Suzanne Marie Zuniga, AIA
301 NE 65th Avenue
Portland, OR 97213
Birthdate and Place
December 20, 1962; Houston, Texas.
The University of Texas @ Austin, Austin, TX
Bachelor of Architecture 1987
Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
Travel-Study Program, Europe 1983
Yale University, New Haven, CT
Post-Professional Option of the Master of Architecture 1993
Principal, Suzanne Zuniga Architect LLC, Portland, OR. Portfolio includes residential and commercial,
new construction, additions and renovations.
Adjunct Assistant Professor, Department of Architecture, School of Architecture
and Allied Arts, Portland Center, University of Oregon. Taught an Intermediate Architecture Design
Studio, Inhabited Bridge, Fall Quarter, 2008.
Coalition for a Livable Future Office, Portland, OR. Schematic Design.
Design and layout of a new office space including a loft with a conference room below and storage above.
The project is being designed to maximize the use of salvaged materials, including windows, lumber, and
counters from bowling alley lanes.
Vegh/Mintier Residence, Portland, OR. Deconstruction/rebuild of the 2nd
Floor with two bedrooms, bath, and laundry. Each bedroom has high vaulted ceilings and a small balcony.
Project includes full seismic upgrade, in-floor radiant heat with a tankless hot water heater, enhanced
daylighting and natural ventilation, energy efficient windows, light fixtures and appliances, salvaged
materials, high recycled content materials, and non-toxic materials and finishes.
My House, Portland OR. Gut and Renovation of first floor, including kitchen,
dining, living, study, bath, and laundry. The design includes an expanded kitchen and new bay window
in the living room, however the actual footprint was reduced. Project includes in-floor radiant heat
with a tankless hot water heater, eco-roof, rainwater harvesting for whole house, enhanced daylighting,
energy efficient windows, light fixtures and appliances, salvaged flooring, framing, and cabinet doors,
high recycled content materials, non-toxic materials and finishes.
Bear Creek Orchards, Medford Oregon. Harry & David, Developer.
Schematic Design. Two hundred units of community designed, sustainable farm worker housing on two sites.
Knudsen Residence, Beaverton OR. Construction Documents. New single family
home on a narrow sloped site with a southern view. The structure is dug into the hill and the large
green roof creates continuity within the landscape; it was designed to maximize views and solar energy,
and includes passive solar design, universal design, solar photovoltaic panels for electrical power,
solar hot water for domestic and space heat, radiant in-floor heat, tankless hot water heater, earthen
floors, Faswall ICF (Insulated Concrete Forms) construction, rainscreen, salvaged wood, non-toxic
materials and finishes, and high recycled content materials.
Ankeny Lofts, Portland, OR. Ralph Austin Inc., and BridgeSpan Capital,
Developers. Permitted for commercial and residential use. Two flex-use 4000 SF buildings around a
bioswale. Potentially 1-4 lofts per building, with the ability to connect lofts as use changes. The
design incorporates a service spine for future utility system upgrades and kit-of parts for various
uses. Project includes passive solar design, solar hot water, hydronic heat, Pentstar® wall system,
rainscreen, non-toxic materials and finishes, high recycled content materials, and bioswale.
Tomlinson/Madigan Residence, Portland, OR. Renovations within the existing
footprint, including kitchen, eating, and bath on first floor and bath on second floor.
Kellems Residence, White Salmon, OR. New timber framed single family home
in rural setting. The house was carefully sited into a knoll to embrace the view and optimize solar
exposure. Project includes universal design, passive solar design, salvaged materials, and hydronic/geothermal
Portland Waldorf School Community Design and Master Plan. The Portland Waldorf
School, Milwaukie, OR. Partnered with Sustainable Systems Design to develop and facilitate a community design
process to create a Master Plan for expansion on their site.
Guild Residence, Lake Oswego, OR. Kitchen and Family Room renovations.
Steffen Residence, Portland, OR. Construction Documents. Gut and renovations
to kitchen and living area to open up the rooms and ceiling, with a small office addition with an ecoroof.
Yazzolino Residence, North Plains OR. Schematic Design for new timber framed single
family home in rural setting.
Borok Residence, Portland, OR. Deconstruction and re-build of the 2nd floor/roof
with three bedrooms, office, bath, and laundry. Project includes low flow plumbing fixtures, enhanced daylighting
and natural ventilation, energy efficient windows, light fixtures and appliances, salvaged materials, high recycled
content materials, and non-toxic materials and finishes.
Rosalyn Villa. Portland, OR. Charles Iheanacho, Developer. Provided design
revisions, sustainable design, Construction Documents and Construction Administration for a new affordable 4-plex
for people with AIDS. Project includes advanced framing, rainscreen, energy efficient windows, appliances and
light fixtures, and non-toxic materials and finishes.
Peninsula Park Commons Cohousing, Portland, OR. Orange Splot LLC, developer.
Schematic Design for an addition to an existing, cohousing community with three new units and a common outdoor space.
Pearl Lofts, Ellensburg, WA. Ralph Austin, Developer. Permitted for residential and
commercial use. Three flex-use 4000 SF buildings around a large landscaped courtyard with rain gardens. Potentially
1-4 lofts per building, with the ability to connect lofts as use changes. The design incorporates a service spine
for future utility system upgrades and kit-of parts for various uses. Project includes rainwater harvesting for
toilets, passive solar design, solar photovoltaics for electrical power, solar hot water, hydronic heat, Pentstar®
wall system, non-toxic materials and finishes, high recycled content materials, rain gardens and native landscaped
Fuglister/Burke Kitchen Renovation/Addition, Portland, OR. Renovation and addition to
existing kitchen. Project includes eco-roof, non-toxic materials, recycled content materials, energy efficient light
fixtures and low flow plumbing fixtures.
Sustainable Guidelines Workgroup: Revised guidelines and threshold criteria required
for all affordable housing projects funded by the Portland Development Commission, 2005.
Adjunct Assistant Professor, Department of Architecture, School of Architecture and Allied
Arts, Portland Center, University of Oregon. Taught an Intermediate Architecture Design Studio, Summer Quarter,
Juror, Living Smart Competition, City of Portland. An international competition for
narrow lot house design of excellence, 2004.
Planning Staff Adjunct, Community Development Department, Planning Division, City of
Lake Oswego. Infill Advisors Team. Work with the planning staff and the applicant’s architect to provide design
feedback and recommendations for approval for projects applying for Residential Infill Design Review (Alternative
January 2001–March 2003
Partner, Salmon Street Design, Portland, OR
Project Architect of all projects. Portfolio includes residential and commercial, new construction, additions and
Buka’s Place, Portland, OR. Charles Iheanacho, Developer. Six units of attached
affordable sustainable housing wrapped around an existing renovated house with a landscaped courtyard in between.
Parking was tucked under the back corner to take advantage of a sloped site. Project includes efficient framing,
hydronic heat, non-toxic materials, salvaged materials, and recycled content materials.
Russet Duplex and Morris Triplex, Portland, OR. Portland Community Reinvestment
Initiative. Five units of affordable sustainable housing. Project includes efficient framing, rainscreen,
hydronic heat, non-toxic materials, and recycled content materials. Featured in the 2004 Build It Green Tour.
PCRI Scattered Sites, Portland OR. Portland Community Reinvestment Initiative.
Ten units of affordable sustainable housing on 2 sites. A 6-plex and duplex on one site with a yard and parking
court, and two ‘skinny’ houses on another site. Project includes efficient framing, hydronic heat, non-toxic
materials, and recycled content materials. Project received a Governor’s Livability Award in 2002.
Plaza De Cedro, Portland, OR. Portland Habitat for Humanity. Seven units of
affordable sustainable housing. Two triplexes arranged around a large green space with existing mature oak
trees on a flag lot, and a single family house on the street. Project includes efficient framing, hydronic
heat, non-toxic materials, and recycled content materials.
Newberg Area Habitat For Humanity Homes at S. Everest & Third Streets, Newberg,
OR. Four units of affordable sustainable housing.
Gillem/Horrel Bathroom, Portland, OR. Renovation and expansion of existing
bathroom to create new larger bath and linen area. Featured in Oregon Home magazine.
Savage Residence, Portland, OR. Renovation of lower level to remove existing
indoor pool and create new guest rooms, bathroom and family room. Deconstruction and renovation of existing decks.
Heil Residence, Portland, OR. Renovation of existing one bedroom home and addition
of new bedroom and bathroom.
Webster Kitchen/Laundry/Mudroom Renovation, Portland, OR. Addition and renovation
to kitchen, mudroom, office area and laundry room.
Baird-Bean Residence Renovation, Portland, OR. Renovation of 2nd floor into master
suite with new dormers. New French doors and landing on first floor.
June 1999–January 2001
Executive Director, Portland Community Design, Portland OR.
Directed the architectural design and development firm with a focus on affordable sustainable housing and community
development with a staff of six under the Board of Directors. Project Architect of all architectural projects,
including feasibility studies, neighborhood and community planning, multi and single family affordable housing,
educational, mixed-use and commercial projects. Fundraising, including a $135,000 grant from the EPA. Asset
management. Representative projects:
Sustainable Guidelines Workgroup: Created Guidelines and threshold criteria
required for all affordable housing projects funded by the Portland Development Commission, 2000.
ReBuilding Center Expansion Design Charrette, Portland, OR. Design Charrette to
identify green building opportunities for proposed renovations/additions to the ReBuilding Center.
2500 MLK Rehabilitation, Portland, OR. Mike Warwick, Developer. Renovation/
restoration of existing commercial space into showroom, manufacturing facility, and warehouse.
St. Johns Feasibility, Portland, OR. Foundation for Social Resources.
Feasibility Study of the conversion of existing garages into a community center, health clinic and educational
Pacific Crest Community School Renovation, Portland, OR. Master Plan and design
and coordination of phased renovations and additions.
HOF 3- and 4-Plex, Portland OR. Housing Our Families CDC. Affordable sustainable
Sabin 3- and 4-plex, Portland, OR. Sabin CDC. Affordable sustainable housing.
Green Building Work Sessions, Portland OR. Participated in a series of work
sessions to create a Green Building Action Plan, that led to testimony before City Council to approve the Green
Building Initiative. City of Portland, Office of Energy.
February 1997-June 1999
Principal, Suzanne Zuniga Architect, Wilton, CT
Grube Residence, Norwalk CT. Full renovation of single family home.
McDermott Residence, Ridgefield CT. Renovation and 2-story addition to single
Youngquist Guest House, Wilton, CT. New garage with guest house above.
Green Specifications. Developed green specifications and product sources for
several local architectural firms.
Strategic Plan. Developed a strategic business plan for Lorie R. Jones and
Associates to integrate sustainable design into the practice.
Contract Work, with the firm of Lorie R. Jones and Associates.
gave birth to a beautiful girl.
September 1995 - November 1996
Project Manager, Lorie R. Jones & Associates, Greenwich CT
Rosner Residence, New York, NY. Full renovation of townhome on Central
DaPuzzo Residence, Greenwich, CT. Full renovation and addition of two
new wings to single family home.
McDonald Residence, Greenwich, CT. Renovation of kitchen and breakfast
area, and master suite and addition of new garage and pool to classic Victorian single family home.
Khouri Residence, Greenwich, CT. Renovations and addition of pool house
with roof garden/terrace above and porte cochere.
McGirr Residence, Greenwich, CT. Renovation and addition, raising 2nd
57 Lismore Lane, Greenwich CT. New spec house.
September 1994–September 1995
Project Manager, Fletcher + Thompson, Bridgeport, CT
Southport Middle School, Southport, CT. Renovations and additions.
Westport Middle School, Westport, CT. Renovations and additions.
October 1993–February 1994
Project Manager, JCS and Associates, New York, NY
Hearst Courtyard, New York, NY. Renovation of large courtyard in the
99 Wall, New York, NY. Renovation of exterior façade, lobby and
elevators core of commercial office building on Wall Street.
January 1992–May 1993
Teaching Fellow, Yale University, New Haven, CT.
Advanced Theory Seminar (Graduate), Spring 1993
Undergraduate Design Studio, Fall 1992
Computers for Architects, Spring 1992 and Fall 1992
Organizer, Post Professional Lecture Series, Yale University, Fall 1992
Organizer, Architecture Film Series, Yale University, Spring 1993
Project Manager, David Barbour Architect, Black Rock, CT
Various residential and small commercial projects.
January 1991–August 1991
Contract architectural work for various architectural firms.
January 1988–January 1991
Intern/Project Manager, Philip Johnson with John Burgee Architects, New York, NY
343 Sansome Street, San Francisco, CA. Renovation/restoration of
historical downtown building with new 13-story office tower addition. Project Manager, Design
Development through Completion.
4 Times Square, Preliminary design on 4 new towers in Times Square.
Project Manager, Schematic Design.
New York Botanical Gardens, The Bronx, NY. Job Captain.
June 1986–January 1987
Smith-Miller + Hawkinson, New York, NY
Professional Residency Program, The University of Texas @ Austin
Institute of Contemporary Art, Philadelphia, PA.
Chalk & Vermillion Gallery, New York, NY
Friman Apartment, New York, NY
June 1985–September 1986
Intern, The Austin Group Architects, Austin TX
Various commercial and multi-family residential projects.
Intern, Dailey, Wann and Michael, Architects, Austin, TX
Various small residential and commercial projects.
GRANTS AND AWARDS
Governor’s Livability Award, Livable Oregon, 2002. PCRI Split Duplex,
Portland Community Design and Salmon Street Design.
The Van Evera Baily Fellowship, The Architectural Foundation of Oregon,
2002. Twenty thousand dollar research grant awarded. Project was to research and publish
alternative specifications for green building.
Green Investment Fund (GIF) Grant, City of Portland Office of Sustainable
Development, 2001. Plaza De Cedro, Salmon Street Design.
Governor’s Livability Award, Livable Oregon, 2000. The Bungalow Courts
Project, Portland Community Design.
Alternative Specifications for Residential Green Building.
Specifications and product recommendations for green residential building for architects and developers
in Oregon and Washington. Funded by a grant from the The Architectural Foundation of Oregon, administered
by The Oregon Community Foundation, 2004
Greening Portland’s Affordable Housing. A Resource Guide to Improving
Environmental Performance, Tenant Health and Long-Term durability in Affordable Housing. Green Affordable
Housing Workgroup, City of Portland Office of Sustainable Development, 2002
Green Building Criteria for Affordable Housing. Guidelines and threshold
criteria for sustainable design in affordable housing. Portland Development Commission. Workgroup. Created
2001 and revised 2005.
“Metamorphosis” Sustainable Design Beyond Architecture, Lecture, Portland Center,
University of Oregon, School of Architecture and Allied Arts, Department of Architecture, Portland, OR, February 11, 2009.
Choosing and Specifying Green Materials for Residential Interiors, Lecture,
Green Materials for Residential Interiors Course, Portland Community College, Sylvania Campus, March 14, 2006.
Architecture as a Catalyst for Change, Lecture sponsored by SAWA (Student
Association of Women in Architecture), University of Oregon, School of Architecture and Allied Arts, Department
of Architecture, Eugene, OR, March 8, 2006.
Beyond the White Picket Fence, Panel Discussion on affordable sustainable
housing; reVISION, re DESIGN, reSOLUTION; HOPES Conference, University of Oregon, school of Architecture and
Allied Arts, Department of Architecture, Eugene, OR, April 9, 2005.
Choosing and Specifying Green Materials, ReThink 2004, Office of Sustainable
Development, City of Portland, Portland, OR, April 15, 2004.
A Vision of Sustainable Design and Approaches to Sustainable Design.
Presented two sessions in a 2-day green building training workshop organized with Sustainable Communities
Northwest. Green Building Workshop for Affordable Housing, Portland, OR. September 26–27, 2000.
Low Cost Strategies for Green Residential Construction, Oregon Livability
Conference, Portland, OR, June 15, 2000.
Where Backyards Meet: Design Standards for the Edge. Presentation on the
design of edges and boundaries, including typology, tools, and projects; Planning on the Edge, Oregon Planning
Institute, University of Oregon, Eugene, 1999.
SELECTED CONTINUING EDUCATION
Spirit + Meaning in Design, Webinar, Cascadia Region US Green Building Council,
Portland, OR, June 4, 2008.
Residential Ground Source Heat Pumps, AIA Portland, Portland, OR June 3, 2008.
Living Future 07, Cascadia Region US Green Building Council, Vancouver, BC, Canada,
April 16–18, 2008.
The Building Enclosure: What Buildings Must Include to Ensure Energy Efficiency,
Durability, and Performance, AIA Portland, Portland OR, July 30, 2007.
Metal Roofing Seminar Berridge Manufacturing Co., Portland, OR April 30, 2007.
Role of Air Barriers in Cavity Wall Construction, Prosoco Inc. Portland, OR,
October 31, 2006.
Sealants & Adhesives for Prevention of Air & Water Infiltration, May National
Associates, Portland, OR October 31, 2006.
Critical Roofing Details to Prevent Moisture Intrusion, GenFlex Roofing Systems,
Portland, OR October 31, 2006.
Causes & Solutions for Water Vapor Transmission in Concrete, Dayton Superior
Chemicals, Portland, OR October 31, 2006.
Preventing Moisture, Air, and Vapor in the Building Envelope, Seminar, AIA/Portland
BEC, Portland, OR October 18, 2006.
Different Shades of Green in Affordable Housing, Conference, Enterprise Foundation,
Portland, OR October 13, 2006.
CHPS: Designing Sustainable Schools, Webinar, Environmental Design + Construction
Magazine, October 4, 2006.
Stone and Tile Seminar, AIA Portland, Portland, OR, February 28, 2006.
2005 Oregon Residential Structural Specialty Code Changes, Oregon Building Officials
Association, Wilsonville, OR, November 15, 2005.
Greenbuild International Conference and Expo, US Green Building Council, Portland, OR.
November 10-12, 2004.
Daylighting Workshop, Charlie Brown, ReThink 2005, Portland Office of Sustainable
Development, Portland, OR. April 8, 2005.
Third Annual Regional Livability Summit, Connecting People, Policy & Practice: Creating
Livable Communities. Coalition for a Livable Future, Portland, OR. March 4, 2005.
Green Roof Design 101, Training Course, Green Roofs For Healthy Cities, Portland, OR.
June 2, 2004.
ReThink 2004. Building Response to Climate Change. Residential Track. City of Portland
Office of Sustainable Development, Portland, OR. March 18, April 15, May 20, 2004.
Build it Green Tour of Homes, ReThink, City of Portland Office of Sustainable Development,
September 20, 2003.
Passive and Active Solar Thermal Systems Workshop, John Patterson, Mr. Sun Solar,
Portland, OR. July 19, 2003.
Advanced Framing Workshop, Michael Prothe, Willamette Carpenters Training Center,
Portland, OR. April 23, 2003.
First Annual International Green Building Conference and Expo, US Green Building
Council, Austin, TX. November 13-15, 2002.
Moisture Integrity in Building Design, AIA Seattle, Seattle, WA. September 26,
LEED Product Update, US Green Building Council, Portland, OR. September 5, 2002.
Conference on International Green Building, Portland Office of Sustainable Development
and the Rocky Mountain Institute, Portland, OR. May 20, 2002.
EnvironDesign 6, Interiors and Sources Magazine, Seattle, WA. April 3-5, 2002.
Managing Mold and Moisture to Protect People and Property, Washington State
University, Portland, OR. October 31, 2001.
Water Conservation — The Time is Now!, Energy Managers Forum,
Association of Professional Energy Managers, Wilsonville, OR. June 7, 2001.
Green Building Workshop for Affordable Housing, Portland Community Design, and
Sustainable Communities Northwest, Portland, OR. September 26-27, 2000.
Systems Thinking for Green Building, Green Building Initiative, City of Portland.
1 day. 2000.
Association of Community Design Annual Conference, Portland, OR. June 16-17, 2000.
EnvironDesign 4, US Green Building Council and Interiors and Sources Magazine,
Westminster, CO. May 18–21, 2000.
Mainstreaming Green: Sustainable Design for Buildings and Communities, American
Institute of Architects (AIA), Committee on the Environment (COTE), Chattanooga, TN. October 14–17,
Planning on the Edge, Oregon Planning Institute, Eugene, OR. Sept. 9, 1999.
Greenprints, Sustainable Communities By Design, Southface Energy Institute, Atlanta,
GA. February 22–24, 1999.
Choices for Sustainable Living, AIA COTE, Portland, OR. June 20, 2000.
Daylighting Principals, Joel Loveland, AIA COTE, Portland, OR. September
American Institute of Architects (AIA), Portland Chapter, Portland OR.
AIA Committee on the Environment (COTE), Portland Chapter, Portland, OR.
Northwest EcoBuilding Guild, Portland Chapter, Portland OR.
The Community Development Network (CDN), Portland, OR.
The Coalition for a Livable Future (CLF), Portland, OR.
RECENT COMMUNITY SERVICE
Cedarwood Waldorf School, Board of Trustees, 2003–present. A non-profit
waldorf school. Chair of the Building Committee. In addition to chairing the committee, pro-bono
architectural services provided to the school in conjunction with the 5-Phased renovation of an
existing historic building as well as planning for new building addition.
Coalition for a Livable Future. 2005–present. Providing pro-bono design
services and fundraising support to a non-profit network of organizations and individuals that
promotes healthy and sustainable communities. www.clfuture.org
Verde, 2006. Provided pro-bono services to Verde Native Plant Nursery, a
non-profit organization that trains and employs low income people and people of color to sell
environmental products and services. www.verdenw.org
The ReBuilding Center. 2001–2005. Provided a design charrette and
fundraising support for the physical expansion of a non-profit reuse center for salvaged construction
Our Garden, Board President, 2003–2005. A community garden with
educational programs for at-risk youth.
Affordable Housing Green Criteria Work Group, Portland Development
Commission, 2001 and 2005.
Green Affordable Housing Work Group, City of Portland Office of Sustainable
Trillium Advisory Council, 1999–2000. A Program of the Neighborhood
Pride Team, a Community Development Corporation. Trillium Artisans is a cooperative focused on
teaching women cottage industry skills using reclaimed materials.
Rose Garden School, Georgetown, CT. 1998–1999. Provided pro-bono design
services for site search and feasibility studies to a non-profit waldorf school.