WEFAS Architecture is an innovative design firm with the focus on technology and environmental issues. WEFAS is an acronym for Water, Earth, Fire, Air and Space, which are the embodiments of Architecture and Engineering (AE). Water stands for plumbing, Earth for structure, Fire for safety, Air for mechanical engineering and Space for the essence of architecture itself. These were widely embraced by various civilizations from pre-historic time to the present, and modern world supports this classification as basic to people’s perception of the environment.
Our objective is to promote sustainability by developing high performance design and to analyze its environmental impact not only on a local scale but globally. To achieve this, widely accepted metrics are utilized such as Architecture 2030, USGBC LEED and IWBI WELL building rating systems as well as our own set of principles promoting WELLNESS.
Our preferred style is Parametricism since its aesthetic qualities rise from optimizing various programmatic requirements including high performance design. This methodology allows for implementing project parameters in the early stage of the design process instead of just demonstrating compliance at a later date. Our main software platform in the design and delivery process is Building Information Modeling (BIM), which we take farther by utilizing tools such as Dinamo, Grasshopper for Rhino, 3D printing, robotic fabrications and other means of DIGITAL DESIGN.
Julia Contaldo founded WEFAS Architecture in 2019 and has been a professional architect for over 20 years. She obtained her license to practice in the state of California in 2008. Contaldo has been employed by a number of companies ranging from small, but critically acclaimed boutique design firms such as STANLEY SAITOWITZ OFFICE and SANDER ARCHITECTS to architecture and engineering giants HOK and SKIDMORE, OWINGS & MERRILL. Her design and production experience are in the market sectors of aviation, transportation, civic, education, health, hospitality and residential not only in California but in countries around the world. She was a successful team leader on projects with a Design-Bid-Build as well\ Private Public Partnership (P3) Construction Project Delivery Methods.
With this diverse background, Contaldo’s hands-on experience with BIM management, Architecture 2030 reporting and LEED certifications guarantees discerning judgment and unique practical skill to the execution of all aspects of the services of WEFAS Architecture. Her firm is committed to applying cutting edge technologies to design and deliver high performance sustainable projects in both the private and public sectors. While at SOM and HOK, Contaldo was focusing on the aviation and transportation market sector including Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) lobby renovation at Terminal 2, pedestrian connector bridge concept design at Terminal 3 and an LAX elevators and escalators retrofit project. Currently, WEFAS Architecture is involved with a few historical preservation projects and ADA compliance evaluations and renovations located in California.
Contaldo as the designated project leader of WEFAS Architecture brings cultural diversity to her assignments as an experienced world traveler. She has visited over 30 countries including a 5 month work assignment at the HOK Singapore and Honk Kong offices in 2011 and an extensive stay in Ashram in India in 2012. In addition, Contaldo is an active member at Toastmasters International and serves as the Voice President of Public Relations in her local club.
“REMEMBRANCE OF THINGS PAST”
“REMEMBRANCE OF THINGS PAST” is a novel written by Marcel Proust which explores nature and motifs of artwork as it conditioned by Artist’s past. Below is work performed by Julia Contaldo prior to starting WEFAS Architecture, while employed by four architectural firms: STANLEY SAITOWITZ I NATOMA ARCHITECTS, SANDER ARCHITECTS, HOK and SKIDMORE, OWINGS & MERRILL. On all of this projects Julia was a part of the design and production team taking the path from an Intern on a Bridge House at Stanley Saitowiz office back in 2002 to Project Architect on a Long Beach Civic Center at SOM in 2018
US GENERAL SERVICES ADMINISTRATION (GSA)
WEFAS Architecture is currently certified as a Small Business and as a Women-Owned Small Business (WOSB) with the US Small Business Administration (SBA) and registered in a System of Award Management (SAM) database.
STATE OF CALIFORNIA:
WEFAS Architecture is currently certified as Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) by California Unified Certification Program (CUCP). This DBE Certification is honored by all the US Department of Transportation (DOT) recipients in California.
CITY OF LOS ANGELES:
WEFAS Architecture is currently certified with the of Los Angeles as a Small Local Business (SLB), Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) and Women Business Enterprise (WBE) and is listed in the Los Angeles Business Assistance Virtual Network (LA BAVN) database as DBE, SBE (Proprietary), WBE, EBE, SBE, SLB, VSBE (Harbor)
LOS ANGELES METRO:
WEFAS Architecture is currently certified as a Small Business Enterprise (SBE) with the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (METRO) and registered as vendor in METRO online portal.
NAICS CODDES (FIRM SPECIALIZATION CODES):
541310 – Architectural services (Primary Firm Specialization)
541340 – Drafting services
541410 – Interior Designs Services
541430 – Commercial Art Service