Vladimir Ossipoff



American, Russian


25 November 1907(Birth)

1 October 1998(Death)


Vladimir Ossipoff is recognized as the master of Hawaii Modern architecture. Born in Russia and raised in Japan, Ossipoff was instrumental in the development of Hawaiian architecture that “prioritized cultural contextualization, climatic responsiveness, spatial flexibility, natural harmonies and tactile experience.” Ossipoff created place-sensitive architecture appropriate to the lush topography, light and microclimates of the Hawaiian Islands, while synthesizing Eastern and Western influcences including Japanese building techniques and Modern architectural principles. His seamless integration of building and site, elegant orchestration of circulation, clever management of views, and creative mix of modern and natural materials is apparent in numerous iconic projects throughout Hawaii, including the Liljestrand House.

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