The Team
  • Mark Edison de Reus AIA, PARTNER
  • Dan Dzakowic AIA, LEED AP, PARTNER
  • John Rowland LEED AP BD+C | SENIOR ASSOC
  • Louis Kaufman AIA, PRINCIPAL
  • Christopher Strahle D. ARCH, ASSOC. AIA PROJECT MANAGER
  • Lisa Pimental OFFICE MANAGER
  • Mark Thompson ARCHITECT
  • Lindsey Akiona JOB CAPTAIN
  • Brandt Loo PROJECT MANAGER
  • Josh Melling ASSOC. AIA DESIGNER
  • Lesley Castle ARCHITECT
  • Dylan Snelling DESIGNER
  • Ingrid Cherry ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANT
  • Kelly Lynk BOOKKEEPER
  • Thomas Wyatt SENIOR ARCHITECT
  • Spencer Woodard JOB CAPTAIN
  • Ray Chen DESIGNER
  • Yuhei Miyake D. ARCH, DESIGNER
  • Emily Lizarraga INTERN DESIGNER
BIO
  • Mark Edison de Reus AIA, PARTNER
    Mark Edison De Reus

    Mark de Reus is founding partner of de Reus Architects, an award-winning architecture and planning firm based in Sun Valley, Idaho and Waimea, Hawai’i. He has been widely recognized for his designs of resorts and residences. His portfolio also includes clubhouses, spas, restaurants and mixed-use projects.

     

    Architectural Digest recognized Mark de Reus in 2010 as one of the world’s top 100 architects and designers. His first book, Tropical Experience Architecture + Design, gives readers an in-depth look at a number of de Reus Architects’ most celebrated designs.

     

    Earlier in his career, Mark was principal of Hart Howerton’s Hawai’i office. He served as director of PAI, based in Jakarta, Indonesia, and was senior vice president of the San Francisco-based firm Backen, Arrigoni & Ross (BAR).

     

    Licensed in the states of Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Wyoming, Utah, Nevada, California, and Texas

  • Dan Dzakowic AIA, LEED AP, PARTNER
    Dan Dzakowic

    Since joining de Reus Architects in 2005, Dan’s expertise and experience in planning, design, and management has become a staple of the firm’s reputation.

     

    From handling the design of custom residences throughout the world, to managing the design efforts of large complex projects like Four Seasons Oahu at Ko Olina, clients appreciate Dan’s collaborative nature and rely on his helpfulness and responsiveness.

     

    As Partner and Studio Director, Dan focuses on business development and the imagining of new projects at all scales.

     

    Licensed in the states of Hawaii and Nevada.

  • John Rowland LEED AP BD+C | SENIOR ASSOC
    John-rowland

    Mr. Rowland has over 18 years of experience managing residential and commercial projects including the schematic design phase of the Makena Hotel Conversion. John is a methodical team building leader who is particularly effective at keeping the larger design issues in focus while coordinating the internal and consultant teams. He is particularly adept at maintaining the balance of well-conceived architectural details, while working within approved budgets. 

     

    John has been involved in many of the firm’s most notable projects including the Ka’upulehu Beach Club, the Kuki’o Golf Club and significant private residences. 

     

    Prior to joining de Reus Architects in 2005, John Rowland worked for several firms in Boise, Idaho, both large and small and on his own prior to getting his Master’s Degree. 

  • Louis Kaufman AIA, PRINCIPAL
    Louis Kaufman

    Louis Kaufman, Principal, de Reus Architects

     

    With over 35 years of professional experience, Louis has led and designed a wide range of projects, from bespoke private residences and ranches to numerous cultural, large-scale commercial and institutional projects, including a boutique Norwegian resort hotel located above the Arctic Circle, as well as numerous interior environments within the United States and around the globe.

     

    Born in Panama, Louis grew up in Southern California before moving to New England to attend Deerfield Academy and eventually graduate school at Harvard. His East Coast experience led to a deep interest in history and the possibilities of firmly relating design to its context. Eschewing a form-based approach to design, Louis sees architecture as an experience. “I try to marry the visible and invisible qualities of the land to carry the story of my clients and their site. It’s a romantic journey that results in a design capable of supporting the important memories of our lives.” His work is noted for the timeless character of its design, emphasizing clarity of purpose, meticulous craftsmanship, and quiet poetry.

     

    A principal in the firm, Louis is engaged in all facets of the practice including design, management, and business development. Over the course of his career, Louis has worked for noted firms on award-winning work, including Hammel, Green and Abrahamson and Skidmore Owings and Merrill, and the Dutch firm Altoon + Porter, where he served as studio director. His expertise with large-scale projects has been focused on translating the experience of place through intimacy of scale and kinesthetic responses to space. Louis’ current work includes an expansive home on the south shore of Kauai, as well as other design assignments. 

     

    Louis holds a Bachelor of Arts from UCLA (1980) and a Master of Architecture from Harvard University (1984).

     

    Licensed in the states of Idaho and California.

  • Christopher Strahle D. ARCH, ASSOC. AIA PROJECT MANAGER
    Chris Strahle

    Returning to the firm after joining de Reus as an intern while completing his degree, Christopher has worked on a variety of project types including residential, commercial, government and master planning. 

     

    He received his Doctorate in Architecture from the University of Hawai’i at Manoa where he studied tropical regionalism and environmental design. He was recognized as a sustainable adviser for fellow students while working as an assistant Professor at the School of Architecture. 

     

    Prior to returning to his hometown of Waimea and joining de Reus Architects, he completed his doctorate practicum in New York City while working as a junior designer with Kohn Pedersen Fox and volunteering with New York Urban Green. He also spent time in Texas where he assisted in the new additions to the Dallas World Aquarium and was an Associate AIA Committee member. 

  • Lisa Pimental OFFICE MANAGER
    Lisa Pimental

    With her many years of administration and management experience Lisa is an integral part of our architectural team from the design development phase through construction. 

     

    Lisa rejoined our firm as Office Manager after nine years as part of the management team in the construction industry. Her direct responsibilities included both construction and general contracting services. 

  • Mark Thompson ARCHITECT
    Mark Thompson

    With 27 years of design and management experience over a range of projects, Mr. Thompson joined the firm as a key team member on the Makena Golf & Beach Club. 

     

    His past experience includes high-end residential projects as well as corporate, civic, health facilities and hospitality, project management. 

     

    Prior to moving to Idaho, he lived in Connecticut, New York and the US Virgin Islands working on projects in Colorado and Wyoming and large scale institutional projects throughout the Northeast.

     

    Licensed in the US Virgin Islands. 

  • Lindsey Akiona JOB CAPTAIN
    Lindsey

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  • Brandt Loo PROJECT MANAGER
    Brandt Loo

    Since joining the firm in 2013, Brandt has proven he is a passionate and effective team player with a strong work ethic. 

     

    Following graduation, Brandt worked for Egg Ventures, LLC doing design and construction work on high-end remodels in Salt Lake City. He then transfered to Icon Home, LLC where he specialized in both spec home and custom home deisgn. 

     

    Since moving home and joining de Reus Architects, Brandt has worked on a wide array of custom residences and luxury hospitality projects throughout the country. 

  • Josh Melling ASSOC. AIA DESIGNER
    Josh Melling

    Growing up on the Big island of Hawaii, with a background in residential construction, Josh joined the firm in 2015 as an intern. Having moved to Idaho, now works in the Sun Valley studio.

  • Lesley Castle ARCHITECT
    Lesley castle

    Lesley Castle is a Maui based Architect with experience in high-end residential, boutique hotels, and mixed-use design.

     

    Upon obtaining her Master’s degree in Architecture from SCI-Arc in 2013, Lesley built a strong foundation in design by working with leading architects and interior designers at Gensler, Soho House and other LA-based architecture firms.
    Her experience in architecture and interior design runs the gamut from concept creation to construction documentation and project management.

     

    Most recently, Lesley worked for international hospitality firm Soho House on the masterplan of a 30-acre waterfront hotel and private residences project in Baja, Mexico with over 600,000 sf. of building area.
    Her design aesthetic focuses on minimal modernism, integrated technology, mixed-use spaces, urbanism, and experimental architecture. She draws inspiration from other fields, including (but not limited to) art, fashion, travel, and photography.
    Lesley is a Licensed Architect in Hawaii State and an active member of the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards.

     

    Licensed in Hawaii.

  • Dylan Snelling DESIGNER
    Dylan Snelling

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  • Ingrid Cherry ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANT
    Ingrid Cherry

    Having a passion for art and design I choose to work in the field of creating uplifting and beautiful environments whether it be through fine artwork, inviting store merchandising or desirable living spaces. I thrive at delivering the highest level of customer service for clients, ensuring an enjoyable and beneficial experience for both clients and business alike.

  • Kelly Lynk BOOKKEEPER
    Kelly-West

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  • Thomas Wyatt SENIOR ARCHITECT
    Thomas Wyatt

    Thomas Wyatt is a Senior Designer with 27 years of experience focusing on hospitality and residential projects.

     

    Thomas has an excellent eye for design and a drive for excellence, this is coupled with a sound knowledge of building construction. He demonstrates strong managerial skills, progressing projects through pre-design, permitting and closeout. He is responsible for design, code review, specification writing and responding to technical questions.

     

    Licensed in the states of Idaho, Utah, and Arizona

  • Spencer Woodard JOB CAPTAIN
    Spencer-Woodward

    Working remotely from Utah, Spencer joined dReus Architects with approximately 20 years of drafting/design experience under his belt.

     

    His work experience has included commercial, hospitality and custom residential project types for various multi-disciplinary firms, throughout all stages of the design/construction processes. Spencer built his design resume upon a foundation of construction knowledge inherited while growing up around his father’s residential construction company, which focused on custom homes in Park City, Utah. His current primary focus is the Makena Golf & Beach Club project, where he has been involved since 2014, including his time with another firm on the project.

  • Ray Chen DESIGNER
    Ray Chen

    Born on Oahu, Ray holds a B.Arch from USC. Prior to joining the de Reus’ Waimea studio in 2021, Ray worked for other firms in Asia.

  • Yuhei Miyake D. ARCH, DESIGNER
    Team-member Yuhei Miyake

    Yuhei Miyake is an English / Japanese bilingual designer who has worked on various project types, including high-end private residential,

    mix-use towers, commercial, and offices with international clients, design teams, and contractors.  His experience in architecture and interior design ranges from 500 SF to as large as 5,000,000 SF.

     

    He received his Doctorate of Architecture from the University of Hawaii at Manoa in 2011, where he studied traditional timber architecture.

    He studied and interned in Beijing, China, New York City, and Kyoto, Japan, while he was completing his degree.

     

    Before returning to Hawaii, he lived in Tokyo and Kobe, Japan, for ten years, where he built his foundation of design with Masatoyo Ogasawara Architects and Pelli Clarke Pelli.

  • Emily Lizarraga INTERN DESIGNER
    Emily Lizarraga

    Started with de Reus Architects in 2020, Emily continues to demonstrate her growth not only in her academics at University of Idaho but also at the Sun Valley firm.

    She continues to build her foundation in areas that includes design and project development. Having the opportunity to study abroad in Italy, Emily looks forward to expanding her talents and expertise in her architecture career.