Paul Okamoto

Paul C. Okamoto

Adjunct Professor


Okamoto has committed his professional architectural career to designs that optimize environmental and social qualities. With his San Francisco-based firm, he has worked on affordable housing, community centers, passive solar residences, and community-based neighborhood plans. He is a licensed California architect and a LEED Accredited Professional.

Before establishing his own practice in 1991, Okamoto worked with several prominent architects including Paolo Soleri and Peter Calthorpe. He is the architect of several passive solar residences, which have been featured in various publications. He is currently on the board of directors of Urban Ecology. Previously, he was on the board of directors of SPUR, Greenbelt Alliance, the Urban Habitat Program’s steering committee, and an appointed member of San Francisco’s Environment Commission and the Bay Area Air Quality Management District’s Advisory Council. He lives in North Beach, San Francisco, where he can walk to his office.


  • Architectural design & practice
  • Neighborhood planning

Research Areas

  • Sustainable design
  • Affordable housing design
  • City & regional planning


  • Harvard University, Loeb Fellow at the GSD, 2001
  • University of Adelaide, M. Arch, 1988
  • California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, B. Arch, 1981

Prior Experience

  • Adjunct Professor in the SF Studio Cal Poly SLO Dept. of Architecture
  • Architect Partner Okamoto Saijo Architecture
  • Board of Directors, Urban Ecology
  • Board of Directors, SPUR