A native of Southern India, Persis came to the United States to study design, earning a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the University of Alaska at Anchorage. She continued her education at the California College of Arts & Crafts in Oakland where she achieved a Master of Fine Arts in Environmental Design, a degree that would prove invaluable to her work in Hawai‘i’s unique milieu. She started Ahura Designs in 1984, four years after relocating to Maui. Persis chose the name of her company in tribute to her Zoroastrian heritage. "Ahura Mazda is a Zoroastrian prophet. I chose that name in order that our efforts be guided by a greater good.” Today, Persis is known throughout the state and in many parts of the U.S. Mainland for her professionalism, assiduous work ethic, and impeccable taste. Member ASID since 1983.
Born and raised on the East Coast, Lisa first studied architecture at Rhode Island School of Design while she was still in high school. She was awarded a Bachelor of Arts degree in Architecture from Washington University in St. Louis. The school's unique program was based on the Bauhaus concepts and that all fields of design are interrelated and good design in any medium is based upon the same basic principles. Whether she is designing a scheme for a whole house, a kitchen or a piece of furniture, these concepts inform her work to this day. Lisa moved to Maui in 1990 and joined Ahura Designs in 1994. Member of ASID 2000 Director-at-large, Hawai'i Chapter ASID 2003 – 2005.
Nancy Breese joined Ahura Designs in March of 2011. She brings with her a wealth of home furnishing experience after working in the field for over 20 years in Santa Barbara, California. Her exposure to that area - with its proximity to Los Angeles and San Francisco - adds to her expertise in accomplishing projects on Maui. Details, logistics, and installations are her forte. Hawaii has been a beacon since the mid 70's and is ingrained in her design aesthetic. Post installation finesse and continuing development of projects are priorities for Nancy. She also does estimating and purchasing.