Studio Z Architecture

Dawn Zuber, FAIA, is an architect who works with homeowners to create the homes of their dreams. She believes that a person’s home represents sanctuary and safety, intimacy and privacy, while expressing its owners’ personalities, physical needs, and lifestyles. Working with homeowners to add to and remodel older homes, or to design one-of-a-kind custom homes, Dawn helps bring peoples’ dreams alive in spaces that they use every day.

Since founding Studio Z in 1997, Dawn has worked with more than 100 families to design and deliver their perfect homes. Many clients have returned years later to work with Dawn on additional projects. In 2015, Dawn was hired by Scripps Networks to work on a home in Ann Arbor’s Water Hill neighborhood. After an extensive remodeling process, this home became a sweepstakes prize on HGTV’s Urban Oasis® in October 2016.

In 2018, Dawn was recognized by the American Institute of Architects for her exceptional work and contributions to architecture and society by being named a Fellow of the AIA. She earned a Bachelor of Architecture from University of Cincinnati in 1991 and has lived in Southeast Michigan since 1994. In addition to designing homes, Dawn enjoys reading, making jewelry, laughing, and taking photos of her two Siamese cats (but not usually all at the same time). She was the lead singer in a cover band called the Bitter Regrets for 5 years.

Honor Award for Residential Architecture for Urban Oasis 2016, AIA Huron Valley Chapter, 2019

Best of Houzz: Service, 2019

Best of Houzz: Service, 2018

Best of Houzz: Design, 2017

Best of Houzz: Design, 2016

Best of Houzz: Design, 2015

Best of Houzz: Service, 2015

Honor Award for Residential Architecture for Cape Cod remodeling project, AIA Huron Valley Chapter, 2014

Best of Houzz: Design, 2014

Best of Houzz: Design, 2013

Built Green Achievement Award, Homebuilders Association of Washtenaw County (now known as the Builders & Remodelers Association of Ann Arbor), 2006

Young Architect Award, AIA Huron Valley Chapter, 2003

Builders And Remodelers Association of Greater Ann Arbor (BRAG), 2018 – present

Elevated to the AIA College of Fellows, 2018

American Institute of Architects, 1994 – present

Custom Residential Architects Network (CRAN), a Knowledge Community of the American Institute of Architects, member of national board of directors, 2009 – 2017.

Served as vice-chair in 2015 and chair in 2016.

AIA Huron Valley, member of board of directors 1997 – 2003.

Served as vice president in 1999 and president in 2000.

AIA Michigan, served as AIA Huron Valley representative 2002 – 2003

National Council of Architect Registration Boards (NCARB), 1994 – present

NARI of Southeast Michigan (local chapter of the National Association of the Remodeling Industry), 2004 – present

Member of board of directors, local chapter, 2005 – 2009.

Served as chair in 2008 and 2009.

Michigan Architectural Foundation , served as board member from 2002 – 2007

Canton Township Planning Commission, 2014 to present

Canton Township Zoning Board of Appeals, 2007 to 2014

Homebuilders Association of Washtenaw County (now the Builders and Remodelers Association of Greater Ann Arbor), 1998 to 2008

Remodelers Council board of directors, 2004

Key organizer of Remodel Green, a conference and trade show dedicated to educating architects and the public about green building techniques specific to remodeling residential structures, in 2008 and 2010

Plymouth Chamber of Commerce, 2018 – present

AWARDS

Honor Award for Residential Architecture for Urban Oasis 2016, AIA Huron Valley Chapter, 2019

Best of Houzz: Service, 2019

Best of Houzz: Service, 2018

Best of Houzz: Design, 2017

Best of Houzz: Design, 2016

Best of Houzz: Design, 2015

Best of Houzz: Service, 2015

Honor Award for Residential Architecture for Cape Cod remodeling project, AIA Huron Valley Chapter, 2014

Best of Houzz: Design, 2014

Best of Houzz: Design, 2013

Built Green Achievement Award, Homebuilders Association of Washtenaw County (now known as the Builders & Remodelers Association of Ann Arbor), 2006

Young Architect Award, AIA Huron Valley Chapter, 2003

AFFILIATIONS

Builders And Remodelers Association of Greater Ann Arbor (BRAG), 2018 – present

Elevated to the AIA College of Fellows, 2018

American Institute of Architects, 1994 – present

Custom Residential Architects Network (CRAN), a Knowledge Community of the American Institute of Architects, member of national board of directors, 2009 – 2017.

Served as vice-chair in 2015 and chair in 2016.

AIA Huron Valley, member of board of directors 1997 – 2003.

Served as vice president in 1999 and president in 2000.

AIA Michigan, served as AIA Huron Valley representative 2002 – 2003

National Council of Architect Registration Boards (NCARB), 1994 – present

NARI of Southeast Michigan (local chapter of the National Association of the Remodeling Industry), 2004 – present

Member of board of directors, local chapter, 2005 – 2009.

Served as chair in 2008 and 2009.

Michigan Architectural Foundation , served as board member from 2002 – 2007

Canton Township Planning Commission, 2014 to present

Canton Township Zoning Board of Appeals, 2007 to 2014

Homebuilders Association of Washtenaw County (now the Builders and Remodelers Association of Greater Ann Arbor), 1998 to 2008

Remodelers Council board of directors, 2004

Key organizer of Remodel Green, a conference and trade show dedicated to educating architects and the public about green building techniques specific to remodeling residential structures, in 2008 and 2010

Plymouth Chamber of Commerce, 2018 – present

“What do you get when you hire Dawn Zuber as your architect? You get an architect with experience and vision. You get a project manager with an eye for detail who facilitates excellent communication. You get a person who listens to your hopes and dreams, works within your budget, and puts together a plan even better than you could have imagined.”

Jessica and Karen
Ann Arbor, MI