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HUGH M. ZIMMERS, F.A.I.A., ARCHITECT, DIRECTOR

Hugh Morley Zimmers graduated from Cornell University in 1960 with a Bachelors of Architecture. Following that he enlisted in the United States Peace Corps and was the first Peace Corps Volunteer to receive a Meritorious Service Medal by a foreign government in 1963.

 

Upon return to the United States he completed Masters of Architecture at the University of Pennsylvania. During that time he studied under renown Architect Lewis Kahn and worked with him after graduation. He went on to gain experience by working at various Philadelphia Architectural firms.

In 1975 he founded Zimmers Associates Architects/Planners, a Philadelphia based Architectural firm specializing in single and multi family housing, historic restoration, churches, community service centers and commercial buildings. The firms ability to see a project from the conceptual stages through the construction phase has lead to the successful completion of a wide range of projects.

Originally from the West Coast of California, he was drawn to the historic features of Philadelphia and it’s urban environment. Pursuing historic restoration projects the firm oversaw a multitude of historic preservation projects. Including the saving and restoration of the Music Fund Hall from demolition, the building in which Lincoln was nominated for presidency, now a local historic landmark. Another being Vernon House which involved repurposing a Historic Structure for the re-use for senior living. Another project being Church Street located in Philadelphia’s Historic district involved restoring multiple 1750 industrial properties formerly of industrialist Stephen Girard for the reuse as twenty condominiums. Stephen Girard was one of the funders of the America Revolution. Now into the firms forty sixth year it continues to provide Architectural services to the greater Philadelphia region.

Mr. Zimmers was awarded Fellowship in the American Institute of Architects in 1982 for his work to provide community design services to low/moderate income communities as incentive for self improvement. While acting as Principal at his own Architectural Firm he taught at University of Pennsylvania Graduate School of Design along with the Philadelphia University of the Arts sharing his knowledge of how Architecture and Buildings fit within the overall context of a community.

Mr. Zimmers is married with two children and continues to be a local resident of Philadelphia. Mr. Zimmers continues to be involved in projects transforming buildings and the communities they are in.