Metal Architecture Talks with Bill Zahner About the Industry Past, Present, and Future
Metal Architecture is the leading authority on the use of metal in architectural applications and building design. Editor Paul Deffenbaugh recently posed 10 questions to fourth-generation A. Zahner Co. CEO Bill Zahner on the evolution of the industry, the history of the 125-year-old firm—and what lies ahead for both.
During his tenure as CEO of Zahner, Bill Zahner has worked on some of the world’s highest profile projects with internationally renowned architects such as Frank Gehry, Zaha Hadid, and Thomas Heatherwick.
He’s also the author of seven books about architectural metal and has served as president of SMACNA, the North American sheet metal association; a member of the manufacturing advisory board to the U.S. Secretary of Commerce; a member of the advisory board for the school of engineering at the University of Kansas; a member of the district export council for the U.S. Department of Commerce, as well as several other local and international arts and construction-related organizations.
Metal Architecture editors recently asked Bill a series of questions on topics ranging from metal design trends, to prototyping, to sustainability. The interview also covers some of the firm’s technology and design tools such as SurveyLink and how these digital advancements are bringing a whole new level of productivity and innovation to clients and their projects.