Los Angeles, CA
Zago Architecture brings open-ended, creative inquiry to disciplinary concerns in architecture. Noted for its prescient articulation of emerging sensibilities, the practice weds quasi-autonomous aesthetic studies to the art of making buildings and cities. In doing so, Zago Architecture reaffirms the substantial and productive link amongst art, architecture and urbanism.
Zago Architecture is based in Los Angeles. The firm has completed projects in the US and Korea and its work has appeared internationally in books, professional journals and reviews. Notable among the firm’s projects are the Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit, the Fine Venture Office Tower, completed in association with Yamasaki Associates, Korea and a design studio facility for Cornell University’s Sibley School of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering. In 2005 a book on the firm’s work, Zago Architecture and Office dA : Two Installations was published by the SCI-Arc press. In 2011 Zago Architecture was selected to participate in a workshop and exhibition at MoMA titled “Foreclosed: Rehousing the American Dream.”
Andrew Zago, principal of Zago Architecture, has over twenty five years of professional experience in architecture, urbanism, and education. He received a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the University of Michigan and a Master of Architecture from Harvard University. In 1987 he founded AKS RUNO in Los Angeles with Bahram Shirdel and later, Shirdel Zago Kipnis with Bahram Shirdel and Jeffrey Kipnis. In 1991 he established Zago Architecture in Detroit. Zago currently teaches at the Southern California Institute of Architecture (SCI- Arc), where he is also the coordinator of the Visual Studies program. He is also currently a Clinical Professor in Architecture at the University of Illinois Chicago (UIC). From 2003 to 2007 he was the founding director of the Master of Architecture program at the City College of New York, and he has also taught at Cornell University, the University of Michigan, UCLA and the Ohio State University. He frequently lectures, and his work has been exhibited in Berlin, New York, Detroit, Princeton and Los Angeles. Andrew Zago is a fellow of the American Academy in Rome and a member of the National Register of Peer Professionals of the General Services Administration in Washington. He is a recipient of both an Academy Award in Architecture from the American Academy of Arts and Letters and a Fellowship Grant from the United States Artists organization. Of his firm’s work, the American Academy of Arts and Letters citation states: “Against the contemporary fascination with limitless fluidity, Andrew Zago proposes highly disciplined structures framing spaces that support and promote a vigorous dialectic between solid and void, transparency and opacity, movement and stasis.”
3350 Glendale Blvd
Los Angeles, CA, US , 90039