Zakcq Lockrem focuses on the experience of public space and the role of movement through the city in shaping civic engagement and built form. As managing principal and director of planning at Asakura Robinson, Zakcq is responsible for the overall direction and operation of the firm’s urban planning practice. With over 15 years of experience, Zakcq successfully manages many of the firm’s most complex and multidisciplinary projects including Plan Downtown in Houston, the South Central Waterfront Vision Framework in Austin, and the Deer Springs Livable Centers Study in Las Vegas. He specializes in collaborative planning processes that utilize cutting-edge public participation strategies to build the capacity of project stakeholders. Zakcq is a co-founder of Social Agency Lab, a collaborative of urban planners and designers who engage in public art and creative urban interventions. He is one of the 2015 Next City Vanguard, a group of 40 urban thought leaders under 40 and is a sought after speaker on urban topics.
Where do you get your design inspiration from?
My design inspiration comes from observing people in vibrant urban spaces. Watching people live and inhabit their spaces with joy has always given me energy.
If you could work on a project anywhere in the world where would it be?
I was living in Berlin less than 15 years after the wall came down and first became interested in working on urban issues as the city was actively remaking itself addressing everything from transportation to affordability to mega projects to belonging; I like to return to work there someday.
What project are you most proud of?
I don’t have one project. For me it’s the cumulative impact of all of the employees and interns that I’ve had the opportunity to work with and mentor as well as all the communities that we’ve been able to help build the capacity of. I’m always blown away thinking of the impact that all of those people are having in so many places.