Z Architects consists of a team of people that truly love Alaska—they are a team that wants their work to reflect that passion.
Marco Zaccaro has been a resident of Girdwood, Alaska for most of his life and a respected member of the design and construction industry in Alaska for over 30 years.
Marco graduated on the chancellor’s honor list with bachelor’s degree from the University of Alaska Fairbanks in 1989 and then completed a masters program in architecture at the University of Oregon 1997. Marco was employed by RIM Architects, in Anchorage, for six years before starting his own firm, Z Architects, in Girdwood in 2003. He has since designed numerous residential and commercial projects throughout Alaska emphasizing integration of structure, aesthetics and environment. Projects include an award winning upscale wilderness lodge in Kenai Fjords National Park and a timber frame Methodist Church built primarily with volunteer labor.
Marco shares the Alaskan passion for outdoor activities and enjoys backcountry skiing, hiking, biking and kayaking. He values spending time with his three children Dessa, Brenner, and Leland, and looks forward to opportunities to travel with them. His more recent travels include trips to Jordan and Syria, a trip to Nepal with his mother and sister, a trip to Chile with his daughter, and another family trip to Spain.
Marco Zaccaro represents a wealth of knowledge about the specific history, land use, and design concerns in the Alaskan landscape. His experiences and perspectives developed over a long period of time make him an invaluable asset to current and future developments in Southcentral Alaska. Marco works hard to meet the goals and vision of each client he serves and support the communities where he works. He is committed to the long term success of sustainable development and Architecture within his own community and Alaska in general.
In 2013 Allie achieved her lifelong dream of not only landing an excellent architectural job with the Z Architects team, but becoming a proud resident of Alaska at the same time. Born and raised in Colorado, she has always had a strong love for the mountains—she especially enjoys the fact that our office is at the base of Alyeska. If she’s not busily clicking away at her computer, you can probably catch her doing Chair 6 laps or find her off adventuring in the great outdoors! Allie pursued her education at Montana State University in Bozeman, MT, for both her undergraduate and graduate degrees, receiving her Masters in Architecture in the spring of 2011. Following graduation, she volunteered extensively for Habitat for Humanity, gaining valuable construction experience before relocating to Girdwood. Allie has a wide range of skills from design, to construction documents, to project management, and anything in between. She’s even become a bit of a permitting guru! Allie is currently in the process of becoming a fully licensed architect in the State of Alaska.
Originally from Michigan, Jen traveled to Alaska from Lake Tahoe CA. She has called Girdwood home ever since. Jen’s main passions are her family, food, and interior design. Jen has an uncanny ability to connect with clients and provide designs that truly speak to their sensibilities.
Brent is the newest addition to our team, joining us in 2016. Brent has eight years of experience in architectural design in Alaska. He brings many skills to the table including design, construction administration, on-site observation, and quality control management experience to the project. He also has several years of experience working in the construction industry and has practical knowledge of the construction process.
Ellen grew up in Juneau. She spent two years in the Peace Corps in Tuvalu and was appointed to the position of City Planner. She spent her formative architectural years in San Francisco and retains an architecture license in California. Ellen is our resident ADA, Code, and Modeling expert. Her models are so accurate that we can give them to our contractors to build off of!