Axel Zemborain, AIA

Associate Principals

Axel Zemborain joined the firm in 1992.  He has had senior design and management roles on a number of major office and headquarters projects as well as several institutional commissions.

Mr. Zemborain is currently Design Team Leader for the New Passenger Terminal at the Tucumán International Airport, and the Lola Mora Cultural Center in Jujuy, both in Argentina. The LMCC includes a museum to exhibit the work of Lola Mora, a legendary Argentinian female sculptor, plus a convention center and office space. Previously, he was Design Team Leader for corporate headquarters towers, including Torre Banco Macro in Buenos Aires, Argentina; Torre YPF, also in Buenos Aires; and Torre Iberdrola in Bilbao, Spain. Torre Iberdrola is a focal point of Abandoibarra, the riverfront cultural district for which Pelli Clarke Pelli collaborated on the master plan.

His office and headquarters experience also includes serving as the project manager for Torre de Cristal, an office tower in Madrid that is Spain’s tallest building; as senior designer for the Owens Corning World Headquarters, an early example of a sustainable corporate campus in Toledo, Ohio; and as designer for the Coca-Cola Headquarters and Residential del Bosque buildings in Mexico City, Mexico. He was also the design team leader for the master plan for Ciudad Agricola, a 4-hectare campus for the offices of the Argentinian Ministry of Agriculture and related federal agencies in Buenos Aires.

In addition to these projects, Mr. Zemborain was 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 was also project manager for the Tokyo American Club, a building for Tokyo’s oldest Western-style private club, which includes dining, recreation, and business spaces.

Other projects on which he has worked include the Roberts Center for Pediatric Research, a medical research building for The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia; the North Terminal at Reagan National Airport in Washington, D.C.; and the Victor Yacktman Children’s Pavilion at Lutheran General Health System in Park Ridge, Illinois.

Mr. Zemborain has been a speaker at numerous international conferences. He received a Diploma of Architecture from Universidad de Buenos Aires, Argentina, and a Master of Architecture from Cornell University.