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Ombak, in Bahasa Indonesia, the language, means wave.

When going to the sea, the human being encountered an endless horizon. And through the movement of the waves, he learned from various cultures he is a being in the world. He found out that has a lot in common with those who seemed to be so far. It was through the dance of the waves, the incessant coming and going, exploring and discovering that Ombak was born.

Ombak is East and West united in one. It is Brazil, it is Indonesia. It is heat, the beach; it is cold, the mountain. It is tropical. Ombak is feeling the place, enjoying the scent in the air, glimpsing the beauty, hearing and touching. It is simplicity and luxury, amplitude and coziness. Ombak is preserving what is most precious. It certainly is nature, but also the city.

Ombak is to take pleasure in what you do. It is to wake up with the sun and admire the moon. It is to respect cultures and always want to learn more. It is to observe and interact. Ombak is a way to see things. Omak is architecture, art and style.

Joana de Moraes, the daughter of the economist and pianist Eclesia Regina and the artist João Augusto, grew up amidst historic buildings and museums, classical music and the fumes of paint fro her father’s studio.

Thus the architect who years later would gradute from Federal Fluminense University was born. She began her career while at the university when she worked as a trainee in a construction company, where she closely supervised the execution of the works. Thereafter she did an internship in an architecture firm where she worked directly with projects.

Feeling the need to align her passion for the nature to her profession, she looked for more integrated environmental architecture style. She became a researcher at the Laboratory for Energy Conservation and Environmental Comfort at UFF, where she found inspiration to develop the Project Management and Sustainable Development for the Ecological Reserve of Juatinga. After graduation she also worked in the area of planning and control and worked as a resident architect in several constructions.

Driven by her interest in different cultures, in 2012 Joana lived in Indonesia, where she studied Southeast Asia Tropical Architecture at Udayana University with emphasis on Balinese culture. Delighted with the meanings attributed to each constructive detail, with the integration between the building and nature and the similarity to our vernacular architecture, she decided to open here in Brazil a unique style of architecture, giving rise to Ombak.

Currently Joana develops projects in architecture, interior design and landscaping. Believing in the integration of these elements, she creats different projects, besides taking the responsibility for the management and the technical supervision of the works. Joana keeps on searching for her personal and professional development through courses in complementary areas such as photography and MBA in Project Management from Getulio Vargas Foundation, as well as through trips for immersion to various local cultures.