Denise Galon

Chief Administrator
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Ms. Galon has been the Chief Administrator of RZAPS since 2004. She has also worked in a similar capacity with special event design and planning company, McNabb Roick Events; Lawfirm, Tonachel & Lewis, P.C.; Non-Profit school, Singers Forum Foundation; Banking Business Specialist, Citibank; and creatively in theatrical costume & clothing design with the Fabric Alternative.

B.A., De Sales University, Center Valley, PA, 1976

PhD, Metaphysical ULC, Modesto, CA, 2002

Rafael Montes

Sr. Associate
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After ten years of experience in Spain, Mr. Montes joined RZAPS in 2012 to continue developing his passion for architecture in a new and enriching professional context.
An important part of his work has been devoted to social and institutional projects, which are especially appealing to Mr. Montes for the opportunity they offer to resolve community needs through architectural design.
His interest in design encompasses very different scales, which provides him with the flexibility to work on a wide range of projects, from master planning to building details.
Mr. Montes is involved in the entire design process of the office's projects, taking part in the initial concept, further development and completion.

Master of Architecture

Ricardo Zurita

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Ricardo Zurita was born in Quito, Ecuador. His family immigrated to the United States, bringing him to New York City where he later attended the prestigious Stuyvesant High School. He then studied at Cornell University, graduating in 1984 with his professional architecture degree. He did graduate studies in Urban Studies at the Graduate School and University Center of CUNY, studying with Richard Wade, the “father of urban history” and Marshall Berman, noted sociologist. He has practiced architecture since 1984 and established his eponymous firm in 2002.


His body of work has been focused on projects that require a multidisciplinary approach where planning, landscape and architectural design issues intersect. He has been recognized for his ability to blend low cost materials and technologies for project types that have traditionally lacked innovative design with contextual sensitivity; and to utilize the unique limitations of each project to create a concept-driven design. He is well regarded for his success in navigating projects through the process of public review; with extensive experience with municipal agencies, planning & design review boards, and advocacy & community groups.