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Robert Packard, Assoc. AIA

Partner, Zimmer Gunsul Frasca Architects LLP

Zimmer Gunsul Frasca Architects LLP, Portland, OR

Bob Packard is ZGF Architects’ managing partner, responsible for directing the firm’s strategic, financial and operational activities. In this role for nearly three decades, he has been instrumental in building ZGF’s internationally recognized design practice, and has utilized this platform to promote and encourage the profession to deliver design excellence.  He also serves as partner-in-charge on a broad range projects, including most recently U.S. consulates and embassies worldwide; Children’s Hospital Colorado; Pearl Izumi Headquarters; and expansions to Portland International Airport.

Throughout his career, Bob has led a wide range of nationally recognized professional and civic activities, providing leadership in architecture, education and the arts, as well as public policy and sustainable design initiatives. Bob is past chair of the American Institute of Architects Large Firm Roundtable and past chair of the Board of Trustees for Willamette University; he is also a former board member of the Architecture Foundation of Oregon Board and the AIA Portland Board of Directors. He serves on numerous other national and regional boards and advisory groups, including the AIA 21st Century Embassy Task Force; the Design Colloquium Advisory Board; Pacific Northwest College of Art Board; the Mayor’s Economic Advisory Board and Committee on Creative Service; and the Portland Business Alliance China Mission Committee.

Bob has been a speaker and panelist for groups including the Center for Health Design, Stanford University, AIA Federal Procurement Task Group, the AIA, University of Washington and Harvard Design School. He received his B.A. from Willamette University in 1973 and his Masters in urban and regional planning from the University of Colorado, College of Environmental Design, in 1976.