Carlos Zapata, Principal, Carlos Zapata Studio, New York
Since the beginning of his career, Carlos Zapata has created unique architectural designs, ranging from professional sports arenas to airport concourses to commercial high rises to private homes. Working on projects around the globe, he specializes in finding functional solutions to difficult programmatic issues, while maintaining a commitment to elegance and design excellence.
Carlos was born in Rubio, Venezuela but grew up predominantly in Quito, Ecuador. After moving to the United States, he received his Bachelor of Architecture from Pratt Institute and his Masters of Architecture from Columbia University. After graduation, Carlos began his architecture career in New York City where he served most notably as Design Director and Vice President of Ellerbe Becket’s New York office.
In 1991, Carlos went on to open his own studio, Carlos Zapata Design Studio, in Miami Beach. His first completed project, corporate interiors for an international investment company, won an American Institute of Architects Award.
Five years later, Carlos joined forces with an American architect, Benjamin Wood, to open Wood + Zapata, headquartered in Boston. In 2003, Wood + Zapata celebrated the opening of its largest project to date: the 62,000-seat football stadium for the Chicago Bears. Former New York Times architecture critic, Herbert Muschamp, hailed the stadium as one of the best buildings of 2003, and the design for the stadium won the International Award at the Biennale of Buenos Aires in 2010.
In 2005, Wood + Zapata evolved into two separate firms, and Carlos opened Carlos Zapata Studio in New York City. Since then, Carlos Zapata Studio has celebrated the opening of several international projects including: Concourse J, a 15-gate international concourse at Miami International Airport; the Standard East Hotel, a new 148-room hotel in therapidly gentrifying Bowery area of NYC; the Bitexco Financial Tower, a 68-story commercial tower in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam which, among other accolades, was named one of the “25 great skyscrapers: icons of construction” by CNN; and most recently, our host hotel, the JW Marriott here in Hanoi.
Currently, Carlos Zapata Studio has several projects underway. These include: Sculptura, a 37-story super-luxury residential tower in Singapore opening in 2017; a private golf resort in St. Andrews, Scotland; the Turnberry Ocean Club Residences, a new 54-story luxury condo building in Sunny Isles, Florida; a 350,000 square foot addition to Aventura Mall in Florida; as well as several large mixed-use projects in South America.