Chysen Nagao, Assoc. AIA


“A building is not an end in itself; it frames, articulates, structures, gives significance, relates, separates and unites, facilitates and prohibits.”

-Juhani Pallasmaa

National Council of Architectural Registration Board, No. 793708

B.Envd, University of Colorado at Boulder, 2014


Chysen has been with MASON since 2016.

From an early age, Chysen has always been fascinated by the built environment and how design can manipulate a person’s perspective of space. He believes architecture acts as an envelope for life, which goes on in and around it. Chysen enjoys working on projects of various scales, ranging from residential structures to churches. He is currently working towards licensure in the State of Hawaii.

Outside of work, Chysen enjoys spending time with his family and playing at the beach with his two dogs. He loves being in nature and finding unexplored places to relax and unwind.


  • American Institute of Architects, Honolulu Chapter

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