Partners' Bios

Architect Partner

Relevant Experience
Project Principal: Dudley Apartments, San Francisco; EastSide Cultural Center, Oakland; Salvation Army Chinatown Corps Community Center, San Francisco; Salvation Army Harbor Light Center, San Francisco; East Bluff Apartments, Pinole, CA; Foltz Commemoration; Our Conservatory

Project Architect: Crescent Park Apts., Richmond, CA; Kehillah Jewish High School, Palo Alto; Laguna West Town Hall, Elk Grove Community Service District, CA; Hill Brothers Building Historic Rehab, San Francisco; McGuire Furniture Building, San Francisco

Custom Residential: Unlu Residence, Los Altos Hills; Johnson-Theis Residence, Graton, CA; Rubissow Farmhouse, Napa, CA; Estes Residence, Los Altos Hills, CA; Goldenberg Studio, Hillsborough, CA; Cohn Residence, San Rafael, CA; Zakin Residence, Tucson, AZ; Spaulding-Detjens Retreat, Sonoma Valley, CA; Carlsen Residence; 1161 Hayes Apartments; Inverness Residence

Urban Designer: Telegraph-Northgate Neighborhood Plan, Oakland, CA; Weeks Neighborhood Plan, East Palo Alto, CA; Bowden-Brompton Neighborhood Plan, Adelaide, Australia

Career Profile
Paul Okamoto brings an expertise in sustainable design that bridges sustainable regional planning and green materials. He has managed the firm's sustainable projects, both in architecture and neighborhood planning. He has also overseen the firm's design for the renovation of the Salvation Army Chinatown Corps Community Center. Before establishing Okamoto Saijo Architecture in 1991, Mr. Okamoto worked with several prominent architects, including Peter Calthorpe on Laguna West, California, a "pedestrian pocket" suburb outside of Sacramento, and Paolo Soleri on the Arcosanti Project. He has co-authored a monograph, Sustainable Urban Renewal: Urban Permaculture in Bowden, Brompton & Ridleyton, and written numerous articles on the subject of ecological architecture and sustainable development in publications like Places (Winter 1995 issue on Sustainable Design). Mr. Okamoto is Past President of Urban Ecology, leading the organization through a period of major growth and started its Sustainable Bay Area and Community Design Programs. Okamoto has also served on the Board of Directors of Greenbelt Alliance, and was an appointed member of both the Bay Area Air Quality Management District Advisory Council and the City & County of San Francisco's Commission On Environment.

Mr. Okamoto received a Bachelor of Architecture from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, in 1981. Subsequently, he received a Master of Architecture from University of Adelaide, Australia, in 1988. He was a Loeb Fellow at the Graduate School of Design, Harvard University, 2001.

Professional Registration & Affiliations
California Licensed Architect -- C-18221, 1987
LEED Accredited Professional
Adjunct Professor, USF Dept. of Architecture &
  Community Design
Urban Ecology Board of Directors, 1991-1999,
  President, 2006-present
SPUR Board of Directors, 2004-present
Greenbelt Alliance Board of Directors, 1993-2000
Bay Area Air Quality Management District
  Advisory Council, 1993-2000
City & County of San Francisco,
  Commission On The Environment, 1993-99
San Francisco Institute of Architecture
  Design Instructor, 1994-1997






Architect Partner

Relevant Experience
Project Principal:
Crescent Park Apts., Richmond, CA; Mariposa Gardens, San Francisco; Positive MATCH Project, San Francisco, CA; Spirit of Hope Housing, Alameda, CA; Miramar/Mariposa Housing, Alameda, CA; Buena Vista United Methodist Church, Alameda, CA; Ellen Kenna House/CTWO offices, Oakland, CA; Asian Law Caucus Offices, San Francisco

Project Architect: Salvation Army Chinatown Corps Community Center, San Francisco, CA Tiburon Headquarters Fire Station, Tiburon Fire District, CA Padmasambhava Monument, Sonoma County, CA

Custom Residential: Chiang-Belemy Residence, Alameda, CA; Von Der Porten Residence, San Carlos, CA; Chang Residence, Mill Valley, CA; Sugahara Residence, San Francisco; Snyder Residence,
Winters, CA

Career Profile
Eric Saijo has managed many of the firm's publicly funded affordable housing and other community-based projects. This includes the San Francisco Redevelopment Agency funded Positive MATCH Project, Miramar/Mariposa Housing and Spirit of Hope Housing. Mr. Saijo jointly formed the architectural partnership, Okamoto Saijo Architecture in 1991. His work has consistently revolved around urban architecture, starting with his undergraduate thesis on urban mixed-use housing and continuing in his current work and activities. He was a founder of the Asian Pacific Environmental Network, a non-profit environmental organization seeking to develop leadership around environmental justice issues. He has also been an active member of Urban Ecology, Inc., co-chairing the organization's Presidio Committee. Before establishing Okamoto Saijo Architecture, Mr. Saijo designed and managed projects for Mahoney Architects including the Tiburon Headquarters Fire Station, Padmasambhava Monument and Belvedere School Townhouses. He also worked at the award-winning San Francisco firm of Kotas/Pantaleoni Architects, and in Milan, Italy, for Team Ten architect Giancarlo DeCarlo.

Mr. Saijo received a Bachelor of Architecture from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, in 1982.

Professional Registration & Affiliations
Arizona Licensed Architect, 41352
California Licensed Architect -- C22916, 1991

Certified - National Council of Architects
  Registration Board, Cert.#43524, 1993
EBHO Board of Directors, 2003-present
APEN Board of Director, 1991-2001





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