A.I.A., LEED AP
Ricardo Zurita was born in Quito, Ecuador. His family immigrated to the United States, bringing him to New York City where he later attended the prestigious Stuyvesant High School. He then studied at Cornell University, graduating in 1984 with his professional architecture degree. He did graduate studies in Urban Studies at the Graduate School and University Center of CUNY, studying with Richard Wade, the “father of urban history” and Marshall Berman, noted sociologist. He has practiced architecture since 1984 and established his eponymous firm in 2002.
His body of work has been focused on projects that require a multidisciplinary approach where planning, landscape and architectural design issues intersect. He has been recognized for his ability to blend low cost materials and technologies for project types that have traditionally lacked innovative design with contextual sensitivity; and to utilize the unique limitations of each project to create a concept-driven design. He is well regarded for his success in navigating projects through the process of public review; with extensive experience with municipal agencies, planning & design review boards, and advocacy & community groups.
Having worked in Europe and Asia, Ana brings a global interest in design to RZAPS. Her experience includes projects in hospitality and office interiors; rehabilitation of historic buildings and the design of public use and civic buildings. While in Spain, she was a designer for the Euskalduna Palace in Bilbao. In China she was a designer for the Hyatt Honquiao. Ana's keen interest in design trends and her design abilities make her a valuable asset for RZAPS.
Master of Architecture
FACOLTA DI ARCHITETTURA ROMA TRE, ITALY, 2007
Bachelor of Architecture
FAUP-FACULDADE ARQUITECTURA UNIVERSIDADE PORTO, PORTUGAL, 2006
After ten years of experience in Spain, Mr. Montes joined RZAPS in 2012 to continue developing his passion for architecture in a new and enriching professional context.
An important part of his work has been devoted to social and institutional projects, which are especially appealing to Mr. Montes for the opportunity they offer to resolve community needs through architectural design.
His interest in design encompasses very different scales, which provides him with the flexibility to work on a wide range of projects, from master planning to building details.
Mr. Montes is involved in the entire design process of the office's projects, taking part in the initial concept, further development and completion.
Master of Architecture
ETSA OF SEVILLE, SPAIN, 2002