Recognized by many as the face of PZS Architects, Mario Zacharjasz exudes an energy that inspires the firm and its clients. His passion for architecture and caring for others is evident in his thoughtful designs and extensive community and professional involvement. His 25 years of experience include an emphasis on educational, multi-family housing, and civic architecture for clients ranging from the School District of Philadelphia to the Army Corps of Engineers. Born in Cuba, Mario moved to the US when he was 3 and continues to maintain strong ties to his heritage and the local Latin American community.
Mario is committed to serving the Latino community in the region. He supports many non-profit organizations, and currently serves on the boards of The Kimmel Center, The Delaware River Waterfront Corporation and The Salvation Army of Greater Philadelphia. He is also on the Advisory Council for the Salvation Army Kroc Corps Community Center of Philadelphia. In each of these capacities, Mario focuses his energy on community sustainability, encouraging his partners, staff, and colleagues to do the same.
Mario also served as President of the Philadelphia Chapter of the American Institute of Architects, and was Chairman of the Board for the Greater Philadelphia Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, where he oversaw the creation of the first ever The State of Hispanic Business Report for the Greater Philadelphia region. Mario holds a Bachelor of Architecture degree from Temple University. Mario has also completed post baccalaureate Business Executive Program at Dartmouth College's Tuck School of Business and is a Goldman Sachs 10k Small Business Graduate.