“The architect should strive continually to simplify; the ensemble of the rooms should then be carefully considered that comfort and utility may go hand in hand with beauty.” — Frank Lloyd Wright
Norma was born and raised in Tampico—a seaport located on the east side of Mexico—where she earned a degree and license of Architecture from the Universidad Autonoma de Tamaulipas. She moved to Seattle in the 1990s during the grunge era, witnessing the rapid growth and change of the Emerald City. To adjust to the change, she took classes at the UW and other local colleges. Her interest in sustainable practices in the built environment led her to return to college to earn a Bachelor of Applied Science (BAS) in Sustainable Building Science Technology from South Seattle College, and she graduated in 2017. Norma also earned a LEED Green Associate accreditation in 2020. She believes that energy efficient buildings bring long-run savings and healthy air quality to the environment of the occupants, while reducing the carbon footprint.
Norma’s first job in Seattle was in a local design company where she worked with residential projects, which were mostly custom home designs with wood framing. Later, she worked with other local design and construction companies where she worked with a diverse type of commercial projects, such as: tenant Improvements, remodels and new construction of retail, restaurants, health clinics, and workspaces. While she had the opportunity to collaborate with many of these projects from conception to completion. This also included a renowned local coffee company, where she designed dozens of international and national stores, as small as 300 sf kiosks to 5000 sf flagship stores, including free standing new construction drive-thrus as well. Recently in 2022, she joined Rolluda, and she is excited to be part of its diverse culture and enthusiastic teams. Currently, she is working with King County Waste Stations North and South relocation, and the Vashon Waste Station remodel.