Volume Zero architectural design studio is the husband-and-wife design firm of architects Michael Cajski and Van Tran.

We take pride in our work and enjoy immersing ourselves in challenging projects. We consider our work to be a craft and we look for clients who appreciate quality in design and construction. As designers, we strive for simplicity, expressive detail, and sensitivity to the project site. We do not allow style to define or limit our work.

We also see ourselves as part of a team effort wherein we as architects coordinate the unique perspectives and skills of owners, contractors, and other professionals into a cohesive project. Our goal in every project is to engage in a thoroughly professional process with a top-quality project team in order to create a work of excellence.



“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.”

Louis Kahn, architect (1902-1974)


As the name of our firm, “Volume Zero” is a constant reminder to examine the primary, the causal, and the essential. The secondary must be identified as such and used in support of the primary. A simple solution is easily spoiled by unnecessary or unfocused design. It is our opinion that most designs suffer from being the resultant of too many ideas. Good design ideas must often be rejected because they are simply not the most relevant ideas to the project.