By Utility & Wonder

We are SPF:a, an industrious group of designers, thinkers, and humanists.

Our practice is anchored in a rigorous pragmatic, holistic philosophy. We uncover truths, pursue the unexplored, and challenge conventions in architectural and urban organization; we speak the language of our builders and engineers, and we have a strong culture of critique and communication.

We want to make things look better, perform better, and awaken their environment. And so we give care to our clients’ goals and investments and endeavor to balance them with our pursuit to enhance the human experience and our communities.

We are an award-winning practice specializing in cultural institutions, civic projects, and purposeful architectural works that touch both the private and public spirit.


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Zoltan E. Pali, FAIA

Founder + Design Principal

Zoltan leads SPF:a's award-winning studio, a team that has been recognized with over 80 national and regional design accolades. Prior to founding SPF:a in 1990 with partner Judit, he worked closely alongside Jerrold E. Lomax, FAIA, a case study maestro and one of the original LA-12. In 2005, Zoltan was inducted into the American Institute of Architects College of Fellows; he was one of the youngest architects to have ever received the designation.

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Judit M. Fekete-Pali, LEED AP

Founder + Creative Director

Judit been responsible for the strategic direction and artistic vision of SPF:a since launching the firm with partner Zoltan in 1990. Aside from serving as the firm’s managing principal, she is also the head curator of the SPF:a Gallery, founded in 2007 and focused on the symbiotic relationship between art and architecture.

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Selected Awards

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