While the projects completed by Z+A tend to range dramatically in size, type, and content, the firm has purposefully remained small-sized in order to maintain a highly creative work environment. By nature of a small firm, every member of the design team including the principle collaborates closely throughout design and construction process and quality control remains constant regardless of scale and program. Consistent through all the firm's work are several design tenets that serve as a backbone for the firm's design process:
Site Response_Zimmerman and Associate's core philosophies and design attitudes are grounded in an understanding that the success of a project is generated more as a result of responsiveness to site conditions and programmatic relationships rather than architectural style. The intent is an architecture that stands the test of time, maintains integrity when exposed to the natural elements, and continues to respond to client growth and program development.
Client Engagement_All projects are developed with an approach that fosters thoughtful designs that engage people within established budgets and makes an appropriate and fulfilling statement for the client. An extremely high emphasis in the design process is placed on client input and successful design is a direct result of client enthusiasm and involvement.
Modernist Tradition_Much of the firm's work is grounded in classic modernist tradition that explores indoor outdoor space, creates a strong connection with the natural site, and creates an aesthetic that is expressed through the materials themselves and the connection assemblies.
Sustainable Future_The firm is committed to design innovation through the exploration of new sustainable technologies, research and application of new materials, dedication to energy conservation, and the design of spaces that are naturally ventilated and respond to solar orientation and natural site factors.
Jeff Zimmerman email@example.com
Jeff is the founding principal of Zimmerman + Associates, with offices in Sonoma and Sausalito. He graduated from California Polytechnic State University at San Luis Obispo in 1979, and studied abroad at the Ecole d'Art Americain in Fontainbleau, France. After graduation, Jeff joined Fisher-Friedman Associates in San Francisco, as a Project Designer, working on several award winning multi-family and mixed use projects.
In 1982 Jeff went to work for the Berkus Group in Santa Barbara as a Project Designer. In that capacity, he was involved in residential and resort projects in Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, and Texas.
In 1985 Jeff moved back to San Francisco to open the offices of Columbus Architects, which has evolved into Zimmerman and Associates.
The firm specializes in housing, from the design of single- family homes to the master planning of new towns, as well as interiors and facilities planning. Jeff has led in the planning and design of more than 5,000 dwelling in communities throughout the United States and Canada, collecting seven national and numerous local awards. Jeff has taught Architecture to fifth graders through the Learning Education through the Arts Project (LEAP) in San Francisco, as well as lecturing at the California Polytechnic State University at San Luis Obispo, the California College of Arts and Crafts in San Francisco, and the University of California at Berkeley. Jeff is a Board Member of the Sonoma Valley Museum of Art. He currently resides in Sonoma California with his wife Laura and their three children, in a home, which Jeff designed, surrounded by their zinfandel vineyard.
Nick Miller firstname.lastname@example.org
Nick is an associate at Z+A and graduated from California Polytechnic University at San Luis Obispo in 2008 with a Bachelor's of Architecture and a minor in Construction Management. In 2006/2007 he spent a year abroad at California State University of Florence which gave him a perspective on architecture in it's historical context. His college work was heavily dependent on hand drawings and physical models. Upon graduating Nick began working immediately and started his architectural licensure process. He should be done with licensure testing by 2012.
Nick grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area and spent time working as a laborer on custom residential homes in Portola Valley and Palo Alto. His interest is in streamlining the construction process by improving the quality and re-examining the methods of construction drawing sets. Nick believes that by eliminating waste and improving the collaborative methods, time and money can be saved simultaneously with improved designs and better buildings.
While at CalPoly Nick interned summers with Duxbury Architects, a local custom residential firm in Los Altos, California, where he got experience buildings physical models, hand drawings, and drafting in AutoCad. After graduation Nick began working as a designer for HKS Hill Glazier Studio where he worked on large scale luxury hotel projects. He helped with schematic and design development sets for projects around the world. There he honed his skills in some 3D modeling tools; Revit and Sketchup, and managed and produced a complete permit package in Revit. Nick began at Z+A after the summer of 2010 in which he took time off to travel around the US to absorb local building methods and cultures.