A word about Sustainability:
Sustainability starts with each one of us. Self awareness, care & love for each
other, the land and the oceans we feed upon, equals a sustainable environment.
As an individual and as a professional, my ultimate goal in life is, by giving the
example, setting new standards; by changing my life, inspire others to do the same.
Through Design, an open space for sharing, I wish to help people in their own transition towards a more sustainable lifestyle - responsible, aware, educated, committed, active.
LOGO: The Rainbow Approach:
Sustainable Solutions have been often defined as Green Design, or Green Approach.
YVM Design and Cando-Hawaii introduce to you "the rainbow approach", in other words, truly, a whole-systems approach.
With an holistic and alternative design, eco-friendly materials, energy, fresh water, gray&black water management systems... we wish to provide across the board sustainable solutions.
In addition we’re an access and point of reference to educational tools, organic farming and gardening, healthy eating and exercising habits.
Across the board sustainable solutions for your project, and for your life.
BLUE: Water - water management. Everything starts and ends with water. thus why is the first element to consider.
YELLOW: Sun - representing several alternative energy solutions
RED: Design - alternative, smart, efficient, integrative, inclusive, passive design, that relates with its Natural context, program and social needs.
LIGHT GREEN: Eco-friendly materials - after good design, choosing the appropriate materials for the program, budget, weather, and environmentally friendly
DARK GREEN: Gaia, Mother Nature, Nature. Building in synchronicity with Nature, and its the natural context.
BLACK: Sustainable Black water management solutions
GRAY: Sustainable Gray water management solutions
BROWN: Composting - (also related with Green: grow your own food). The circle of life (and death) and the ability to develop and integrate a close loop system within your land, where nothings gets wasted, all is transformed , used and reused. Back to the land, feeding life through the vegetables you grow and eat.
Yara holds a 6Year degree in Architecture, Reg.&Urban Planning from the College of Architecture - Technical university of Lisbon.
She is Licensed through the Portuguese Institute of Architects since 2007.
She also holds the LEED Green Associate Credentials.
She is currently pursuing her USA architects' license.
She has complementary academic/professional experience/cultural experience.
Studied in Portugal, with a College exchange program in Rome, an Academic Internship in Venezia, Italy, a professional internship in Seattle, WA at Olson Kundig Architects, and various collaborations w/architects, public departments and academic institutions.
Born to be an architect:
"At age 6 I knew I would become an architect. I would dream about houses, wake up, draw them, and build them with LEGOs, completed with interior design and fully furnished.
When I started traveling at age 15, I also quickly developed an acute interest for cities: architecture and its society. Architecture has a lot more to it than its physical/visual volume, materials and shape. Cities and its architecture are the direct reflection of its society. On the other hand, architecture can introduce
changes and shape its users. That is the side that fascinates me the most, the use of architecture as means to change people’s lifestyles, help them adjust to more environmentally aware individuals & communities.
The beauty but also the biggest challenge in management is not the coordination of technical work, of material orders and schedules, but the management of expectations, of individuals, their emotions and personal conflicts.
A word about her personal life, an example of a sustainable lifestyle:
Born and raised in Africa, with European education and a passion for traveling, learning from each culture and sharing her love for the Built Environment and care for Nature... Yara carries the classic architect’s belief that architecture can indeed change the World, and for better. She firmly believes smart, efficient design, socially/environmentally aware individuals can produce long lasting, healthy, and sustainable communities.
Living, studying and working in different countries and different continents, today Yara considers herself a citizen of the world, with a cross cultural background and a deep understanding of social, economical, cultural & political differences (and similarities) across societies, across the Globe.
Without a strong religion or political orientation, she chooses to worship Mother Nature, people and their communities, believing that the best way to help and make a difference in this World is to be the best person one can be. Thus looking for improvement, everyday. At work and at home.
Creativity runs in her vains. She takes on her commitments with passion and strives for perfection, at all times.
Giving the example:
Yara likes to challenge standards and stretch boundaries.
A creative mind takes courage. Changes takes action.
She started her own design firms (CanDo-Hawaii: building with containers; and YVM Design) solely dedicated to sustainable design.
She designed, transformed and lived in a 20’ container into a off-the-grid studio, demonstrating that with affordable yet smart, compact, efficient and well organized design one can live sustainably, in synchronicity with Nature, without compromising good design nor comfort.
Recently sold her car in a positive effort to be gas free. Bike and bus are her means of transportation on land.
Architect by heart and trade, a sailor, water women in her soul, Yara finds ultimate happiness in the ocean and peace in the blue horizon. She Calls home a small sailboat. Lives aboard, with a minimal footprint. She has made the wind her gas and the ocean her roadway.
Committed to Sustainability, the symbiosis between Natural and Built Environment we live in, for we are integrative part of, and have a strong impact upon.
With an Holistic approach and alternative design, we provide across the board sustainable solutions for Community Planning, Regional and Urban Planning, Architectural Design.
Yara Veronese Machado
Sustainable Design Consultant
LEED GREEN ASSOCIATE
Architect License PT OA 18166
Urbanism | Architecture | Construcion | Management
Logo - "the rainbow approach"
A word about Sustainability