TRMA is a team of professionals dedicated to excellence in design and timely delivery of projects. Each professional has special skills, knowledge, and experience, with respect to design and construction, which is the key to providing complete and innovative ideas and solutions.

TRMA's offices are located in Guam and Saipan to provide architecture services throughout the Mariana Islands. All of our staff are long-time residents of the islands with a commitment to the community and the region.



Managing Principal

Michael Blas Makio, AIA | LEED AP, is a Guam and Hawaii native and with extensive experience in managing design construction, and contract administration. As Principal Architect, Michael leads the Design and Sustainability divisions and TRMA+’s Practice management. Michael manages educational, commercial, retail, and airport projects for Guam International Airport Authority, Guam Community College, Public and Private Schools, and NAVFAC Design Build.

Since joining the firm in 1987, he has gained regional expertise and recognition for commercial, institutional and resort projects. Michael is a leader in Historic Preservation, Cultural & Environmental Resource Management, Smart Growth & Revitalization Planning and LEED Certification on Guam, the CNMI, and Hawaii.

Michael is the Chairman of the Guam Preservation Trust, Guam Historic Preservation Review Board, and Guam Seismic Advisory Council. Michael is a member of the US Green Building Council, National Trust for Historic Preservation and member and 2-time president of the AIA Guam and Micronesia Chapter.



Senior Management Consultant

Mark Ruth's background covers fifty years of experience in planning and architecture and he holds a Master degree in Urban Design.  He has resided on Guam since 1968, during which time he has been involved in a variety of institutional, educational, medical, industrial, office, commercial, food service, interior design, hotel and resort, energy conservation, single-family and multi-family residential projects.  In addition to design, planning and technical skills, he has a strong background in project organization, administration and management.  He is a member of the construction industry panel of the American Arbitration Association and is a trained mediator.

He is a two-time past president of the American Institute of Architects, Guam and Micronesia Chapter and has been made a Fellow of the institute since 1994 in recognition of his leadership and contribution to the profession.  Mr. Ruth is a founding Board Member for the Isla Center for the Arts at the University of Guam. He is a past-Chairman of the Guam Professional Engineers, Architects and Land-Surveyors (PEALS) Board.



VP | Senior Project Manager

Melet Santos joined Taniguchi Ruth Makio Architects in 1988 where she has gained a diversified experience in planning, design, construction documents, and construction contract administration.   She holds a Bachelor of Architecture degree and a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Interior Design from the University of Idaho and has over 28 years of experience on Guam. She has extensive experience with the design, documentation and construction administration for a large number of hotel/resort, airport, commercial, healthcare and hospital facilities, sports facilities, retail and interiors.

Melet is a member of the AIA Guam and Micronesia Chapter and has served on the Board of Directors.  Melet has been the AIA Scholarship Chair since 2002.  She was also involved with the 4-H Architecture Club to assist youths in developing their interest in the field of architecture.   She is also a member of the Board of Trustees for CSS Guam/Catholic Charities Guam.



Principal, Saipan Office

Richard N. Cody, AIA

Senior Associate / Principal, CNMI Branch

Richard N. (Dick) Cody has over forty-nine years of varied experience in all phases of architectural practice in both the private and public sectors and has resided on Saipan for over forty years. His experience includes project management, design, construction administration and construction observation for a variety of project types of various sizes including resort, air transportation, recreation, public services, health care, public safety, education, corrections, and diverse private sector projects. In addition to architectural services, he has considerable experience in initial project programming and planning, developing project scopes of work, coordination of user requirements, cost estimating, and bringing together multiple project collaborators. 

Mr. Cody was Contracting Officer for eleven federally-funded Trust Territory of the Pacific Islands construction projects, former Chairman of numerous government A/E Evaluation / Selection Committees, former Chairman of the CNMI Board of Professional Licensing, two terms past President of the Guam & Micronesia Chapter of the American Institute of Architects (AIA). Mr. Cody is currently Chairman of the governor’s Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS) Commission.

Mr. Cody joined TRMA Architects early in 2006 as manager of the firm’s Saipan Branch office.  



Senior Project Architect

Cedric Cruz is a licensed architect and has been with TRMA since 2002. He has participated in the planning and design of various building types including educational, commercial, resort, and residential buildings. He is experienced in all of phases of work for building projects, and is an active member of the American Institute of Architects Guam & Micronesia Chapter.

Cedric is experienced with Sustainable Design. He is a LEED Accredited Professional. He has worked on three building projects for the Guam Community College that are designed to achieve LEED Certification. Cedric also developed Master Plans for the Guam Community College and the University of Guam, which both incorporate sustainable development. He is also concerned with sustainable design's importance in the development of livable communities.

Cedric served as the Project Coordinator for the Inarajan Revitalization Plan, leading the AIA's overall effort for the project. The development of the Revitalization Plan required site research, agency coordination, and stakeholder coordination.

Cedric's post-secondary educational building work includes the Foundation Building Renovation, the Building 200 Renovation, the Building 100 Renovation, and the Forensic DNA Lab Facility; which are all Guam Community College building projects. Master Plans for the Guam Community College and the University of Guam are also part of Cedric's post-secondary work experience.

Cedric has previous work experience with the Airport. His most recent work is programming study for a proposed Transit Hotel that servers Airline crews and Business Travelers. His previous airport work includes Concept Design for the check-in Lobby Airline signage, Restroom renovations, and the preparation of Procurement Package for various airport equipment and vehicles.