Architect Chris J. Smith Takes Highest Honor

Chris J. Smith, FAIA, received the 2021 Medal of Honor, the highest achievement from the American Institute of Architects Hawaii State Council in partnership with the Hawaii Architectural Foundation. The award was presented at an Oct. 15 reception at the Pacific Club. 

Smith is the founder and president of CJS Group Architects Ltd., and his work is known for promoting sustainability and groundbreaking research. Some projects by CJS Group include: the Albert Crary Science and Engineering Technology Center in Antarctica; the HMSA building on Keeaumoku Street; the Boy Scouts building in Nuuanu; the Hasegawa Komuten Building in downtown Honolulu; and the Mitsukoshi building in Waikiki. 

Smith also is an active member of AIA. Not only was he the only Hawaii architect to serve as secretary of the National AIA Institute, but he also was past president of the Hawaii Society (now AIA Hawaii State Council), and the national board as the AIA Northwest & Pacific region director, where he served for three years. 


Atlas Insurance has promoted Danielle Ulmann to vice president. Previously, she was surety bond manager and assistant vice president. Ulmann brings nearly 15 years of construction risk and surety bond industry experience to her new position, and in her new role, she will continue as surety bond manager, collaborate with Atlas account executives, support internal initiatives and train Atlas personnel to reinforce sales growth and retention efforts.

Ulmann has a bachelor’s degree in finance from the University of Hawaii at Manoa Shidler College of Business. She also holds chartered property casualty underwriter and associate in fidelity and surety bonding designations. Ulmann is 2022 immediate past president of the National Association of Women in Construction Hawaii Chapter.

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Peter Vincent Architects has promoted Mary Rose Cacchione, AIA LEED AP, to associate. A member of the firm since 2018, she has over a decade of experience as a licensed architect in New Mexico and Hawaii and has served as project manager/project architect for the Asia Pacific Plastic Surgery at Nauru Tower, Town Center of Mililani New Medical Office Building and Haleakala Residence. Cacchione has bachelor’s and master’s degrees in architecture from Tulane University School of Architecture in New Orleans.

Peter Vincent Architects has hired Heather Gallacher as a designer. She has a bachelor’s degree in architecture from the California Polytechnic University Pomona, where she was on the President’s Honor List and a SoCal Gal Competition Winner for her sustainable COVID-19 classroom design. Gallacher is a 2017 graduate of La Pietra Hawaii School for Girls.


Aaron Yamasaki, division manager of Swinerton Hawaii, was named a member of the board of directors for Make-A-Wish Hawaii, a nonprofit that grants life-changing wishes to Hawaii children with critical illnesses. In addition to using his construction expertise to bring a batting cage to a child on Hawaii Island, Yamasaki serves on the 22-member board comprising volunteers from various industries. Swinerton is a general contractor with a portfolio that includes Target Windward Mall, Waiea Condo Repairs and Waikiki Market—the new Food Pantry in the new Lilia Tower.   

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Three Join Whitespace Architects

WhiteSpace Architects has expanded its Oahu office with the addition of three new members: 

Alessandra Marsh, architectural designer, is working on a master planning project for a multi-generational family retreat in Makiki. Marsh returned to Hawaii after 15 years studying and practicing architecture in San Francisco. Previously, she was a hospitality junior designer at Arcanum Architecture, where she managed residential and commercial projects. Other previous positions include intermediate designer at A. Gordon Atkinson AIA. She has a bachelor of architecture degree from California College of the Arts and is a graduate of Punahou School.

Chris Branch, project architect and a general contractor, has over two decades of experience designing and managing commercial, industrial and residential projects. Previously, he was a project architect at Patrick Mori Architect and served as a consultant on projects, including a branch building and development in Bali, Indonesia, for the construction of a luxury residential villa. Branch is a LEED Green Associate and is a graduate of Honolulu Community College’s Architecture, Engineering & Construction Technologies program. 

Stacey Villarino, architectural designer, works with the Big Island branch of Whitespace Architects on projects related to healthcare and a custom residence on the Hamakua Coast. Previously, Villarino was an architecture designer at RIM Architects, Phoenix’s LINK Lab and the Department of Design and Construction for the City & County of Honolulu. She has a doctorate in architecture and a bachelor of environmental design from the University of Hawaii at Manoa School of Architecture and an associate in arts from Kapiolani Community College. 

Inform Design Hires Four

InForm Design, an architectural and interior design firm in Honolulu, has appointed the following employees: 

Kristhiannie “Krissy” Fuentes is a technical intern on the production team of InForm Design, attends Honolulu Community College and plans to graduate in the spring of 2023. She prepares drawings for construction, assists with 3D Laser Scanning and Revit model creation, and provides general support on a variety of project tasks.

Kelsey Jones, interior designer, previously was an assistant designer at Philpotts Interiors. She has a bachelor’s degree in fine arts and environment and interior design from Chaminade University of Honolulu. She is responsible for design presentations, 3D models and views, construction drawings and tasks under the direction of the senior designer.

Audrey Pineda, interior designer, brings more than 10 years of experience managing and coordinating projects. She has a bachelor’s degree in interior design from Westwood College. Pineda assists in the design and production for schematic, design development, construction documents, construction administration and project management.  

Maileen Yamada, marketing coordinator, has a strong background in marketing, with an emphasis on digital strategies including SEO, emails and social media. She has a bachelor’s degree in business economics and finance from Hawaii Pacific University. Yamada assists in the design, management and execution of marketing and business development strategies and activities for the firm.  

Alexander & Baldwin Inc. Appoints CFO and VP 

Alexander & Baldwin Inc., the only publicly traded real estate investment trust focused on Hawaii real estate, has named two executives. 

Clayton K.Y. C hun has been promoted to executive vice president and chief financial officer of Alexander & Baldwin Inc., effective Dec. 1, 2022. As a chief accounting officer with A&B, he oversaw accounting, financial reporting and tax functions; led the transition to a REIT; and revamped financial systems to support its commercial real estate focus. Prior to joining A&B, he was senior manager in the audit practice of Deloitte in Los Angeles and is (an inactive) certified public accountant, with a master’s degree in accounting from the University of Southern California and a bachelor’s in economics from Washington University in St. Louis. Chun will succeed Brett A. Brown as the company focuses on Hawaii commercial real estate.  

A&B also appointed Anthony Tommasino to vice president and controller, effective Oct. 1, 2022. Tommasino has been the company’s director of financial reporting and technical accounting since June 2021. Prior to A&B, he served as director of accounting at Hawaii Gas, and 14 years as an audit senior manager at Deloitte. Tommasino is a certified public accountant with bachelor of science degrees in accounting and finance from Villanova University.

Utilities Commission Appoints Chair

Leodoloff “Leo” R. Asuncion Jr. was appointed chairman of the Hawaii Public Utilities Commission. A PUC commissioner since 2019 with a term scheduled to end July 30, 2026, Asuncion stepped down to begin his role as chairman. Asuncion also was a director of the office from 2013 to 2018. 

Prior to joining the PUC, he was a planning program administrator at the Office of Planning, Department of Business, Economic Development and Tourism and a program manager at the Hawaii Coastal Zone Management program. He has an MBA from Hawaii Pacific University, a master’s in urban and regional planning and a bachelor of political science degree from the University of Hawaii at Manoa.

WhiteSpace Architects Hires Two 

Alessandra “Ali” Olsen has joined WhiteSpace Architects as an architectural designer and assists with educational, residential and commercial projects across the state. Previously, she was an architectural designer at Design Partners Inc., where she focused on federal Department of Defense and both federal and state Department of Education projects in Hawaii, Okinawa and Guam. Olsen has a doctorate in architecture and a bachelor’s degree in environmental design from the University of Hawaii at Manoa School of Architecture. She is a member of the Gamma Mu Chapter of Tau Sigma Delta, the national architecture honor society. 

Also joining WhiteSpace is Project Manager Colin Kodama. He is a licensed structural engineer who assists WhiteSpace’s residential and educational projects and technical architectural design elements. Previously a partner at Nagamine Okawa Engineers Inc., Kodama has a master’s and a bachelor’s in civil engineering from Santa Clara University, is a graduate of the American Council of Engineering Companies’ Emerging Leaders Program and is a certified bridge inspector from the Federal Highway Administration’s National Highway Institute.

WhiteSpace Architects, which recently moved to the Kahala Professional Building, originally was founded as Philip White Architects.   


Arend joins Kirschner 

Kirschner Contractors has hired Scott Arend as a scheduler/project engineer. Previously a resident of Anchorage, Alaska, his most recent role was as a project manager and field engineer on “the slope” in Alaska. Arend has a mechanical engineering degree from South Dakota State University and spent 20 years working in Colorado and the past seven years in Alaska. He is a member of The Association for the Advancement of Cost Engineers.


NAVFAC Pacific Has New Commander 

Rear Adm. Jeffery J. Kilian relieved Rear Adm. Dean A. VanderLey as commander for Naval Facilities Engineering Systems Command (NAVFAC) Pacific during a July 22 change-of-command ceremony at its headquarters on Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam. 

Kilian oversees 9,000 military and civilian personnel across seven Echelon IV offices in over 40 locations across the Indo-Pacific theater. He also serves as a U.S. Pacific Fleet civil engineer. A native of Spokane, Washington, Kilian has a bachelor of science degree in civil engineering and a master of science in construction engineering and project management from the University of Texas at Austin. He completed the Advanced Management Program at Duke University. 

VanderLey served as NAVFAC Pacific Commander from August 2021 to July 2022 and now is the NAVFAC commander and chief of civil engineers in Washington, D.C.

G70 Promotes Two Principals

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Hawaii design firm G70 has promoted Rene Matsumura and Tracy Camuso to the position of principal.

Matsumura, a master planner and urban designer, has experience in large-scale communities, housing projects, commercial centers, transit-oriented districts and university campuses. Matsumura’s work includes all phases of master planning from initial site analysis, feasibility studies, program development, concept alternatives, master plans and design guidelines.

Camuso, an environmental and land use planner, has over 15 years’ experience working on projects ranging from renewable energy, biofuels, agricultural developments, educational facilities and resort master plans. In her new role, she will work closely with G70’s management team to provide sustainable and holistic solutions for the local community.

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