Timeline of Events
1972. Tom Pagliuso came to Hawaii to form a branch office of Orange County, CA firm Black, Pagliuso, Kikuchi and O'Dowd which launched its Hawaii branch in 1968. Four years later, when his other partners closed the local operation, Pagliuso decided to stay in the Islands. He consequently founded Media Five, a multi service design company focused on providing five services: planning, architecture, interiors, graphics, and multi-media. The original location was at 745 Fort Street Mall Suite 200 and had the first theater in an architectural office in Hawaii.
1973. Chris Smith, Evan Cruthers, and Mel Choy joins Tom as founding principals of Media Five.
1974. Media Five designs the Queen Street Building in Downtown Honolulu. The building wins an AIA Design Award, and Media Five relocates to this building in 1975, where we still reside today.
1981. Mike Leineweber joins the firm and begins a long and successful career of working in Japan and with Japanese clients. He opens a branch office in Waikiki to manage the One Waterfront Plaza job.
1982. Media Five opens an Australia office and continues international and overseas projects. Notable projects during this time included the Hope Island Resort on the Gold Coast of Australia, LeLagon Pacific Resort in Vanatu, Hotel Hana on Maui, and the Sheraton Fiji Hotel.
1986. Media Five opens a California office to better serve West Coast clients and Pagiluso heads this effort.
2001. Durrant and Media Five, Ltd. reach an asset purchase agreement, and the firm becomes Durrant Media Five.
2004. Durrant Media Five completes an asset purchase agreement of Oda McCarty Architects, Ltd. in Hilo, HI and forms a Hilo office.
2008. Coincident with the 2008-09 economic downturn, Durrant adopted a business plan focused on projects with large fees in select market segments. They subsequently reduced staff resources and office locations. The Hilo office was closed and Scott Fleming formed Fleming and Associates, LLC.
2009. Partners Mel Choy, Mike Leineweber, Gordon Wood, Steve Nash, and Wes Deguchi buy the firm back from Durrant and form Media5 Architecture in order to regain autonomy and return to our kama'aina roots.
2010. With combined experience totaling 254 years, Media5 Architecture is a strong yet efficient firm capable handling just about any project that comes our way.