Member Profile: Zachary Wong Assoc. AIA
Zachary Wong, Assoc. AIA is an East Bay native and was heavily influenced by the historic settings around him growing up in Alameda. To this day, he has maintained a lifelong interest in music, drafting and historic preservation by joining the Alameda Architectural Preservation Society and the Rally Committee and Straw Hat Band during his time at UC Berkeley. He later joined the Sigma Phi Society, which allowed him to live- in and help maintain and preserve the William R. Thorsen House, the last ultimate bungalow designed by the Pasadena firm of Greene & Greene in 1909. He would eventually serve as House Manager, President and a member-at-large of the alumni board.
During his last years at Berkeley, he worked closely with Landscape Architect Chip Sullivan on several side projects including a comic book about the history of typography and writing.
Zachary joined LDA Architects in San Francisco as an Architectural Designer where he interned in the winter of 2014, after receiving his Bachelor’s Degree from UC Berkeley that following summer. He joined the staff full-time in the fall of 2015. He has gained a valuable amount of experience working in a diverse pool of projects ranging from support buildings at utility plants to amenities for San Francisco International Airport’s Interim Boarding Area B. At LDA, he has been engaged in all areas of the project planning aspect. He has recently finished a new master plan document for the San Francisco Department of Public Health for the re-purposing of the historic buildings at the Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital campus in the Mission District.
He previously worked as a designer for Biggs Group Architecture in Oakland, working mostly in housing and as a fine arts printer, having some of his work showcased at the Grey Loft Gallery in Oakland. Prior to working in the architectural field, he worked as a shipwright and in construction. Today Zachary still participates in music playing the bass clarinet with the Alameda Community Band and continues to draw and paint the natural and built environment. Under the guiding hand of the senior staff at LDA, Zachary continues his education and technical understandings of the architectural office as he works towards his professional licensure.