THE PARTNERS

Carol S. Sakata | Richard W. Balcom | Glenn K. Miura

CAROL S. SAKATA, FAIA, NCARB, LEED AP

Senior Principal

sakataA principal of CDS International since 1979, Dr. Sakata has practiced in Hawaii since 1969 and is experienced in housing, hotel, resort, commercial, industrial, educational, recreational, office facility and interior design projects for private and public sector clients. Additionally, she has led many of the firm’s design-build projects. Renovation projects under Dr. Sakata’s direction have included the historic rehabilitation of Waikiki’s famed Moana Hotel and the rehabilitation and conversion of a historically significant former Bachelor Officers’ Quarters at Pearl Harbor to a Navy Lodge. She also serves as CDS Project Delivery and Building Information Modeling (BIM) Implementation Director.

Dr. Sakata taught professional practice courses for 16 years as an Adjunct Associate Professor at the University of Hawaii at Manoa School of Architecture. Her professional and civic activities have included service as president of Hawaii Society/AIA, chair of the City and County of Honolulu Building Board of Appeals, two-term member of the Hawaii Board of Registration for Professional Engineers, Architects, Landscape Architects and Land Surveyors and director, secretary and 2014-2015 president-elect of the Rotary Club of Honolulu. For over 15 years she served the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB) in several capacities, including two years each as chair of the Committee on Examination (COE) and the Architect Registration Examination (ARE) Subcommittee. In 2012 Dr. Sakata was honored as a Businesswoman of the Year finalist by Pacific Business News.

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

45 Years with CDS International
5 Years with Other Firms

EDUCATION

Architecture Doctorate, 2000, University of Hawaii at Manoa
Bachelor of Architecture, Cum Laude, 1969, University of Washington

ARCHITECTURAL REGISTRATIONS & OTHER CERTIFICATIONS

1996/California
1993/Guam
1974/Hawaii
NCARB Certified Architect/1987
LEED Accredited Professional/2009

 

RICHARD W. BALCOM, AIA, LEED AP

Principal

balcomIn 1981 Mr. Balcom left his residential design practice to join CDS International as a Project Architect for Pauahi Tower, a landmark 28-story office tower in downtown Honolulu. In 1982 CDS transferred him to Seoul, Korea to help establish and be Chief Architect for an affiliate firm providing full architectural and engineering design services to the US Army Corps of Engineers. During the seven years Mr. Balcom was in Korea he oversaw the design of over 80 projects for the US Military including a 400 room hotel, a 300 unit family housing project, barracks, medical facilities, schools, aircraft hangars and various types of operations, training and maintenance facilities.

Mr. Balcom returned to CDS International in 1989 and since that time has managed the master planning, design and construction of several major projects in Hawaii, California, Guam and Korea. These include a mixed-use luxury residential/commercial development, a luxury high-rise condominium, an affordable rental housing development, department stores, shopping centers, an elementary school, an aircraft maintenance hangar, airport passenger terminal improvements and the adaptive re-use and renovation of a landmark building in the Hawaii Capital Historic District.

In 2000 Mr. Balcom became a principal of CDS International where he continues to be involved with the management of major projects.

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

29 Years with CDS International
12 Years with Other Firms

EDUCATION

Master of Architecture, 1976, University of Hawaii at Manoa
Bachelor of Arts (Economics), 1970, University of Hawaii at Manoa

ARCHITECTURAL REGISTRATIONS & OTHER CERTIFICATIONS

1979/Hawaii
LEED Accredited Professional/2009

 

GLENN K. MIURA, AIA, NCARB, LEED AP

Principal

Miura_medMr. Miura rejoined CDS International as a principal in 2004 after a seven-year absence during which he conducted his own architectural practice on Oahu and the Big Island of Hawaii and taught design at the University of Hawaii at Manoa School of Architecture. In his private practice Mr. Miura designed residences, restaurants and retail facilities. He was also a lead designer for design and planning charrettes for the Pacific Command Headquarters at Camp Smith, Oahu as well as for military residential, command and control, medical and recreational master plans and facility designs in Okinawa and Korea for the US Navy.

Prior to his sojourn Mr. Miura was with CDS for 16 years, including eight years as a principal. He has been a lead designer and planner for many of the firm’s projects in Hawaii and numerous locations in the Pacific Basin, ranging from Department of Defense facilities to major resorts, commercial complexes, and residential developments. Environmental sustainability is a central focus of Mr. Miura’s design philosophy and he is recognized by the US Green Building Council as a LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Accredited Professional.

For many years Mr. Miura served as design review architect for the Community Association of Mililani Town-a 25,000 unit planned community in central Oahu, Mauna ‘Olu Estates on Oahu’s Leeward coast and Royal Kunia in central Oahu.

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

28 Years with CDS International
16 Years with Other Firms

EDUCATION

Master of Architecture, 1974, University of California at Berkeley
Bachelor of Arts (Pre-Architecture), 1970, University of Hawaii at Manoa

ARCHITECTURAL REGISTRATIONS & OTHER CERTIFICATIONS

1980/Hawaii
LEED Accredited Professional/2006