Evangelina Hirata is the General Director of Organismo Nacional de Normalización y Certificación de la Construcción y Edificación, S.C. (ONNCCE) [National Body for Standardization and Certification of Construction and Building], a Mexican standards development organization (SDO). Her areas of expertise straddle architecture, construction, sustainability, planning and building codes and standard. She has contributed to numerous projects in Mexico and Spain.
Evangelina was a Board Member of the International Code Council-Evaluation Services (ICC-ES) in the United States. She participated as a member of the Mexican advisory group for the North American Commission on Environmental Cooperation and was the Deputy Director-General of Comisión Nacional de Vivienda (CONAVI). She has also founded CASEDI (Quality and Sustainability in Building, AC) to develop and reform building codes and standards toward a more sustainable and efficient built environment.
Evangelina holds a bachelor’s degree in Architecture from Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM) on 1985. (The National Autonomous University of Mexico), with Postgraduate Studies in Urbanism in Japan, Spain and Mexico. She has been involved with the U.S. Government in the Fellows Program in the development of Building Codes in the state of New Jersey.
She has participated in various international competitions, such as that of the International Union of Architects in Warsaw; in design projects in Bilbao, Spain; on reconstruction in Lyon, France; and International Awards: “Stars of Energy Efficiency 2009” – Alliance to Save Energy and “Global Award 2014” from the International Code Council and has collaborated in various specialized publications in Mexico and the United States on urban issues, construction, regulations and sustainable development.