Philip K. White

PrincipalAIA 

Pip began his career in architecture nearly 40 years ago, inspired by an innate sense of aesthetics and environmental sensitivity coupled with personal values of integrity and resourcefulness. He founded Philip White Architects in 1983 – now known as WhiteSpace Architects – and instilled a spirit of purpose and a deep understanding of design.

Pip has developed a diverse portfolio of projects including custom homes, commercial centers, hotels, educational facilities and public spaces on every major Hawaiian island. His leadership as president of WhiteSpace Architects inspires consistently excellent award-winning work, but he maintains that assembling a team with a true depth and diversity of talent in every position to be his greatest achievement.

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As a seventh generation kama‘aina and keen traveler, Pip understands which design characteristics make Hawaiian architecture unique and appropriate for an island lifestyle. His signature style follows no established cast, as Pip believes that each project that each project should uniquely reflect the needs of client and climate for a particular location. He acknowledges that architects are often entrusted with helping people realize their dreams, and is grateful for that privilege.

Pip is a family man, an active member of his community, and a thoughtful mentor. Through his leadership roles on several nonprofit boards including the University of Hawai‘i School of Architecture’s Asia Pacific Center for Architecture, the Hawai‘i Architectural Foundation and the American Institute of Architects, Honolulu Chapter (AIA Honolulu), he has helped shape the islands’ architectural community and many of its future leaders. Pip holds family, surfing and his rambunctious Irish Setters dear to his heart.

Laura Ayers

PrincipalAIA, LEED AP BD+C

Laura has over two decades of experience in the field of architecture. Her exceptional design sense, tactful project management skills, and cheerful demeanor combine to benefit clients and drive colleagues toward brilliant design which exceeds client expectations.

After joining Philip White Architects in 2001 and partnering with Pip on many of the company’s most notable and award-winning commercial and residential projects, Laura’s commitment and talent earned her a leadership role in the firm. She is considered a rising star in sustainable design in Honolulu, leading seminars on green building technology and consistently incorporating LEED standards into projects.

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Laura leads her diverse team through the rigors of a demanding profession with a friendly smile and sense of humor. She is respected for her technical acumen, collaborative work style, and community involvement. Through organic mentoring and leadership workshops, Laura shares her expertise with young architects, developing their professional leadership skills, and encouraging them to become involved in their communities. When not in the office, she loves spending time with her husband and two children.

Laura received her B.S. in Architecture at Georgia Tech, and her Master of Architecture, summa cum laude, from the University of Michigan. Her undergraduate curriculum included a year at the prestigious École d’Architecture La Villette in Paris, France. She is also a member of AIA Honolulu and a LEED AP.

Elyse Takashige

Project Architect • AIA, LEED AP BD+C 

Elyse is an innovative, technically skilled architect.  She consistently develops efficient, creative, and effective solutions to complex challenges using design thinking principles. By focusing on comprehensive project management strategies, she undertakes every project with determination and a smile, striving to find ideal solutions for both the client and community.

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Born and raised in Hawaii, and a proud alumnus of McKinley High School, Elyse earned her Bachelor of Architecture from USC in 2012 and promptly returned to Oahu. She contributes to her community as a SEEQS board member and frequent mentor to the junior members of our firm.  When not in the office, Elyse is always looking for new things to learn and experience. She can usually be spotted in a dance class, a bowling alley, or attending local community theatre.

Craig Collado

Project Designer • Associate AIA

Craig first joined WhiteSpace as an intern in 2005, and then returned as a project manager in 2018. With a broad range of experience in luxury residences and commercial spaces, Craig has developed an effective work style, merging teamwork efficiencies with detail-oriented task management to meet project goals. He is an experienced draftsman and is always ready to advise junior members of the firm with technical challenges.  As a local, Craig gives back to his community through participation in Habitat for Humanity build days and regularly donates to the Blood Bank of Hawaii.

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Craig earned his Bachelor of Architecture from UH Manoa in 2001. Outside the office, he enjoys trying new restaurants and activities with his wife, and photography.

Ana Molinar-Ruiz

Project Designer • Associate AIA

Ana’s strong design sense, resourcefulness, and work ethic and have fueled her rapid professional development. She approaches every project as a unique puzzle and enjoys finding the best solution to meet client needs. Her versatility enables her to make significant design contributions to any project, from luxury homes to educational facilities.

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Ana earned her B.S. in Architecture, magna cum laude, from Texas Tech in 2012. After gaining experience, Ana was drawn to Hawaii by the Doctorate of Architecture program at UH Manoa. She graduated in 2017, interning at WhiteSpace since 2015, and is now a talented designer at our firm. Her passion is the study of vernacular and bioclimatic architecture – design that embraces and responds to the local environment – and its effects on human perception. Outside of work, Ana enjoys exploring Oahu’s mountains and beaches with her husband.

Danielle Mitchell

Project Designer • Associate AIA

Danielle’s strong collaborative working style and effective communication skills help her draw out unanticipated project needs and establish open dialogue with clients.  Her passion for creating ideal solutions for clients motivates her to grow technically as an architect.

After graduating from Penn State in 2015, Danielle served as the National President of AIAS for one year before moving to Hawaii. She continues working with students through the local AIAS chapter, and is an involved member of AIA Honolulu.

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Danielle appreciates the close-knit community spirit and diversity in Honolulu. After work, she loves to spend time with friends at new restaurants or hiking trails, and is always ready to meet new people and learn their stories.

Kimberly Nichols

Office Manager • 

Kim’s support roles in the office are varied, spanning marketing strategy, financial analysis, and afternoon snack management. She strives toward process improvement of office systems to benefit client experiences and increase firm efficiencies, and is always eager to learn new skills.

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A keen interest in the AEC industry and the unique challenges faced by professional services firms drew Kim to WhiteSpace. She earned a BA in Art in 2012 and an MBA from the College of William & Mary in 2016. Outside of work, she enjoys pottery, spending time with friends and dogs, and hiking.