Yolanda was born in Tijuana, B.C Mexico, and raised in San Diego and Tijuana. Her inspiration for becoming an architect was her brother Vidal who was studying architecture. She saw his hand-drawn rendering of “Falling Water” by Frank Lloyd Wright and just thought it was “pure art.” There her passion was ignited. She attended ITESM Instituto Tecnologico de Estudios Superiores de Monterey, National Technical University in Athens, Greece, and ultimately graduated with a Bachelor of Architecture at Cal Poly Pomoma. She also has certifications in both Construction Quality and Project Management and is a member of DBIA.
She has strong experience in Construction Management having worked in the construction field prior to coming to Platt/Whitelaw. Her understanding of the construction process is a strong and vital asset to the firm. Her past experience includes military, police facilities, and industrial work. At Platt/Whitelaw her projects include park and recreation, crisis facilities and water/wastewater facilities. In her spare time, she critiques Southwestern College (SWC) students’ studio presentations as a reviewer and enjoys it very much. One day, she would like to teach at SWC.
She is bilingual (Native-speaking Spanish and English). When she’s not at work she loves to paint, learn French and travel when possible. She is currently studying for her ARE’s. She has a passion for Rome’s urban design and the architecture of Athens, Greece. She also loves understanding/studying San Diego/Tijuana’s architecture and how one is influenced by the other.