Zachary Tate Porter

Zachary Tate Porter

Los Angeles, CA, US



Zachary Tate Porter is a historian, educator, and designer based in Los Angeles. He holds a PhD in Architectural History from the Georgia Institute of Technology, as well as a Master of Architecture and Bachelor of Arts and Architecture from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. His dissertation project, “Shifting Grounds of Architectural Practice,” analyzes the ways in which jurisdictional competition shaped architecture, landscape design, and city planning during the early twentieth century. In 2015, Porter founded OOCA (Office of Contingent Affairs), a platform for architectural research and experimental historiography. He was the 2015 - 2016 Design of Theory Fellow at SCI-Arc, where he edited the online journal, Offramp. Porter currently teaches within the School of Architecture at the University of Southern California.



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

Sep 2016 - current

Southern California Institute of Architecture (SCI-Arc), Los Angeles, CA, US, Design of Theory Fellow

Aug 2015 - Jul 2016


Georgia Institute of Technology, PhD, History/Theory

Aug 2011 - May 2017

University of North Carolina, MArch, Architecture

Aug 2009 - May 2011

University of North Carolina, Bachelors, Architecture

Aug 2005 - May 2009

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