Melanie Islam, AIA, NCARB, LEED AP BD+C, LFA

Principal & Sustainability Director

“Progress is impossible without change, and those who cannot change their minds cannot change anything.”

- George Bernard Shaw


Climate Change Commission, City and County of Honolulu

Director, 2022

American Institute of Architects Hawaii State Council

Honoree, 2019

Pacific Business News 40 Under 40

Board Chair, 2017 - 2021

U.S. Green Building Council Hawaii

Women in Green Honoree, 2019

USGBC Pacific Region


Registered Architect, State of Hawaii, AR17596

National Council of Architectural Registration Board, No. 123280

LEED Accredited Professional, LEED AP BD+C

Living Future Accredited Professional

Doctor of Architecture, University of Hawaii at Manoa, 2008


Melanie has been with MASON since 2012.

Melanie found her identity in architecture early in life, and believes architects have the fortunate responsibility to positively change the way our built environment is constructed, managed and operated to yield a more resilient and sustainable place for the next generation. She is driven to work on projects that improve our communities and thrives on opportunities that guide smart choices in energy efficiency, healthy material selection, and sustainable design. She advocates for sustainable and energy efficient reuse of existing building stock as a strategy to address near-term carbon reduction targets. 

When she’s not working or volunteering, Melanie cherishes her time in the kitchen, often preparing elaborate South Asian meals or making her sought after samosas while rocking out to disco music.


  • American Institute of Architects, National and Honolulu Chapter, Director 2020-2021
  • U.S. Green Building Council, National and Hawaii Community
  • International Living Future Institute Ambassador Network
  • YWCA Honolulu, Board Member, 2021 - present

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