Helena Zambrano

Helena Zambrano

Philadelphia, PA, US



Architectural and Environmental Designer, LEED® Green Associate



University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA, US, Graduate Associate

Plan co-curricular activities, counsel students, and serve as a communication link between
residents, staff, and faculty. Year-long activities’ theme: “Biosphere, The Active Experience”
addresses how we as people interact with the environment around us.

Aug 2011 - current

Constructora GAGO de Victoria, S.A. de C.V., Victoria, Mexico, Architect

I contributed to different stages of the construction process, ranging from drafting and rendering for architectural and interior design to construction details, documentation, and project management.

Jan 2011 - Jul 2011

Fourth Wall Arts Salon, Philadelphia, PA, US, Design Director

Collaborated with the founders of the fourth wall arts salon movement to develop the philosophy and plan of action, as well as the monthly events. Provided interior and graphic design, community outreach, and recruitment of young local artists.

Jan 2010 - Jul 2010

Baker Concrete Construction, Inc., Houston, TX, US, Formwork detailer

Serviced a group of internal clients including project manager, project engineer and building workers.
Designed detailed structural formwork for concrete building elements, generated work orders for
construction materials, and created construction progress reports.
•Miami International Airport expansion; $2.85 billion, one-mile long facility in Miami, Florida.
•Phase II of the Houston Medical High-Rise; a $100M mixed-use high-rise in Houston, Texas.
•MD Anderson Cancer Center, University of Texas; a $280M project in Houston, Texas.

Jun 2007 - Dec 2007


University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA, US, Masters, Master in Environmental Building Design

The Master in Environmental Building Design is a specialized, post-professional degree developed to train architects in the new skills and knowledge required for environmental design and especially in the design techniques with which those skills must be integrated into the practice of architecture. The one-year course of study includes coursework on building performance simulation, integrated building design, building envelopes and systems, lighting, daylighting, and the theory and practice of environmental design. Coursework is complemented and extended by a Performance Design Workshop and then explored in depth in an intensive Environmental Design Laboratory in the early summer.
The Department of Architecture at Penn has gathered a remarkable team of experts to teach in the new program. The MEBD operates in close coordination with the Penn-Tsinghua T.C. Chan Center for Building Simulation and Energy Studies, drawing on the expertise of faculty engaged in research at the center and providing case studies and research projects for students in the MEBD.

Aug 2011 - Aug 2012
Jan 2009 - Aug 2009

Universidad de Monterrey, Monterrey, Mexico, BArch, Bachelors in Architecture

Aug 2003 - Dec 2008

University of Houston, Houston, TX, US, Fine arts

Aug 2007 - Dec 2007


Mención de excelencia, Honorable Mention

Green housing architectural thesis ‘Morada Verde’ honorary mention


Merit Award from the government of the State of Nuevo Leon., Scholarship

Scholarship from the government of the State of Nuevo Leon.


PennDesign scholarship, Scholarship


1st place photography contest, 1st Place

Extreme sports photography contest by Bakpak magazine


Beca de Excelencia (Merit award), Scholarship

Scholarship provided by the university for the duration of the program.


Areas of Specialization