Tommy Zung

Tommy Zung

New York, NY, US



With over 30 years of experience in the design world, starting in hospitality management, delving into fashion, and his most recent endeavor: an eponymous architecture and design studio, Tommy Zung has transformed what it means to be a designer in today’s world. His unique and balanced perspective - a mix of professional experience countered with years spent surfing, negotiating the oceans unpredictable and formidable nature, gives rise to his commitment to an authentic and holistic lifestyle, and modern, and essential design.

Zung had the privilege of growing up among some of the world’s greatest architects and thinkers. His father, Thomas T.K. Zung was a partner and friend of the visionary R. Buckminster Fuller (their firm aptly named Buckminster Fuller, Sadao and Zung Architects), in addition to working with architectural luminaries, Eero Saarinen and Edward Durell Stone. Intelligent and intuitive, Zung’s approach to architecture, and life, is informed by his unusual background, world travels, philosophy, and -- not least of all -- surfing. Ask him about his work and he’ll comfortably discourse on the humbling nature of the ocean -- as well as theories about proportion, scale, and materials.

Zung’s multi-disciplinary approach began with his early studies in Hotel and Restaurant Management, eventually leading Zung to become a key collaborator and assistant general manager of the celebrated Moomba Restaurant and Lounge in NYC.

Intent on branching out and exploring different areas of design, Zung established his own clothing label and ready-to-wear line which sold to over 300 accounts internationally. The success of the label received praise from Vogue, Harper’s Bazaar, Arena, L’Uomo Vogue, GQ, The Face, and i-D magazine. In addition to his clothing line, Zung designed and created clothing lines for Mitsubishi Corporation, Itochu Fashion, and Sebu as well as creating and guest hosting design segments featured on the Fox Network, F/X.

Starting his architecture firm Zung Design in 2001, Zung went on to evolve and rebrand as Studio Zung in 2013, expanding further on the design principles and environmental integrity of his godfather, Buckminster Fuller. Studio Zung, a multidisciplinary architecture, design, and holistic lifestyle studio, harnesses Zung’s hands-on experience from his various successful and creative business ventures. His architectural work focuses on boutique contemporary design, blending worldly elements with a mindful and integrated approach.



Studio Zung, New York, NY, US, Principal

Founder & Principal

Jan 2005 - current


New York Institute of Technology (NYIT), New York, NY, US, BArch, Architecture

Sep 2005 - Jan 2007

University of Colorado at Boulder, Boulder, CO, US, Architecture Environmental Design

Sep 1987 - May 1990