In Remembrance

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Merritt Tetsuya Sakata, AIA ME

1946 - 2024

Long-time AIA Honolulu member (40 years) Merritt Tetsuya Sakata, AIA ME, an accomplished architect, passed away March 29, 2024. Born on November 21, 1946, he dedicated his professional career to creating value for his clients whose projects often had severe budget constraints.

Merritt utilized a thoughtful approach to design that blended functionality with aesthetics through the use of economical yet quality materials and construction systems. He specialized in commercial and light industrial projects and often provided value engineering services to clients whose projects had been designed by others but had affordability challenges.


Alan Rowland, AIA ME

1926 - 2023

We are sad to say that long-time AIA Honolulu member (50+ years) Alan Rowland passed away on August 5, 2023, at the age of 96.

Alan was born in San Francisco. After graduation in 1944, he joined the Navy, took the NROTC test and got assigned to Stanford University. This was before transferring to UC Berkeley where his '51 School of Architecture class was the last of California's four-year Architecture curriculum. He started working in San Francisco, then with a US firm in Japan. In the Fall of 1956, his ship had a two-week stop in Honolulu where he met Alfred Preis, who said work was plenty in Hawaii. He ended up working with Vladimir Ossipoff for 42 years, before he opened his one-man office.

He and wife Margaret Mary "Molly" Walker were married for 65 years and have three children. Read his wonderful life story in his own words. In lieu of flowers, consider a donation to Habitat for Humanity.

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Robin Lee, AIA

1945 - 2023

Remembering AIA Honolulu member, Robin H.S. Lee, AIA, who passed away on June 12, 2023, at the age of 78. Robin was one of the earliest graduates of the University of Hawaii Architecture School, where he earned his Bachelor of Architecture degree. He was also an alumnus of McKinley High School.

Robin began his career at Vladimir Osipoff’s office and remained a lifelong admirer of “Val”'s work. He later established his own firm, Robin Lee Architect, AIA, and won several AIA Honolulu Design Awards for his residential projects.


Allen Yasuo Kajioka, AIA

1933 - 2023

Allen Kajioka, 89, of Honolulu, Hawaii peacefully passed away on March 15, 2023. He graduated from McKinley High School and received his architecture degree from Illinois Institute of Technology. In 1972, he founded the architectural firm currently known as KYA Inc.

Allen is survived by his wife, Eileen; children: Faye (Alex) Bueno, Lynne (Khoi) Le, and Nelson (Darcie) Kajioka; 5 grandchildren; and sisters, Eleanor Tokunaga and Ginny Kimura.


Ryan Yamamoto, AIA

1979 - 2022

Ryan Gunichi Yamamoto, 43, of Honolulu, Hawaii, passed away on May 14, 2022.
Ryan graduated from Mililani High School and the University of Hawaii's School of Architecture. He was employed at Architects Hawaii. He was an active member of the Waikiki BeachBoys Canoe Club. The ocean was his second home and he loved paddling his OC1.

He was an instrumental team member on AHL’s Federal and State government projects including some of the largest planning projects in Honolulu - the Hawaii State Capital District Oahu Master Plan and the Planning for the Future of Oahu Community Correctional Center. Ryan’s work continues to be transformative for our local community and the AHL team.


Philip "Pip" White, AIA

1947 - 2022

Philip “Pip” White – renowned architect, mentor, family man, founder of WhiteSpace Architects and former president of AIA Honolulu – died of cancer Aug. 25, 2022, at the age of 74.

A seventh-generation kama‘aina, Pip infused a Hawaiian sense of place into all his designs and believed that architecture should be inherently sustainable and environmentally sensitive.


Alex Weinstein, AIA

1923 - 2022

Alex Weinstein, AIA, was an architect’s architect – artistically driven, paid attention to detail, and treaded his own path. He joined Architects Hawaii in 1969, retired in 1988, and served on the board of directors until 2020. He passed on April 16, 2022 at the age of 98.

His projects received recognition in numerous publications and more than 21 international, national and local design awards. He was involved in creating many architectural landmarks in Honolulu including Nauru Tower, Marin Tower, Grosvenor Center, Hale Koa Hotel, Queen Emma Tower, Cancer Research of Hawaii, and Queens Medical Center.


Edward Sullam, FAIA

1925 - 2022

Edward Sullam, an architect whose designs embodied mid-century Hawaiian architecture, passed away on May 10, 2022, at Straub Medical Center, Honolulu. He was 96 years old and died from pneumonia. Sullam was born in New York city on December 25, 1925, to Florence and Benveniste Sullam. As a youth, Ed Sullam was a gifted artist. He loved to draw and was admitted to Manhattan's prestigious High School of Music and Art. In 1942, he enlisted in the Navy and served as a radioman. His Navy service brought him to Hawaii in late 1944. After an honorable discharge from the Navy, Sullam returned to New York to marry Fredda Reich, whom he met at a Cooper Union drawing class. He studied architecture the Carnegie Institute of Technology, in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, graduating in 1950 with a bachelor's degree in architecture. After working for a large Los Angeles architectural firm, in 1955 he moved to Honolulu to work for Vladimir Ossipoff's firm.


Geoffrey Paterson, AIA ME

1928 - 2022

Geoffrey Paterson, AIA Member Emeritus, passed away on February 15 at age 93 in California with family at his side due to complications from pneumonia. For those who knew him, Geoffrey had an infectious zest for living which drew you into extended conversations about the history his life spanning from Atlantic to Pacific. Hawaii was privileged to have him join our island ‘ohana.

Geoffrey was born in England and amidst the fog of World War II, he traveled to Canada with his mother and siblings. He returned after the war and joined the Royal Navy. After his military service he graduated from the Oxford School of Architecture.


Joyce Noe, FAIA

1940 - 2022

Joyce Michiyo Noe, wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother passed away peacefully on May 7, 2022 at the age of 82. She spent much of her life dedicated to education at the University of Hawai'i at Manoa, School of Architecture.

Joyce was born in Honolulu on April 15, 1940, to Jitsuhei & Mitsue Fujimoto. She graduated from Roosevelt High School in 1958 then studied Electrical Engineering at the University of Hawai'i at Manoa for two years, before transferring to the University of Illinois Champaign-Urbana School of Architecture and graduating with a BArch in 1965.

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David A. Miller, AIA

1942 - 2022

David A. Miller, beloved husband, father, business leader and mentor, died April 10, 2022, at his home in Honolulu. He was 79 years old. David is survived by his wife, Brigitte Hahn-Miller, and adult children Joshua Han Miller, Kyra Li Ai Miller and Jordan Han Miller.

A visionary architect with a lifelong passion for design and architecture, David influenced much of Hawaii’s built environment for the last five decades. He joined Architects Hawaii Limited (now known as AHL) in 1971, became a principal in 1975, was appointed chief executive officer in 2000, and served as chairman of the board from 2010 until his retirement last year.


Donald (Don) Goo, FAIA

1934 - 2022

Don Goo, FAIA, passed peacefully on April 7th, 2022. Don, a recipient of the Hawaii State Council and Hawaii Architectural Foundation’s Medal of Honor, served as the president, CEO, and chairman of WATG for many years.

He is credited with bringing signature design elements that separate Hawaii’s hospitality and elevate the resort experience. Some of Don’s local projects include such iconic fixtures as the Hilton Hawaiian Village, Sheraton Maui, Hawaii State Convention Center, and the Waikiki Bank of Hawaii.


Theodore (Ted) Garduque, FAIA

1951 - 2022

Remembering fondly longtime AIA Honolulu member and past president, Ted Garduque, FAIA, NCARB (age 71), who passed away on February 2, 2022.

Ted was a nationally certified and licensed architect with a Bachelor of Architecture from the University of Oregon and a Master of Architecture in Urban and Regional Design from Cornell University.

Ted founded Garduque Architects (1987) and was recognized nationally and internationally for design achievement in publications, design award programs and exhibits. He liked simple, elegant architecture, informed by the landscape, place and culture.

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