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Projects Projects


Process Process

I use an integrated, collaborative design process that brings the knowledge, skills and expertise of each team member, including the owner, developer, engineers and other consultants, and the general contractor/builder, to the table to identify and develop best strategies in a whole building, integrated systems approach.

I work closely with the owner/developer to develop a specific scope of work, program, schedule, and budget for each project.


July 2003–Present
Principal, Suzanne Zuniga Architect LLC – Portland, OR
Portfolio includes residential and commercial, new construction, additions and renovations.
Adjunct Assistant Professor – University of Oregon
Department of Architecture, School of Architecture & Allied Arts, Portland Center
Taught an Intermediate Architecture Design Studio, Inhabited Bridge, Fall Quarter, 2008.
Coalition for a Livable Future Office – Portland, OR
Schematic Design
Design and layout of a new office space including a loft with a conference room below and storage above. The project is being designed to maximize the use of salvaged materials, including windows, lumber, and counters from bowling alley lanes.
Vegh/Mintier Residence – Portland, OR
Deconstruction/Rebuild of the Second Floor With Two Bedrooms, Bath & Laundry
Each bedroom has high vaulted ceilings and a small balcony. Project includes full seismic upgrade, in-floor radiant heat with a tankless hot water heater, enhanced daylighting and natural ventilation, energy efficient windows, light fixtures and appliances, salvaged materials, high recycled content materials, and non-toxic materials and finishes.
Zuniga-Levy Residence – Portland OR
Gut & Renovation of First Floor, Including Kitchen, Dining, Living, Study, Bath & Laundry
This is my own house, an old farmhouse that has been renovated top to bottom over the last decade. The roof was replaced with metal for harvesting rainwater and greater durability; the third floor attic was converted to my office with sustainably harvested maple flooring, wiring and lighting, and a new cable rail; the Second floor got new trim, refinished salvaged doors, an enlarged closet, and carpets removed to expose the fir subfloors; the bath was gutted and renovated with a claw foot soaking tub/shower that has tiled niches and a perfect view of the huge fir tree in the front yard; the 1st floor was completely gutted and renovated, and several small additions were removed, resulting in a smaller footprint with much more functional space; the enlarged kitchen has direct access to the back yard, salvaged maple flooring, recycled paper counters, many more windows, and a an ecoroof; the living and dining areas were opened up to each other with a new clean and efficient wood stove plugged into the old furnace chimney, and a new bay window was added on the south to bring in more natural light; a separate music room/study was created with french doors; the bath was renovated with a better layout; the forced air heat was replaced with in-floor hydronic heat from a single tankless hot water heater; all of the finishes in the house are no/low VOC, including milk paint, natural oil and wax wood finishes, and various new paints as they came out ( I like to experiment on my house first); fixtures, doors, windows, flooring, and cabinet doors, were salvaged and reused; over time, we have slowly whittled away at our energy and water use with new energy and water efficient appliances, indoor and outdoor laundry lines, water saving plumbing fixtures, new insulation and air sealing, new windows, energy efficient lighting, a manual doorbell, solar shades, and a small solar panel. Last on the list is a whole-house rainwater harvesting system and a grey water irrigation system.
Bear Creek Orchards – Medford Oregon
Schematic Design for Harry & David, Developer
Two hundred units of community designed, sustainable farm worker housing on two sites.
Knudsen Residence – Beaverton OR
Construction Documents
This new single family home was designed for a narrow sloped site with a southern view. It is dug into the hill with 2 levels on the south and 1 level on the north. The roof over the living areas was pitched with the south to catch solar energy, and create clerestory windows on the north to vent summer heat and provide ambient natural light. The roof over the rest of the house has an ecoroof and is pitched to the north to fit in with the landscape, Solar hot water provides both domestic heat and space heat with an in-floor hydronic system. The design utilizes a Faswall ICF (insulated concrete form) wall system finished with stucco on the exterior and American Clay on the interior for a high performing breathable wall made of recycled materials.
Ankeny Lofts – Portland, OR
Ralph Austin Inc. & BridgeSpan Capital, Developers
This project was designed for a mixed zone in SE Portland. It has two, 4000 sf flex-use buildings, with (2) 1000 lofts on each floor that can be connected side to side and top to bottom, allowing the owner the flexibility to live and/or work and/or rent 1000-4000 square feet, and to easily adapt the amount of space they occupy over time. The buildings were designed to meet both the residential and the commercial codes, meeting the stricter of the two for each criteria, so they can be used in any configuration. A Pentstar wall system, energy efficient windows, awnings and solar shades provide energy efficiency, and the roofs are utilized for solar electric, solar hot water and rainwater harvesting systems, that supply efficient hydronic radiant heat and domestic water. The lofts are pre-plumbed and wired for kitchenettes and full baths, and utilities are centrally located in an access wall to be easily upgraded over time. Stormwater is managed with a bioswale between the two buildings.
Tomlinson/Madigan Residence – Portland, OR
Renovations Within the Existing Footprint
Renovations, including kitchen, eating, and bath on first floor and bath on second floor.
Kellems Residence – White Salmon, OR
Design of New Timber-framed Single Family Home
This timberframed home was designed to fit gracefully into its site, taking advantage of the path of the sun and a view down the valley, in a complementary relationship with the existing barn/metal shop in an S-curve configuration. The beautiful timberframe was left exposed to the interior. The design includes universal design, passive solar design, salvaged materials, and a hydronic ground source heating system.
The Portland Waldorf School – Milwaukie, OR
Portland Waldorf School Community Design & Master Plan
Partnered with Sustainable Systems Design to develop and facilitate a community design process to create a Master Plan for future expansion.
Guild Residence – Lake Oswego, OR
Kitchen & Family Room renovations
Steffen Residence – Portland, OR
Construction Documents
Gut and renovations to kitchen and living area to open up the rooms and ceiling, with a small office addition with an ecoroof.
Yazzolino Residence – North Plains, OR
Schematic Design
Schematic Design for new timber-framed single-family home in rural setting.
Borok Residence – Portland, OR
Deconstruction & Rebuild of the Second Floor/Roof with three bedrooms, office, bath & laundry
The cramped, awkward 2nd floor/roof was removed and rebuilt with 3 new bedrooms, an office, a full bath, and a laundry area. The space was greatly enlarged within the same footprint and in keeping with the proportions of the house. A triple truss ridge beam design supports the new roof and was installed without disturbing the beautiful details in the ground floor. Generous windows were added to bring in abundant natural light and ventilation. In the future, the owners plan to remove the metal siding left on the lower half and paint the whole house.
Rosalyn Villa – Portland, OR
Charles Iheanacho, Developer
Provided design revisions, sustainable design, Construction Documents and Construction Administration for a new affordable 4-plex for people with AIDS. Project includes advanced framing, rainscreen, energy efficient windows, appliances and light fixtures, and non-toxic materials and finishes.
Peninsula Park Commons Cohousing – Portland, OR
Orange Splot LLC, Developer
Schematic Design for an addition to an existing, cohousing community with three new units and a common outdoor space.
Pearl Lofts – Ellensburg, WA
Ralph Austin, Developer
Permitted for residential and commercial use. Three flex-use 4000 SF buildings around a large landscaped courtyard with rain gardens. Potentially 1-4 lofts per building, with the ability to connect lofts as use changes. The design incorporates a service spine for future utility system upgrades and kit-of parts for various uses. Project includes rainwater harvesting for toilets, passive solar design, solar photovoltaics for electrical power, solar hot water, hydronic heat, Pentstar® wall system, non-toxic materials and finishes, high recycled content materials, rain gardens and native landscaped courtyards.
Fuglister/Burke Kitchen Renovation/Addition – Portland, OR
Renovation & Addition to existing kitchen
Project includes eco-roof, non-toxic materials, recycled content materials, energy efficient light fixtures and low flow plumbing fixtures.
Sustainable Guidelines Workgroup – Portland, OR
Worked to revise guidelines and threshold criteria required for all affordable housing projects funded by the Portland Development Commission, 2005.
Adjunct Assistant Professor – University of Oregon
Department of Architecture, School of Architecture & Allied Arts, Portland Center
Taught an Intermediate Architecture Design Studio, Summer Quarter, 2005.
Living Smart Competition – City of Portland
Juror for an International Competition for narrow-lot house design of excellence, 2004
Planning Staff Adjunct – City of Lake Oswego
Community Development Department, Planning Division
Infill Advisors Team. Work with the planning staff and the applicant's architect to provide design feedback and recommendations for approval for projects applying for Residential Infill Design Review (Alternative Process), 2003–present.
January 2001–March 2003
Partner, Salmon Street Design – Portland, OR
Project Architect of all projects. Portfolio includes residential and commercial, new construction, additions and renovations.
Buka's Place – Portland, OR
Charles Iheanacho, Developer
Six units of attached affordable housing were wrapped in an L-shape around an existing renovated house with a landscaped courtyard in between. The units are designed for families who qualify for affordable housing, with 2 or 3 bedrooms, each with a unique layout and private outdoor patio or balcony. Parking was tucked under the back corner to take advantage of the sloped site. The design carefully steps down and in to meet the scale of the adjacent residential neighborhood. The project includes efficient framing, hydronic heat, non-toxic materials, salvaged materials, and recycled content materials. I particularly love the retaining wall along the driveway, which was made from existing driveways and parking pads that were cut up and arranged in a diagonal pattern. The concrete has a natural patina of beautiful patterns and colors left by wet leaves. The project served as a catalyst for the rapid revitalization that followed.
Russet Duplex and Morris Triplex – Portland, OR
Portland Community Reinvestment Initiative
This is an affordable housing project for Portland Community Reinvestment Initiative with 5 units of affordable sustainable housing on two sites. The project includes efficient framing, rainscreen, hydronic heat, non-toxic materials, and recycled content materials, and it was featured in the 2004 Build It Green Tour.
PCRI Scattered Sites – Portland, OR
Portland Community Reinvestment Initiative
This is an affordable housing project for Portland Community Reinvestment Initiative. Ten units of affordable sustainable housing were designed on 2 urban infill sites: A 6-plex and duplex on 1 site with a yard and parking court, and 2 'skinny' houses on another site. The project includes efficient framing, hydronic heat, non-toxic materials, and recycled content materials. It received a Governor's Livability Award in 2002.
Plaza De Cedro – Portland, OR
Portland Habitat for Humanity
This is an affordable housing project for Portland Habitat for Humanity with 7 units of affordable sustainable housing on 2 sites. Two triplexes are arranged around a large green space with existing mature oak trees on a flag lot, and a single family house fronts the street. The project includes efficient framing, hydronic heat, non-toxic materials, and recycled content materials. It was awarded one of the first Build It Green grants from the City of Portland.
Newberg Area Habitat For Humanity Homes – Newberg, OR
Four Units of Affordable Sustainable Housing at S. Everest & Third Streets
Gillem/Horrel Bathroom – Portland, OR
Renovation & Expansion of existing bathroom
This gorgeous old Portland home was renovated to create a larger master bath. The design incorporated features to display the glass pieces created by one of the owners, who is an established artist. The project was featured in Oregon Home magazine.
Savage Residence – Portland, OR
Renovation of Lower Level
Remove existing indoor pool and create new guest rooms, bathroom and family room. Deconstruction and renovation of existing decks.
Heil Residence – Portland, OR
Renovation of Existing One-bedroom Home
Addition of new bedroom and bathroom.
Webster Kitchen/Laundry/Mudroom Renovation – Portland, OR
Addition & Renovation
The northwest corner of the house was gutted and renovated to create a new kitchen, mudroom, office area and laundry room, with additional space gained by converting the existing back porch into living space.
Baird-Bean Residence Renovation – Portland, OR
Renovation of Second Floor
Second floor renovated into master suite with new dormers. New French doors and landing on first floor.
June 1999–January 2001
Executive Director, Portland Community Design – Portland OR
Directed the architectural design and development firm with a focus on affordable sustainable housing and community development with a staff of six under the Board of Directors. Project Architect of all architectural projects, including feasibility studies, neighborhood and community planning, multi and single family affordable housing, educational, mixed-use and commercial projects. Fundraising, including a $135,000 grant from the EPA. Asset management.
Sustainable Guidelines Workgroup – Portland, OR
Created Guidelines and threshold criteria required for all affordable housing projects funded by the PDC, 2000.
ReBuilding Center Expansion – Portland, OR
Design charrette to identify green building opportunities for proposed renovations/additions to the ReBuilding Center.
2500 MLK Rehabilitation, – Portland, OR
Mike Warwick, Developer
Renovation/restoration of existing commercial space into showroom, manufacturing facility, and warehouse.
St. Johns Feasibility – Portland, OR
Foundation for Social Resources
Feasibility Study of the conversion of existing garages into a community center, health clinic and educational classroom.
Pacific Crest Community School Renovation – Portland, OR
Master Plan, design & coordination of phased renovations & additions
HOF 3- and 4-Plex – Portland OR
Housing Our Families CDC
Affordable sustainable housing.
Sabin 3- and 4-plex – Portland, OR
Sabin CDC
Affordable sustainable housing.
Green Building Work Sessions – Portland, OR
Participated in a series of work sessions to create a Green Building Action Plan, that led to testimony before City Council to approve the Green Building Initiative. City of Portland, Office of Energy.
February 1997-June 1999
Principal, Suzanne Zuniga Architect – Wilton, CT
Grube Residence – Norwalk, CT
Full renovation of single family home
McDermott Residence – Ridgefield, CT
Full renovation & 2-story addition to single family home
Youngquist Guest House – Wilton, CT
New garage with guest house above
Green Specifications – Wilton, CT
Developed green specifications & product sources for several local architectural firms
Architectural Firm Strategic Planning – Wilton, CT
Lorie R. Jones & Associates
Developed a strategic business plan for Lorie R. Jones and Associates to integrate sustainable design into the practice.
Contract Work – Wilton, CT
Lorie R. Jones & Associates
September 1995 - November 1996
Project Manager, Lorie R. Jones & Associates, Greenwich CT
Rosner Residence – New York, NY
Full renovation of townhome on Central Park
DaPuzzo Residence – Greenwich, CT
Full renovation & addition of two new wings to single family home
This farm house was completely gutted and renovated with the addition of two new wings.
McDonald Residence – Greenwich, CT
Renovation of kitchen & breakfast area & master suite, addition of new garage, pool
Sections on each floor of this beautiful Victorian house were gutted and renovated with a new kitchen, breakfast area and master suite. Porches were rebuilt and a new swimming pool, 3-car garage with a dwelling for the grounds keeper above and covered walkway to the garage were added to the site.
Khouri Residence – Greenwich, CT
Renovations & addition of pool house with roof garden/terrace above & porte cochere
This unique house was gutted and renovated to incorporate a variety of eclectic architectural elements owned by the client. New wings were added, as well as an indoor pool with a roof terrace/garden above and a porte cochere.
McGirr Residence – Greenwich, CT
Renovation & addition, raising Second story roof
The 2nd floor of this house was removed and rebuilt with a raised roof, new dormers, and a modest addition to the main floor. The large 2nd floor includes 3 bedrooms and a bath.
57 Lismore Lane – Greenwich CT
New spec house
September 1994–September 1995
Project Manager, Fletcher + Thompson – Bridgeport, CT
Southport Middle School – Southport, CT
Renovations & additions
Westport Middle School – Westport, CT
Renovations & additions
October 1993–February 1994
Project Manager, JCS & Associates – New York, NY
Hearst Courtyard – New York, NY
Renovation of large courtyard in the Hearst Building
99 Wall – New York, NY
Renovation of exterior façade, lobby & elevators core of commercial office building on Wall Street
Summer 1992
Project Manager, David Barbour Architect – Black Rock, CT
Various residential and small commercial projects.
January 1991–August 1991
Contract architectural work for various architectural firms.
January 1988–January 1991
Intern/Project Manager, Philip Johnson with John Burgee Architects – New York, NY
343 Sansome Street – San Francisco, CA
Project Manager, Design Development through Completion
The existing historic building was gutted and renovated with a new 13-story addition. I began work on this project at Design Development, refining the design, developing the details and construction documents, and managing the project to completion. It is a very complex building with a wide variety of materials, including several types of stone, brick, terra cotta, and bronze. I enjoyed the process of detailing, selecting materials (such as specific stone slabs), reviewing mock-ups and shop drawings, and observing the constructionfor this beautiful project, including the slate starbursts at the entries and roof garden, the book-matched stone panels in the elevators, the intricate chevron bronze grilles, the subtle cut-stone details in the lobby, the bronze light fixtures, the ash urns, the gold leaf capitals, etc.
4 Times Square – New York, NY
Project Manager, Schematic Design
Preliminary design on 4 new towers in Times Square.
New York Botanical Gardens – The Bronx, NY
Job Captain
June 1986–January 1987
Smith-Miller + Hawkinson – New York, NY
Professional Residency Program, The University of Texas @ Austin

Institute of Contemporary Art – Philadelphia, PA
Chalk & Vermillion Gallery – New York, NY
Friman Apartment – New York, NY
June 1985–September 1986
Intern, The Austin Group Architects – Austin TX
Various commercial and multi-family residential projects.
Summer 1982
Intern, Dailey, Wann & Michael, Architects, Austin, TX
Various small residential and commercial projects.