Our Approach to Architecture
To us, Architecture is not just about a building, it is much more about creating a balance environment where we spend quality time with family and friends. We strive to create a place to relax, rewind and rejuvenate, an oasis away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life. Or an oasis within the work place that caters to the creative employee and allows for the seamless and agile generation of ideas. Most importantly, for us Architecture is about find the balance between nature and manmade and combine them into a harmonious space. And since every day we spend endless hours indoors, it is necessary to make the space we occupy as welcoming, healthy and as motivational as possible. Thus, we focus our design approach on merging programs requirement in a most respectful way to our land and environment. Employing and carefully sourcing material that are both intentional and eco conscious. Giving respect to both user and natural resource in a beautiful manner where possible is our ultimate goal.
Our responsibility to the environment?
We prefer to protect our environment, not to destroy it. We will work with every budget and choose the most environmentally responsible method to execute our design. We love working with home owners, developers and contractors to design an energy-efficient home or building that fits our client’s needs. Further, we believe in pushing the envelope and going for the Passive house certified structure.
We believe that long-term savings and well-built structures will stand the test of time. We choose quality materials that are locally sourced and are in synch with the surrounding environment, ensuring longer life span and lower maintenance cost for our clients.
Yin is born and raised in Hong Kong. She studied architecture at Pratt institute in New York City. Upon graduation, Yin spent 7+ years working at Opacic Architects alongside one of Westchester’s top 14 architects. There Yin forged a set of sharp skills which she still relies on to turn her creative vision into an architectural reality. Next Yin ventured towards a NYC-based architecture firm, INC, where she further developed her architectural language. INC helped broaden Yin’s experience from single-family high-end residential buildings to boutique, commercial design. Her projects at INC have ranged from boutique fitness centers to hotels and restaurants, among others.
INC Architecture and Design 2017 - 2018
James DC hotel restaurants (10,000 sf)
Financial district Fitness Center ( 20,000sf - undisclosed )
YWA Studio X Opacic Architect 2014 - 2017
Long Island Residence (4200 sf) Single family gut renovation + rear extension
Stadley Rough Rd, CT (3100 sf - 350k) New single family wood frame on existing foundation
Project Manager/ Asst. Project Manager - Opacic Architect ( Irvington, NY ) 2013-2015
Heathcote Rd Residence (20000 sf - $11M)
Single family residence. Millwork detailing and specifications in major rooms throughout the mansion.
48th St Residence, NY (3800 sf - $2M)
Penthouse gut renovation with all new fenestration, and imported Italian cabinetry.
Upper West Side Residence. Custom built-in millwork
Appleton Pl, NY (3780 sf- $550k)
Single family residence. Exterior and interior renovation and side extension, custom cabinet throughout.
President St, Brooklyn (2500 sf - $300k)
Brownstone duplex apt with new custom kitchen, bathrooms + custom cabinet throughout.
Junior Architectural Designer- Opacic Architect ( Irvington, NY ) 2009-2013
Sherman Ave, Dobbs Ferry, NY Schematic Design through Bidding
Star Farm Rd, Purchase, NY Schematic Design through Bidding
Willon Lane, Scaredale, NY Schematic Design through Construction Documents
Upper East Side Apartment, NY Schematic Design through Construction Documents
Columbus Circle Apartment, NY Schematic Design through Construction Documents
Intern Architect, Opacic Architects, Irvington NY 2008-2009
Computer Lab Monitor, Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, NY 2005-2008
Summer Internship, SHoP Architects, New York, NY Summer 2005
Pratt Institute - Bachelor in Architecture -2004-2008
County College of Morris - Associate in Design-2001-2004