Richard Furst

Senior Associate


With more than eighteen years in the building design and construction industries, Richard Furst has broad experience with building enclosure systems design for both new construction and rehabilitation of existing buildings. He has provided design and peer review consulting services for new projects, and has led the investigation, design, and construction administration and observation of hundreds of millions of dollars of repair and rehabilitation projects. Mr. Furst routinely performs or oversees design services, develops construction documents, and performs field observation of work, architectural testing and nondestructive evaluation on roofing systems, various waterproofing systems, and window and curtain wall systems. While his prior experience spans many different building types, Mr. Furst has developed specialized expertise in rehabilitation of occupied high-rise buildings. 

Prior to joining WJE in 2018, Mr. Furst was the lead architect for construction contract administration on a $200 million luxury high-rise hotel project in Waikiki. He currently serves as a director for the Honolulu Chapter of the American Institute of Architects.


Repair and Rehabilitation

  • Honolulu International Airport, Departures Canopy - Honolulu, HI:  Renovation of existing canopy roofing and aluminum panel cladding systems
  • Royal Iolani - Honolulu, HI: Prime consultant for DWV plumbing system replacement and interior repairs in an occupied multifamily residential high-rise
  • Craigside Condominium - Honolulu, HI: Rehabilitation of existing podium recreation deck, with concrete spall repairs, replacement of waterproofing, and new amenity deck overburden
  • Queen Emma Building - Honolulu, HI: Peer review of building enclosure repairs


Roofing and Waterproofing

  • Mana’olana Place Hotel and Residences - Honolulu, HI:  Design of waterproofing and roofing systems for new luxury resort hotel
  • Alder Street Mixed-Use Development - Honolulu, HI:  Peer review of design for waterproofing and roofing systems
  • Halewaiolu Senior Residences - Honolulu, HI:  Peer review of design for waterproofing and roofing systems



  • Ritz Carlton Residences Waikiki, Phase 2 - Honolulu, HI:  Architectural construction period services for luxury high-rise hotel tower and podium


Architectural Testing

  • Disney Aulani Resort - Ko’olina, HI:  Roof uplift testing (FM 1-52) and window water penetration testing (ASTM E1105)
  • Sheraton Waikiki Guestroom Renovation - Honolulu: Observation of window water penetration testing (AAMA 502)
  • University of Hawaii at Manoa, Computer Science Building - Honolulu, HI: Air leakage (ASTM E783) and window water penetration testing (ASTM E1105)


Nondestructive Evaluation

  • Queen Emma Gardens Teahouses - Honolulu, HI: Condition assessment and repair design of roofing and enclosure for historical structures
  • Kaanapali Golf Course - Lahaina, HI: Condition assessment of roofing and exterior building enclosures



  • Honolulu International Airport, Wikiwiki Shuttle Bus Terminal - Honolulu, HI:  Replacement of existing storefront glazing and skylights, split slab waterproofing system, and pedestrian traffic coating system
  • Mt. Terrace Condominium - Honolulu, HI: Replacement of windows, concrete spall repair, and exterior coatings and sealants
  • Imperial Plaza - Honolulu, HI: Investigation and repair design for curtain wall fire safing
Professional Affiliations

American Institute of Architects
Construction Specifications Institute
International Institute of Building Enclosure Consultants

  • Architect in HI

Florida A&M University
Bachelor of Science, Architectural Studies, 1995