Helena Zambrano Macias, AIA, LEED AP BC+C, CPHC

Helena is most interested in studying how the built environment shapes and transforms human behavior. She is especially focused on daylighting, occupant comfort, urban ecology and equitable communities. Helena earned a Bachelor of Architecture at the University of Monterrey in Mexico, and a Master in Environmental Building Design at the University of Pennsylvania.

Prior to join Overland, Helena was a Research Associate at the TC Chan Center for Building Simulation and Energy Studies at the University of Pennsylvania, where she researched integrated design for energy-efficient retrofits, and gain experience in data collection, analysis and visualization.

Outside of the office Helena’s interests are mountaineering, cycling. culinary arts, yoga and travel. Helena has lived and worked abroad and is fluent in English, Spanish and French. In the community, she is the chair of the AIA San Antonio Committee on the Environment. Her mission is to advance and advocate design practices that integrate built and natural systems to enhance the performance of the built environment.

Achiever / Ideation / Learner / Focus / Futuristic