Okapi Architecture Inc. is a small and minority owned company that is managed by recognized leaders in architecture, engineering and sustainability. We specialize in:
Our mission is to create a positive impact in people’s lives by delivering superb architecture and sustainable design in the built environment.
The Okapi Story
Okapi was established by Ying Wang in 2010, with the passion to bridge the gap between conventional architectural design, sustainability, and energy efficiency. As she was practicing on both architectural design and efficiency, she observed that many sustainability features were after thoughts. In the end she discovered that final deliverables were costly in both construction and operation.
Seeking to promote sustainability and energy efficiency during design and construction phases, Okapi Architecture was born.
The name of Okapi came from “ Beatrice and Virgil” by Yann Martel.
With a wealth of experience Ms. Ying Wang, President and CEO of Okapi Architecture Inc. employs more than 30 years of knowledge in architectural practices, energy conservation and alternative energy design, varieties of green rating systems, and program management.
Ms. Ying Wang was in charge of Los Angeles City Unified School District’s “High Performance Schools” program to serve approximately 132 new school campuses. She led the program from its infancy and grew it to a nationwide best-run and well-known sustainability program within five years.
She has been providing consulting services to San Bernardino City Unified School District’s “Green School Program” for four years. The program set up high performance standards for all facilities design and construction; the standard is largely based on Collaborative High Performance Schools (CHPS) and other green criteria standards, modified according to the districts needs.
Under her leadership, one school performed 30% better than energy code requirements in electricity, gas and water. As a result, the school also received CHPS high marks achievement in addition to LEED certification.
Ms. Ying Wang is a registered architect, AIA member, and LEED AP BD+C. Winning LEED FELLOW in 2013, she has been serving many leadership positions in local and national US Green Building Council (USGBC) councils. She teaches sustainability design and construction at Cal Poly Pomona. She holds a Master’s degree in Architecture from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and a Bachelor’s degree in Horticulture Landscaping from National Taiwan University.
Stan Klemanowicz is the Okapi Principal for day-to-day management of the Savings By Design program and its technical administration. He is your primary contact for application to the program. As team builder and leader participates in every Okapi effort.
Stan is an architect with over thirty years experience managing the project delivery of hospitality, commercial, retail, mixed-use, industrial, and educational projects. His special emphasis has been technical development, construction documentation and administration.
His background includes program and project management for over 300 projects for Los Angeles Unified School District, projects for the Port of Los Angeles including the over $1 billion Pier 400 development, Major Modernization Programs for the City of Santa Monica, and several facilities for the Los Angeles Community College District.
Stan’s ‘green’ runs deep. His participation in the development of an iconic high-rise bank building in Jedda, Saudi Arabia that, after thirty years of occupancy, remains a high standard for energy efficiency in the region was the foundation of his passive design philosophy. He has also been responsible for the largest LEED Silver project in the City of Los Angeles, and several LEED Gold and Platinum certified projects.
Stan is licensed as an architect in California and seven other states and NCARB certified. His affiliations include the American Institute of Architects, Project Management Institute, Green BuildingCertification Institute, National Institute of Building Sciences and, is a Founding Member of Façade Tectonics. A number of projects have been recognized by professional organizations for their design and technical achievements.