Dean Sakamoto has designed institutional, commercial, residential and urban projects in Europe, Asia, and the United States. Based in New Haven since 1996, he has garnered numerous awards for design and construction.
Current projects include the Juliet Rice Wichman Botanical Research Center for the National Tropical Botanical Garden in Kauai, Hawaii, a LEED™ Silver project; Vision & Strategic Plan for Chapel West Special Services District in New Haven, CT.
Recent completed projects such as a permanent exhibition for Schick-Wilkinson Sword’s corporate headquarters in Milford, Connecticut; Miso, a new restaurant in Downtown New Haven’s Historical 9th Square District; and City Story New Haven, an interim urban strategy for New Haven’s Downtown core, each received 2003 AIA Connecticut Design Awards.
At Yale University, Sakamoto is a Critic and Director of Exhibitions at the School of Architecture. As a critic, he teaches design in the Yale College undergraduate major and taught courses in architectural materials in the Graduate School. As Director of Exhibitions, he has produced an array of shows such as Jean Prouve: A Tropical House; PSFS: Nothing More Modern; and Zaha Hadid Laboratory, which was also displayed at the National Building Museum, Washington, D.C.
Sakamoto lives in New Haven and serves on the Cultural Affairs Commission of the City of New Haven and advisory boards of the Chapel West Special Services District and site projects, a private nonprofit public art organization.
He was named Minority Businessperson of the Year in 2003 by Business New Haven Magazine. In 2004, he was appointed by Mayor John DeStefano, Jr. to the City of New Haven’s Cultural Affairs Commission. Sakamoto is a member of the Chamber of Commerce of Greater New Haven, Yale Club of New Haven, Quinnipiac Club, AIA Connecticut, and American Association of Museums.
Mr. Sakamoto holds a B.Arch. from the University of Oregon, M.Arch. from the Cranbrook Academy of Art in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan, and Masters in Environmental (M.E.D.) from Yale University where he was the recipient of the Gertraud A. Wood Traveling Fellowship and Alpha Rho Chi Medal. He is certified to practice architecture by the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB) and is licensed in Connecticut and Hawaii.
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