Ana Zapata

Ana Zapata

Los Angeles, CA, US



I discovered my passion for architecture at a young age.  I was fascinated by the possibility of not only creating form but also a space or domains that could potentially be built on a larger scale.  Since then, I have aspired to be a curator of spaces that perhaps will stimulate a younger generation of designers to follow.

SCI-Arc, my most recent alma mater, pushed my limits, understanding of geometry and digital arts to the level of unleashing my dormant mad scientist personality.  I take each new project as an opportunity to grow and further my skills, whether it be in the technical domain of architecture or the discipline of digital representation. 



Luminaire LLC, Miami, Junior Designer

As a designer, I research human experiences to create beautiful and functional spaces that are intended to be used viscerally, impeccably executed, and sources of limitless inspiration. I believe that by understanding human needs, we can create spaces that contribute to the ambiance of happiness and increased productivity.

Oct 2010 - Aug 2014

Casa Tua Design, Miami, Interior Design Assistant

As a design assistant I was responsable for developing different individualized design solutions, space planning, fabric coordination, and product selection. I was able to assist the Interior Designer in creating comfortable and functional environments that best represented the client’s lifestyle, taste and budget.

Dec 2008 - Oct 2010

PHI Cubed, Miami, Research Assistant

Driven by the overwhelming desire to help rebuild Haiti after the 2010 earthquake, I volunteered to help design architecture that would shelter disaster victims promptly and efficiently. As a research assistant, I was responsible for generating architectural visualization packages that would later be reviewed by funding agencies.

Jan 2010 - Jul 2010


Southern California Institute of Architecture (SCI-Arc), Los Angeles, CA, US, Masters, ESTm

SCI-Arc's ESTm Master program is a rigorous, experimental post-professional degree platform focused on data-based and physical investigations into the rapidly evolving fields of digital design, innovative fabrication methodologies and new building systems.

Aug 2014 - Sep 2015

Florida International University, Miami, MArch, Master of Architecture

Master of Architecture is research-based and often a stepping-stone to a Doctor of Philosophy in Architecture, it consist of course work in design, building science, structural engineering, architectural history, theory, and professional practice.

Aug 2007 - Aug 2013


The Wofsonian Fellow, 1st Place

The Wolfsonian–FIU Fellowship program promotes scholarly research on The Wolfsonian’s collections.


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