Volume Zero is an architectural firm based in New Orleans that provides design services for a wide variety of project types. The firm was established in 1997 by its current Partners, the husband-and-wife team of Michael Cajski and Van Tran.
Michael Cajski is licensed to practice architecture in four states. He graduated as Salutatorian from the Bachelor of Architecture Program at Tulane University in 1994, and he now holds a Master of Architecture degree. He has served as Project Architect for numerous multi-million dollar projects, and he is a LEED-Accredited Professional.
Van Tran is a licensed architect and is the firm’s head designer. She holds a Bachelor of Architecture and a Master of Architecture degree from Tulane University, where she was a recipient of the prestigious Dean’s Honor Scholarship. She grew up in New Orleans, where she graduated as Valedictorian of Benjamin Franklin High School in 1989. Prior to becoming a licensed architect, Van managed space planning and office renovation projects at the NASA Michoud facility in New Orleans East.
“I have, in my place, books about English history. I like the bloodiness of it. I have one set of eight volumes. I read only the first volume, and of that only the first chapter, in which each time I see something else. But really, I am interested only in reading Volume Zero, which has not been written... History could not have started in the places they speak of. History preceded this; it just is not recorded. The beauty of architecture is that it deals with the recessions of the mind, from which comes that which is not yet said and not yet made.
Of all things, I honor beginnings. I believe, though, that what was has always been, and what is has always been, and what will be has always been. I do not think the circumstantial play from year to year, from era to era, has anything to do with what is available to you. The person of old had the same brilliance of mind that we assume we have now. But that which made a thing become manifest for the first time is our great moment of creative happening.”
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