Ricardo Zurita

A.I.A., LEED AP
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Ricardo Zurita was born in Quito, Ecuador. His family immigrated to the United States, bringing him to New York City where he later attended the prestigious Stuyvesant High School. He then studied at Cornell University, graduating in 1984 with his professional architecture degree. He did graduate studies in Urban Studies at the Graduate School and University Center of CUNY, studying with Richard Wade, the “father of urban history” and Marshall Berman, noted sociologist. He has practiced architecture since 1984 and established his eponymous firm in 2002.

 

His body of work has been focused on projects that require a multidisciplinary approach where planning, landscape and architectural design issues intersect. He has been recognized for his ability to blend low cost materials and technologies for project types that have traditionally lacked innovative design with contextual sensitivity; and to utilize the unique limitations of each project to create a concept-driven design. He is well regarded for his success in navigating projects through the process of public review; with extensive experience with municipal agencies, planning & design review boards, and advocacy & community groups.

Ana Pereira

Senior Designer
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Having worked in Europe and Asia, Ana brings a global interest in design to RZAPS. Her experience includes projects in hospitality and office interiors; rehabilitation of historic buildings and the design of public use and civic buildings. While in Spain, she was a designer for the Euskalduna Palace in Bilbao. In China she was a designer for the Hyatt Honquiao. Ana's keen interest in design trends and her design abilities make her a valuable asset for RZAPS.

Education:
Master of Architecture
FACOLTA DI ARCHITETTURA ROMA TRE, ITALY, 2007

Bachelor of Architecture
FAUP-FACULDADE ARQUITECTURA UNIVERSIDADE PORTO, PORTUGAL, 2006

Rafael Montes

Sr. Associate
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After ten years of experience in Spain, Mr. Montes joined RZAPS in 2012 to continue developing his passion for architecture in a new and enriching professional context.
An important part of his work has been devoted to social and institutional projects, which are especially appealing to Mr. Montes for the opportunity they offer to resolve community needs through architectural design.
His interest in design encompasses very different scales, which provides him with the flexibility to work on a wide range of projects, from master planning to building details.
Mr. Montes is involved in the entire design process of the office's projects, taking part in the initial concept, further development and completion.

Education:
Master of Architecture
ETSA OF SEVILLE, SPAIN, 2002

David Obuchowski

Studio Director
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Originally from Charleston, South Carolina, where he first practiced architecture, David moved to New York City where he eventually founded David Obuchowski Architects in Brooklyn in 2010. This year, David's practice combines with RZAPS as he assumes the role of Studio Director. His responsibilities include overall business management as well as the design and oversight of the technical quality and standards of projects.

David is known for creating work that is elegant and well-crafted that emphasizes sustainability and an attention to detail. He distills multiple ideas into clear, gracious design solutions with sensitivity to considerations of proportion, space, light, and materials. His approach privileges an economy of means, adaptability to changing parameters, and an ability to create meaningful connections, values which align with and will enrich the work of RZAPS through this new collaboration.

Education:
Bachelor of Architecture, VIRGINIA POLYTECHNIC INSTITUTE AND STATE UNIVERSITY, 1999

Registration:
New Jersey, 2015
New York, 2008
South Carolina, 2006

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Jessica Soares

Communications Director
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Originally from Brazil, Jessica is an architect and urban designer who is passionate about storytelling and graphic design.
Fascinated by how design can help improve everyday life, she joined RZAPS in 2019 to contribute to the firm's interdisciplinary character with her background in communication design and architecture.

Education:
Bachelor of Architecture & Urban Design, PONTHIFICAL UNIVERSITY OF GOIAS, BRAZIL, 2018

Architectural and Urban Design Program
PARSONS THE NEW SCHOOL FOR DESIGN, 2014-2015

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Zhuo Guo

Designer
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Zhuo examines architecture as art by and for quotidian human needs. It is about presenting questions daily by challenging existing perceptions and elaborate boundaries. Before joining RZAPS, he has worked as a research assistant for Columbia GSAPP Death Lab and as an intern architect for LMA Design, Kengo Kuma and Associates, and Junya Ishigami and Associates.

Education:
Master of Architecture
COLUMBIA UNIVERSITY, 2018

Bachelor of Engineering in digital media technology
ZHEJIANG UNIVERSITY, CHINA, 2014

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Denise Galon

Chief Administrator
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Ms. Galon has been the Chief Administrator of RZAPS since 2004. She has also worked in a similar capacity with special event design and planning company, McNabb Roick Events; Lawfirm, Tonachel & Lewis, P.C.; Non-Profit school, Singers Forum Foundation; Banking Business Specialist, Citibank; and creatively in theatrical costume & clothing design with the Fabric Alternative.

Education:
B.A., De Sales University, Center Valley, PA, 1976

PhD, Metaphysical ULC, Modesto, CA, 2002