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Zach Hines

Introduction Letter Awards Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute-  Medal Scholarship – Scholastic Achievement – 2004 Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute-  Shanghai Program Selection – 2007 “11th International Venice Biennale of Architecture  – Uneternal City – Urbanism Beyond Rome” “Superstar: A Mobile  Chinatown.” – MAD  Winning Submission – 2008 “Building Fashion at HL23: A Series Celebrating Art and Architecture” Simon Spurr Winning Entry – 2010 “Google SketchUp & i.materialise 3D printed lamp Design Challenge” Winning Entry For Vova Lamp – 2010 “LAB AD – Bridge for Emerging Contemporary Art” Vova Lamp Exhibition Winning Entry – 2011 “Anonymous.d.com – The Next Anonymous Designer” Compeition Winning Firm […]

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Signage Generators Inc. – Digital Signage

Signage Generators As the Co-Founder COO, CTO, and Product Manager of Signage Generators Inc., I have lead the operations of the company, managed the product and team, and addressed many of the product design, innovation and commercialization challenges that any growing company will have to confront. For these reasons, Signage Generators has been critical to my development. Over the past two years at Signage Generators, I have honed my product development, management, and design expertise to build better digital signage networks. For example, I have worked hard on monetizing our digital signage networks, and as a result, Signage Generators has […]


SME.vc – Venture Crowdfunding Platform

SME.vc (SME.vc Prototype) I have also applied my skills to the product management and business development of SME.vc. As a result of my work at SME, the debt/equity venture crowdfunding platform has moved from the pen and paper phase to a functioning prototype (SME.vc Prototype). SME’s offerings are industry-leading and allow investors and startups the ability to share in real-time key performance metrics, creating better communication and trust between the parties on the platform. As the Business Development Director, I lead, develop, and implement growth opportunities for SME’s platform within the crowdfunding market. I am focused on managing aspects of […]

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Drop.MX – Simple File Sharing and Access for Mobile Devices

DropMX With the file sharing company DropMX, I took a much more active role in product management, design, offerings, functionality, and UI design. Our goal with DropMX was to provide users with the simplest way to send and access files on any device. With DropMX, a user can create an organized, password protected “drop” to easily share document, photo, video, audio, and other files. We found that the clients of DropMX were extremely satisfied with the ease of use, stability, and quality of our file sharing service. With Drop.MX, we used the SCRUM project management method for development. We set […]

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Buildatron Systems 3D Printer

Buildatron Systems 3D Printers / Replicators Buildatron Systems was an exciting startup that was very rewarding. 3D printing is a very disruptive industry and we made a mark with the Buildatron Replicator. Sadly, Buildatron closed shop in 2012 after having a very strong run, major publications, and a loyal community. As the CEO can co-founder we made the mission of Buildatron Systems to ‘Build a Revolution through affordable 3D printers and robotic devices.’ The democratization of personal manufacturing is now a reality with our three-dimensional part building systems; an unprecedented prototyping innovation for society. Developed from and through the invaluable RepRap […]



  Organizer: Google + i-Materialise Location: Bridge for Emerging Contemproary Art – NM, USA Status: Competition Win + Completed 2010 Responsibilities: Digital Design and Visualization Fabrication: Materialise VOVA_Lamp_Description: The initial driving mission of the VOVA Lamp was to push the boundaries of the selective laser sintering 3D printing technology. This allowed the VOVA lamp’s concept to be feasibly driven and developed using a minimal surface tiling algorithm optimizing the object’s form and the lamp’s function. Once a base module was formulated, the geometry was tiled radially 10 times and resulted in a continuous flow of material. The design, shadow, and […]


Osteo Augmentation

Osteo Augmentation Winning Competition with Ben Klein Blending cutting edge technology and biomimetics, Osteo Augmentation is the next step in custom implants for cosmetic and reconstructive surgery. Through the application of 3D printing and advanced computer-aided design, Osteo Augmentation provides rapid turnaround of patient specific, anatomically accurate nasal and craniofacial structures. The cellular structure of the device was designed to allow ingrowth of bone as well as to allow tuning of the implant’s stiffness. In addition, this structure provides the surgeon with many locations to anchor tissues with suture during reconstructive surgery. Osteo Augmentation highlights the power of 3D printing in producing complex […]


Simon Spurr Pop Up Shop

Project Information Client: Building Fashion + Simon Spurr, NY Location: Highline – Chelsea, NY, USA Architects: Collective Key Personal:  Zach Hines, Marc Dizon, George Alan, and Dehlia Quellman. Responsibilities:  Concept Development,  Visualization, CAD and BIM Models, Competition Design. Status: Completed 2010 Area: 859 sqm Project Partners: Architizer LLC, New York, USA Building Fashion, New York, USA Simon Spurr, New York, USA   The Simon Spurr Shop was commissioned by Architizer and Building Fashioni as a part of “Building Fashion at HL23: A series of collaborations celebrating art and architecture” with Simon Spurr — the 2009 CFDA/Vogue and 2010 CFDA Swarovski […]

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Darby Downstairs

Nightclub & Bar 2012 Ultra-Lounge of the Year Darby Downstairs NYC Darby Downstairs, a 1,400-square-foot nightlife venture from Butter Group’s Richie Akiva, Scott Sartiano and Ronnie Madra, opened its doors in Spring 2011. Darby Downstairs is more than just a subterranean sister to neighboring eatery, The Darby Restaurant. The basement-level cocktail lounge with a speakeasy sensibility is adorned in brown leather banquets and a gold lacquer honey-comb cage that spans the room’s walls, ceiling and lacquered oak bar. Here, Executive Chef Alexandra Guarnaschelli showcases another set of tools in her culinary arsenal with a delectable light fares menu that includes […]


Secaucus 15x

Commissioned project – Development of land next to Secaucus Junction Station, NJ. Secaucus 15x is a mixed use residential, retail, and hotel. It’s location is ideally located next to Met Life Stadium and New York City. This is part of a plan to have a facility ready for Super Bowl XLVIII. The project is on going. Responsibilites: Full Concept Commission – Design and Rendering Program: Mixed use / Hotel Location: Secaucus, New Jersey Client: NYDesign Architects SIZE: 25,000 sq. m DATE: 2013 – Ongoing Team: Zach Hines – Kevin Loftus   0 likes


Darby Upstairs

Type: Commercial – Nightclub Location: 244 W 14th St, New York, NY 10011 Owner:  Butter Group – Client: Dizon Collective Building Status: built in 2011 Number of floors: 2 Site size:  1400 sqft Site type: urban Budget total:  1500000 USD Responsibilities:  Concept Design, Fabrication Drawings, Rendering 0 likes


The Griffin Nightclub

Type: Commercial – Nightclub Location: 50 Gansevoort NYC, New York, 10013 Client:  DownTown LLC Building status: built in 2009 Number of floors: 2 Site size:  3500 sqft Site type: urban Budget total:  1500000 USD Responsibilities:  Concept Development, 3D Bim Modeling, Rendering / Visualization   A DECADENT ESCAPE Griffin is an upscale cocktail lounge inspired by the Gilded Age of the late 19th century. We aim to recapture the splendours of a sophisticated night out by providing guests with impeccable service in an opulent setting. Griffin plays host to a worldly mix of celebrities, artists, designers, and well-heeled patrons looking for a hip crowd […]



  LAS_VEGAS Client: Lewis – Dizon Angel Managment Location: Las Vegas, USA Status: ongoing building work Number of stories 3 Site size 35000 sqft Site type urban Building area 1000000 sqft Budget total 40000000 USD Type Cultural – Concert Hall Commercial – Restaurant, Nightclub Responsibilities: Digital Design, Visualization, 2D and BIM Modeling Description: Las_Vegas is a parametrically modeled and detailed super club at the forefront of design. To refine the concept, the creators used self-developed parametric tools and cloud rendering technology to reduce cost, decrease fabrication time, and apply an aesthetic that perfectly aligns to the agendas of the City Center […]


Marine Gateway, Kaohsiung Taiwan

Responsibilities: Façade Design, Façade and Structural Parametric Modeling, 3D Visualization, 3D Modeling, Physical Modeling. LOCATION: Kaohsiung, Taiwan SIZE: 40,000 sq. m. DATE: 2010 The new Kaohsiung Marine Gateway Terminal designed by Asymptote is a new state of the art transportation interchange, an urban destination with both terminal and public facilities including exhibition and event spaces for the people of Kaohsiung as well as for national and international visitors. The project transforms the site from its industrial roots into a dynamic urban hub and a global gateway that bring a powerful and electric experience to the city 24 hours a day. […]

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The Circle at Zurich Airport

Responsibilities: Façade Design, Façade Parametric Modeling, 2D Detailing, 3D Visualization, 3D Modeling, Physical Modeling. LOACTION: Zurich, Switzerland SIZE: 115,000 sq. m DATE: 2009 – Ongoing   Zurich AirSpace by Asymptote integrates elegance in design with a sense of timelessness, engineered precision, housing a a wide range of programmatic functions. The basic premise of AirSpace is the interplay of a wide range of functions centered on luxury commerce, state-of-the-art medical facilities, cultural venues and higher education facilities, all in close proximity to the active hub of the Zurich Airport. Asymptote’s architectural solution proposes a three story plinth abov   e the Zurich […]


Superstar: A Mobile China Town

Firm – MAD 2008 Location – Venice, Italy - 11th International Architecture Biennale Venice Typology – Urban Concept Status – Concept Design on traveling exhibition Responsibilities – Project Management, Concept Design, 3D Modeling, Fabrication, Rendering Along with shopping malls, petrol stations and branches of McDonalds, the old Chinatown renders all cities boring and alike. It is nothing more than restaurant streets and fake traditional buildings, representing a kitsch image of contemporary China with no real life inside. It is a historical theme park that poisons the urban space. There must be a shock therapy to remedy this situation. Superstar: A Mobile China […]

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Huangdu Art Center

Year 2008 Location Beijing, China Typology Art Gallery, Hotel Site Area 6,300 sqm Building Area 46,000sqm Status Design in-progress Responsibilities – Project Management, Concept Design, Diagrams, Rendering, 3D Modeling Old Beijing is composed of Hutongs, closely woven districts of communal courtyard homes. The basic elements of these districts are one-storey buildings, that, repeated at dense scales, result in unique geometric patterns. However, this traditional urban fabric is increasingly under threat as entire neighborhoods are forced to make way for the larger, monumental modern architecture of Beijing today. The site of this project presents this issue in microcosm. Located near the heart […]


American House

Responsibilities:  Design, 3D Modeling, Fabrication Modeling, Construction Coordination, Construction. American House 08, is the first in a series of ten prefabricated houses designed and constructed by William E. Massie — the award-winning Architect-in-Residence and Head of the Architecture Department at Cranbrook Academy of Art. American House 08 embodies Massie’s drastically divergent practice from traditional architecture through his use of computer-based fabrication technology for efficient, precise, and customized fabrication. Constructed entirely within the architect’s 12,000 square-foot studio just minutes away from the historic Saarinen-designed Cranbrook campus, American House 08 was designed, in part, at full scale. By composing in real-time, Massie is […]


The Abyss Snowboard

This board and t-shirt was designed for Nightmare Development, and Threadless.com. The pattern is based of an advanced parametric patterning and with gradient fades that move from the solid filleted boxes in the center to outlines on the perimeter. I really emphasized the center illusion of the board because it felt like “The Abyss”. The shirt was designed as if the board stomped a landing and didn’t look back. A fun design project… results are still coming back but it looks like I ranked top 20 out of 300 designs     0 likes


Asymptote Architecture: Actualizations

TITLE: Asymptote Architecture: Actualizations FORMAT: Hardcover, 324 pages PUBLISHER: AADCU LANGUAGE: English ISBN-10: 7560955991 ISBN-13: 978-7560955995 DIMENSIONS: 10.5 x 8.7 x 1.3 inches Asymptote Architecture’s newest monograph, Asymptote Architecture: Actualizations follows on the heels of the completion of the widely acclaimed Yas Hotel. Actualizations features seventeen of Asymptote’s latest projects, some of which are published here for the first time. It also highlights a very important transition in Asymptote’s architectural practice, including the construction and completion of several recent and dramatic architectural projects. Actualizations is divided into five sections, or “portals,” which group the projects thematically and address specific themes that inspire the […]



What if we could solve the individual and collective problems of transportation as it exists today, and at the same time go far beyond current experiences and expectations? What if we could combine the convenience and speed of flying with the intimacy of a cruise ship? The proposal is the Megatrain. It is an attractive and viable solution for airline passengers and truck freight across the United States of America. Airline and truck freight represent the majority of continental travel in the United States. These two forms of travel affect the passenger on an individual level and our culture on […]



ICE_CRYSTAL Client: mbarchitects The Forks Inforks.com Location: Manitoba, Canada Status: Compeition Site size 600 sqft Site type public Building area 400 sqft Budget total 12,000 USD Type Public – Park Responsibilities: Complete Project Description: After reviewing the site and the city of Winnipeg, it has become blatantly apparent that the Assiniboine River provides a backbone to the region. With a total of 18,279,425 Square Meters of recreational land in this district the Assiniboine River accounts for just under 10% of that total. This urban connector allows one to travel across the city in a “corridor” that is accented by nature, […]


Shanghai Peripheries

Background Focused on Shanghai’s at risk urban periphery. Time was spent, locally and remotely, developing a body of research for Feng Xian, Shanghai, and successfully cultivating resources and relationships with academics, municipality leaders, and local officials. Underpinned by this analysis, the final thesis addressed the various built interventions that could be deployed from a highly analytic parametric model, effectively enabling Shanghai’s historically relevant towns to integrate modern, technology-rich, urban infrastructure, while still maintaining contextual relevancy.   Project This at risk periphery is located in Shanghai, China at the merger of an old and new city and  it reveals many questions which […]