August 27, 2021 | Source: bizjournals.com

40 UNDER 40: CLASS OF 2021

Lance Hirai, 34
Project architect, G70

What’s been your biggest professional accomplishment so far and how did you do it?

I was fortunate to play a significant role in the recent campus expansion for Iolani School. In a span of five years, we completed three complex projects — a five-story residence hall, new classrooms and a natural playground for a K-1 community and labs and studios for the lower school (K-6).

While my involvement was ongoing with every phase of the projects, I was merely a member and coordinator of an outstanding team. This group of educators, administrators, designers and contractors had the vision and expertise that contributed to the success of the projects and helped move forward the school’s strategic plan.

How would you change or improve the state of Hawaii?

While our state faces many challenges, I will strive to better understand the stakeholders involved and what it takes to bring about significant change. As I expand my circles of knowledge and work with like-minded individuals and organizations, I hope to contribute through design and mentorship.

With architecture as my foundation, a goal would be to bring awareness of how an architect can truly assist the community, by listening and designing with the natural, cultural and social contexts in mind. I will continue to support the organizations that invest in our future generations like the Boys and Girls Club of Hawaii and the ACE Mentor Program.

By the time you retire, what would you most like to have achieved?

I would be humbled to have an architectural achievement or charitable foundation that enhances not only my Island home but impacts the global community. But above all, to have made a positive difference in people’s lives, especially our youth.

What are you reading or binge watching right now?

“Humor, Seriously” by Jennifer Aaker and Naomi Bagdonas.

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