Peter Vincent Architects
Driven with a passion to excel at business ownership, Peter Vincent, AIA, started his first small business when he was just a teenager. “I had various businesses on my own,” he says. “I made jewelry, and I also did landscaping and things of that nature before I went into architecture.”
Vincent’s venture into architecture took him to work for various architectural firms for 15 years. But soon after, in 1992, he decided it was time to embark on his own endeavors. Now, celebrating 20 years of business, Peter Vincent Architects can still be found in its original office space in the hip section of Chinatown, although it has expanded over the years.
Originally the sole practitioner of his firm, Vincent was joined by partners Hiroto Suzuki in 2000, Michael Subiaga in 2007 and Max Guenther in 2009. Together, the team, along with about 16 other staff members, has created work that has been regarded as some of Hawaii’s top designs. Honored by the American Institute of Architects (AIA) Honolulu Chapter with thirteen awards over the past 12 years, Peter Vincent Architects has become a household name in the architectural world. Other honors include awards from the NAIOP, BIA, ASID and Governor’s Commendation, in addition to being named to the Pacific Business News Fastest 50 List seven times as well as appearing as a two-time finalist in the Business Leadership Hawaii awards.
The company serves a wide array of clientele, reaching from Hawaii to Texas, and even to Japan, with client referrals and repeat customers at the heart of the business. “With both commercial and residential projects, we have clients that we work with here in Hawaii that ask us to come with them to California or other parts of the Mainland. They have a high level of comfort with us, and they know we can provide what they are looking for,” Vincent says.
Perhaps what resonates well with the clients is the firm’s strong emphasis on design encompassing client needs. “We are very much the opposite of a cookie-cutter organization. We really listen, which is a big focus throughout the process,” Vincent says. “I think that’s what’s different with us. Some architects have a design style that they stamp on every project, but the client has their own needs and likes. We try to tailor our skills with what they are looking for.”
Vincent’s firm also brings unparalleled innovation to the mix by adhering to a focus on good design. Keeping top design as a guiding principle has allowed Peter Vincent Architects to remain ahead of the trends, such as the move toward eco-friendly and sustainable architecture. Vincent has been implementing sustainability into his work since the 1970s. “it’s just part of good design,” he says.
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