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Mark Edison de Reus
Mark is the founding design partner of de Reus Architects. Renowned for his award-winning resorts and residences, Architectural Digest recognized Mark as one of the world’s top architects and designers in their AD 100 list. In 2011, ORO Editions published Tropical Experience: Architecture + Design, a 344-page book of his work. Clients describe Mark as “very responsive, passionate, hands-on, collaborative, creative, respectful and professional.” Over his 35-year career, Mark has received numerous design awards and has been featured in international design publications and on the TV show Amazing Waterfront Homes. Mark is a member of the American Institute of Architects, Urban Land Institute, and Hawaii Leeward Planning Commission. He is also a board member of the Hawaii Meth Project. His work has been influenced by extensive international travel. Earlier in his career, Mark was the design principal of Hart Howerton’s Hawaii office; managing partner of PAI, based in Jakarta, Indonesia; and senior vice president of San Francisco-based BAR Architects. He received his architecture degree from the University of Idaho.
Prior to joining de Reus Architects, in 2005, Dan Dzakowic worked with Mark de Reus at Hart Howerton’s Hawaii office as a project manager. Before moving to the Big Island, he worked for PBR Hawaii, a master planning and landscape design firm on the island of Oahu. Dan’s expertise and experience in planning, design and management have expanded and deepened over the years, as he has been responsible for completing dozens of successful projects. From managing the design efforts of the complex hotel remodel for the Four Seasons Oahu at Ko Olina, to orchestrating master plans for resorts, to handling the design of significant residences, clients appreciate Dan’s collaborative nature and rely on his helpfulness and responsiveness. A licensed architect in the states of Hawaii and Nevada, a member of the American Institute of Architects, and an accredited LEED AP professional, Dan received his bachelor’s degree in architecture from the University of Hawaii at Manoa.
De Reus Architects is an architecture practice designing resorts and residences that are enduring and that have connection to place and culture. We combine considered architecture with distinct interior design. By blending these with a site’s specific landscape, we create something that is intelligent, beautiful, and worth more than the sum of its parts.The culture of our two studios values collaboration, responsiveness, humility, and a delivery of services that is bespoke in its commitment to excellence—from design to management. We work with you to understand the unique nature of your circumstance: the land, the people and place, and the materials that give each design its expression and character. The resulting design feels connected, grounded, creatively appropriate, and transcenden.