Yara Alandia

Architecture Coop

Yara Alandia is an undergraduate student at the University of Cincinnati. Originally from Bolivia, she has come a long way from home to expand her knowledge on design and world affairs. Yara is very passionate about working with communities, exploring the relationship between design and culture, and the blending of interior and exterior spaces. By stepping out of her comfort zone and tackling all learning opportunities, Yara looks to challenge herself and grow as a designer.

Where do you draw inspiration?

I draw a lot of inspiration from precedents of similar projects, but also from generating profiles for the different types of users. I like to think what people will be doing with a space and in what ways I can improve their experience.


What parts of your profession are you most passionate about?

I love the human aspect of it. Working alongside a client to help them visualize a space and bringing it to reality. Through the process not only do you have an impact on the client, but on all the people who will experience the space. In a way the space becomes a part of all of the users life story, and ensuring the space feels a certain way is important.


What is your favorite thing about working at Reztark?

The community at Reztark is very welcoming. Team work is a big part of getting all of the tasks done. Reztark focuses on every team member and helps with any questions or concerns. Everyone has an equal voice, and I feel like I can express myself freely.

What are your hobbies or special skills?

I love reading and writing. One day, I would like to write a novel.


What is your best childhood memory?

Pedestrian day back home. No cars are allowed in the city, so my parents would let me ride my bike anywhere. My friends and I would race and explore the city together.


Is there anything unusual or interesting that you want to share about yourself?

My first name is Carmen, but I go by my middle name because I like it more. It also means sunshine in an indigenous Bolivian language, which I think matches my personality more.


Have you traveled out of the US or lived overseas? Where?

 I’m from Bolivia and moved to the US to attend the University of Cincinnati. I’ve also been to Colombia, Panama, and the Dominican Republic.