Future Tense: Zimmer Gunsul Frasca

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Featuring a collection of work designed by the firm over the past dozen years, Future Tense explores a variety of building types, from hospitals to commercial office buildings, from university laboratories to residential condominium towers, embassies, and airports. Sustainable design and environmental stewardship are evident throughout the projects profiled, as is ZGF’s design process, with its emphasis on reflecting client culture, community building, and integrated design.

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Zimmer Gunsul Frasca

ZGF Architects is a design firm with an intentionally diverse portfolio including healthcare and research facilities, academic buildings, mixed-use developments, corporate campuses, museums, transportation facilities and ecodistricts. A practice with more than 600 professionals and offices in Portland, Seattle, Los Angeles, Washington DC, New York City, and Vancouver BC, we have an ethos of collaboration, design excellence, stewardship of our natural and built environment, and exceptional client service.

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Featuring a collection of work designed by the firm over the past dozen years, Future Tense explores a variety of building types, from hospitals to commercial office buildings, from university laboratories to residential condominium towers, embassies, and airports. Sustainable design and environmental stewardship are evident throughout the projects profiled, as is ZGF’s design process, with its emphasis on reflecting client culture, community building, and integrated design.

In his foreword to the monograph Joseph Giovannini notes, “Zimmer Gunsul Frasca has a long history of designing iconic structures, but beyond producing a defining visual image, the architects design buildings that will shape the culture of their clients. … Architecture for the firm is not a pre-established assumption, and certainly not an “ism,” but a process: The architects start a discussion that will yield a building that neither they nor clients could have predicted before shaking hands. The architects eschew the notion of signature and brand in favor of sensitivity and receptivity. Design for them has become an interactive process. … ZGF buildings are crisp and taut, layered and formally complex, and consistently handsome. But look belie their architectural IQ, which is embedded, out of sight, in the floor plan, materials, systems, internal urbanism, and patterns of socialization.”

Awarded the Architecture Firm Award, the American Institute of Architect’s highest honor, and the recipient of more than 400 national, regional, and local design awards, ZGF today maintains offices in New York; Los Angeles; Washington, DC; Seattle; and Portland, Oregon.

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