Ferraro Choi 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
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.
Ms. Busekrus has served as Office Manager at Ferraro Choi since 1996. She oversees or personally handles a broad range of departments and initiatives, including accounting/bookkeeping and project financials, human resources, firm marketing, IT support, the FCA Wellness Program, and general administrative operations and strategies.
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.
Associate / Senior Interior Designer
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.
Karyn Lee, AIA
After working in New York City for 15 years, in 2019 Ms. Lee returned to Ferraro Choi where she originally started her career. Her varied project experience includes City Halls in China, office towers in Washington, DC, and healthcare in New York. Recently her focus has been in medical architecture, completing a 44,000 square- foot Ambulatory Care Facility for New York University’s Langone Health.
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 currently involved with the construction administration for the University of Hawaii – Culinary Institute of the Pacific.
Jason Takeuchi, AIA, NCARB, LEED GA
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.
Tarek Farid, AIA, LEED AP, CPHD
Senior Project Architect
Mr. Farid joined Ferraro Choi in 2017, specializing in design and construction project management. Much of his career has focused on urban revitalization and art and culture centers. Current projects include the Wailuku Civic Complex for the County of Maui and the Liliuokalani Trust Youth Center in Honolulu.
Kim Claucherty, AIA
Senior Project Manager
Ms. Claucherty organized 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.
Ms. Young handles the technical side of design, creating construction documents and managing construction administration. Past projects include Waimanalo Health Center and Bank of Hawaii Private Banking; she is currently working on the Liliuokalani Trust’s 16th Floor Offices renovation. Prior to joining the firm, Ms. Young gained experience in healthcare, DOE and government projects at Designer Built Systems, Inc.
Ms. Presbaugh joined the firm in 2016. She assists in preparation of design, construction and planning documents, presentations and interior finish boards. With a working knowledge of BOMA Rentable Area standards, furniture standards, and ADA standards, she also develops interior details and coordinates with Ferraro Choi contractors.
Mr. Bonilla joined Ferraro Choi in 2016. He provides CADD technical support, project rendering, building performance computer modeling, virtual reality tech, and architectural support. Recent projects have included Kohala High School and the McMurdo Station in Antarctica.
Ms. Chung joined Ferraro Choi in 2019. She assists with various aspects of projects’ interior design including site analysis, programming, space planning, code analysis, construction drawings and construction administration. Currently she is working on the HECO Office Consolidation at Alii Place and various tenant improvements at Davies Pacific Center and Waterfront Plaza.
Ms. Chen assists our Project Architects and Project Managers utilizing Building Information Modeling (BIM), creating 2D and 3D design materials, and conducting research. She also assists with construction administrative tasks and consultant coordination. She has been a member of Ferraro Choi team since 2017.
Ms. Zeng joined Ferraro Choi in 2018. She assists Project Architects with research, drawings, and coordination. Current and recent projects include the Wailuku Civic Center on Maui, Liliuokalani Trust’s Kamalii Services Hub on Molokai, and The Queen’s Medical Center.
Ms. Pineda is involved with all aspects of the interiors process, from client meetings to programming, space layouts, and selecting finishes. Current projects include the Hawaii Foodbank office renovation and Kamehameha School’s Kekelaokalani project. She joined Ferraro Choi in 2018.
Ms. Pimentel supports the design team with client and contractor communications, with emphasis on projects incorporating Hawaiian culture. She is currently working on two elementary school building projects for Kamehameha Schools, as well as Ka ‘Umeke Kā’eo Public Charter School in Hilo. She joined Ferraro Choi in 2018.
Materials Resource Manager
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.
Ms. Koutz manages the front office and reception, and provides administrative assistance to the marketing, office and project managers.