Jeffrey Bender, AIA, LEED AP BD+C
Principal & Director of Design
University of Hawaii at Manoa, Honolulu
Bachelor of Architecture, 1993
Jeff is an architect and designer with more than twenty-five years of professional experience and has been with ORW for the past seventeen. He is ORW's lead designer and also holds the title of 'idea guy'. He is known for his 'out of the box' thinking and for his attention to the small details.
Jeff sees each project as a journey - an opportunity to explore new ideas about design and construction and the power of architecture to transform human experience. He draws inspiration not only from the power of the natural world but from the possibilities offered by modern building techniques and methodologies. Projects are enriched by his ability to assimilate the viewpoints of sometimes divergent stakeholder groups and make tangible the visions of the entire team - clients, users, and consultants.
Jeff brings a great variety of experience including higher education, K-12 schools, medical, civic, commercial, community centers, large airports, museums, multi-family and residential projects.
Jeff believes strongly in the need for sensitive and sustainable architecture and the need to strike a balance between the built and natural environments; creating sensitive and sustainable architecture - healthy, inspiring environments that use resources wisely and have minimal impact.