Y.A. studio is an architectural design studio committed to bringing an innovative and modern approach to design. Our practice is collaborative, supportive, and committed to developing skilled professionals who continue to improve our built environment and elevate our social discourse. We strive to understand the clients needs and nurture a vision that integrates sustainable practices, well crafted details, and holistic designs. We engage the community, support the environment, respect budgets and schedules, enjoy challenges, and craft solutions that often exceed client expectations. We embrace a diverse portfolio that includes custom single family homes, affordable housing, large multi-family developments, restaurants, office and retail. We are thoughtful, creative, experienced, engaging, socially responsibility and environmental stewards. Y.A. studio is registered as a Certified Minority-Owned, San Francisco Local Business Enterprise (LBE), and Micro Business Enterprise (MBE).



Since establishing Y.A. studio in 2004, Yakuh Askew, AIA, NOMA, LEED AP, has fostered a collaborative and creative studio that is versatile, efficient and effective. A native of San Francisco, Yakuh is passionate about socially responsible growth and has fought to balance the needs of the community, the environment and individual clients.

Yakuh is a graduate of Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo, CA and has traveled extensively. Prior to Y.A. studio Yakuh’s portfolio included large corporate offices, restaurant design, and single-family residential work.

Yakuh is a member of the Nation Organization of Minority Architects (NOMA), Citizen’s Bond Oversight Committee (CBOC), SPUR, AIA, and an avid ice hockey player.


An avid traveler and art lover, Martine finds comfort in nature, family time and good design. Born and raised in Montreal, she earned her a bachelors in Environmental Design at Université du Quebec a Montreal (UQAM) and a Masters in Architecture at the Technical University of Nova Scotia (TUNS). As a student, she focused on contemporary design, ergonomics, temporary structures and sustainability. After relocating to San Francisco in 1999, she joined Y.A. studio in 2008 and opened Martine Paquin Design, her interior design focused practice. She is a LEED AP and a CGBP believing that environmentally responsible design is a necessary component to healthy living.


Paul brings a wide breadth of experience and knowledge to Y.A studio with a familiarity of various project types including corporate interiors, wineries, restaurants, and both custom residential and multifamily housing. He has an understanding of all phases of a project from Programming and Master Planning through Construction Administration and his strength as a project manager ensures that projects come in on time and on budget. Paul speaks Mandarin Chinese and has a deep interest in Sino-American relations. He enjoys exploring cultures through their cities, food, and music.


David has over 20 years experience, primarily with technically challenging projects such as aquariums, hospitals, and laboratories, as well as multi-family and custom residential housing.  David has been fortunate to have been involved in a number of projects from visualization and programming through construction administration.  He brings a holistic approach to architecture, ensuring projects are thoughtfully designed, while also meeting schedule and budget. In his free time, David enjoys traveling and is also an active potter whose work has been exhibited nationally.


Manon graduated from the UCL, Brussels where she completed a master’s degree in historic preservation and sustainable design. She worked then in India and Belgium. Beyond her professional experience, she likes to discover new lifestyles and thrilling environments. She seeks to create spaces that respond to the environment and people’s needs while reaching the perfect balance between functionality, sustainability, and aesthetics. Manon is fluent in French and spends her weekends discovering San Francisco and its surroundings.



Karin is a native of the Chicago area who has also worked in New York and Paris.  Her experience on projects range from towers and expo centers to attached housing and retail spaces.  She has as diverse background in design, and in addition to architecture, has worked as a product designer and a researcher in emerging materials.  Karin holds an M.Arch from Columbia University and a B.S. from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.


Originally from Texas, Stephanie headed west to California and graduated from California Polytechnic State University with a Bachelors of Architecture degree. During her studies, she spent a year studying abroad in Florence, Italy where she developed a love for traveling. Her appreciation for architecture has grown through experiments in parametric design, furniture making, and a published installation. In her free time, she enjoys sketching at coffee shops and baking cookies.


Natalie is a Bay Area native with a Bachelors of Architecture degree from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo. While in school, she won second place in a national competition with a group designing a zero-net energy apartment building. During her time at YA studio, she has helped design the first phase of Hope SF’s Rebuild Potrero project. Outside of work she likes to rock climb, do crosswords, and stare at the Rothko in MOMA for too long.


Sherry was born and raised in Shanghai, China. She has a Masters of Architecture from University of Houston and a Bachelors of Architecture degree from Shanghai University in China. Sherry has lived and worked in Shanghai, Houston, Seattle, and recently moved to Bay Area. Her experience on projects range from health care, education and commercial to mix-use projects. In her free time, she enjoys traveling, reading and cooking


Frank is from Socorro, NM and received his B.A.A. at UNM SA+P in Albuquerque. Having lived in a small town in NM and cities like NY and Chicago, he is fortunate to have been exposed to various cultures that have shaped his views on the built environment. Besides architecture, he is a faithful supporter of the North London club, Arsenal F.C. Frank enjoys experiencing new cultures and meeting new people.


Marie completed her Bachelor of Environmental Design at Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia. Her interest in innovative design in public housing lead her to YA Studio. Previous to her studies in architecture she completed a Bachelor of Fine Art at NSCAD University. She has worked for several years in project coordination with a multi-discipline engineering team. New to San Francisco, she is exploring the bay area through photography and food.


Originally from Tijuana, Mexico, her interest in architecture sparked from the eclectic urban condition of her border city. Mariana holds a B.Arch from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, where she focused on digital fabrication and material innovation. She is fluent in Spanish and has studied French, Japanese, and German. As an avid traveler, she has been to 20+ countries, her most recent adventure being backpacking solo through South America.




Bianca is from Miami, Florida and moved from one peninsula to another. She graduated from California College of the Arts with a Bachelor of Architecture degree and is eager to continue her education in the future. In college, Bianca focused on sustainable practices and was able to study abroad in South America. She joins the team with former interior design and design build experience. Today she continues to actively travel and learn more about cities cultures and styles.




Previous to Dan’s calling into architecture he accomplished a career in avionics that provided him with the opportunity to travel the world. Dan’s Michigan roots influenced him to complete his Bachelor of Science in Architecture and a Master of Architecture at the University of Michigan.
His education and work experience include skill sets in digital fabrication and experience in designing single-family residential projects to mixed-use multifamily projects. Dan brought his BBQing talents; love for coffee and anything Detroit to the bay where he is able to combine his passions with west coast culture and design.

Matthew Baker


Born and raised in the East Bay and 20 + years in the industry, Matt is not just a California licensed architect, he has lived and breathed the urban landscape changes in the San Francisco Bay Area.
Matt received his Bachelor of Architecture from the California College of Art and Crafts and went on to work for a series of studios in the bay area that have led him to specialize in affordable and market rate multifamily, senior and special needs housing.
Matt continues to grow in the architecture community through his various roles and memberships over the years in volunteer run organizations. Outside of the studio, Matt expresses creativity and energy by being an avid walker, zine enthusiast, and photographer.

‘Kit’ Yongyut Kitkrongpaiboon

Originally from Thailand, Kit moved to Hawaii for education and beaches.   With the persisting tropical temptations, being a student in Hawaii wasn’t always easy but he managed to graduate in business administration and accounting. After Hawaii, Kit settled down in the beautiful central coast town of San Luis Obispo for several years before moving to San Francisco. After many years working in accounting/CPA firms along with some other industries in finance, Kit become an independent bookkeeper. In February 2015, Kit joined the YA Studio team assisting in the growth and business development of the studio. By embracing and understanding that his left brain is numeric and his right artsy, Kit keeps his life well-balanced just like his client’s books.

Jennifer Tuerk

Jennifer moved to San Francisco from Washington, DC and has worked in SF as a full charge bookkeeper for over 20 years.  She has served a diverse range of clients from restaurants and nonprofits to architectural firms and graphic designers.  When she is not working for her clients, she is volunteering at her children’s school as the treasurer of the parent teacher organization.


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