About Us

Our Story

Our History

A Legacy of Design Excellence

Nishikawa Architects, Inc. (NAI) has been at the forefront of architectural excellence on the island of Maui for over 30 years. Founded by Clayton Nishikawa, AIA, our firm has consistently delivered exceptional designs that blend artistry, functionality, and a deep respect for the natural beauty of the island.

Our Philosophy

At Nishikawa Architects, we believe that great architecture goes beyond aesthetics; it has the power to shape lives and create meaningful experiences. Our philosophy centers around four core principles:

  • Uncompromising Quality: We strive for excellence in every aspect of our work, from the initial concept to the finest details. Our team of skilled architects and designers bring their expertise and passion to each project, ensuring the highest standards of craftsmanship and design.
  • Client-Centric Approach: Your dreams and aspirations are at the heart of our design process. We listen intently to your vision, understanding your needs, and translating them into spaces that surpass your expectations. Your satisfaction is our ultimate goal.
  • Sustainability and Resilience: We recognize the responsibility we hold as stewards of the environment. Our designs incorporate sustainable practices and innovative technologies, aiming to minimize our ecological footprint while creating spaces that withstand the test of time.
  • Collaboration and Innovation: We thrive on collaboration, working closely with our clients, consultants, and construction team to create harmonious and functional spaces. Our commitment to innovation drives us to constantly explore new ideas, materials, and techniques, pushing the boundaries of architectural design.
Our Vision

"For our dedicated team, it's not just about building homes, it's also about building relationships."

- Clayton Nishikawa, AIA President/Owner, Nishikawa Architects, Inc.

Whether you are looking for the value-added services of Design-Build architectural services for new construction or major renovations; an exemplary team to help you with your project from start to finish – we at Nishikawa Architects, we are ready to deliver exceptional service, design excellence and quality craftsmanship that you deserve. 

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Awards & Accolades

Nishikawa Architects is the recipient of numerous awards and accolades. These include First Hawaiian Bank and Pacific Business News’ “Hawaii’s Fastest 50” in 2002; AIA Maui Honor Award for two of our projects in 2005; Custom Home magazine’s Pacesetter Award for Design in 2006; and selected to the 50 U.S. Architects publication representing Hawaii in 2012.However, our firm’s greatest accolades remain the testimonials we receive from our clients.


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