Richard Zapata

Richard Zapata

West Hollywood, CA, US



Licensed Architect with thirteen years of experience in Site Planning, Concept/Schematic Design, and Design Development for retail, commercial, mixed-use, themed environment, and institutional projects.

Adept at working in a collaborative design setting and at maintaining a productive rapport with clients, staff, and vendors.

Experience with international, domestic, and local projects.

Enthusiasm for mentoring younger staff.


Cotton Fontana Architects, Glendale, CA, US, Facility Designer

Member of the Facility Design Team for Shanghai Disneyland Resort Theme Park.

Designer of a 900 seat theater and its supporting facilities, including Themed Facades. Duties include creating the 3D computer model for use in design, coordination and documentation of the project.

Subsequently, responsible for the Design Management and coordination of the Themed Facades of all facilities in the Land.

May 2011 - Dec 2013

R.ZAPATA|ARCHITECT, West Hollywood, CA, US, Independent Consultant

Freelance Architect on several residential projects.

Aug 2009 - Apr 2011

Perkins+Will, Los Angeles, CA, US, Architect

Member of the Construction Documents team for three core & shell hospital projects.

Designed and detailed the vertical conveyance and emergency egress packages.

Coordinated the QA/QC efforts of the two collaborating offices. Mentored younger staff on licensure.

May 2008 - Jul 2009

HTH Architects, Los Angeles, CA, US, Project Designer

Concept/Schematic Design & Design Development of multiple commercial and retail projects.

Site Planning and Schematic Design for:

970,000 square foot mixed-use development with residential, commercial and retail components in Pearland, Texas.

105,000 square foot shopping, entertainment and tourism center for Royal Caribbean cruise line in Roatan, Honduras.

Jul 2000 - Apr 2008

F+A Architects, Pasadena, CA, US, Designer/CAD Draftsman

Member of the Design team for Mall of the Emirates, a 6.5 million square foot world-class shopping and entertainment center in Dubai

Responsible for the Design Development package covering the 460,000 square feet of suspended ceilings and bulkheads.

Designer for Simi Valley Town Center, an 800,000 square foot high-end regional shopping center in Simi Valley, California.

Dec 2002 - Jul 2004


Cal State University Dominguez Hills Extension, Carson, CA, US, Construction Project Management

Certificate program in Construction Project Management.

Topics covered include:
Construction accounting
Plan reading
Real estate law
Bidding & scheduling
Construction safety

Jan 2010 - Jul 2010

University of Southern California (USC), Los Angeles, CA, US, BArch, Architecture

Five year architecture degree.

Semester abroad - Como, Italy - 1995

Sep 1991 - May 1996

Areas of Specialization 


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