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.
HOW WE WORK
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.
WHAT DRIVES US
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.
ONE FIRM TWO OFFICES
The firm consists of over 30 staff led by 5 principals , with offices in Denver and Shanghai.
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 over 35 professionals who share a singular passion for creating spaces and places around the world that prove human potential.
Principal Partner / RLA ASLA
Jake Hanks has been pivotal in broadening ZAP's multidisciplinary design practice with an emphasis in defining ZAP Urban design as a practice focused on the future, continually emphasizing the importance of performative environments.
Principal Partner / RLA ASLA
Jun Zhou is a Partner and principal with ZAP's Denver office. His diverse portfolio includes work in the United States, Asia, and Latin America. Since joining ZAP in 2016, Jun has worked on a variety of project types, from Urban design, planning, and Park to mixed-use high-rises.
Vicki is a managing director with ZAP's Shanghai office. In 2016, Vicki started her ZAP career as a project coordinator before assuming the position of a project manager in 2016. As an expert in the Asian market, she has worked on a range of international projects including master plans, mixed-use developments, retail, residential, and park and resort projects.
Monk Zhuang is a partner in ZAP’s Shanghai office. He has extensive international experience, having worked on complex projects in more than two dozen cities around the world. This informs his broad and creative perspective to address global and social issues through urbanism and the built environment. His approach is rooted in ZAP’s core values of interdisciplinary practice, design excellence, innovation, and sustainability.
Steve is a senior designer in ZAP's Denver office experience in technical, landscape architecture, sustainable, high performance, and urban design across a variety of landscape design typologies. Steve's leadership approach reinforces ZAP's commitment to an integrated multidisciplinary project delivery process.
Technical Director / Office Coordinator
Lin is a technical director in ZAP's Shanghai office experience in technical, high performance, and office coordinator. Lin's leadership approach reinforces ZAP's commitment to an integrated office between China and USA.