We are a collective of landscape architects, designers, and planners working together to build a better future. Our firm, ZAP Associates (ZAP), is responsible for some of the world’s most technically and environmentally advanced landscape architecture and significant public spaces. Our approach is highly collaborative, and our interdisciplinary team is international. Working from a network of creative studios across the globe, we are able to apply international expertise at a local level.


We believe that design is about more than meeting people’s needs—it is the art of realizing their aspirations and changing the way they experience the world. The best results come from a balance of disciplines: planning, landscape, and architecture. This total design approach means seamless coordination, from the dynamic initial design stages to the pride in seeing users inspired by the end result.


Urgent environmental and social challenges place a greater emphasis on engineering solutions than ever before. The principle of architects and landscape architects working together is integral to our culture. It allows us to focus our design and to use resources economically. By understanding what is possible, we can achieve the seemingly impossible. Together, we can shape the future, by applying creativity and emergent technologies to design future landscape architecture that anticipate new ways of living, working and learning.


ZAP creates distinguished landscapes and urban designs worldwide.  Our work is predicated upon social engagement, craft, detail, materiality and timelessness. Our appreciation of the urban environment is paramount. We love cities. We celebrate their complexities, contradictions and constraints. We believe in their continued evolution and enjoy collaboratively shaping the way they look and function.   

We harness this power to make human hopes and dreams into proven physical realities. This has been our core tenet since day one, and now, as the world changes faster than ever, we advance our shared potential through the built environment. In every project, new possibility is translated into new action.



The firm consists of 50 staff led by 5 principals  , with offices in New York,  Shanghai, Denver.

Our crew leaders have a combined over 10 years of experience.  At ZAP we work together as a team to provide our clients with professional quality designs.

Our best designs occur when individuals come together, challenging each other to invent new techniques and search for new expressions. Each project is expected to advance the larger practice, while answering to a very particular set of individual parameters. In our studios, passionate young architects work alongside the most experienced hands, blending wisdom with fresh inspiration.


For over ten years, ZAP has brought together the best of landscape architecture, planning, urban design, architecture, graphic design, place branding, and data science to shape the places in which we live. Out of our Denver and Shanghai offices we are defining the contours of place and redefining what's possible along the way. Today, we are a diverse practice of 68 professionals who share a singular passion for creating spaces and places around the world that prove human potential.

Jake Hanks, Principal Partner
David Staczek, Principal Partner
Jun Zhou, Principal Partner 
Monk Zhuang, Principal
Vicki Wang, Principal
Lin Chen, Associate
Steve Sippy, Associate 



With more than ten years of experience in China, we have played a lead role in creating new urban landscape and landscape urbanism model for the fast-growing country. We have designed many of the China's most celebrated landscape landmarks. Our iconic landscape architecture honors the past while embracing the future. 

While new districts are quickly emerging across this country. We endeavor to shape vibrant landscape parks, plaza, streetscape and Mix-USE projects and conceiving long-term vision plans are hallmarks of ZAP.


Jun Zhou, Principal Partner 
Monk Zhuang, Principal
Vicki Wang, Principal
Lin Chen, Associate
Xiulei Cheng, Project Director
Ling Wu, Senior Landscape architect
Chao Li, Senior Landscape architect
Huijun Huang, Landscape architect
Jiayan Bao, Landscape architect
Yawen Gao, Landscape architect
Shaohua Yuan, Landscape architect
Miao Sun, Landscape Designer
Yichen Lu, Landscape Designer
Wenfeng Nuan, Landscape Designer
Nicheng Wang, Landscape Designer
Rong Wu, Landscape Designer
Wanting Qian, Landscape Designer


Jun Zhou, Principal Partner

Jun is a principal partner in charge of ZAP China office. His award-winning work is recognized for its striking clarity in form, materials, and purpose. Jun's design work has been focused in urban centers around the country at a variety of scales and is informed both with a thoughtful incorporation of the human experience and clear understanding of the fabrication and construction process. His work has received multiple Design Excellence and Honor Awards from ASLA. 

He received the 2012 & 2011 ASLA National Honor Awards, 2011 Urban SOS Award for Landscape Architecture and London NLA Exhibitions Award. Jun holds a Bachelor of Science in environmental design and Master of Landscape Design in China and a Master of Landscape Architecture & Regional Planning from the University of Pennsylvania.

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