Jason Zerafa


Jason Zerafa is the founding principal of Zerafa Architecture Studio. Mr. Zerafa has more than twenty years of international experience designing both large and small-scale award-winning projects in the United States, Canada, South America, Europe and Asia. As the Studio’s lead designer, he is personally involved in the design and management of each project at Zerafa Studio.

Our projects are diverse, and range from a residential loft conversion in Soho, to a large riverfront home and a 30-story hotel tower in Niagara Falls, Canada, to a 1.5 million sq.ft. Mixed-use development in Chengdu, China, to a headquarters tower for the Post Office in Santiago, Chile, to a passenger terminal at Riga Airport in Latvia.

Recently, Zerafa Studio, in collaboration with Gregory T Waugh Architect, was selected to design the new Orange County Crime Victims’ Monument and memorial space, located within the 345 acre Mason Regional Park in Irvine, California. Our winning scheme was selected from 59 designs formally submitted for the two-stage International competition, with construction expected to begin in 2018.

Since its inception, Zerafa Studio has provided a variety of design services, and designed a number of hotels for a prominent Canadian hospitality company. In Niagara Falls, having recently won zoning approval, Zerafa Studio in collaboration with Chapman Murray Architects is beginning the phase-2 work to complete a proposed 30-story 4 Points by Sheraton hotel tower for this client on Fallsview Blvd across from the Niagara Fallsview Casino Resort. Also in Niagara Falls, Zerafa Studio is collaborating with Toronto-based Cumulus Architects to provide a range of design consulting services for a variety of large-scale hospitality projects. This collaboration also helped guide the preliminary stage proposal process for the OLG’S proposed 5000 seat Entertainment Center which culminated in one of the short-listed proposals.

Prior to founding his studio, Jason Zerafa was a Senior Associate Principal and Senior Designer with Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates PC in New York. Since joining KPF in 1994, Mr. Zerafa was an integral participant in the design and development of a number of significant buildings in the United States, Europe and Asia. His innovative designs for buildings have won major international and national competitions and his design work for KPF has been extensively published.

Mr. Zerafa’s most recent project for KPF was the Mirae Asset Tower, a 600,000 sf class-A office tower in Shanghai. Mr. Zerafa also designed the competition-winning scheme for the Guohua Smokestack Redevelopment, a proposal to redevelop the existing 250-meter Guohua Power Company chimney located in the center of Beijing.

As the Senior Designer of competition-winning designs for the 1.3 million sf Canal+ Village Louvesciennes, the EMGP Parc du Millenaire in Paris and KPF’s designs for the Tour Granite for Societé Generalé and the Generali Headquarters in Paris, Mr. Zerafa helped KPF strengthen their practice in Europe by developing a new client base in France.

Here in New York City, Mr. Zerafa designed the completed 640 Fifth Avenue, a 260,000 sf LEED-certified redevelopment of a 21-story boutique office tower adjacent to Rockefeller Center for Vornado Realty Trust, and the New York Jets Training Center, an expansion and renovation of an existing facility on the Hofstra University campus in Hempstead, NY.

Other KPF projects on which Mr. Zerafa served as Senior Designer include the following: the competition-winning scheme for the Mohegan Sun Casino Phase II expansion, a 3 million sf facility including a casino, 1,500-room hotel, 10,000-seat arena, as well as retail and conference components (completed 2001); the competition-winning scheme for the Queensport Development, a 3.2 million sf mixed-use development for LCOR along the East River in New York City; The Kaiser Foundation Headquarters in Washington, D.C., a 65,000 sf office building (competition entry); Bloomingdale’s Century City (completed 1997); and The Six Penn Center Redevelopment, a 500,000 sf hybrid office building for the Rubin Organization in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (completed in 1999).

Mr. Zerafa has also served in the capacity of Senior Designer responsible for the design and development of the exterior wall on the following projects: the AIA award-winning Institute for International Economics in Washington DC, a 37,000 sf office building and conference center; and The University of Maryland Medical Center (completed 2004). While at KPF, Mr. Zerafa was an integral design team member for the award winning Shanghai World Financial Center in Pudong, a 4.1 million sf mixed-use tower, along with the Roppongi Hills Mori Tower, a 7.8 million sf mixed-use development in Tokyo, Japan.

Prior to joining Kohn Pedersen Fox in 1994, Mr. Zerafa worked as a designer for Bregman & Hamann Architects in Toronto on various completed projects such as: the 2.5 million sf CBC Broadcast Center in association with Philip Johnson, and the 2 million sf Metro Toronto Convention Center expansion.

Mr. Zerafa studied at the Ryerson University School of Architectural Science in Toronto prior to attending the Pratt Institute School of Architecture in New York City where he received his Bachelor of Architecture Degree. Mr. Zerafa then attended the Pratt Institute Graduate school of Architecture and was awarded the Graduate School Design Award for his graduate thesis project.