We strive to exceed expectations and bring your vision to life.
Founded in 1994 by Zachary Schweter, ZS-Design Architect, PLLC started as a millwork shop drawing services and grew into a small architecture firm with a big vision. We aimed to provide high-quality architectural services to clients in the local area, with a focus on innovation and creativity.
Zachary graduated Pratt Institute School of Architecture in 1994 after spending his last year studying Architecture in Italy and abroad. Afterwhich returning to home to work for some of the greatest architects of our time. It is impossible to quantify the value of the mentoring experience he received. As such he is an excellent mentor and utilizes to help clients understand the process and decisions to be made.
With more than 37 years in construction and 30 in architecture and interiors, we employ both vision and ingenuity to arrive at a thoughtful, unique design that will convey the genuine feeling of place. This process is achieved by listening to the client, forming a thorough understanding of the client’s needs, and being available to lend a listening ear, even years after completion.
“I have set out to expose myself to many different types of experiences so as to learn as much as possible about this field. I am energetic in sharing these experiences with others, and I include them in my current projects to create new experiences.”
— Zachary Schweter, R.A.
Over the years, we have expanded our reach and our team. Today, ZS-Design Architect, PLLC is a thriving architecture firm with a team of experienced designers and architects who are passionate about their work.
At ZS-Design Architect, PLLC, we believe in a collaborative and client-focused approach. We work closely with our clients to understand their needs and ensure that we deliver results that exceed their expectations. Licensed in NY, CT, MA, LA, SC, DE, VA
Architects typically work through five main phases in the design and construction process of a building project. These phases are:
1a. Programming and Pre-Design: In this phase, architects gather information and engage with the client to understand their needs, goals, and requirements for the project. They conduct site analysis, assess zoning and code requirements, and develop a project program that outlines the scope and objectives. Preliminary design concepts may also be explored.
1b. Schematic Design: During this phase, architects develop and refine the design concept based on the information gathered in the previous phase. They create schematic drawings, floor plans, and elevations to illustrate the overall design intent. The focus is on spatial relationships, massing, and the general layout of the building.
2. Design Development: In this phase, architects further develop the design by refining the details and addressing technical requirements. They work on developing the building systems, material selections, and interior layouts. Collaboration with engineers and other consultants may be required to ensure the design meets structural, mechanical, electrical, and plumbing requirements.
3. Construction Documents: This phase involves the preparation of detailed drawings, specifications, and other documents necessary for construction. Architects create comprehensive construction documents that provide instructions to contractors on how to build the project. The documents include architectural, structural, electrical, and mechanical plans, as well as specifications for materials, finishes, and construction methods.
4. Bidding and Negotiation: The evaluation of the receiveed bids based on the Construction Documents, based on predetermined criteria such as the contractor's qualifications, experience, portfolio, reccomendations from former clients and the submitted prricing. Typically after the bid evaluation we will shortlist and enter into Negotioans where we will enter into further discussions with contractors and client to determine the best perceived fit for the project. This phase is hourly.
5. Construction Administration: During the construction phase, architects provide oversight and coordination to ensure that the project is built according to the design intent. They may visit the construction site to observe progress, address any design-related issues, and review contractor submittals. Architects also act as a liaison between the client and the contractor, facilitating communication and ensuring that the project is executed as planned. This phase is hourly.
These five phases represent a generalized framework, and the specific tasks and activities may vary depending on the project size, complexity, and contractual arrangements.
We are committed to using sustainable building practices that minimize the environmental impact of our projects. From energy-efficient materials to solar panels, we will help you create a home that is both beautiful and eco-friendly.
Design-Build Project for the MTA for the replacement of escalators and entire escalator machine room at 161st Street-Yankee Stadium Subway Station. escalator section removal and delivery through existing glass block façade. Rendering of replacement with translucent polycarbonate facade panels replacing failing glass block.
Section through 161st Street-Yankee Stadium Subway Station escalator section developed for the crane access for the removal and delivery through existing failing glass block façade. Escalator truss to be delivered in three sections.
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