Washington, D.C. — The University of Hawai‘i this week announced the selection of Clifford Planning & Architecture LLC and Pei Cobb Freed & Partners Architects LLP as the architectural design team for the new Daniel K. Inouye Center for Democratic Leadership (DKI Center) at the University of Hawai’i at Mānoa (UH Mānoa).
UH Interim President David Lassner made the announcement at a reception hosted by the Daniel K. Inouye Institute at the Library of Congress in Washington D.C., to celebrate the Senator’s Presidential Medal of Freedom, which will be presented at a White House ceremony tomorrow.
Yvonne Szeto, a partner of Pei Cobb Freed & Partners, will serve as lead designer for the project and will guide the team’s efforts throughout the planning and design process.
The assignment marks a return to the Mānoa campus for Pei Cobb Freed & Partners.
“We are delighted to renew our long-standing association with the University of Hawai’i,” said Ms. Szeto. “It is an honor to play a part in the commemoration of Senator Inouye’s legacy, and we look forward to working with the University on this important project.”
In her career of more than three decades with Pei Cobb Freed & Partners, Ms. Szeto has served as design principal for many notable buildings around the world, including the IMF Headquarters in Washington, D.C., the OECD Headquarters in Paris, NASCAR Hall of Fame in Charlotte, and the Law School and Residence Hall at Fordham University in New York.
Dr. Janine S. Clifford, principal of Clifford Planning & Architecture, the architect of record for the project, commented: “For me as a fourth-generation Japanese-American growing up in Hawai‘i, Senator Inouye embodied the American Dream: to aspire and be afforded the freedom to achieve with hard work and perseverance. We are honored and humbled to share in this experience.”
Established in honor of the late Senator Inouye, the center will serve as a living tribute to a man who championed the ideals of freedom, fairness, integrity and democratic ideals throughout a lifetime of service, and who played a significant role in shaping the history of America, Hawai‘i and the Asia Pacific region.
“The University of Hawai‘i is proud to establish the Daniel K. Inouye Center for Democratic Leadership, in honor of the trifold principles of freedom, fairness and integrity which were the ideals by which the Senator lived his life. One of the most significant figures in U.S. history, Senator Inouye did not shy away from standing up for what was right and just – even if it came at a personal cost. He regularly stepped forward to give voice to the underserved, and advocate for justice and reconciliation for historical wrongs. It is, therefore, our privilege to honor this great individual by establishing the Daniel K. Inouye Center on the UH Mānoa campus,” Lassner said.
“The DKI Center will be a fitting tribute to the Senator, who was not only a graduate of UH Mānoa, but also an active supporter of the campus throughout his lifetime. It is with pride and aloha that we honor his legacy and welcome him ‘home’ with the Daniel K. Inouye Center, where valuable pieces of his life’s work will be housed,” UH Mānoa Chancellor Tom Apple said. “The DKI project is also a homecoming for the design team of Clifford Planning & Architecture LLC and Pei Cobb Freed & Partners Architects LLP, whose roots and design influences can be seen today in the buildings along the campus’ East-West Road – from the East-West Center’s Jefferson and Lincoln Halls to Kennedy Theatre, Edmondson Hall, Moore Hall, Hale Kuahine and Hale Mānoa. It is befitting to the legacy left by Senator Inouye that the design team selected for the center has the same roots and deep connections to the campus that he had,” added Apple.
The DKI Center will house seven (7) academic programs that will advance public awareness of U.S. history and government, public service leadership, democratic ideals and global awareness through visiting and resident experts, communications programs and exhibits, public engagement and educational programs – particularly for K-12, lectures and other civic engagement efforts.
These seven programs include:
• Daniel K. Inouye Archives – Preserving, organizing and archiving the Senator’s Congressional papers and memorabilia, with digital access partnership with the Library of Congress;
• Policy and Leadership Programs – Offering degree-granting curriculum in international affairs, public policy and public service leadership;
• Oral History Project – Enhancing the Inouye archives through the capture of living memories and the collection of existing transcripts, audio and digital media archives;
• Inouye Fellows Program – Supporting original research utilizing the congressional papers relating to public service leadership, democratic ideals and global awareness through a unique partnership with the Library of Congress’ Kluge Fellows Program;
• Hawai‘i Democratic Leadership Partnerships – Providing programs on public service, leadership and civic engagement focused on students and aspiring leaders; the center will be assessable for school visits and collaborative school program;
• Daniel K. Inouye Lecture Series – Elevating national dialog through lectures on Democratic Leadership at UH Mānoa, as well as in Washington, D.C. at the Library of Congress; and
• Museum Partnerships – Supporting exhibitions and public programming efforts of the Bishop Museum and Smithsonian on topics such as Hawai‘i’s rich political history, the Asian and Pacific American experience, Veterans of War, Life of Congress and other opportunities to share the story of the Senator’s life, values and legacy in Hawai‘i and Washington, D.C.
In addition to the academic programs, the facility, which is slated to replace the deteriorating Henke Hall, will include: archival space for the Senator’s collections, dual reading rooms with digital access to the Library of Congress, auditorium space for public lectures and classroom use, classroom facilities, meeting rooms, multipurpose rooms, exhibition space and multimedia capability, study areas, research facilities and more.