Last Thursday morning a few more than a dozen architects and interior designers from WCIT Architecture were treated to a tour of the exhibition Hawai‘i in Design led by arts of Hawai‘i curator Healoha Johnston.
While there are no examples of architectural design on view in the exhibition—an oversight, Healoha admitted—the group found value in seeing how designers in different mediums reference Hawai‘i in their work, “It’s always good to get out and see what other people are doing, particularly in our neighborhood,” said partner and vice president at WCIT Reuben Chock. “There are a lot of parallels with what these artists are doing and what we do. One of our core principles in approaching any project is first understanding the physical and spiritual connection between the people and the land. Seeing how other artists make those connections is enlightening.”
Chock also noted that, like most things in life, the exhibition is better experienced in person. “It’s a wonderful show, and it’s nice to see it all in one place,” he said. “I’ve seen pieces of it here and there on Instagram and in magazines, but seeing it all together creates a different experience, you can start to make connections between the artists. ”