Chairman of the Board
Director of Design & Planning
Chris Belknap is an architect and the principal of his Sustainable Design and Development consulting firm - Design Earth Synergy. He is recognized for his collaborative and sustainable approach to large scale, multi-use commercial and urban planning projects throughout the world. With an architectural design career spanning 30 years, Chris has a wide range of experience in hotel design, commercial retail projects, custom residential design and urban planning. Furthermore he is the author and founder of series of visionary initiatives that included organizing five Community Based Planning events in Honolulu, and developing concepts for fully Sustainable Eco Villages and Sustainable Cities for the 21st Century in several proposals made during the 16 years he was based in Honolulu. As an international design consultant he has assisted in the design of a wide range of diverse projects that include the $1.5 billion Venetian Resort Hotel in Las Vegas, Nevada (1997-99). Through his consulting design services, he has also applied a number of the sustainable design planning principles and themes developed in Hawaii, to a series of the largest urban master planning efforts in the Middle East and in China.