Preliminary design concepts for Daniel K. Inouye Center to be unveiled

University of Hawaiʻi
Jodi Leong, (808) 492-0597
Director of Communications, External Affairs and University Relations
Lisa Shirota, (808) 956-7352
College of Social Sciences Office of the Dean
Posted: May 6, 2014


WHAT:     Unveiling of preliminary design concepts for the future Daniel K. Inouye Center for Democratic Leadership (DKI Center), which will be located at the current Henke Hall site on the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa (UH Mānoa) campus.

WHEN:     Wednesday, May 7, 2014, 8:30 a.m.

WHERE:   Hawai‘i Imin International Conference Center’s Keoni Auditorium

                  1777 East-West Road

WHO:       Janine S. Clifford, AIA, principal of Clifford Planning & Architecture


The preliminary design concepts will demonstrate an array of possible design options to meet the current and future needs of UH Mānoa students, the campus, as well as the surrounding community. Included in the presentation will be a variety of space options for student innovation zones, civic engagement areas, and archival preservation sections.

The preliminary design concepts are part of the 6-month pre-design phase for the center. During this phase, key parameters and objectives of the design are researched and defined. Upon the university’s approval of this phase of work, the project will enter the formal design phase, starting with schematic design.

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About the Architectural Design Team

Clifford Planning & Architecture LLC and Pei Cobb Freed & Partners Architects LLP serve as the architectural design team for the Daniel K. Inouye Center for Democratic Leadership (DKI Center).

Clifford Planning & Architecture is a Honolulu-based firm that offers professional services in land use, project management, architecture, and interior design. The firm has completed numerous institutional projects in Hawai’i, including project managing the Molokaʻi Education Center at the University of Hawai’i; the Campus Headquarters for the University of Phoenix in Honolulu, which received the 1999 AIA Award for Historic Preservation/Adaptive Reuse; and the ongoing renovation of the Prince Jonah Kuhio Kalaniana’ole Federal Building and U.S. District Courthouse in Honolulu.

Since its formation in 1955, Pei Cobb Freed & Partners, based in New York, has completed nearly 250 projects in more than 100 cities across North America and around the world. The firm’s clients include major corporations, private developers, and public authorities as well as educational, cultural, and religious institutions, and its projects have received more than 200 major design awards. Among the firm’s best-known works are the Grand Louvre in Paris, the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, D.C., and the National Constitution Center in Philadelphia. In its former manifestation as I. M. Pei & Associates, the firm designed the East-West Center at the University of Hawai’i at Mānoa, a 1963 complex that includes the iconic Jefferson Hall and Kennedy Theater.