A passion for detail and a strong respect for the lessons of vernacular architecture are amply evident in the work of this Scottsdale, AZ based architecture and interior design firm. Designing a wide range of custom homes and well-known boutique hotels, golf clubs and spas throughout the West for over 15 years, Oz has established a reputation for creating enduring, soulful buildings ranging from traditional to highly contemporary designs. Known for incorporating antique and reclaimed building materials which help create an intuitive, core level of authenticity in a project, they believe that truly timeless architecture is determined neither by architectural style nor by period, rather it is achieved by creating buildings with integrity which are built to last, or put another way, buildings whose best day isn’t their first day. Equally important is the belief that projects shouldn’t be an expression of an architect’s beliefs, but instead a reflection of the client’s goals and desires. This focus on design quality is balanced with a strong commitment to achieving a client’s programs, budgets, and schedules. Founder Don Ziebell and principal Gene Kniaz lead a small team of architects and interior designers all passionate about their profession. Believing that good architecture requires more than a good concept, they maintain a strong personal involvement through the entire design, documentation, and construction process, and are adept at leading and uniting a team of design and construction professionals to a common purpose. They are a leader in designing homes that are sustainable and energy efficient, and often look to the past for sensible non-technological solutions, believing that the original “green” buildings were those built centuries ago from local materials and which were inherently attuned to the demands of their respective climates.
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Don designed one of his first houses in Scottsdale for us 15 years ago. Our relationship throughout the 3yr. design/build process was always professional, friendly, and enthusiastic. His understanding and knowledge of Spanish architecture was the guiding force for us in choosing his design firm for our project. He gave us a home that truly defines "understated elegance". Robin Grant