Kent Hanway grew up building things: A fort in the corner of the backyard, a small-scale model car in his bedroom. He would sketch out his ideas and change them as he moved along (with a few cartoons thrown in for good measure). His two loves — building and drawing — came together when a teacher introduced him to drafting. The technical aspects of drafting, as well as the math involved, hooked him. From there, he started designing, drawing, and building even more: dressers, waterbeds, tables, chairs, cabins. Architecture seemed like the natural way to make his interests into a career.

Under Kent’s leadership, CSHQA has built upon its reputation for quality, customer service, innovative design, responsiveness, excellent construction documents, and meaningful relationships. The apex of his philosophy is CSHQA’s own building: It reset the firm’s perception in the community and made a major design statement, all while pushing the envelope on environmentally friendly design and state-of-the-art technology. The building has elevated CSHQA’s standing and its reputation for design.

Kent rarely takes a break from building. He and his wife are licensed residential contractors who always have a project under construction, and they perform most of the hands-on work themselves. He’s also an explorer: A scuba diver, a motorcyclist, a traveler, and a learner.

Licensing and Certification
Licensed Architect: US—AL, AR, AZ, CO, FL, GA, IA, ID, IL, KS, KY, LA, MO, MS, MT, NE, NC, NM, NV, OK, OR, SC, SD, TN, TX, UT, WA, WV, WY, Alberta & British Columbia
Certified, National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB)

American Institute of Architects (AIA)
Design Professional Risk Control Group (DPRCG)
Idaho Association of Building Officials (IDABO)
Idaho Power Energy Efficiency Advisory Group (EEAG)
International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC)
Leadership Boise, Boise Metro Chamber of Commerce
University of Idaho College of Architecture Advisory Board
Urban Land Institute (ULI), Idaho District Council – 2015/2016 Chair

Kent A. Hanway, AIA, NCARB

Architect Principal / Past President

BArch, University of Idaho, 1985