Zen Beattie

Studio and Production Assistant


A native Australian, Zen grew up navigating between Sydney and its adjacent shorelines and nature reserves. After moving to New York in 2012, he developed an interest in incorporating a greater sense of nature into the dense urban environment through parklands and architectural interventions. Working out of the New York studio, Zen supports design teams with expertise in 3D modeling, visualization, and computation. For Anderson Plaza, a redesigned urban center in New Rochelle, NY, Zen enhanced community engagement using knowledge of virtual reality tools to involve residents and stakeholders in the creative process. For the restoration of Bear Mountain State Park, Zen’s support in schematic design and development phases helped to bring the greater vision to life. Zen graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree from Bennington College in 2021.

Representative Projects:

Bear Mountain State Park Restoration, Bear Mountain, NY
Brooklyn Greenways, Brooklyn, NY
Tibbetts Brook Daylighting, Bronx, NY
East Village / Lower East Side Waterfront Access Study, New York, NY
Southwest Park, Hoboken, NJ
East Shore Shoreline Parks Plan, Staten Island, NY
Battery Playscape, New York, NY
Marsha P Johnson State Park, Brooklyn, NY
Halletts Point Esplanade, Queens, NY
Freshkills South Park, Staten Island, NY
Union Square Streetscape and Lighting Plan, New York, NY
Anderson Plaza, New Rochelle, NY
Hart Island Master Plan, Bronx, NY
Niagara Falls Wayfinding, Niagara, NY
Seward Park Coops, New York, NY
Riverside Dino Playground, New York, NY
Packer Collegiate Master Plan, Brooklyn, NY
Clarkson Estates Affordable Housing, Brooklyn, NY