In Focus: Green Women

YERMYS PEÑA, CEO PARTNER OF CONSTRUGER, AN ARCHITECT WITH A VERY GREEN PASSION.

You are one of the leading figures in the sector working on architectural projects under a sustainable approach. How has this evolution been to get to this point?

From the beginning I was concerned about creating beautiful and innovative but also functional buildings. Through experience, I became more aware of how architecture could influence people’s lives for good or bad. That power we have to create conversations, emotions and bring happiness through spaces, but also, to influence an entire community according to how a building is integrated into its environment, made me aware of the responsibility of each project it represents. I do not design beautiful houses, but homes, family spaces to connect and fill with experiences; I do not design companies, but collaborative spaces where working is dynamism and users enjoy their work while their productivity rises. When I discovered that through sustainable and bioclimatic design and construction, I am able to bring positive change to people, the city and the planet, I decided that I had found my fundamental goal as an architect.

You have the profile of a leading woman and an example for many generations. What do you consider to have been your key to success?

Without a doubt, it is having your goals clear and believing in your potential. Training to achieve those goals is essential. We put the glass ceiling on ourselves with that unconscious machismo that often comes from education. Understanding that this is not a competition, maintaining our femininity and striving to be visible is a right. And finally, planning to walk towards our end.

RD is a country with a deeply rooted male culture, however, women are gaining more and more power spaces in society. What are the greatest challenges for our gender in this regard?

Our challenge is to believe in ourselves, to reach management positions, in construction we are still very limited, although year after year more women graduate from universities, the boards of directors have a very low percentage. The challenge is to make that leap from the second line of command to the first, understanding that equality is not synonymous with competence, but a right to be visible and recognized.

Vista 311 is one of the projects that manifests a bioclimatic and sustainable architecture, betting on nature.