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Corporate Anniversaries 2014: Design Partners Incorporated

What does it take to be the third largest design firm in Hawaii? Just ask Design Partners Incorporated.  Established in 1979, the company’s architectural design work now appear across the state and into Guam and Japan. This year, the team celebrates 35 years of success and signature service.

“One of our strategies early on was to diversify by being equally excellent in both the public and the private sectors,” says Vernon lnoshita, president of the company. “Currently the private the sector is a little more dominant, but five years ago it was the opposite. It always depends on the state of the economy, but our goal is agility so that we can develop strong partnerships within both sectors.”

The strategy is working. With a wide portfolio of projects, ranging from hospitality, retail, resort, and residential to military and federal contracts, Design Partners Incorporated has grown its clientele to an impressive scale. lnoshita credits his team’s ability to be in the right place at the right time as a critical part of their success, calling it a mix of “hard work, luck, and great clients.”

Sustainability is at the forefront of the firm’s design process. “We believe in protecting and enhancing our communities and sustainability is built in to everything that we do,” lnoshita says. The team of 50 looks at every project through the lens of LEED certification levels, as well as a number of other energy and quality certifications, to ensure the best product. This attention to material and planning detail is a hallmark of their services.

With annual revenue of over $19 million the company is committed to staying on the forefront of technology, best practices, and stellar customer service. The design firm has developed installations for some of the biggest names throughout the islands, from A&B Properties, the University of Hawaii to Starwood Vacation properties, and only has plans to continue its upward trajectory. “We hope to only improve our services to our clients.  We have an amazing team in place,” lnoshita says. “Our clients regularly comment on our level of service and professionalism and know that they’re in the hands of experts.”

Get to know Design Partners Incorporated by visiting www.designpartnersinc.com.


Design Partners Incorporated
1580 Makaloa Street, Suite 1100
Honolulu, HI 96814
(808) 949-0044