Ferraro Choi Team
Joseph Ferraro, FAIA, LEED AP
Founding Principal/Chairman of the Board
Prior to co-founding Ferraro Choi And Associates Ltd., he worked as a Director of Interior Architecture for 6 years in Hawaii and 10 years New York. He continues his 30 years of work on research facilities for the National Science Foundation in Antarctica, is also an adjunct professor at the University of Hawaii School of Architecture, and a recipient of the US Green Building Council’s Pioneer award for his sustainable design practice.
Troy Miyasato, AIA, MBA
Principal/President and Treasurer
Mr. Miyasato obtained his degree in Architecture from the University of Hawaii Manoa and became Principal in 2003. The majority of his career has focused on healthcare, retail, and commercial projects as well as corporate interior office renovations and educational buildings. He is currently President and Treasurer of the firm and his current responsibilities include management of office operations and project management of both interior design and architectural departments.
William Brooks, AIA, LEED AP
Mr. Brooks received his Bachelor of Architecture degree from the University of Hawaii at Manoa in 1982 and became a Principal of Ferraro Choi And Associates in 2003. He is the architect of record for the Hawaii Gateway Energy Center which achieved LEED Platinum certification in 2005, only the eighth project worldwide to do so at the time. Mr. Brooks is the lead author of a benchmark cost-benefit analysis of sustainable design and LEED certification for public schools developed for the State of Hawaii’s Department of Business, Economic Development & Tourism (DBEDT).
David Akinaka, AIA
Principal/Vice President and Secretary
Prior to returning to Hawaii to join Ferraro Choi in 2004, Mr. Akinaka received his Bachelor of Science in Architecture from the University of Virginia, his Master of Architecture from Columbia University, and practiced for 7 years in New York City with an award-winning architecture firm. He has overseen the design, project management, and construction of a wide range of commercial, institutional, high-end residential, and interior projects.
Gerald Choi, AIA Emeritus, LEED AP
Co-founder of Ferraro Choi And Associates Ltd., Mr. Choi obtained a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree with Distinction in Architecture from the University of Hawaii Manoa, a Masters of Business Administration degree from the University of Phoenix, and LEED AP accreditation. Mr. Choi has a wide range of commercial, institutional, and residential project experience including design feasibility and financial Pro Forma studies for real estate developments, energy studies, and specialty adaptive reuse studies.
Karen Busekrus has served in her position as Office Manager at Ferraro Choi since 1996. She was integral in developing and managing the firm’s current green office practices and was a key member of the office LEED certification team culminating in LEED CI Platinum certification.
Mark Ayers, AIA, CSI, CDT, LEED AP
Associate/Sr. Project Architect
Mr. Ayers brings both talent and experience through all phases of design and production in commercial, institutional, residential, government, and specialty projects. His diverse skills allow him to engage with multiple project types and identify specific client requirements early through project visualization and client charrettes.
Kurt Katada, IIDA
Director of Interiors
Mr. Katada oversees Interior Design for the firm. He has designed and managed the first LEED® Gold certified project in Hawai‘i, the American Institute of Architects (AIA) Honolulu Office. He has directed national and international award winning projects for Ferraro Choi and is a guest critic at the Chaminade University Interior Design Program.
Kim Claucherty, AIA, LEED AP
Ms. Claucherty facilitated the LEED CI 2009 Platinum Certification for the firm’s current offices at the IBM Building. Her current projects include two in Antarctica; the South Pole Cryogen Building Renovation and the McMurdo MicroTurbine CHP Installation.
Joseph Cengia, CCCA, LEED AP
Mr. Cengia has worked on a wide variety of projects, ranging from accessibility studies, to community centers, educational facilities, and military work, being involved in the design phases through construction. He is most currrently involved with the construction administration for a number of projects at Ferraro Choi, including the Stevenson Middle School – Multipurpose Educational Facility, UH – Culinary Institute, and Kalani High School.
Terry Kobayashi, AIA
Ms. Kobayashi has worked on a wide variety of projects, ranging from commercial, institutional, educational facilities, and military work, being involved in the design phases through construction. She is most currrently involved with the construction administration for the University of Hawaii – Culinary Institute of the Pacific.
Jason DeMarco, AIA, LEED AP, BD+C
Mr. DeMarco brings experience and talent through all phases of design and production in institutional, residential, and specialty projects. He completed his Master of Architecture degree at the University of Pennsylvania. Expertise with a wide variety of computer programs, including building information modeling software, facilitates his development of designs, integrated design collaboration among team members, and efficient qualitative production.
Jason Takeuchi, Assoc. AIA, LEED GA
Mr. Takeuchi has been a member of Ferraro Choi And Associates Ltd since 2012, and is currently pursuing his architectural license. Prior to joining Ferraro Choi he worked at Ki Concepts providing extensive design/technical support with coordination amongst project managers, consultants, and design teams.
Marie McCreary, IIDA
Marie joined Ferraro Choi in January 2010. Since graduating with a BA in Interior Design in 2000, she has worked in the design industry for the past 14 years. Throughout her career she has been a part of a variety of of design teams working on a variety of project types and scales.