Zahner has been involved with a number of publications in the metal and architecture industry. The company CEO/President has authored two books and written spoken extensively on architectural metals. For a list of press clippings about Zahner as well as articles featuring works that Zahner has been involved, visit our recent press.


Books by L. William Zahner

L. William Zahner, CEO/President, is a prolific writer and a sculptor in his own right. Known for his passion for metal, he authored two books over the past twenty years, sharing his wealth of knowledge derived from being a fourth-generation expert in the field of metals. He has contributed to a number of high-profile projects using metal as a major building material, including the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao, Spain, the Experience Music Project in Seattle, and the de Young Museum in San Francisco.


Architectural Metal Surfaces

The follow-up to Zahner's first book (below), Architectural Metal Surfaces demonstrates techniques for achieving a variety of surface effects through the application of texture, color treatments, and lighting effects. This guide illustrates the durability and maintenance requirements of various finishes.

Presenting more than 150 illustrations, Architectural Metal Surfaces helps develop accurate specifications and details, as well as realistic expectations for metal surface capabilities.

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Architectural Metals: A Guide to Selection, Specification, and Performance

  • L. William Zahner
  • ISBN: 978-0-471-04506-9
  • Hardcover
  • 448 pages
  • July 1995
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The historic breakthroughs in the science of metallurgy over the last quarter century have produced an array of new metallic building materials. Architects and designers now have a far broader palette of metals to choose from than at any other time in history, and metal is fast becoming the star building material featured in some of today’s most exciting new building projects.

Architectural Metals demystifies metals for architects, artisans, and design professionals providing them with a logical framework for the selection and use of the correct material for the job at hand. From aluminum, stainless steel, copper, lead, and zinc to new metals and finishes such as titanium, pewter-coated copper, and colored stainless steel, it describes everything architects, engineers, and design professionals need to know about all the common and many uncommon metals at their disposal. 

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