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