About Me

All you want is for your project to go smoothly.

But finding the fight team the job can feel as painful as a trip to the dentist for a root canal.

You’d rather put the whole thing off rather than endure the pain of the search for someone who believes in your project and wants to see it through to fruition.

Is it too much to ask for someone who is dependable, thoughtful, and responsible?

Someone who will take care of the entire design process, and who makes sure the ball never gets dropped?

Believe me, I know how hard it can be to find professionals who will work on your behalf. Not a day goes by when I’m not confronted with lack of accountability, transparency, and honestly in business.

It’s time to quit feeling like your project will never happen because you can’t find the right person for the job!

Hey there, I’m Yolanda it’s nice to meet you!

Thanks for stopping by to learn a little about what I do, why I do it, and who I love to do this for.  Let me take care your project from start to finish, because rest assured, no ball will be dropped on my watch!

Architecture is my passion.

I dream of solving people’s problems with the built environment, by creating spaces where there were none before.

I engage with cities, government agencies, contractors, and engineers to build what you want so you don’t have to.

My job is to make sure your building will be safe to live and thrive while saving you money!

Experience you can count on.

I have nearly 20 years of experience with architecture firms, both large & small. No matter the project size, the parties involved are typically identical in structure and hierarchy, as well as how they engage with clients and project team members such as engineers, building officials, and contractors.

As an integral part of your project team, my top priority is to turn your vision into a reality. By considering all options and taking care to communicate and collaborate with the entire project team, I’m able to achieve the best results for you.

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Communication & collaboration are the secrets to successful projects.

Communication is crucial to every successful project, in fact, you’d be surprised at the amount of interaction and authority architects have in a project. But, at the end of the day, I work for you. I will make sure that your vision is translated to other design and engineering disciplines, building officials, and contractors involved in the project so that everyone is on the same page. 

You are my number one priority.

My job is to help you achieve your project goals and make sure you’re happy with the results. It doesn’t matter whether your project is a simple residential remodel, commercial tenant improvement, retrofit, or new construction. Advocating for your interests is my number one priority!

I will walk you step-by-step through the entire design and construction process so that you can sit back, relax, and enjoy the ride without worry. You’ll feel pampered knowing your needs, and those of your project will be taken care of each step of the way.

The Design Process

YSL Architecture’s design process begins and ends with holistic problem solving, giving the bigger picture, or the vision for your project, the priority, and ensuring that all team members aim for the same goal, and anticipate problems before they occur, thus saving you money.

Design with kindness and compassion, with love and care.

I will be your project advocate and protector of your dream design, and there will be no question that I’ll have your back each step of the way.

Your needs are aligned with results, though the use of effective listening and communication skills to ensure clarity in the design process.

I do this because I care for our environment.

There are countless opportunities for us to improve where and how we live, and I want to be a part of the solution.

My mission is to improve my community by design, one project at a time by creating a legacy of thoughtfulness, mindfulness, caring, and compassion that people need in their lives.

Design occurs when compassion, understanding, honesty and integrity are combined with people that care about building better communities for a sustainable future.

MY PERSONAL STORY

My life has always been filled with change.

In fact, I find creature comfort in an airplane! I was born in Puerto Rico, but as a toddler my dad’s job took the family to the San Francisco Bay Area.  We moved around every few years and I attended many different schools, until the age of 13, when we moved back to Puerto Rico.

Eventually, I found my way back to the United States to attend The Pennsylvania State University, where I earned a bachelor’s degree in Architecture and soon returned to California.

A few years later, I met my husband, Peter, who joined the Army, asked me to marry him, and the moving around continued! This time, however, our travels took us around the globe to Alaska, Sri Lanka, and finally back to California.

I like sharing stories about my travels and stories about food, because we all need to eat. I love all sorts of ethnic foods and wine, I cook a lot at home and have a shelf full of cookbooks. I’m willing to step into ethnic markets and pick up unusual fare because I’ll know what they are!

My diverse background has created a keen sense of resiliency, resourcefulness, and big-picture thinking that allows me to better serve my clients and my community.

But the time had come to reflect and rethink the future.

In 2015, I sustained a serious back injury which caused me to rethink my less than ideal work situation. It made me realize the back pain was a symptom of undue stress on my body and mind.

It was then when a previous client approached me looking to start up a residential remodel in San Francisco, which made the viability of a business stable.  I left my previous firm, started my business, had back surgery, and now I’m on the road to recovery – from the regular paycheck addiction and office politics – as well as from back pain.

I’m finally realizing my dream to work with the clients I choose, on projects that make a difference in their lives.

Let’s get to work!

If you like what you’ve read so far, you can relate to some of these things, and have even an inkling of a project, please contact me right away and let’s get started!

Don’t lose sleep pondering how you will tackle the project on your own.  Hire someone that has your best interest at heart and will take you through the design and construction process in a clear, communicative and mindful way.

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