Ferraro Choi Team

Management Team


Joseph Ferraro, FAIA, LEED AP

Founding Principal/Chairman of the Board

Prior to co-founding Ferraro Choi And Associates Ltd., Mr. Ferraro worked as a Director of Interior Architecture for 6 years in Hawaii and 10 years in New York. He continues his 35 years of work on research facilities for the National Science Foundation in Antarctica, is also a member of the American Institute of Architects College of Fellows, 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

Principal/Vice President

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

Founding Principal

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

Office Manager

Ms. 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.

Design Team


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

Project Manager

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.


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 Takeuchi, AIA, NCARB


Mr. Takeuchi joined Ferraro Choi in 2012. Graduating with a Doctor of Architecture (DArch) from the University of Hawaii at Manoa, he manages and delivers sustainable commercial projects designed to enhance the social welfare and progress of our local communities. Recent key projects include Waimanalo Health Center, the Kakaako-Makai Innovation Block, and the University of Hawaii Culinary Institute of the Pacific.


Kim Farrant

Materials Specialist

Ms. Farrant joined Ferraro Choi in 2001.  She assists with various aspects of projects’ interior design, particularly furniture and finish selections.  She also maintains the firm’s resource library.


Marie McCreary, IIDA

Interior Designer

Ms. McCreary 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.