• 2018 CAAPPR Housing Competition - Award Winner

    Competition Boards

  • Rio Bayamon Competition, 2018

    YSA lead the design team on this winning entry for the development of the Rio Bayamon Site.

  • Rio Bayamon Competition

    Town Houses

  • Rio Bayamon Competition

    Garden Apartments

  • Rio Bayamon Competition

    Restaurants and Cinema

  • Rio Bayamon Competition

    Mid-rise Apartments

  • Competition Winner - Puerto Rico Department of Housing - 2003

    Young & de la Sota Architects, and Interlink Group were selected in a design competition as the developer/ architect team for the Avenida Ponce de Leon 1800 site in Santurce,Puerto Rico, a 250,000-square-foot mixed-use development.

  • Winner - Premios Obra CEMEX Competition, 2013

    Premios Obra CEMEX is an annual competition created and organized by CEMEX S.A.S. de C.V., which annually seeks to distinguish the best of the construction industry throughout the globe. Through this event, CEMEX promotes the culture of continuous innovation in construction, recognizing the talent of all those who achieve the highest standards of the industry.

    Caguas Courtyard Community Housing received the highest recognition given for the Housing Category in the Puerto Rico competition for 2013.

  • Land Authority of Puerto Rico Development Proposal Competition: Winning Entry - Adaptive Re-use - 1999

    Winning Design - This international competition was joined by a distinguished group of experienced developers and internationally known design firms. YSA lead an interdisciplinary team that included architects, coastal landscape architects, golf course architects, coastal engineers, energy conservation consultants, resort real estate consultants, community development economists. The extended 800 acre site, is located adjacent to a protected UN biosphere habitat. The design comprises four hotel properties with over 1,000 hotel rooms and condo villas, 860 residential units, 450 boat slips, 65,000 sq ft of commercial and exhibit space associated with an Ecorium, a interpretive center for the immediate aquatic and terrestrial environments. At the conclusion of the proposal evaluation process, the design and pro forma prepared by YSA was selected for development.

  • Professional Builders & HUD: Best American Living - Gold Metal Award Best Rental Housing - 2001, Maxwell Award - 2002, MetLife Foundation Award - 2006

    Gold Metal Award - This family housing development was the result of a participatory design process involving many residents of the Bernal Heights neighborhood of San Francisco. A ‘street wall’ boulevard building wraps the corner of Mission and Chavez Streets, the main crossroads of the neighborhood. The ground floor contains a neighborhood adult school and childcare center designed to assist lower income families to become economically self-sufficient and language proficient. Behind this front building are four courtyards in the center of the block surrounded by family townhomes stacked above accessible flats. Two of the courts are above the parking garage. This cluster of mid-block ‘cottages’ shapes a small village with play areas secure from the surrounding heavily-trafficked streets.

    Bernal Gateway Apartments won the Maxwell Award in 2002 for its unique integration of permanently affordable apartments for families with low to extremely low incomes, on-site supportive services for residents, employment training and a child development center available to the public coupled with its innovative design created through an involved process of community participation. In 2006, the project was awarded first place in the MetLife Foundation Award for Excellence in Affordable Housing in the supportive housing category, also for Bernal Gateway



  • Grand Award, Builder Choice Design and Planning Awards, Builder Magazine - 1996

    Villa del Norte, Rancho Cucamonga, California This project is situated on an 8.7-acre parcel adjacent to a large park, and directly across from a middle school. The homes are organized into clusters of six units that front onto an intimate courtyard. Each cluster also has a rear parking court providing access to each attached one-car garage, and to 6-8 covered parking spaces required by the city. Each unit has a front porch, fenced back patio, and balconies for the master bedroom. At least one YSA principal participated as supervising architect and/or senior designer while associated with the architect-of-record for this project.

    Other Awards
    Honorable Mention, Maxwell Award of Excellence 1997, Fannie Mae Foundation
    Grand Award, Golden Nugget Award 1996, Pacific Coast Builders Conference
    Award of Merit, 1996, East Bay AIA
    Focus on Affordability Award, Builder Choice Award 1996, and Builder Magazine

  • Grand Prize, Best Affordable Housing, Gold Nugget Awards, Pacific Coast Builders Conference - 1995

    San Antonio Terrace is designed for households with incomes ranging from 35% to 55% of the area median. All family dwellings are designed as townhomes, located in the more protected rear courtyards, with no more than 20 families per court. Smaller units for people without children, such as seniors and singles, are arranged as flats along corridors in a 4-story elevator-served building facing the main boulevard, East 14th Street. At least one YSA principal participated as supervising architect and/or senior designer while associated with the architect-of-record for this project.

    Other Awards:
    Silver Medal, Rudy Bruner Urban Design Award 1997
    Citation Award 1994, Progressive Architecture Magazine

  • California Dream House Competition - San Francisco Chronical and ABC News Home Design Competition - Winner - 1990

    Award - The  California Dream House Competition was sponsored by the San Francisco Chronicle in 1990, and  ABC News, Channel 7. YSA won an award in the statewide competition with this concept home incorporating a large operable skylight located at the heart of the home between the kitchen and great room.