Yetzi Tafoya

Yetzi Tafoya

Querétaro, MX

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Hello, I´m Yetzi Tafoya!

Well, most of the people will find this boring and decide to skip reading this section. But she thought this would help to know her more. As usual, she picked up his primary and secondary education. At the age of 18, she tried to enroll herself in Julliard's  but the scholarship was not enough, so she enrolled in Monterrey Institute of Technology, MX. She did her degree and graduated with Bachelor of Architecture (HONS). Besides this, she had the opportunity of a few international experiences in New Zealand, Barcelona, and Boston. 

She enjoys traveling, knowing and photographing different cultures. She believes in the power of great design to change people lives, to help regenerate the environment, to have a better place to live. She is always looking for challenges, experimenting new ways of research, of representation. She questions the way things are normally done and look for innovation in them. 



San Miguel de Allende Planning Department, San Miguel de Allende, MX, Urban Designer & Planner

As part of a governmental-institutional project, we worked on the understanding, analysis, and design of a critical polygon located in the suburbs of San Miguel de Allende.

This experience lets me focus my interest in urban design because I was able to see, feel and experience the potential to change people lives by design.

As part of the project, I was able to develop the following tasks

-Comprehend and work the scales in which a city has to be studied and understood.
-Understanding of placemaking and community design.
-Manage, organize and carry out community design workshops.
-Leadership role among the 35 team member that worked on the project.
-Creative urban design representation of the project for different target people.
-Developing a vision for San Miguel de Allende
-Researching and analyzing places and people – understanding the physical, political, economic, spatial and environmental context.
-Developing guidance and policies relating to the built environment.

Aug 2016 - Mar 2017

SEICA, Querétaro, MX, Construction Manager Assitant

Construction related internship developing the tasks listed below.

-Learn the basics of LEED certification process.
-Making site visits to check on progress
-Dealing with problems that might come up during building.
-Writing and presenting weekly and monthly reports
-Adapting plans according to circumstances
-Helping the quantity surveyor with the additional costs of design variations

Nov 2015 - May 2016

Passive House Academy, Auckland, NZ, Sustainable Housing Design Assistant

During this academic-professional project, I was able to develop a research on experimental evaluation of insulation materials for walls and roofs and their impact on indoor thermal comfort in houses.

Feb 2015 - May 2015


Monterrey Institute of Technology (ITESM), Querétaro, MX, BArch, Architecture

Graduated with honors
GPA 3.7

Jan 2017 - May 2017

Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya (UPC), Barcelona, ES, Construction Managment

Quality and Construction Management Course
GPA 3.9

Nov 2016 - Dec 2016

Unitec Institute of Technology, Auckland, NZ, BArch, Architecture

Bachelor of Architecture (Semester Abroad)
GPA 3.8

Feb 2015 - Jul 2015


Best Graduation Project, 1st Place

During the fifth year of the Bachelor of Architecture, it is required to present a thesis project to an international jury in order to graduate. The first half of the year we developed an urban design & planning project and the second half a solo project based on the research and results of the first urban & planning stage.

My project was the best graduation project of my class. The international jury was composed by Jimena de Gortari, Francisca Pulido, Paola Aguirre and David Campos.

The project

FLUXUS is a territorial system that people share with the ecological processes and habitats of plants and animals. Places that people value and connect with. It becomes a moving image of the present and future city. A system that discourages the consumption desire and proposes a change in the way of learning and feeling the territory.

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CEMEX-TEC Award, 2nd Place

The Award

The CEMEX-TEC Award 2016, is an annual recognition of the developments of proposals and high impact projects in suitable development, that promote economic growth, technology transference, the social involvement of communities and the preservation of natural resources in Latin America.

The Project

Collective Territory is an initiative that fosters a more livable and safer community, strengthening the social fabric by the occupation of public space and a scheme of social shared investment. Through a rigorous diagnosis of the territory and participatory design, it aims to establish along with the neighbors a space where security, well-being, and social life could be foster from what is public.

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