Okapi Architecture Inc. is a small and minority owned company, managed by recognized leaders in architecture, engineering and sustainability. We specialize in:
- Integrating sustainability with architecture;
- Providing leading age and proven technology to design solutions;
- Delivering high performance facilities in sustainability and energy efficiency to owners.
Our mission is to create a positive impact in people’s lives by delivering superb architecture and sustainable design in the built environment.
Ying Wang, President
AIA | LEED Fellow | LEED AP BD+C | O+M
Ms. Ying Wang has an impressive thirty-plus years background in program management, energy efficiency and sustainability consulting, teaching, and architectural practice on diverse building types. As president of Okapi Architecture, she manages multiple multi-million dollar energy programs supported by the Los Angeles Department Water & Power, Southern California Gas Company, and Southern California Edison. She is the head regional administrator for the successful statewide Savings By Design energy efficiency program, that provides technical assistance to owners and designers. Currently, there are several ZNE projects participating in SBD program.
A leader in Green School program development, managing multiple districts – San Bernardino City USD and Los Angeles City USD – helps her team solve design and funding issues, scoping, and coordinate engineers, District and the California Energy Commission. Ying is at the forefront of sustainability design and has trail blazed the success of these programs.
She is actively involved and responsible for the impressive market growth of LEED and CHPS (Collaborative for High Performance Schools) in Southern California. Consequently, she also is directly responsible for implementation of energy savings and sustainability programs at UCLA.
Her success leading large complex projects with multiple clients is a testament to her ability to understand program complexity, build consensus, and provide oversight with cutting edge projects with repeat technical knowledge.
An advocate by heart, she is passionate on environmental issues and champions innovation in the energy technology. She regularly volunteers and is a leader in her local and professional communities. Ying places special importance in education and directs courses in sustainable architecture at Cal Poly Pomona and UCLA.