University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa Master of Urban and Regional Planning
University of Arizona Bachelor of Landscape Architecture

Professional Affiliations

American Society of Landscape Architects
American Planning Association
International Society of Arboriculture

Areas of Special Competence

Landscape Architecture and Design
Ecosystem Restoration
Site Analysis
Site Planning
Tropical Landscape Plants

Richard Quinn, Landscape Architect, ASLA, LEED AP, Certified Arborist


Years Experience: 39

Richard “Rick” Quinn, both landscape architect and planner, joined HHF in 2000 and became a principal in 2006. He has nearly four decades of landscape design and construction observation experience in Hawai‘i and throughout the Pacific Region. Rick serves as Vice-President, heading the company’s landscape architecture department – an exceptional team of designers who bring a creative and innovative approach to all design projects. His extensive experience and unique approach to planting design has resulted in the creation of very special and distinctive landscapes.

Under Rick’s direction, the company has excelled in the detailed planning and design of ecosystem restoration projects, commercial developments, and residential communities. The incorporation of the principles of sustainable and regenerative designs have become in integral part of the company philosophy. Recent work includes major landscape and planning design projects at the Kawainui-Hamākua Marsh in Kailua; the historic IBM Building in Kaka‘ako; the Shidler College of Business at the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa; the Doris Duke Estate (Shangri La); and a number of prominent commercial building landscapes and high-end residences in Honolulu.

Rick’s extensive knowledge of tropical and subtropical landscape plants, including the landscape use of native Hawaiian plants, adds a special dimension to design projects. Of particular interest is the study and application of native ecosystem restoration and the utilization of an ecosystem approach to the use of native Hawaiian plants in urban areas.

Community Involvement

Board of Parks and Recreation, City and County of Honolulu

Board of Directors, Landscape Industry Council of Hawai‘i

Former Member, Board of Directors, Lyon Arboretum Association

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