Zachary Futterer

Zachary Futterer

Brooklyn, NY, US

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Mr. Futterer is a designer, artist, and linguaphile who uses various tools of visualization, communication, and fabrication to create work and form dialogue. He currently practices as an architectural designer at AECOM, focused on transportation systems and public space enhancement. Working with Brooklyn Public Library, he also leads a weekly English conversation group for non-native speakers, as a certified TEFL instructor. He has spent 2 years living in the area of Paris, France, where he learned French, studied and worked in the fields of architecture and urbanism, and traveled to 14 different countries. In 2014, Mr. Futterer participated in the design and construction of Techstyle Haus, a net-zero passive solar house which was exhibited in Versailles and now currently resides at the Domaine de Boisbuchet in Poitou-Charentes. He is a native English speaker, fully fluent in French, familiar with German, and eager to learn Spanish! Mr. Futterer is currently based in Brooklyn and is always looking for new opportunities to collaborate with other creative minds using the media of design, art, and language.


AECOM, New York, NY, US, Designer II, Architecture

Designer for projects in transportation, including the following:

Penn Station Critical Improvements | New York, NY | Mar 2017 – Present
Core member of AECOM design team working jointly with design subconsultant to prepare a 30% design-build drawing set to renovate 90,000 sf of the existing LIRR Concourse at Penn Station. Documented existing conditions and interpreted point cloud data using BIM and Autodesk Recap. Developed renderings, drawings, and diagrams of station layout for Concept Design Report, using Revit, Rhino, SketchUp, Photoshop, and Illustrator. Created programming plan layouts for design and costing evaluation. Coordinated ceiling and wall design with lighting consultant and MEPS team. Generated industrial design drawings for electronic screen enclosures and custom furniture.

Mar 2017 - current

AECOM, Boston, MA, US, Designer II, Architecture

Designer and Project Architect for transportation infrastructure and commercial work in the following public transit, aviation, and office projects.

GE Global Headquarters Relocation | Boston, USA | May 2016 – Present
Project Architect on PMO team for a new $200 million, 2.4-acre GE headquarters campus with 388,000 square feet of office space. Assembled bid packages and provided LEED expertise during design reviews and bidding.

Riyadh Metro Project | Riyadh, Saudi Arabia | Oct 2014 – Aug 2015
Core member of architectural and urban design team for 11 stations on Line 1 of the $22.5 billion, 175-kilometer metro system for Riyadh. Steward of one subway station’s Revit model, working with multiple AECOM disciplines.

Logan Airport, Terminal E Modernization | Boston, USA | Aug 2015 – Jan 2016
Project Designer during environmental permitting phase of a $400 million, 600,000 square-foot expansion of Logan Airport’s Terminal E, with additional improvements to airport rail and parking facilities.

Logan Airport, Terminal B Airline Consolidation | Boston, USA | Mar 2016 – May 2016
Design team member during pre-schematic design for the $160 million, 200,000 square foot expansion and renovation of Logan Airport’s Terminal B, to support the consolidation of United Airlines and Continental.

Minneapolis SWLRT Extension | Minneapolis, USA | Nov 2015 – Mar 2016
Design team member during CD phase of a $1.9 billion, 16-mile extension of Minneapolis’ METRO light rail system. Worked with senior architect and project manager to generate stair and roof details.

Oct 2014 - Feb 2017

LLB Architects, Pawtucket, RI, US, Graphics Consultant

Collaborator on façade design and graphic presentation for projects with educational program.

Rhode Island College, Craig Hall | Providence, USA | August 2012 – November 2012
Graphic renderer on the design team for a $50 million, 9,100 square foot expansion and renovation. Created perspective renderings to test materials using Revit and Photoshop. Generated diagrams to illustrate concept and design intent using Illustrator. Worked with two principal architects, staff architect, and BIM specialist.

Aug 2012 - Nov 2012

AS Architecture Studio, Paris, FR, Design Intern

Designer for residential, commercial, and civic building projects.

Souria Towers | Damascus, Syria | Nov 2010 – May 2011
Member of core architectural design team during CD phase of a $300 million, 2.8 million square foot mixed use project of housing, offices, and retail in Damascus. Prepared rendered interiors plans of apartment units using AutoCAD and Photoshop. Designed egress stairs and ventilation shafts with a team engineer. Worked with associate architect, project manager, and architect/engineer.

District Courthouse | Paris, France | Competition | Aug 2010 – Nov 2010
Architectural team member during preparation of competition proposal for a 650,000 square-foot courthouse in the 17th arrondissement of Paris, with a 160-meter tower and adjacent public plaza. Analyzed program flow chart during pre-schematic design. Constructed large-scale site model of proposed courthouse and surrounding neighborhood. Generated presentation sheets with rendered plans and sections using AutoCAD and Photoshop. Team included an associate architect, project manager, 2 architects, and 2 interns.

Jun 2010 - May 2011


Rhode Island School of Design (RISD), Providence, RI, US, MArch, Architecture

Degree Project: researched global strategies for enabling inclusive urban environments and engaging community; conducted interviews, site surveys, and street interventions in South Providence, Rhode Island; and developed a neighborhood master plan for reactivating its historic cemetery as a lively public park.

Techstyle Haus, Solar Decathlon Europe 2014 | Versailles, FR | Oct 2012 – Aug 2014
Urban and architectural designer for a $500,000, 800 square-foot passive solar house installed at Solar Decathlon Europe 2014 and Domaine de Boisbuchet. Core team member in all project phases from concept to full build, presentation, and construction. Participated in team charrettes to integrate an energy positive systems design and a Passive House approach to core and shell and to orientation. Managed urban design and mobility strategy, team communication, and project documentation.

Jun 2011 - May 2014

Fachhochschule Erfurt, Erfurt, DE, Study Abroad Program

Workshop: researched textile architecture and the German Passivhaus Standard to develop and evaluate passive solar house concepts that support energy-positive living.

Jan 2013 - Jan 2013

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Urbana, IL, US, Bachelors, Architectural Studies

Aug 2006 - May 2010

Ecole Nationale Supérieure d'Architecture de Versailles, Versailles, FR, Study Abroad Program

Sep 2008 - May 2009


Innovation By Design, Award

Fast Company Design
Project: Techstyle Haus
Finalist in "Students" Category


Solar Decathlon Europe 2014 Awards, Award

Project: Techstyle Haus
1st Place in “Indoor Air Quality”
3rd Place in “Comfort Conditioning”
6th Place in “Communications and Social Awareness”
14th Place in overall competition


RISD Graduate Student Fellowship, Grant


Charles Clemens Councell Memorial Scholarship, Scholarship

Study in Versailles, France


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