Ziegler Cooper

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Founded in 1977, Ziegler Cooper Architects designs buildings that are inspirational, highly functional and sustainable, resulting in extremely valuable assets for their owners.

Our design solutions reflect a fresh approach that respects the context, reinterprets historical tradition and transcends immediate circumstances to connect with the client’s vision. We pursue innovation with an entrepreneurial spirit, exploring the influences of a building — the uniqueness of the site, its setting and current/future occupants, visitors and patrons.

A true expression of our firm’s creativity, our space is an open and collaborative studio environment that inspires creativity and collaboration. We believe inspirational architecture has the power to uplift the human spirit and provides a constant vision of excellence.


Design Teams

Manuel Navarro, IIDA

Design Director

Manuel Navarro, IIDA is a registered interior designer and member of the International Interior Design Association. With a Bachelor’s in Interior Design from Colorado State University, and a Master of Arts in Interior Design from the Harrington College of Design in Chicago, Manuel is a rising star of the design industry. Manuel is actively engaged in the professional development of the design community, contributing as guest lecturer, critic, and mentor in the Austin and Chicago design communities. Prior to Ziegler Cooper Architects (ZCA), he worked at VOA Associates in Chicago and Lauckgroup in Austin.

Julianna Young, LEED AP

Project Coordinator

Juliana Young joined Ziegler Cooper Architects (ZCA) in 1997 where she was employed for 10 years prior to obtaining experience with The Mohawk Group as a Regional Design Consultant and Debner + Company (furniture dealer) in Houston, Texas. Juliana returned to ZCA in 2012.

Juliana brings more than 25 years of furniture and design experience and plays a significant role as Resource Manager and Special Events Chair for the ZCA family. She is responsible for the implementation of existing office standards and for recommending supplementary product where necessary including specifications, bidding, procurement, and installation. Juliana works with all of ZCA’s manufacturer, vendor, and product representatives to review new products and materials, ensuring that ZCA is up to date and current, while meeting ZCA’s high design and performance standards.

Laura Nagala

Project Designer

Laura Nagala joined Ziegler Cooper Architects (ZCA) in 2015, with prior experience as a design intern at PDR Corporation in Houston and Studio West in Lubbock, Texas. Laura also had the opportunity and honor to work at the Georgia O’Keeffe Museum in Santa Fe, New Mexico, as an Art and Leadership Program intern and co-curator. She developed and wrote both art and life focused lecture plans for middle school and high school students, who were nominated by their teachers for their extraordinary artistic abilities. Some of the lessons focused on identity, creativity, and self-esteem for the museum’s art and leadership program.