Our process is driven by site appropriate design and making architecture that responds to clients needs

Our Process

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.

Our Services

We are a full-service architectural firm with experience in many different project typologies, scales, and uses:

Single-Family Residential
Custom, high-end single-family homes are a big part of firm experience, expertise, and passion
Multi-Family/Senior Housing & Mixed-Use
We have extensive experience in Urban Design, with project types of Multi-Family, Senior Housing, and Mixed-Use all over Northern California
Interior Design
We take on interior design services in residential and commercial project types

Client Testimonials

Some testimonials from our previous clients:

“We regard Zimmerman & Associates as the preeminent modern residential architects in California wine country and their work on our Napa project totally proves it! Their team is a delight to work with; great concepts, flexible, cutting-edge design and graphics skills, responsive.”

Brad Scott, Client

“I had the pleasure of working with Jeff recently on a very complicated transaction involving out of area buyers, and multiple parcels with multiple sellers. His perseverance, professionalism, and creativity were paramount in overcoming obstacles, and giving the clients exactly what they wanted. “

Terry Crisler, Realtor

“I’m a General Contractor who has worked with Jeff and his firm on multiple projects. Jeff’s ability to listen to a clients ideas and wishes and to incorporate those into a design that falls into the clients budget and schedule is exemplary. He believes in the “Team” approach where designer, builder and owner work together to achieve the desired goals. As such the entire project becomes an organized and enjoyable experience for all involved. I would highly recommend Jeff and his firm for any project you may be thinking of doing.”

JMH Custom Builders, Contractor

Our Team

We have a diverse, highly motivated, and dedicated design team. See below for a little about our team background:

Jeff Zimmerman, AIA      /     jeff@zmanarch.com
Founding Principal   

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Nick Miller, Architect    /     nick@zmanarch.com

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Austin Montanari    /     austin@zmanarch.com
Project Manager

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Barry Watkins, Architect    /     barry@zmanarch.com
Project Manager / Technical Production

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