Founded in 2003, KZ Architecture is committed to designing unique, forceful, and classically modern South Florida buildings. Providing environmentally sensitive solutions for a structure in a tropical climate, every project is in harmony with its purpose, its surroundings, and the client's vision.
Jaya Kader Zebede is the founding principal of KZ architecture. Born and raised in San Jose, Costa Rica, she spent 15 years in Boston before moving to Miami, Florida.
Prior to KZ architecture, Jaya was involved in several South Florida projects. She collaborated with Maryann Thompson Architects, a firm based in Cambridge, Massachusetts, in the design competitions for a Municipal Center (Islamorada, 2004) and Temple Beth Am (Miami, 1999). In both competitions, her team's entry was the runner up to the winning design.
In addition, Jaya was instrumental in the development of a team which participated in an international competition for the Miami Beach Library and Cultural Center in South Beach. Her group included Borrelli and Associates and Robert A.M. Stern from New York. Her team was awarded the project in 1998 and she served as project architect for the Library until 2002. Before moving to South Florida, Jaya worked for several prominent architects in the Boston area, including Moshe Safdie, and Graham Gund.
A member of the American Institute of Architects, Jaya earned a Master of Architecture at the Harvard University Graduate School of Design in 1988. Prior to that, she received her Bachelor's Degree from Brandeis University (1984) with highest honors in Art and Architectural History. Jaya is also a member of the US Green Building Council and a LEED accredited professional.