Z-A is a New York based studio that focuses on design innovation



The Studio

Z-A is a New York based studio for architectural innovation, which is dedicated to exposing the unexpected in the mundane.

Z-A explores materials and structures that can adjust and respond to the changing needs, uses and identities of a project.

Z-A has gained national and international visibility through numerous awards, publications and exhibitions such as The Venice Biennale, The New York Times, CNN, Fox TV, Channel 13, Time Magazine, New York Magazine, Dezeen, Huffington Post, Fast Company, Architectural Record, Frame.

Z-A believes that a sustainable project is first and foremost a project that can live longer. A flexible design approach equips the project with the ability to stay relevant over time.

Z-A’s designs are a deliberate move away from stylistic or formal uniformity, expressing a genuine interest in the mundane, the found or given condition, which is clearly different from one project to the other. Moreover it is meant to display that starting with the obvious, doesn’t lead to an obvious result.

Guy Zucker is the principle and founder of Z-A. In addition to running his practice, he has taught Graduate Architecture Studio at the University of Pennsylvania, Columbia Graduate School of Architecture and at Parsons Graduate School of Design. Mr. Zucker holds a Master of Science in Advanced Architectural Design from Columbia University, and a Bachelor of Architecture from the Technion Institute of Technology.


2012   New York State Council on the Arts, Research Grant for “Underutilized Space in Affordable Housing”
2012   Europe’s Property Award, Commercial for ‘Delicatessen’
2011   Active Living Research Grant, Fund for Public Health in New York, for ‘Active Design Research’
2011   America’s Property Award, Public Service Architecture, for ‘Kiss Popup Chapel’
2010   Israel Architecture, Project of the Year, Honorable Mention for ‘Knot Community Center’
2009   Contractworld, Shop Design, ‘Delicatessen 2’
2009   Exhibitor Magazine, Green Exhibits Award for ‘Cardboard Figures’
2009   Israel Architecture, Project of the Year, Third Place for ‘1st Floor Penthouse’
2008   Kesher Community Center, Winning Competition Entry and Commission
2008   14th Street Y Community Center, Winning RFP Entry and Commission
2006   Israel Architecture, Project of the Year, Third Place for ‘Delicatessen’
2005   Place in History, LIC Grounded Competition, Second Place for ‘Reflector’
2004   The Democratic School of Hadera Competition Finalist
2004   The Van Alen Inst., LMCC and Architectural League ‘Civic Exchange’ Competition Finalist
2002   ‘William Kinne’ Fellow Prize for Study and Travel for ‘Delineating Territory / Strategic Landscape’
1998   The American Israel Foundation (Fulbright) Scholarship Grant
1998   IIT Award for ‘Floating Metamorphosis’
1997   The ‘IFHP’ International Competition Award for ‘Floating Metamorphosis’
1997   IIT Industrial Design Award for ‘4 Play’
1997   IIT Ingenuity Award for ‘4 Play’
1996   IIT Award for ‘Present Void’


2012   The Venice Biennale, 13th International Architecture Exhibition, US Pavilion, KISS Popup Chapel, Venice, Italy
2010   Open House TLV, First Floor Penthouse, Tel Aviv
2010   ZEZEZE Gallery, Young Architects, 3 Projects, Tel Aviv
2009   Contractworld, Shop Design, Hamburg, Germany
2009   Compotec, Digital Primitive, Massa-Carrara, Italy
2009   Experimenta, Digital Primitive, Lisbon, Portugal
2009   The Belarus Biannual, Prague Library, Minsk, Belarus
2009   The AIA Gallery, Prague Library, Jaffa, Israel
2009   The ZEZEZE Gallery, First Floor Penthouse, Tel Aviv
2008   The Jewish Museum, Off The Wall, New York
2005   MAS Urban Center, Reflector, New York
2005   The Van Alen Institute, Civic Exchange, New York
2000   The painter’s association gallery, Recycled Urban-Scape, Tel-Aviv
1999   Ramat-gan Museum, collection of works, Ramat-Gan, Israel


We are now accepting applications for Winter 2014 Interns. To apply for a position please send a copy of your cv, portfolio and a cover letter in a single pdf (MAX SIZE: 5MB) to work@z-astudio.com.


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