Zachary Tate Porter
Bachelor of Arts and Architecture, University of North Carolina at Charlotte
Master of Architecture, University of North Carolina at Charlotte
Zachary Tate Porter is an educator, designer, and historian based in Los Angeles. His research focuses primarily on the relationship between building and ground within modern and contemporary architecture. He studied architecture at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, where he received his Bachelor of Arts and Architecture and his Master of Architecture degrees. His Master's thesis, “The Narrative Dimension: A Methodology for Incorporating Creative Writing Exercises into the Architectural Design Process,” was recognized by two faculty-chosen awards for “Best Thesis” and “Excellence in Critical Exploration.” In 2011, Porter moved to Atlanta, Georgia to pursue a PhD in architectural history at the Georgia Institute of Technology. His dissertation, “Shifting Grounds of Architectural Practice: Boundary Conditions and Field Formations in the U.S. Design Professions,” analyzes the ways in which professional jurisdiction shaped conceptions of landscape and site within American architectural practice. In 2015, Porter founded OOCA (Office of Contingent Affairs), a laboratory for architectural ideas based in Downtown Los Angeles. Prior to joining USC, Porter was the 2015-16 Design of Theory Fellow at SCI-Arc, where he edited the online journal, Offramp.