Lena Zhang is the founder and principal of Z Studio Architects.  Her 28 years of domestic and international design experience has been focused on innovative architecture.  Lena’s passion for creating unique visions for her clients has helped their projects win numerous domestic and international design awards.  Her consistent approach of effective communication with clients, contractors and the design team has been the foundation of the success of her designs.  Lena’s strengths in formulating ideas and delivering quality design products are further enhanced by her hands-on skills in the design execution process.  She holds the professional degree of Master of Architecture (M.Arch.) From New York State University, Buffalo, and a B.S. in Building Structural Engineering from Tongji University in Shanghai.  Her combined knowledge in both fields has bolstered her efforts on many challenging projects. 
Lena is an active member in the academic and professional arena.  She has been a guest critic for architectural design studios at Stanford University and UC Berkeley.  She has also been a speaker at the GSD Asia Conference, Harvard University; the Haas Business School Lecture Series, UC Berkeley; the International Medical Facility Design Symposium, Beijing, China; the MIPIM Conference, Singapore; and the International Design Conference, Tongji University, Shanghai, and Tsinghua University Beijing, China.  Her publications include: “Place Making”, and “Some Thoughts about Civic Architecture”, Time and Architecture, Shanghai, China.

Z Studio Architects Projects:

 On the Boards:

  • House Addition, San Francisco, California
  • Addition of 30% more space to an existing 2,800SF 1925 three-story residence
  • House Addition, Hillsborough, California
  • House Addition of 3,200SF addition to existing 2,038SF residence
  • House Addition, Hillsborough, California
  • New 650SF Second Unit/Pool house, new swimming pool, and 2,800SF crawl space conversion to existing 4,000SF residence

​Recent Projects: 

  • House in Hillsborough, CA, addition of lower level of 2,000SF to double area
  • Estate in Hillsborough, CA, complete renovation of 12,00SF house on 2-acre estate
  • House in Orinda, CA, addition and renovation of small hillside house into 5,100SF residence ideal for entertaining
  • Chinese Consulate Guest House, San Francisco, CA, 6,200SF new complex for 3 units for VIP guests and staff
  • Residence, Millbrae, CA 4,000SF expansion
  • Residence, Burlingame, CA, expansion and renovation
  • 3-unit Apartment Renovation, Kansas St., San Francisco, CA​
  • Residence, San Rafael, CA 4,000SF residential renovation, addition, Schematic Design
  • Residence, Belmont, CA 1,300 SF addition and 900 SF renovation
  • Residence, San Francisco, CA, 3,000 SF renovation and new addition
  • Residence, San Francisco, CA, master suite bathroom remodeling