Zak Kyes is a founding partner and creative director of Zak Group. At Zak Group he leads a wide range of strategy and design projects including digital platforms, brand identities and collaborations with artists and museum directors.
He is currently directing the design and development of websites for M+, the new museum for visual culture in Hong Kong; the Chicago Architecture Biennale and Städelschule, Frankfurt. His identity projects include Paco Rabanne, Timothy Taylor, the Berlin Biennale, and the Taipei Biennale. He has collaborated with artists including Anne Imhof, Tony Oursler, Marc Camille Chaimowicz and Ed Atkins among many others.
Collaborations with curators and museum directors include the art direction and identity of the Chicago Architecture Biennial (with Johnston MarkLee), Fridericianum, Kassel and the 2017 German Pavilion (with Susanne Pfeffer); a flagship digital platform for M+, Hong Kong (with Doryun Chong); a new identity for Städelschule (with Philippe Pirotte); Imponderable: The Archives of Tony Oursler (with Beatrix Ruf, Tom Eccles); the art direction of Astrup Fearnley Museet (with Gunnar Kvaran), the 8th Berlin Biennale for Contemporary Art (with Juan A. Gaitán); the exhibition design of Parapolitics: Cultural Freedom and the Cold War and the 2012 Taipei Biennial (with Anselm Franke); the design of numerous publications such as the Serpentine Gallery Manifesto Marathon, London (with Hans Ulrich Obrist).
From 2006 to 2016 he was the Art Director of the Architectural Association School of Architecture in London where he co-founded the publishing imprint Bedford Press. The AA’s new visual identity, exhibitions, public programmes and over 160 books, including Cedric Price Works 1952–2003: A Forward-Minded Retrospective and L.A.W.U.N Project #19, were organised and designed under his creative direction. He initiated and co-curated exhibitions including Forms of Inquiry: The Architecture of Critical Graphic Design (2007-09), Exhibition Prosthetics (2010) and OMA Book Machine (2010).
Kyes has taught at the Architectural Association School of Architecture and École cantonale d’art de Lausanne (ECAL). Kyes has participated in numerous international conferences and juries for design and visual art events worldwide.
He is the recipient of the Inform Award for Conceptual Design from the Galerie für Zeitgenössische Kunst Leipzig, who initiated the exhibition and accompanying publication Zak Kyes Working With… published by Sternberg Press in 2011.