Zaniac Taps JMA for New York Location

project.JMA.ZaniacWith Zaniac Learning, Jorge Mastropietro Architects Atelier Expands Business Into Educational Design

Growing architecture, planning & design firm JMA to design the first of 10 locations in New York and New Jersey for nationally recognized enrichment program

Reflecting its growth and increasing regional presence, the acclaimed architecture, design and development firm Jorge Mastropietro Architects Atelier (JMA) has announced a new project for the franchise Zaniac Learning, a Utah-based company that offers both after-school enrichment and summer programs in areas such as math, computer programming, robotics, and game modeling.

JMA will be developing a location on the Upper East Side of Manhattan with a new layout adapted to the space selected by Zaniac. This project is an integral part of Zaniac’s expansion into larger metropolitan markets, according to the firm, which will more than double the number of its campuses nationwide.

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Jorge Mastropietro

With this rapid growth, Zaniac New York chose JMA, the Soho-based firm run by Jorge Mastropietro, AIA, with a reputation for design excellence as well as efficiency, close management and speed of project delivery.

Mastropietro, who has two young children himself, says, “Working with students and educational facilities is always a rich and exciting challenge. The design of their learning environment can help to motivate them with color, scale and form, and it presents a way for the architect to participate in their intellectual growth through the design of the space.”

“We are delighted to work with Zaniac Learning, and look forward to a positive opportunity to help them expand and serve more students,” Mastropietro adds. “As a firm, we have always focused on creating innovative projects that meet the highest standards. We have a longstanding interest in technology as well, which is also a core element of the Zaniac approach. It feels like a natural fit.”

The new project announcement signals a significant expansion of JMA’s portfolio, adding both educational and commercial experience to a long list of building projects in New York, New Jersey and in Buenos Aires. Well known for architectural design as well as development of multifamily residential projects and its design/build and construction management practice, JMA will also bring expertise in sustainable design and technology integration to its work with Zaniac.

About Jorge Mastropietro Architects Atelier (JMA)

Founded in 2007, Jorge Mastropietro Architects Atelier is a diverse international team of architecture, construction and development professionals collaboratively working with the mission to enhance the environment and fulfill the artistic soul. Jorge Mastropietro Architects Atelier (JMA), located in New York, also collaborates with Mastropietro & Partners, which founding principal Jorge Mastropietro, AIA, founded in Buenos Aries, Argentina in 1991, working to deliver solutions that are integral, aesthetic, functional and rational to serve such needs as environmental architecture, urban design, landscaping, interior design, and structural engineering consultation. The firm and its team of seasoned professionals is involved in all phases of the architectural process, from initial concept and schematic design through construction documentation and administration. The firm also works on design-build, construction management (CM) and development projects. In 1995, its Structural Engineering division was created with leadership of engineer Marcelo Mastropietro. In 2002, Jorge Mastropietro moved to New York to work for Rafael Vinoly Architects on the Cleveland Museum of Art, Bard College, and Carrasco International Airport. Five years later, he founded Jorge Mastropietro Architects Atelier. More

About Zaniac Learning

Zaniac offers after-school programs and camps for K-8 kids designed to build students’ confidence with programs like Zane Math and Homework Help, and we foster their curiosity with programs such as LEGO Robotics and Computer Programming. Zaniac delivers a math and science experience that engages, motivates, and excites K-8 kids while making their parents proud about providing them with a real academic advantage. Core offerings include Zane Math — a uniquely compelling, effective, and measurable approach to get kids caught up or ahead in math. More at