ZSD is founded and headed by Matthew Zalla, an armchair anthropologist with a longstanding reputation for building beautiful spaces in New York City and beyond. 

Born in Africa, raised in the Midwest and refined in Bolivia, Matt has been living, working and building in Brooklyn for over twenty years.


Co-founder and partner at ZSD is Kurt Schwarzbauer, contributing his comprehensive and detailed knowledge of the New York City construction industry. 

Kurt hails from Pennsylvania where he studied Philosophy at Muhlenberg College. In his spare time Kurt assists his wife with her artisanal snack company, Yu Bakery


ZSD has a hardworking, dedicated team of varied backgrounds and disciplines each bringing their expertise to the fabrication of every project.