Axel Zemborain AIA

Associate Principal

Axel Zemborain joined the firm in 1992. He has been a designer for large-​scale urban projects around the world. 

Mr. Zemborain was a design team leader for several corporate headquarters towers: Banco Macro and YPF, both in Buenos Aires, and Iberdrola in Bilbao. Torre Iberdrola is a focal point of Abandoibarra, the riverfront cultural district for which Pelli Clarke Pelli collaborated on the master plan.

Mr. Zemborain was the project manager for Torre de Cristal, an office tower in Madrid that is the tallest building in Spain, and for the Tokyo American Club, which includes dining, recreation and business spaces for Tokyo’s oldest Western-​style private club. In addition, he was a senior designer for the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts, which comprises a ballet opera house, a concert hall and an outdoor plaza in Miami. He also had a leading role in the design of the master plan for Ciudad Agricola, a 4-​hectare office campus in Buenos Aires, and a medical research building for The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. 

Other commissions on which Mr. Zemborain participated include the Owens-​Corning World Headquarters in Toledo, Ohio; the North Terminal at Reagan National Airport in Washington, D.C.; the Victor Yacktman Children’s Pavilion at Lutheran General Health System in Park Ridge, Illinois; and the Coca-​Cola Headquarters and Residencial del Bosque buildings in Mexico City.

Mr. Zemborain has been a speaker at numerous international conferences including Tendances dans la construction de façades at École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne, Switzerland, and Challenging Glass 3 at TU Delft in the Netherlands. He received a Diploma of Architecture from the Universidad de Buenos Aires, Argentina, and a Master of Architecture from Cornell University.