University of Hawaii at Hilo


Daniel K. Inouye College of Pharmacy

“We cannot overstate the importance of this building to Hawai_i's future as the hub of health care and discovery.”

—John Pezzuto, Dean


The College of Pharmacy project integrates educational spaces, clinical training and research laboratories. Its modern interpretation sets it apart on the campus, yet the design respects the unique cultural elements of Hilo and protects the sensitive environment and limited resources of the island.

Blending Pacific Island heritage with Western science, the facility design brings state-of-the-art services and amenities for pharmaceutical science and teaching under dramatically sloping roofs evocative of volcanic mountains, or of traditional hale – Hawai'ian for "home.”

SmithGroupJJR joined Honolulu's WCIT Architecture in designing this highly flexible and functional, yet captivating, academic building.