Personal Greeting Helena Zambrano Macias, AIA

Mahlum Architects

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Mahlum Architects
portland, OR


Helena is a licensed architect in the United States and Mexico with over 10 years of national and international experience. She is a Project Architect at Mahlum with a passion for environmental systems, and a strong advocate for the use of evidence to inform design. Emphasizing the design of daylit spaces, Helena’s work has been recognized with local, national, and international design awards.

Prior to joining Mahlum, Helena was Sustainability Director at Overland Partners in San Antonio, TX.  She currently serves on the AIA’s National Committee on the Environment, in which capacity she worked to establish the Framework for Design Excellence and led the development of both the “COTE Super Spreadsheet” and the “AIA Common App”, two tools that raise the status of sustainability metrics and reframe the way design awards recognize architecture.


University of Pennsylvania
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
Master in Environmental Design, 2013

Universidad de Monterrey
Monterrey, Nuevo León, Mexico
Bachelor of Architecture, 2018