Ziger | Snead Architects

Steve Ziger, FAIA | Douglas Bothner, AIA, LEED AP

Architects Steve Ziger and Douglas Bothner have long been inspired by the relationship between the natural and built environments. As design partners of Ziger|Snead Architects in Baltimore, they oversee a staff of 21 architects and designers with a focus on transforming campuses, organizations, communities and homes, from concept through construction. Central to the firm’s work is the belief that great design can and should create positive physical and social impact.

“We delight in the role we play in pursuit of functional and aesthetic beauty,” says Bothner. On every project, he, Ziger and their associates thoughtfully consider clients’ aspirations, a project’s site and context and functional and technical requirements. “By listening carefully, challenging preconceptions and engaging expert consultants, contractors and craftspeople,” says Ziger, “we create designs that demonstrate simplicity, functionality and value while innovating in the use of materials, building and sustainable technologies.”

No matter the scale of the project, the firm strives for simple, elegant design that captures the essential. “Great design should transcend the purely functional and aspire to be enduring, thoughtful and beautiful,” contends Bothner.

Since Ziger|Snead was founded in 1984, it has been recognized with more than 100 state, national and international design awards and is repeatedly ranked as one of the top 50 firms in the nation by the AIA’s Architect magazine.


Ziger | Snead Architects




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