ROKK architecture, pllc was established in 2015 by Founding Partners
Andrew C. Smith, AIA & Yoko A. Yarita, AIA, LEED AP
to ensure our clients superb guidance and service from project inception to completion, and through thoughtful planning, strategy and intelligent design, help them meet their financial and operational goals for all project sizes.
Yoko A. Yarita, AIA, LEED AP, NCARB
Licensed in the Commonwealth of Virginia and the State of Maryland
Yoko has practiced base building and interior architecture for new construction and adaptive-reuse / renovations for two decades. In addition to having designed, produced and administered construction contracts on commercial office buildings up to 300,000 SF in size, Yoko has planned, programmed, space planned and designed corporate headquarters, healthcare facilities, public buildings, childcare centers, and automotive dealerships.
Her strategic and detailed approach to every project and client transcends all project typologies and instead focuses on the client’s financial goals and the users’ operational needs to craft a unique design strategy that is pragmatic and efficient, yet sufficiently flexible, aesthetically compelling and timeless.
Yoko is well respected by local code officials and permit plans reviewers in various local jurisdictions for her detailed approach to building code analyses and her code-compliant but creative design solutions. Her passion to “do things right the first time” has garnered her the respect of her peers and the recognition by her clients and their contractors.
Andrew C. Smith, AIA
Licensed in the Commonwealth of Virginia and the District of Columbia
Andy has served his client base of private developers, corporate owners, property managers, private businesses large and small, universities and government agencies for over 35 years. He provides the client and the design team with project leadership and guidance that is critical from the initial feasibility studies, planning, zoning phases through project delivery and post construction follow-up. He has managed and delivered projects ranging from as small as 900 SF to over 1,000,000 SF.
The depth of his experience in the mid-Atlantic market and his extensive knowledge base of “lessons learned” in construction methodologies, management and project delivery methods make him an invaluable asset, allowing his clients and development team to make informed decisions throughout the project development and construction.
Andy is an exceptional leader, manager and mentor whose contributions to a project clients have come to rely on to insure a quality project is delivered.
Ellen vanHully-Bronson, RA
Licensed in the Commonwealth of Virginia
Ellen brings 35 years of experience in project management and construction administration on a wide range of projects primarily in the public sector, including 25 years with Fairfax County Capital Facilities. She has managed 15,000 - 20,000 SF projects including fire & rescue stations and community libraries to major projects such as the 312,000 SF addition to the Fairfax County Courthouse and the 200,000 SF Merrifield Center (a combined mental health & substance abuse treatment center).
She is highly respected by her peers and has received many professional awards for her work. Her common sense approach to managing projects and her ability to facilitate common goals that involve numerous decision makers, multiple & divergent user groups, large project teams, and tight schedules has served to be beneficial in the successful completion of her projects.
Ellen is a firm believer in exceeding clients’ expectations. Having experience in both the private and public sector has given her a distinct understanding on what it means to deliver consistent excellence in customer service.
Kyoko Wakamatsu, LEED AP BD+C
Currently pursuing professional licensure in Architecture
Kyoko has more than five years of professional experience in the field of architecture and has worked on small commercial renovations and tenant fit-ups, performed construction contract administration on a large 200,000 SF public build-to-suit project, has participated in large master planning design studies, and programmed close to 20 different County agencies for a new consolidated human services building.
Kyoko has gained significant experience in the field of design and construction and approaches every project with an eye towards design excellence, constructability, code compliance and function, as well as evaluating design decisions from a business point of view. Prior to entering the field of Architecture, she studied Apparel Design and held positions as Designer and Product Developer for apparel and fashion retailers. With her diverse design background, she has developed a passion for efficient production workflows and understands the importance of visually appealing presentation packaging, as well as excellence in customer service and client management.