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Peter Zimmerman Architects, an award winning firm, founded in 1982, is a full service residential design firm. Our firm has produced an extensive portfolio of private residences, barns, guest houses, pool houses, conservation easements, comprehensive property designs, private wineries and equestrian centers across the country. Our design philosophy is deeply rooted in the historic traditions of architecture: classical proportion and scale, the balance of shadow and light and the importance of the sustainable relationship between materials. We strive to design spaces that create a sense of transparency between the interior and exterior environments. All of our designs focus on the seamless integration between the built and natural environment, while remaining faithful to historic roots and responding sensitively to the surrounding cultural context. The unique natural features of each property greatly influence our design response. Architecture needs to respond to the individual characteristics of the site and the clients' personalized requirements in order to create spaces that engage and enrich their lives. The largest gesture down to the smallest element in our designs becomes an expression of the balance and harmony between the compression and expansion of space, the interplay of light and shadow and the rules of scale and proportion. Your house should be as much of a delight in a decade as it was on the day you moved in.

TESTIMONIALS

Peter Zimmerman and his team are not only consummate professionals, but incredibly creative and a joy to work with. They understand they are helping you create your home and are able to translate your dreams into reality, in fact take your wildest hopes to a higher level! They intuitively understand that real people live in their drawings and create cozy, comfortable and workable environments. My husband and I couldn't recommend Peter Zimmerman Architects more highly and welcome any and all questions.Read More

Peter Zimmerman Architects designed a new home for our family- It was a pleasure to work with them, and now that we have moved in, the excellence of their design is even more apparent. During the planning process, Peter and Warren paid meticulous attention to our vision for the project. This attention to detail persisted throughout the design and construction phases. They demonstrated a desire and ability to address our many questions, ideas and suggestions as well as a willingness to work with our contractors. Because of this, we were able to achieve a more interesting and exciting design (and now a house!) than we had ever anticipated. Without reservation, I give Peter Zimmerman Architects my highest recommendation.Read More

We selected Peter and his firm to help us with an extensive renovation of our Haverford, PA home in 2012. We were so pleased with their beautiful design work and diligent follow up, that we asked them to design our home on Cape Cod. We are only a few months from completion and the results are better than we could have anticipated. In addition to their attention to all the details and the depth of talent in their staff, Peter's innate sense of beauty and balance is evident in all of his projects. We can't recommend him highly enough!Read More

Cullen Construction has enjoyed working with Peter Zimmerman Architects on numerous projects. They are extremely professional and well organized. Their award-winning designs are architecturally unique and beautiful. We are currently restoring a severely damaged Okie farm house with PZA. As a builder, Cullen Construction really appreciates PZA's extensive documentation and attention to detail. Clients will appreciate Peter's elegant architectural style and his ability to listen and execute. Regardless of your architectural style PZA can accomplish the task.Read More

Pater and his team have exceptional attention to detail and only the highest taste level. The team is highly professional yet approachable. Their library of references is vast, yet they are very open to the design process being collaborative with the client and can flex up and down depending on the comfort level of that client. We highly recommend PZA for superior results.Read More

Peter and his team operate on an extremely professional level and have the utmost respect for the opinions and concerns of their clients. They are flexible with their schedule, giving of their time, and thoughtful in their presentation. Clearly, they are some of the best in their field from a creative stand point; however, they are also able to see their jobs through to fruition. Their aesthetic is unique, their work ethic unparalleled. Highly recommend their firm! Expect a wonderful result and peace of mind throughout the project.Read More

Cherokee Construction has had the pleasure to work with Peter Zimmerman Associates PZA on many exceptional projects over the years. Their signatures as architects is their capacity to listen to the dreams and objectives of their clients and execute designs that possess a timeless quality with refinement to detail. The care and attention PZA takes in preparing construction documents enables the builder to have the important information needed to execute the construction process. This helps to insure the highest quality product. We, at Cherokee Construction, are always proud to be a team member with such an exceptional architectural firm.Read More

The people at PZA have been incredibly helpful as we have had to face the difficult task of rebuilding a historic Pennsylvania farm house in the aftermath of a devastating fire. Their attention to detail and doing it right from the very beginning was what we needed and what we got. I don't think we could have done it without them.Read More

At this time we are in the planning phase of our project and Peter Zimmerman and his staff have been wonderful. They quickly respond to emails whether I have questions about the process, such as the variety of surveys we needed, or whether I need a specific response to a design concern. Peter and Warren Fisher (assistant architect) have been great with helping me visualize this project whether finding photographic examples from other projects they've done, or walking me through the existing space and explaining how it will change. I truly appreciate their concern, attention to detail and guidance as we navigate this project of raising the roof on ⅓ of our house and all that will entail.Read More

We are very happy to provide a recommendation for Peter Zimmerman Architects. We have had the good fortune to collaborate on numerous fantastic projects with PZA over a 20 year span. The design process for high quality custom residences is a very personal process that Peter and his company understand. They are team players and have guided our clients through the maze of details and decisions with sensitivity and professionalism. Their creativity is excellent and they truly care about the entire result taking in all aspects of the design including performance.Read More

I have been working with Peter Zimmerman Architects for the last year on a remodel of a historical home in Wayne, PA. The plans that have been drawn up for this home are excellent, they listened to what I wanted and created a design that I am very excited to build and a home I can't wait to live in. The firm was instrumental in making sure the Historical review board in Radnor Township approved the remodel. I believe HARB said they wished everyone who came up for review had such good plans.Read More

We have recently had the pleasure of working with Peter Zimmerman Architects (PZA) on a very successful custom residence in Wyoming. PZA has been very responsive and professional through-out the process of this project; from design development, permitting, budget development, and thorough construction support. Not only was their design original, but they created a functional home that maximizes the property and meets the specific needs of the client. As the General Contractor on this project, we communicated with their office regularly and they were able to assist with reasonable and timely solutions to the issues that invariably come up on a custom home. Overall our experience working with PZA has been superb and we hope to continue working with them in the future. I would recommend them to any client looking for a talented, team oriented, architect to design their home. Tim Blazina - Yellowstone Traditions, IncRead More

We hired PZA to reconceptualize the interior of one wing of our house. We wanted to enlarge rooms, eliminate a dark narrow hallway and open the entire area to views and sunlight — all without reducing the number of rooms. They were very creative and accomplishing all of our goals, seeing a solution that never would've occurred to us. The changes they proposed prompted us to redesign the landscape and hard scape around our home. Since the project was completed, it has felt as though we are living in a different house!Read More

For the last 2 years, working with Peter Zimmerman architects has been a complete joy. His depth of design talent, professional staff and constant good humor has enhanced the building of his designs ... with efficiency, respect and great fun. He builds wealth and strong relationships for his clients. My company , Yellowstone Traditions, looks forward to our next venture together.Read More

Supreme command of the classical architectural vocabulary and the ability to draw together the strongest team of interior designers, landscape architects, craftsmen and builders is what sets Peter Zimmerman Architects apart. Dedicated to quality and committed to client satisfaction, Peter and his staff create residences of quiet elegance, responsive to a family's dreams and relevant to a 21st Century lifestyle. With clarity, confidence and caring, they produce houses that are truly homes.Read More

We have worked with Peter Zimmerman Architects on two large projects dealing with both a new kitchen addition to a 250 year-old farmhouse as well as the complete renovation of a carriage house. Zimmerman was able to achieve near seamless integration between the old and the new and many people have commented that "it looks like it's always been there". We are very pleased with our relationship with Zimmerman.Read More

This architect took a sow's ear & turned it into a fabulous silk purse. We could not have been happier with the outcome of this job.Read More

Very creative with terrific attention to detail. This was very important to us given our renovation and expansion of an 18th century home.Read More

We have had a very positive experience working with Peter Zimmerman Architects. They have a wonderful team, and it was a pleasure working with him on a major house in Palm Beach. From conception through completion, every aspect of the collaboration was meaningful. Peter Zimmerman Architects attention to symmetry, molding details, paneling-everything-is unsurpassed. If you have the pleasure of working with Peter Zimmerman Architects, you can trust that your house is going to be one of the individuals.Read More

Peter Zimmerman Architects are consummate professionals and worked tirelessly to provide us with a first-rate product from beginning to end. Their creative process is collaborative and responsive, and resulted in a period home design that exceeded our expectations. We now have a beautiful and timeless home that we love thanks to the talents of Peter Zimmerman Architects.Read More

We hired the firm for major renovations and to build a wine cellar. The changes they made transformed our house into a wide-open and light filled space - we love it! They provided suggestions and guidance large and small, from pushing out walls to using transoms and changing column sizes. Truly changed the feel of the house in hugely improving ways.Read More

We hired Peter Zimmerman Architects because we had worked with them before and we found them to be one of the few architectural companies that really listens to what the client wants. We purchased a sixty year old house in which we wanted to maintain the feel of the era when built, yet modernize it to fit our current needs. From the new solar power to the custom mill work, it is exactly what we wanted! I would highly recommend them and would use them again on another job.Read More

It is always an honor and an amazing opportunity to be partnered up with Peter Zimmerman Architects. Working as an interior designer alongside the firm has been a pleasure, a collaboration, and definitely a positive experience all around. Peter Zimmerman along with his senior architects are always listening, and are able to give great design and advice to common and difficult scenarios. I've always walked away from a project having learned more than I expected. I personally have worked with the architects on three major projects in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Wyoming. I am sure each client would agree that PZA exceeded all of their expectations. I highly recommend PZA for outstanding architecture, design, and service.Read More

Peter Zimmerman Architects planned the extensive renovation of our charming historic farmhouse. They had wonderful, practical ideas, which made it a very beautiful and functional place to live--far beyond our wildest dreams! They were very positive during the process and LISTENED to what was important to us and implemented all ideas to a very happy outcome. It was a great experience.Read More

We have been very fortunate to have worked with Peter Zimmerman Architects on many projects during the past 15 years. Peter and his team are the ultimate professionals, detailed and thoughtful, with exceptional design knowledge and ability. From designing complete homes to answering the most specific questions about particular products, colors, or materials, he is an invaluable resource for home construction and design projects.Read More

I have collaborated with Peter Zimmerman Architects on a wide variety of residential projects in a variety of architectural vernaculars over the past 12 years. This work has all been design driven architectural woodworking, cabinetry and furniture. They have been ideal partners in this work, providing a clear and imaginative overall design vision while encouraging the joint development of beautiful solutions to the myriad demands of these highly refined and quietly sophisticated projects.Read More

I had a wonderful experience working on a two year project with Peter Zimmerman Architects. The attention to detail and the quality of the millwork produced in the residence was of the highest quality. The home maintained an old world feel but with all of the modern touches of a new house. It was a very successful project and I hope to work with the firm again.Read More

I specialize in architectural photography and for the past 10 years or so I have had the pleasure of photographing Peter Zimmerman's work. His attention to detail is exceptional. I have also been impressed with the care his team exercises to actualize his clients wishes at the very highest level of residential design. I consider Peter to be one of my most outstanding clients.Read More

PZ Architects are brilliant, poetic, logical, sensitive, inspired, and thorough. Peter Zimmerman recreated and enhanced an historic farm making it a highly functional work of art which we feel lucky to live in. His architecture doesnt just look beautiful it somehow makes you feel good too. I wish we had more projects for them to help us with!Read More

My husband and I bought an old Chester Co. farm house in desperate need of TLC. We had been in several houses that Peter Zimmerman had either built or restored and knew he'd be the perfect choice to help us. We needed to restore the shutters, redirect the driveway and bring some of the out buildings back to the original state they were in. PZA provided wonderful resources and expert advice on maintaining the historic and aesthetic integrity of our 250 year old house.Read More

Peter Zimmerman Architects design and worked with construction crew on a magnificent barn. They followed through, were gracious, creative, imaginative and one time...would use them again....and again....Read More

We have known Peter Zimmerman for many years both professionally and personally and his organization could not be more professional nor do a better job. They are imaginative and responsive to all of their customers needs, Their designs are fresh but at the same time sensitive to the surroundings and the clients wishes.Read More