As a Principal of Perkins&Will, Yanel manages complex projects and brings a holistic design framework for problem solving. Passionate about community resilience, environmental sustainability, and construction performance, Yanel is an active member of the Firm’s Resilience Laboratory and Executive Committee. She served on the Firm’s Diversity Council and was a founding member of the Project Delivery Board. Yanel is VP of Practice for the Boston Society of Architects (BSA) / AIA Board, co-chairs the BSA Women in Design (WiD) Excellence Awards committee and co-founded the BSA WiD mid-career mentoring committee.
After Hurricanes Irma and María devastated Puerto Rico in 2017, and with the support of Perkins&Will, Yanel led the formation of resilientSEE-PR.com (an initiative of AREAresearch.org), an alliance that provides long-term relief to Puerto Rico communities through resilient planning and design. Ongoing projects range from interventions at the municipal to neighborhood level, and educational programs. ResilientSEE has expanded to other geographic locations providing climate adaptation strategies.
Yanel has a bachelor’s degree in Environmental Design from the University of Puerto Rico School of Architecture, a master’s degree in Architecture 1 from the Syracuse University School of Architecture, and a Master’s Degree in Design from the Harvard University Graduate School of Design with a concentration in History and Theory of Architecture. She has taught at Syracuse University, Maryland Institute College of Art, Harvard University Graduate School of Design, and Northeastern University. Yanel was elevated to the AIA College of Fellows in February 2020. Today she serves on the Advisory Boards of various institutions including PROTECHOS, the National Museum of Puerto Rican Arts and Cultures, the Boston Society of Architects, Sociedad Latina of Boston, and is thrilled to be joining SU - School of Architecture Advisory Board.