Natalie is a Bay Area native with a Bachelors degree from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo. She caught a love for traveling during her year studying abroad in Florence, Italy. Her most recent expedition was to Tokyo. During her education, she won second place in a national competition with a group of friends designing a zero net energy apartment building. Her experience preparing for this competition broadened her knowledge of sustainable building strategies. In her final year of school, her thesis class created a full-scale, interactive, tensile structure that was published on the Creators Project. Natalie is interested in creating unique spaces that have personal connections to their inhabitants. In her free time, she enjoys yoga, hiking, cooking, and rock climbing.
Originally from Texas, Stephanie headed west to California and graduated from California Polytechnic State University with a Bachelors of Architecture degree. During her studies she spent a year studying abroad in Florence, Italy where she was able to develop a love for traveling and exploring new cultures. Her appreciation for architecture and passion for details grew through experiments in parametric design, furniture building, and the creation of a published installation. In her free time you can find her getting distracted at coffee shops or searching for new spots in the city to people watch.
Karin is a native of the Chicago area and arrives in the West Coast having lived and worked in Chicago, New York, and Paris. Her experience on projects range from towers and expo centers to attached housing and retail spaces. She has a diverse background in various fields of design, and in addition to architecture, has worked as a product designer and a researcher in emerging and innovative materials. She has an ongoing interest in how the re-appropriation of materials and technologies from outside industries can be used to drive innovation.
Karin has an M.Arch from Columbia University and a B.S. in Architectural Studies from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign where she studied a year abroad in Versailles at the ENSAV. While in grad and undergrad, she received a Kinne Fellowship for research and a Sasaki Award in landscape architecture, respectively. In her spare time, Karin enjoys live music, reading, cooking, snowshoeing, and wandering the city.
Rushika is a recent graduate of the University of Tennessee, where she received her Bachelor of Architecture degree. Recently a bay area denizen, Rushika comes to us from a diverse background that includes 14 years in East Africa, a semester of European excursions based in Krakow, Poland, and an internship in her native city of Ahmedabad, India. She enjoys her days of globetrotting which offer incentive to a deeper understanding of cultural influences in architecture. When catching a breath from her travels, she can be found cooking, reading, photographing, or otherwise exploring the vast attractions and activities San Francisco has to offer.
Manon graduated in 2012 from the UCL, Brussels, Belgium she completed a master's degree in historic preservation and sustainable design. Following her studies, she had the opportunity to work in Mumbai, India. Beyond her professional experience, She also had the opportunity to travel across India, discovered new lifestyles and a thrilling environment. She then worked for two years in Brussels, Belgium. Having worked and traveled through various environments, She is attuned to the diversity of lifestyles and seek to create spaces that respond to the environment and people's needs while reaching the perfect balance between functionality and aesthetics. Manon is fluent in french, plays field hockey and she likes to spend weekends discovering San Francisco and its surroundings.
Gustavo is a graduate of California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo with a Bachelors of Architecture degree. He is fluent in Spanish and has a deep passion for photography, parametric design, digital fabrication, and furniture design. While in school, Gustavo worked on designing and building several diverse, innovative projects ranging from portable emergency shelters to light fixtures made out of recycled water bottles. Gustavo was a recipient of the "Best in Show" award for his thesis "Emerging Gridiron”.
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Priti received her Master of Architecture degree at University of California, Berkeley and a Bachelor of Design in Architecture from University of Florida. Her interest in architecture and design was founded early in a passion for art and place, and has manifested through education in design, practice, and extensive travels. She joined Y.A. studio as an intern in 2012, and returned as a full-time employee in 2013.
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Carmen is a graduate of California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo with a Bachelors of Architecture degree. There, Carmen was involved in the design-build of an outdoor classroom for the local elementary school. She has been dedicated to community service in the past and hopes to do more community work in the future. She joined Y.A. Studio in 2012 and has already played a vital role in residential and commercial projects, in both architectural and interior architectural design. Outside of architecture she has a keen interest in photography, print making, object design, and learning various handcrafting processes. Carmen is fluent in Cantonese.
Project Architect | AIA, LEED AP BD + C
David has over 20 years experience, primarily with technically challenging projects such as aquariums, hospitals, and laboratories, as well as multi-family and custom residential housing. David has been fortunate to have been involved in a number of projects from visualization and programming through construction administration. He brings a holistic approach to architecture, ensuring projects are thoughtfully designed, while also meeting schedule and budget.
A California native, David graduated from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, which included a year of study in Florence, Italy. In his free time, David enjoys traveling, which has included a year of travel in New Zealand, Southeast Asia, India and Pakistan. He is also an active potter whose work has been exhibited nationally.
With extensive experience working in Architecture offices of various sizes, Paul brings a wide breadth of experience and knowledge to Y.A Studio with a familiarity of various project types including corporate interiors, wineries, restaurants, and both custom residential and multifamily housing. He has an understanding of all phases of a project from Programming and Master Planning through Construction Administration and his strength as a project manager ensures that projects come in on time and on budget.
Paul graduated Magna Cum Laude from California Polytechnic University in San Luis Obispo with a Bachelor of Architecture degree. His studies include a year in Copenhagen Denmark where he discovered his passion for travel and exploration of cultures through their cities, food, and music. Paul speaks Mandarin Chinese and also has a deep interest in Sino-American relations and economic development.
Partner | LEED, A.P.
Martine Paquin’s passion for design and architecture started during her travels in Europe and Maghreb ( Northern Africa) as a backpacker. She deepened her interest for modern design, sustainable architecture, ergonomics and temporary structures while earning her Bachelor in Art, Bachelor in Environment Design and Master in Architecture in Montreal and Halifax. In the last 15 years, she practiced at Buro Happold Engineering, TEN Arquitectos and a few San Francisco based firms- Lundberg Design, Jensen & Macy, William Duff. Martine passed LEED AP BD+C ( USGBC) in 2007 and a CGBP (Built-it Green) in 2011 and follows the current trends for green building concepts, finish materials and furniture.
In addition to her work with Y.A. studio, Martine is the principal of the design firm Martine Paquin Design. Her current work is dedicated to modern and contemporary residential and commercial. Her designs have clean line and simple material palette, they unfold as being functional and long lasting as she pays attention to natural light balance and how it plays of with the materials. Martine always includes green concepts and materials to her designs. Martine has been selected for Dwell Magazine “Designers We Love” in 2011. Martine and her family are rooted in San Francisco Mission district where she and her husband are raising her two young children.
Principal | AIA, NOMA, LEED A.P., BD+C
A San Francisco native and principal of Y.A. studio since 2003, Yakuh Askew earned his Bachelor or Architecture degree from California Polytechic, San Luis Obispo, California, which included an academic year in Florence, Italy.
Beginning his professional careeer with STUDIOS Architecture, Yakuh worked on large scale office developments for 3Com in Santa Clara, the Milpitas City Hall, and the 1.2 million square foot, Foundry Square in San Francisco's SOMA district. He went on to spend several years with CCS Architecture working on the design of restaurants in San Francisco, San Jose, Tahoe, and Baltimore, as well as several private residences in the Cole Valley and Buena Vista neighborhoods of San Francisco.
At Y.A. studio, Yakuh built a design team that has proven itself designing restaurants, single-family residences, multi-family residences, offices, warehouses, medical facilities.
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