ZŌN Architects, Inc. 

ZŌN Architects, Inc. is a full-service architectural firm founded in 1997 and incorporated in 2004 by Gerald Wilhelm, David Elias & Gregory Brader. With locations in San Francisco and Santa Barbara, ZŌN Architects is a California corporation providing world-class architectural design services, from initial concept through project completion, including permitting, development support and construction administration.  Please click here for our latest response to Covid 19.

Design Services

Innovative, exciting and responsive design services are the hallmarks of ZŌN Architects. Our areas of expertise include:

Residential: ZŌN has designed custom new homes, multi-family housing, and residential remodels. Our residential projects emphasize livability, sustainability, and seamless indoor-outdoor connections.

Civic & Commercial: We also have extensive experience with municipal facilities, office buildings, retail spaces, specialized healthcare facilities, and other commercial projects, including telecommunications and cannabis distribution centers. Our commercial work focuses on creating productive, brand-reinforcing spaces tailored to our clients' business needs.

Collaborative Process: ZŌN Architects was founded on a team-based approach to design. We assemble project teams that facilitate ongoing communication between our architects, clients, and consulting engineers. This collaborative method ensures client involvement and feedback throughout the design process, drawing on the diverse experience and talents of all team members.

Innovative New Home Design ... photo credit: ZŌN Architects, Inc. 
photo credit: Jonas Stolle

Experts in Telecommunications

ZŌN specializes in telecommunications architecture, engineering, acquisition, and entitlement services. For over 25 years, we have provided extensive support to wireless carriers and infrastructure companies, demonstrating consistent excellence.

Our specialized telecom services include:

Architectural & Engineering 

Site Surveys and Acquisition

Permitting and Entitlement

Project and Construction Management

We leverage our deep expertise to seamlessly deliver telecom projects from initial planning through deployment. ZŌN simplifies wireless infrastructure rollouts, enabling clients to rapidly enhance connectivity.

Extensive Telecom Experience

Our current and past client list includes nearly every major U.S. cellular company.   With extenstive experience as an Authorized Vendor for many  carriers,  we leverage decades of experience to evolve with the rapid pace of technological change.

Our consultative approach allows us to anticipate and address emerging requirements with practical, cost-effective solutions tailored to each client. ZŌN maintains strong client relationships as a trusted partner able to deliver customized designs that solve problems and enable future bandwidth needs.

photo credit: Jonas Stolle
photo credit: Jonas Stolle

Leverage Our Telecom Expertise

As a licensed architectural firm and real estate brokerage, ZŌN has exceptional telecommunications industry experience. We can manage and execute projects from site acquisition through construction completion.

Services Include:

We also have extensive experience with:

To discuss your project and how we can help support your wireless network needs, reach out today at 415.287.0596 or support@zonarchitects.com 


ZŌN utilizes AutoDesk's AutoCad & Revit software for every phase of our projects including 2D & 3D modeling and plan production.   ZŌN is certified by AVETTA,  utilizes ASANA for expert project management, SLACK for internal team communication  and is part of Scopeworker and the SAP ARIBA Network.    ZŌN was pleased to be recognized by BOX as an early adopter of shared file technology in the Architectural field.     Check out BOX's  Case Study  about us.    We continuously seek out and implement advanced technology solutions to enhance our project delivery and better serve our clients. By utilizing platforms that allow for real-time client reporting and complete transparent project access, ZŌN facilitates efficient and dynamic communication. This level of responsiveness and open information sharing sets us apart, ensuring each project can effectively evolve to meet our clients' needs. ZŌN is also certified in Procore's Architect platform, allowing us to fully leverage Procore's construction management tools as architects and uncover best practices to implement for future projects.