Erfan Zamani and Hideyo Kameda are the co-founders of ZAKA Studio, a Los Angeles based architectural design practice that combines contemporary design with local, site-specific aesthetics. As a minority lead design practice, each brings diverse technical backgrounds and cultural sensibilities into their creative approach.
Established after both completing UCLA's graduate architecture program in 2020, ZAKA has worked in residential, commercial, and non-profit projects at multiple scales, as well as coordinated/managed projects with other practices.
They are both current lecturers at OTIS College of Art and Design in the Environmental Design department.
Benjamin Ghavim is the Studio Director of ZAKA Studio, has a Masters in Management degree and brings more than 25 years of business management experience to the design studio. As Studio Director, he oversees/manages the studio operations and construction projections.