KYA Design Group

Architecture Design & Planning

Honolulu, Hawaii

United States

About KYA Design Group

Formerly Kajioka and Yamachi Architects, KYA was established in 1972 in Honolulu, Hawaii.  The full service architecture firm expanded from KYA Design Group to include the Sustainability Studio, a think tank and sustainability consultancy, or innovation firm.  KYA Design Group + Sustainability Studio approach every project as an opportunity to add value by designing for social, environmental and financial prosperity in Hawaii.  The architecture firm specializes in planning, green building design, interior design, and project management services with an emphasis on airport, retail and school campuses; the innovation firm specializes in sustainability master planning and programming, sustainable business development, facilitation, community engagement and corporate social responsibility reporting for clients in the public and private sectors.

With the addition of our Sustainability Studio, we felt the time had come to look inward and review our own physical plant and operations to be fully conscious of our own social, financial and environmental impact.  Caring deeply about our impact - as a company and as individuals - is an aspect of our company that we wanted to put to the test through the rigorous B Lab Impact Assessment.

The Change We Seek™

The leaders of KYA have great respect for the special culture and environment that exists in Hawaii and feel strongly that businesses play a large role in perpetuating aloha.  Through the company’s work in the built environment through the Design Group or organizational and stakeholder environment through the Sustainability Studio, KYA seeks to design for social, economic, and financial prosperity in Hawaii.

What makes us a better company?

B Impact Report

Certified since: 

October 2012

Company Score

Median Score*



The Environment section of the Assessment evaluates a company's environmental performance through its facilities; materials, resource, and energy use; and emissions. Where applicable, it also considers a company's transportation/distribution channels and environmental impact of its supply chain. This section also measures whether a company's products or services are designed to solve an environmental issue, including products that aid in the provision of renewable energy, conserve resources, reduce waste, promote land/wildlife conservation, prevent toxic/hazardous substance or pollution, or educate, measure, or consult to solve environmental problems.



The Worker section of the survey assesses the company's relationship with its workforce. This section measures how the company treats its workers through compensation, benefits, training, and ownership opportunities provided to workers. It also focuses on the overall work environment within the company through management/worker communication, job flexibility and corporate culture, and worker health and safety practices.



The Customers section of the Assessment measures the impact a company has on its customers. The section focuses on whether a company sells products or services that promote public benefit, and if those products/services are targeted towards serving underserved populations. Questions in this section will measure whether a company's product or service is designed to solve a social or environmental issue (e.g. improves health, preserves environment or creates economic opportunity to individuals or communities, promotes the arts/sciences, or increases the flow of capital to purpose-driven enterprises).



The Community section of the survey assesses a company's impact on its community. The Community section evaluates a company's supplier relations, diversity, and involvement in the local community. The section also measures the company's practices and policies around community service and charitable giving. In addition, this section includes if a company's product or service is designed to solve a social issue, including access to basic services, health, education, economic opportunity, arts, and increasing the flow of capital to purpose-driven enterprises.



The Governance section of the Assessment evaluates a company's accountability and transparency. The section focuses on the company's mission, stakeholder engagement, and overall transparency of the company's practices and policies.

Overall B Score

80 out of 200 is eligible for certification

*Of all businesses that have completed the B Impact Assessment

*Median scores will not add up to overall

view full reports ยป

Company Highlights: 

Governance: Holds annual stakeholder meeting to address social and environmental performance

Workers: Pays all employees a living wage; Offers health insurance to all fulltime employees and their families; Offers 26+ paid vacation/sick days; Pays for/subsidizes external professional development or learning opportunities to enhance performance skills; Offers counseling services and health & wellness program

Community: Gives preference to local/sustainable suppliers; Evaluates suppliers annually; 100% owned by members from underrepresented populations; Offers paid time off for community service; >75% of employees participated in company-organized community service days

Environment: Has mostly LEED-certified company facilities; Has composting as well as office-wide recycling program for paper, plastic, and cardboard; Uses web/virtual meeting technology to reduce travel for in-person meetings; Records greenhouse gas emissions for travel, commuting, and office operations, and has specific reduction targets



• Best Places to Work 2012 Award Go»
• Living Building Challenge Collaborative Go»
• Global Reporting Initiative Go»