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Our Team Begins With You

At Studio Z, we focus our combined experience, creativity, and passion on achieving your goals. We create thoughtful project solutions developed by a unique design team; a team directed by you. With you in charge, we are assured that design concepts are born of your dreams, developed with your insight, and launched with your approval. We offer our insight, experience, and technical skills but in the end, you provide the dream that governs all of our decisions.  Welcome to your design team.     

Patrick M. Zampetti, Owner

Mr Zampetti began his career with Perkins and Will in their New York City office. He has gained valuable nationwide project experience serving clients including IBM, Coopers and Lybrand, Lincoln Mercury, Time Inc, CVS, Circuit City Stores, Proctor and Gamble, Sprint, Starbucks, the Waldorf Institute, Operation Head Start, Co-Op City, the Ronald McDonald House, the Gap, Ralph Lauren Polo, Food Lion, Boston Beer/Sam Adams, Dresser Valves, New York Hospital, Creedmore Psychiatric Center, the Tennessee Valley Authority. Virginia Commonwealth University, and the US Navy. He established Studio Z Architecture in 1993 in Newport, Rhode Island and relocated the firm to Richmond, Virginia in 1995. Mr. Zampetti creates value added architectural solutions using an intuitive three dimensional Building Information Model (BIM) design process. Along with his talented staff, he focuses on exceeding client expectations through the use of careful listening and understanding, creative vision, cutting edge technology, environmental sensitivity, and the collaborative skills of the Owner/Architect team.

Bachelor of Architecture, BArch Degree

  New Jersey Institute of Technology, Newark, NJ, 1981


Project Management Certificate Program

  Harvard University Graduate School of Design, Cambridge, MA, 1986


Advanced Architectural Delineation Certificate Program

  Harvard University Graduate School of Design, Cambridge, MA, 1988

Registration and Certification:
Licensed to practice Architecture in Virginia
Certified by the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards for Nationwide Reciprocity

United States Green Building Council LEED Accredited Professional (LEED©AP)

Certified as a Small Business/SWaM by the Virginia Department of Minority Business Enterprise

Autodesk Certified User: Revit Architecture

Achievements, Awards, and Publications:
"36 Hours in Richmond, Virginia", New York Times, October 2016 /  "Best of Richmond" Award, Hot Yoga Barre, 2016 / “Sneak Peek, Pop’s Market on Grace Opening Tomorrow”, Richmond Magazine, 2015 / “Part of E. Grace Becoming Restaurant Row”, Richmond Times Dispatch, 2015 / “1M Condos Planned for Libby and Grove”, Richmond BizSense, 2014 / Special Report, “School of Rock”, National Public Radio, 2013 / Member, John Tyler Community College Curriculum Advisory Committee, 2008-Present / LEED AP, USGBC, 2009 / Presenter, “Technology and Practice”, VACC State Convention, Charlottesville, VA, 2007 / Architectural Record Digital Showcase, April, 2007 / “Renewing a Dream”, Richmond Times Dispatch, November, 2006 / Mid-Atlantic Design Showcase at Building Virginia, November, 2003 / “Straight Talk”, Richmond.Com, October, 2003 / “Lofty Pursuits”, Style Magazine, 2 July 2003 / “House on the Hill”, Richmond Magazine, December, 2001 / “Switching its Image”, Display and Design Magazine, December 2000 / Juror, “The Virginia Prize”, AIA statewide undergraduate design competition, Richmond, VA 2000 / Presenter, “Computers in Architecture”, Harvard University, 1993, 1994, and 1995 / “Best New Homes, Coast to Coast”, Better Homes and Gardens, February 1990 / AIA Design Excellence Award, RI Chapter, The Schecter Residence, Newport, RI 1989 / Design Competition Winner, The Ronald MacDonald House, Providence, RI 1988 / Gallery Exhibit, Selected Student Work, The Newark Museum, Newark, NJ 1980

Professional Affiliation:
Adjunct Professor of Architecture, John Tyler Community College 2015-Present / The United States Green Building Council / National Council of Architectural Registration Boards / American Institute of Architects Committee on the
Environment / American Institute of Architects Small Practitioners Forum / John Tyler Community College Architecture Curriculum Advisory Panel

Professional Development:
LEED AP, 2009 / IEBC Seminar, Richmond, VA, 2007 / Habitat for Humanity Volunteer, Lake Charles, LA, 2007 and Midlothian, VA, 2003 / Autodesk Architectural Desktop Certificate, Richmond, VA, 2005, 2002 / ArchEx, Virginia Society of the American Institute of Architects Annual Conference, Richmond, VA, 2005, 2004, 2003, 2002, 2001 / Business Networking International, Educational Coordinator, Richmond, VA, 2002, 2001 / Siggraph, New Orleans, LA, 1997 / Advanced Autocad Certificate, Autocad Training Center, Richmond, VA, 1996 / 3D Studio Max Certificate, Autocad Training Center, Richmond,

VA, 1996 / Town Planning Charrette Participant, Mansfield, MA, 1995 /Ambassador, Tri-Town Chamber of Commerce, Mansfield, MA, 1995, 1994, 1993 / Managing Multiple Projects, Skill Path, Lexington, KY, 1992 / Affordable Housing Standards, HUD Regional Office, Louisville, KY, 1991 / Architectural Project Administration, AIA Headquarters, Washington, DC, 1990 / / Autocad Training Course, Entre Computer Center, Providence, RI, 1986 / Computers and Construction Estimating, Temple University, Philadelphia, PA, 1985

Donelle Bankston, Designer



Studio Z Architecture, Richmond, VA     
June 2005 – Present: Project Designer. 
Donelle applies her training, skills, and keen eye for detail to serve the needs of her customers.  She optimizes design solutions for residential, retail and commercial spaces using Autodesk Revit© Architecture Building Information Modeling (BIM) software, allowing the project to be viewed and optimized in three dimensions.  She is involved with every phase of the design process from initial client presentations, surveying existing sites, creating conceptual 3D models and generating detailed design and construction documents. 


Studio Z Architecture, Richmond, VA  
Summer 2003, 2004 and Dec-Jan 2003, 2004 and 2005 
Design Intern.  Assisted Principal with design, space planning, field surveying and construction documents for commercial, retail, and residential clients.  Provided general office administrative support. 


Bachelor of Architecture, BArch Degree
  New Jersey Institute of Technology, Newark, NJ,

Professional Affiliation:

United States Green Building Council LEED Accredited Professional (LEED©AP)

Professional Development:
IDP Completion, National Council of Architectural Accreditation Boards (NCARB), 2012 / Autodesk Revit Architecture Training, Inlet Technologies, 2008 / Autodesk Architectural Desktop Certificate, Richmond, VA, 2005 / Arch Ex, Virginia Society of the American Institute of Architects Convention, Richmond, VA 2005 / SWaM Fest, Old Dominion University, Norfolk, VA 2008
LEED Training Sessions, United States Green Building Council, 2008

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