Chris J. Smith, FAIA, is the Founder and President of the CJS Group Architects, Ltd., and is known for his service to the AIA.  Chris served as a past President of the Hawaii Society (now AIA Hawaii State Council) and served on the National Board as the AIA Northwest & Pacific Region Director for three years.  He also served two years as the Secretary of the National AIA Institute – the only Hawaii architect to serve in this position.  

Chris graduated in 1968 with a Bachelor of Architecture and a Bachelor of Social Science from the California Polytechnic State University. CJS Group Architects, founded in 1976, was characterized as offering leading edge design.

Chris has a broad reach of thinking about architecture, spanning from Biophilia, Human Factors, Universal Design, Cultural Aspects, and Environmental Strategies. He attributes much of his thought process to his early studies in Sociology.


1984      Hasegawa Komuten Building
1982      Hawaii Medical Services Association Corporate Headquarters
1989      Linekona School / Honolulu Museum of Art Academy

1989-1995      Punahou School Renovations: Cooke Hall, Pauahi Hall, Alexander Hall, Dillingham Theater Roofing, Castle Hall Roofing
1991      Albert Crary Science and Engineering Technology Center in Antarctica
1991      Mitsukoshi Building, Bank of Hawaii Waikiki
1995      Foster Botanical Garden Greenhouse
1997      The Contemporary Art Museum at the former Spaulding Residence
2001      Boy Scouts of America, Aloha Council Headquarters Various