Zoka Zola holds a MArch from the University of Zagreb, and a MAPH, Division of the Humanities from the University of Chicago.
After practicing and teaching for many years in London, Zoka Zola established her practice in 2002 in Chicago where she realized the Pfanner House. The house won the Home of the Year Award as the best house in North America by Architecture magazine and was recently included in American Masterworks: Houses of the 20th and 21st Centuries by Kenneth Frampton as one of 43 seminal houses built in the USA since 1985. Her practices’ other work includes three zero energy houses (one in Chicago and two in Kuala Lumpur), a solar tower in Chicago, a Web 2.0 open source web site, an urban plan for the entire city of Chicago, a number of prototypes for residential and educational buildings, a zero-energy training center with hostel in South China, and most recently the realization of a winning competition proposal for affordable housing in Croatia. Zoka has taught at numerous Universities - Oxford Brookes University, Architectural Association in London, The School of the Art Institute, University of Illinois in Chicago and Illinois institute of Technology. Zola’s work is published and exhibited in numerous venues and publications on five continents. Zola occasionally gives lectures on her work and her ideas, runs seminars and speaks at conferences nationally and internationally.