Zak Kyes


Zak Kyes is the founding partner and creative director of Zak Group. He leads a wide range of strategy and design projects including digital platforms, brand identities and collaborations with artists and museum directors.

Collaborations with curators and museum directors include the identities of the Chicago Architecture Biennial (with Johnston MarkLee); the Fridericianum and the 2017 German Pavilion (both with Susanne Pfeffer); a flagship digital platform for M+, Hong Kong (with Doryun Chong); the identity of Städelschule (with Philippe Pirotte); the exhibition design of Parapolitics and the Taipei Biennial (both with Anselm Franke); the 8th Berlin Biennale (with Juan Gaitán); and the design of publications such as Imponderable: The Archives of Tony Oursler (with Beatrix Ruf, Tom Eccles) and the Serpentine Gallery Manifesto Marathon (with Hans Ulrich Obrist). Kyes has collaborated with the artists Anne Imhof, Tony Oursler, Joseph Grigely, Marc Camille Chaimowicz and Ed Atkins among others.

From 2006 to 2016 he was the Art Director of the Architectural Association School of Architecture, London where he co-founded the publishing imprint Bedford Press. The AA’s identity, exhibitions, public programmes and over 160 books, including Cedric Price Works 1952–2003: A Forward-Minded Retrospective and L.A.W.U.N Project #19, were organised and designed under his creative direction.

He initiated and co-curated exhibitions including Forms of Inquiry: The Architecture of Critical Graphic Design (2007-09), Exhibition Prosthetics (2010) and OMA Book Machine (2010).

Kyes has taught at the Architectural Association and École cantonale d’art de Lausanne (ECAL). His work is the subject of Zak Kyes Working With… published by Sternberg Press in 2011.