Founder of the firm, Ricardo was born in Quito, Ecuador, and raised in Queens. Zurita, though very much tied to his roots in the Ecuadorian Andes, equally embraced all that was promising about New York City, traveling beyond his neighborhood to go to high school in Manhattan and then a greater distance, physically and culturally, to Cornell University. The importance of how to make one’s own place in the world was his main focus during these formative years.
Ricardo believes that architects have parallel roles in society: as creative forces and as stewards of the city. He is committed to working within the public realm, and he understands that any addition to the city of a work of architecture, no matter how small, has a social impact.
His work on Randall’s Island has been, to date, his most significant contribution to his city. Throughout the last two decades, he has transformed the island into a beloved destination for the public and a showcase of high-level sports facilities. Icahn Stadium, the municipal track and field center, and the tennis center where John McEnroe has his top-flight academy, along with other new buildings in the park, were the projects through which he tested his ideas about urban space, deepening his belief that public space is important for the health of a community and a benefit to civic life. Zurita personally led these efforts, presenting in public forums as the face of his firm’s designs, serving as both a passionate advocate for architecture and as a bridge between the project and its users.
When not at work, you can find him sipping a caipirinha in Rio de Janeiro, an ouzo in Athens, a prosecco in Venice, or a canelazo in Quito.