photo: Waikiki Beach Marriott Lobby Renovation
photo: Waikiki Beach Marriott Lobby Renovation

At Shimokawa + Nakamura, we value the trust,  relationship and the faith we build with our clients.

Our story is one of integrity, of passionate professionals committed to working together to satisfy our client’s needs.

Shimokawa + Nakamura, Architectural, Design and Planning firm, is a full-service firm with vast experience in hotels, destination resorts, custom homes and industrial/commercial service facilities.

A dynamic firm that provides high-quality projects, first-class service and great design, Shimokawa + Nakamura is proud to have a majority of our projects representing repeat clients. We work hard to continually provide a quality product and earn the respect and trust of our team including clients, consultants, government officials and contractors.

Because of our firm’s small size, each project receives individualized attention from the Principal-in-Charge. Unlike larger firms, the Principal-in-Charge is also the primary point of contact, the Project Manager, and the Project Architect. That means you don’t get passed off or get a B-Team, and you don’t have transition teams between project phases.

We pride ourselves on being a client-oriented and budget-conscious Professional Service provider.

Our constant goal is exceptional architecture that creates an atmosphere that is at once elegant, delightful to the senses and still sensitive to our environment.

The firm’s design approach begins with the client’s program and evolves under the influence of creativity, sensitivity and synergy which produce architecture that is unique and appropriate to its surroundings.

This fulfillment of the client’s needs is always taken in context of design, budget and schedule.

Our Architects

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Colin Shimokawa
Principal Architect

Professional Affiliations
American Institute of Architect

Mr. Shimokawa started this company with his vision of a dynamic firm that would produce superior architecture by providing high quality projects, first-class service and great design. With over 38 years of experience, Mr. Shimokawa has helped create hotels, destination resorts, office buildings, retail shops, shopping complexes, residential projects, and public service facilities.

Formerly a Partner at Lawton, Umemura & Yamamoto, Architects, AlA, Inc., Mr. Shimokawa subsequently became a Senior Vice President of Hemmeter Design Group, a 125-person architectural firm. In April 1990, Mr. Shimokawa helped establish Projects International, an architectural, planning and interiors firm focused on hotels, destination resorts and high-end residential projects where he was a Principal and Director of Projects.

Mr. Shimokawa was also the Project Architect for the 679-acre, $286 million Westin Kauai at Kauai Lagoons. The project consisted of redevelopment and expansion of an existing 558-room hotel into a luxury destination resort with 850 rooms. Support facilities include a cliff-side restaurant, Japanese restaurant, disco, wedding chapel on a 32-acre lagoon, and a Golf/Racquet Club with health spa facilities.

In June 1991, Mr. Shimokawa established his own practice as Shimokawa Architects, Inc. and in 2008, welcomed Mr. Jeffrey Nakamura as his partner and Vice President and changed the corporate name to Shimokawa + Nakamura. Mr. Peter Uchiyama joined Mr. Shimokawa as Principal in 2015.

Past projects include renovations at Kauai Marriott Resort & Beach Club, Alan Wong’s Amasia Restaurant at Wailea, master plan of Grand Wailea Resort and Spa and room renovations at Marriott’s Waiohai Beach Club, a luxury timeshare project at Kalanipu’u at Kauai Lagoons, renovations to the Orchid Cafe Restaurant at Hilton Waikoloa Village and a 75-unit condominium in Maui.

Other projects include the Hilton International Hotel in Bangkok, Thailand, the Carter Presidential Library and Museum in Atlanta, Georgia, Marriott’s Waiohai Beach Club in Poipu. Kauai, renovations to the Waikiki Beach Marriott Resort, ADA renovations at the Hilton Waikoloa Village, renovations and timeshare conversions at Marriott’s Kauai Beach Club, Headquarters for the Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States – Department of Hawaii as well as various luxury residences in Hawaii.

Honors and Awards

The Carter Presidential Center project was recognized with an Excellence in Architectural and Engineering Design Award by the Prestressed Concrete Institute (PCI), the Grand Award for Engineering Excellence by the Consulting Engineers Council of Georgia, and an Award of Excellence for Energy Conscious Design by the Georgia Association American Institute of Architects (AlA) and Georgia Power Company.

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Peter Uchiyama
Principal Architect

Professional Affiliations
American Institute of Architects
Council of Education Facility Planners International
LEED Exam Development Subject Matter Expert

Mr. Uchiyama joined Shimokawa + Nakamura in 2012 and has over 25 years of experience in architecture, design, planning and project management. He is involved in all aspects of the project from conceptualization to construction. Mr. Uchiyama developed a unique Planned Facilities Maintenance and Management program to help Clients preserve value in their assets and determine annualized budgets for building maintenance. This program allows the Client to make better informed decisions at a significantly higher level.

Mr. Uchiyama is dedicated to his work and passionately pursues design solutions that exceed his client’s expectations.

Among his most notable projects:
• Ewa Beach International Golf Club
• Waikiki Beach Marriott Resort and Spa Lobby Renovation
• Pulama Lanai’s Richard’s Market
• Kamehameha Schools – Heeia Preschool: The first LEED Silver building for Kamehameha Schools
• Kamehameha Schools – Sustainability Master Plan