Founded in 2003, Minatoishi has gained recognition for its high-quality work in preservation and architecture, integrating elements of Hawaiʻi’s diverse history into its designs. The firm is also involved with research and educational projects, and has worked on preservation projects throughout the State of Hawaiʻi, including the Big Island, Molokai, Kauai, and Oahu.
WRNS Studio is a 68-person architecture and planning firm known for high quality sustainable planning and design. With offices in San Francisco, Irvine, and now Honolulu, the firm brings a diverse portfolio that includes education, healthcare, civic, transportation and urban design. Recent and current work includes the City of Watsonville Water Resource Center (LEED Platinum, Net Zero Electricity and 2010 AIA COTE Top Ten Green Projects Award), a new Net Zero Water and Net Zero Energy Library for Sacred Heart Schools in Atherton, several projects for Stanford University School of Medicine, including a new translational research campus, and several healthcare and recreation projects for the University of California and the California State University systems.