WHAT

We go through life being influenced by our built environment and never stop to ask if it could be better suited for us and our personal needs. 

We are an international architecture firm based in Tel Aviv, Israel and we plan and research EQUALITY DRIVEN ARCHITECTURE. ZISO plans and designs inspirational structures with people in mind, emerging from analysis and true understanding of the ever changing nature of the world we live in. We strongly believe in sustainability, urban sociology and equality driven ideas. 

ZISO is an action partner of the UN SDG's, promoting gender equality awareness in architecture and urban design. To find out more click HERE

WHO

​​ZISO studio exists at the intersection of architecture, innovation, space and human equality and was founded in 2017 by Architect Michal Ziso, who is also a Space Architect focused on human experience, a trailblazer by dealing with social and psychological diversity aspects, and an active member of WiSpace - Israeli Professional Women in Space Association. 

A visionary architect practicing for almost a decade in Israel and NYC, Michal has extensive experience in designing skyscrapers and large scale urban projects. A graduate of the Technion - Israeli Institute of Technology, she also served in the elite intelligence unit 8200 of the Israeli Defence Force. 

Michal is a two time TEDx speaker (TEDxISU International Space University, Strasbourg, France + TEDxJaffaWomen, Tel Aviv, Israel), frequent lecturer and mentor at academic institutions, organizations and creative tech companies such as ISA - Israeli Space Agency, Ramon Foundation, UNOOSA, Explore Mars, Parsons School of Design, Wix and more.  With a mission to create a built environment in space and on earth that fits the needs of its diverse users to ensure not only a surviving but thriving human society, Michal is actively raising awareness for gender and human equality through work with international organizations such as Global Citizen, UN Women, UN SDG global and SDG Israel. ZISO was chosen to be part of the 10 top global initiatives fighting for gender equality by the UN SDG Action Campaign of 2019.

As a mentor to young individuals, especially young women, at various forums such as UNOOSA Space4Women, ProWoman organization and ISE (Israel Startup Experience), Michal promotes courageous creative thinking, innovation through extreme conditions and encourages all to become passionate change agents. A proud activist and avid traveller, Michal is inspired by cultures, diversity, and the various ways people use space on earth and beyond.

WHY

We believe that every individual must find a way to use her or his expertise in order to do some good in the world. A cause that is very close to our hearts is gender equality - we believe that every human is born equal and should get the same opportunities and respect, while feeling they can be themselves  and true to who they are regardless of society's expectations. 

 

While women make up half of the global population, they still don't get equal opportunities for education, health care, equal pay and equal representation across the board.  

ZISO believes it is not just a women rights issue, it is human rights issue, therefore commits itself to contributing to the cause by using our professional abilities at architectural consultation and work to projects that are set to close the gap. We would like to put our time and knowledge to use and help make a much overdue change. 

We invite you to reach out to us if you are an organization or individual conceiving gender equality driven projects, or other architectural projects and would like to stand together for gender equality.