Zaid Kashef Alghata is founder and lead designer of House of ZKA.
ZKA had his first solo show 'Fig.288: Pop-Up Store' at Jai & Jai Gallery, with a forthcoming exhibition publication that includes essays by Mohamed Sharif, Dora Epstein-Jones, Zachary Tate Porter and Graham Harman (expected late 2017). His work is part of Thom and Blythe Mayne's personal archive and has been published in the Gulf Daily News, Gulf Construction's Arabic and English magazines, SCI-Arc Magazine 12 Entrepreneurs Edition and Suckerpunchdaily.
ZKA was an assistant teacher to Marcelo Spina’s B.Arch Thesis Section and Tom Wiscombe’s B.Arch Forth Year Studio at SCI-Arc. He was also a research assistant to Richard Plunz for his Urban Ecology Studio 'New Rochelle: New Edge City' at Columbia's GSAPP and was a project assistant to Todd Gannon for a publication on Craig Hodgetts, 'Biography of a Teaching Machine and Other Writings' (expected 2017). ZKA conducted and released an interview series in the form of one-on-one interviews with some of the world’s most important architects and theorists under the moniker 'Clashes and Intersections'.
ZKA has been invited to lecture at UCLA AUD (Los Angeles), the American University (Dubai) and as part of the continued education series at the AIA Middle East (Bahrain), ZKA served as a juror for studio reviews at the Architectural Association (London), SCI-Arc (Los Angeles), Columbia's GSAPP (New York), UCLA's Supra Studios (Los Angeles), AA Visiting School (Los Angeles and Mexico City), the Urban Design Lab at Columbia's Earth Institute (New York) and the University of Bahrain (Isa Town) where he also conducted a workshop titled FIGURETYPE.
ZKA has previously worked for Gensler (Los Angeles) and UN Studio (Hong Kong). ZKA holds a B.Arch. from the Southern California Institute of Architecture with a Merit for an outstanding thesis project and a foundation degree from the Architectural Association.