Chris Zimmerman, AIA
Bachelor of Architecture, Carnegie Mellon University, 1983
Registered Architect, Florida
General Contractor, Florida
American Institute of Architect
Chris grew up in Fort Lauderdale and attended Stranahan High School, 1977. Fort Lauderdale and Broward County have grown up with him, as he has seen them transformed from a small town to a large urban environment. After high school, Chris attended Broward Community College while working for Charles McApline, AIA and Marty Yohalem, PE, both local Fort Lauderdale professionals. This experience provided Chris with an insight to the local architectural and engineering professions and introduced him to many local Architects and Engineers. At the advice of Charles McApline, Chris accepted an invitation from Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh where he attained his Bachelor of Architecture Degree in 1983. Chris returned to Fort Lauderdale to continue working for Yohalem Engineering, Inc., and pursue his Architectural Registration. Upon receiving his Architectural Registration in 1986, Chris joined the City of Fort Lauderdale as a Staff Architect. Robert Hall, AIA, a longtime Fort Lauderdale Architect, served as Chris’s mentor. During his 10 years with the City, Chris and Bob developed the Architectural Design Department from a staff of 3 to a Division of 10 staff members. Chris joined the AIA during this period and received two AIA Fort Lauderdale Awards for new projects in Fort Lauderdale.
CPZ Architects was founded in 2002 by Chris and serves as principal-in-charge of all projects undertaken by the firm, ensuring quality delivery of services and client satisfaction. He developed a quality reputation with many local municipalities as well as commercial developers. Under his leadership CPZ Architects, has stayed a strong and prosperous firm through these tough economic times, maintaining a staff of 7 people.
The Boy Scouts of America has benefited from Chris’s continuous involvement over the last 40 years. This community service has assisted many young men develop and achieve Scouting’s highest award, the rank of Eagle Scout. He has served in many leadership positions, including the Scoutmaster for the South Florida Council’s premier adult leadership training program called “Woodbadge”. The South Florida Council, in recognition of this outstanding service, has bestowed its’ highest award to Chris as a Silver Beaver Recipient.
Chris has been married for over 20 years and has raised 3 children, who are all either attending or just about to start college. This provides more time for other interests, such as becoming active and serving as aactive board member of our local AIA Fort Lauderdale Chapter.
The AIA is an important element of our profession and community. We as members should be there to support and nurture the organizations development. One of the most important think we can do is to promote Architecture in the Community and recognize the local architects for what they have accomplished. Last year I realized that we have not recognized our own member in over 6 years and I asked why not. Understanding the important need, I was asked if I would head up this effort and re-establish the local AIA Design Awards Program. I accepted this challenge and our Committee had an extremely successful event and rose over $10,000 for the Chapter. But further then that we had a strong turnout for the vent, hopefully sparking a new image and interest in our Fort Lauderdale Chapter. As we move into the next year, I think we are set to promote the Chapter and increase our membership, by continuing a professional and upscale image. We have a strong nucleus of members that are committed to make this organization grow