David Sands is a true visionary. Born and raised in Florida, he received his Masters in Architecture in 1982 from the University of Florida. While in undergraduate school at Washington and Lee in Virginia his Chinese Art Professor first introduced him to bamboo as the metaphor for the perfected human being.
David has been devoted to his yoga practice since 1971, living for 8 years in an ashram. He served for nearly a decade on the board of Kripalu Center in Massachusetts, the largest yoga retreat facility in America, including several years as chairperson. After relocating to Hawaii in 1988, David co-founded Bamboo Living with Jeffree Trudeau in 1995.
"It was simply the right thing to do. I couldn't go on designing homes unconsciously. We set out to find a better big picture way to serve the Earth, and humanity."
David served on the INBAR (International Network for Bamboo and Rattan) committee to develop the International Standards Organization (ISO) standard for structural bamboo. He is an international speaker on the subject of structural bamboo presenting at conferences in Beijing, Hanoi, Mexico, Costa Rica among others. David has also been a presenter for the American Institute of Architects National Convention, the American Bamboo Society national conference, and a keynote speaker for the World Bamboo Congress in Bangkok.
Raquel Freitas joined the Bamboo Living Team in 2008. Watching clients fulfill their dreams of living in an eco-friendly home has propelled her passion for a sustainable world.
Raquel is originally from Brazil, where she received her Bachelor’s Degree following 5 years of Architectural studies in 2001. Upon graduation, she began designing for commercial and residential clients and providing interior design services.
Raquel is an integral part of the Bamboo Living process, providing exceptional design capabilities, architectural proficiency, logistics skills, and a remarkable eye for detail.
Angela Sugar joined the Bamboo Living Team with a background in school administration and nonprofit management. Born and raised on the Big Island of Hawai'i, Angela earned her B.A. in Hispanic Studies at Lewis & Clark College in Portland, Oregon, and spent two semesters abroad in the Dominican Republic and Chile.
An avid traveler, Angela is fascinated by different languages, cultures, and ways of living around the world. At Bamboo Living, Angela enjoys seeing people create their unique dwellings, which embody their personal style and their passion for the health of the planet. Angela admires the beauty, strength, and sustainability of bamboo structures, and she is thrilled to be a part of the bamboo movement.
Samantha Smith brings over 15 years of experience in executive leadership to her role as Director of Marketing for Bamboo Living. As owner of a web development and internet technology company for the past 8 years, preceded by her position as Sales Manager for the fastest growing travel company in the nation, Samantha is a recognized and acclaimed expert in marketing, brand strategy, and product innovation.
Samantha came to Bamboo Living with a passion for sustainable living and green building. Her enthusiasm for eco-friendly construction became clear while serving as the CEO of a Hawaii based building company. Joining the world’s leading bamboo architect and LEED AP, David Sands, she sees a global opportunity and has set the intention of co-creating a world precedent for promoting the mainstream adoption of bamboo as the world’s tree-free rapidly renewable building material.
Jun Ybanez graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Industrial Engineering from Cebu Institute of Technology, Philippines. He began working for Bamboo Living in January of 2006 as the Director of Factory Operations at Bamboo Hardwoods, Vietnam.
Jun held a number of positions in the manufacturing industry before falling in love with the beauty and structural integrity of bamboo the first time he saw a Bamboo Living Home. Since then, he has been leveraging his skills and knowledge toward factory operations. Jun leads the team of expert artisans sculpting exquisite bamboo structures made from the most rapidly renewable resource on the planet.