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 and publications such as Architectural Record, Frame, Metropolis, We-Ar, SPA-DE, FX, 32-Beijing/New York, Time Out, Architect’s Newspaper and Haaretz.
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.
The studio is led by principal and founder, Guy Zucker. In addition to running Z-A Studio, Guy currently teaches a graduate design studio at the University of Pennsylvania. He has previously taught design studios at Columbia Graduate School and at Parsons Graduate School. 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
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