Bettina Zerza

Founder & Principal @ ZERZA

Bettina Zerza is the founder and principal of ZERZA, an international architecture, urbanism, and design firm based in New York City. The practice is driven by her passion for innovation and her vision for a sustainable future.

Inspired by strategies and practices of contemporary art, she envisions an architecture that responds to the particular requirements and challenges of each site and its specific historical, cultural, social, economic, and political parameters.She is an advocate of innovative technologies, research, and the use of new materials and methods in construction.

Bettina Zerza received her master’s degree in architecture from the Graz University of Technology, in Graz, Austria. She continued her studies as one of the few selected international visiting students at the Irwin S. Chanin School of Architecture, the Cooper Union, New York, where Peter Eisenman and John Hejduk were among her professors. Before her architecture studies, she attended the Salzburg International Summer Academy of Fine Arts, studying painting with Giselbert Hoke and Emilio Vedova.

Before establishing her own practice, she worked for Porr AG, one of Europe’s largest construction companies, where she realized large-scale, groundbreaking buildings, including the Florido Tower in Vienna and the Warsaw Towers in Warsaw, Poland. She has practiced with Asymptote Architects, New York, and with Claudio Silvestrin Architects, London, among other firms.

Bettina Zerza’s work has been internationally recognized and widely published and exhibited in institutions such as the Museum of the City of New York; the Museum of Applied Arts, Vienna; the New Museum, New York; the BMW Guggenheim Lab, in New York; and the Kulturforum, Berlin.

She continues to engage with art and culture projects beyond architecture, contributing to publications and exhibitions. She also lectures regularly at international conferences and is a frequent guest critic at universities. Through her commitment to her own firm and her involvement in art and architecture organizations, Bettina Zerza is a crucial voice shaping current discussions about the built environment for the 21st century and beyond.

She is a registered architect in New York State and in all member states of the European Union. She is a member of the American Institute of Architects, the Architectural League of New York, the Van Alen Institute, the Storefront for Art and Architecture, the U.S. Green Building Council, and the Austrian Federal Chamber of Architects and Chartered Engineering Consultants.