First Friday: ZGF Architects

League members are invited to gather at the environmentally-focused studio's 19th Street office.

November 3, 2023
6:00 p.m.

ZGF | The Assembly, Pittsburgh, PA, 2021. Image credit: Todd Mason/Halkin Mason Photography

The League’s First Friday events are informal social gatherings that allow members to visit the offices of leading design practices and see work on the boards.

ZGF Architects is a leader in sustainable and regenerative design. Recently named one of Fast Company’s most innovative companies of 2023, the firm has a diverse portfolio that includes healthcare and research facilities, mixed-use developments, corporate campuses, and ecodistricts. Founded in 1942 in Portland, Oregon, ZGF has evolved from a single office with strong regional roots to a national practice with seven offices across North America and a staff of over 800 people. In the firm’s own words, “As stewards of the built environment, our applied research and learnings over the past 70 years allow us to invent new approaches that address urgent climate challenges in complex building types.”

Completed projects include:

The Assembly  This transformative renovation of a vacant Ford Motor assembly plant both restored and added to the historic building to create a center for biomedical innovation in Pittsburgh. 

PAE Living Building  Designed and engineered to last 500 years, this corporate complex in Portland uses only renewable resources, making it the world’s largest commercial urban building to achieve full Living Building Challenge certification.

Spruce Goose  For a new Google office, this “building-within-a-building” creates a human-scaled experience within a 750-foot-long airplane hangar built by Howard Hughes in 1943.

Current and upcoming projects include:

PDX Airport Main Terminal Expansion  This all-electric expansion of the PDX airport uses 2.8 million board feet of sustainably harvested lumber from small regional family landowners.

Mercat del Peix Research Center  The winning submission in a 40-plus-firm competition, this design unites global experts across disciplines to address the climate crisis in a net-positive, mass timber research laboratory complex.

Samuel Oschin Air and Space Center  This expansion to the California Science Center will be the permanent home of the space shuttle Endeavor.


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