Our goal is to deliver beautiful, well crafted buildings and spaces that are tailored to our clients’ needs, and to provide projects that are uplifting to the human spirit.


We believe the best ideas evolve from an engaging and collaborative design process with clients, consultants, and within our firm. Our work environment leverages each person’s expertise, passions, and unique perspectives to ensure common ownership and innovative solutions.

The firm’s principals take pride in bringing their wide range of experience and their dedication to design to each and every project. The passions of the talented, experienced, and close knit staff allow the studio to maintain quality in execution with rigorous attention to detail.


Paul Wanzer


Paul, a Seattle native, has practiced in the Seattle area for 35 years. He is passionate about design and always looks for creative ways to use design to realize the client's vision. Paul and his wife, both WSU graduates, have two grown children and live on a floating home in Portage Bay with their Golden Retriever, Dylan.


D'neka Patten

Principal | Interiors, IIDA

A graduate of WSU, D’neka has worked in residential, commercial and theatrical design for 15 years and is inspired by any creative adventure. Prior to joining HWA, she has been soaking up art, food and culture while living in New York City, Honolulu and most recently, Los Angeles. Returning to the PNW, D’neka is thrilled to be surrounded by water, vibrant nature, and less crazy drivers.


Bob Hoshide

Principal | LEED AP

Bob is a founding principal of the firm, and has been involved in projects throughout the Pacific Northwest, British Columbia, and Hawaii. He especially enjoys collaborating with community groups and artists to create special places and structures for enjoying our parks and gardens.


Jordan Lock

Architectural Designer

Born and raised in Seattle, Jordan is happy to be back in his home city after living abroad in Taiwan and completing graduate studies in Vancouver, BC and Tokyo, Japan. In his work and study, Jordan enjoys exploring the intersection of people, animals, nature, and the built environment through design. Outside of work, Jordan enjoys visiting restaurants and markets, cooking, foraging, and all things food with his family and friends.


Elle Allen

Architectural Designer, Assoc. AIA, Assoc. IIDA, LEED Green Assoc.

With an Interiors degree from Purdue University, and work experience in Architecture, Elle appreciates providing a well-rounded, research-backed approach for her clients. She has worked on retail, commercial, and hospitality design for several years and thoroughly enjoys the unique challenges each project brings. When she’s not working, Elle and her husband enjoy gallery-hopping, hosting game nights, and taking their two dogs paddle boarding on Lake Ballinger.


Rachael Kitagawa-Hoshide

Associate | Architect, LEED AP

Rachael is a fifth generation Japanese American, born and raised on Oahu, Hawaii. She focuses on cultural identity throughout her studies and work in the US, Canada, Japan, and Italy and believes architecture should positively influence and empower the people it serves. Rachael enjoys everything and anything with her three favorite boys.


Lisa Whiting


Lisa has been practicing accounting in the Greater Seattle area for eighteen years, and she brings a close attention to detail in her work. She is a proud graduate of Washington State University and a big fan of Cougar Football. Lisa and her husband have five children and live on the Eastside with their dog, a beloved mutt, adopted from the Humane Society.


Kenji Hoshide

Principal | Architect, LEED AP

Kenji joined HWA in 2013 after completing his studies in Canada and Japan. He has previous work experience in Vancouver before returning home to Seattle and enjoys collaborating with clients, artists and other designers. Kenji also likes to eat and test out new recipes with fam.


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