Architect Says 30-Somethings Are Learning the Benefits of Home Ownership

Coronavirus has lead the next generation to take more pride in their homes, according to Jennifer Zeckendorf

Jennifer Zeckendorf, founder of residential architecture firm Zeckendorf Architects, is continuing her family’s long-standing legacy in the real estate business. Her father, Arthur Zeckendorf, is the owner, founder and co-chairman of Zeckendorf Development and the co-founder of Terra Holdings, a company that owns and operates Brown Harris Stevens. The Zeckendorfs are responsible for many high-end New York buildings, including the famed 15 Central Park West.

But Ms. Zeckendorf, 31, decided to go into architecture rather than development, starting her own firm in 2019. Before that, she attended Yale and received a master’s degree in architecture from Columbia University. She’s worked as an architect at Skidmore Owings & Merrill (SOM) as well as at Robert AM Stern Architects. Among the projects she contributed to were 1500 Mission in San Francisco and Hudson Yards in New York.

 

Her latest project is Healdsburg House, a renovated 1920s single-family ranch house situated along the Russian River in California’s Sonoma County. Ms. Zeckendorf gut renovated it and connected a garage to the main structure, interweaving two narratives: Russian River camp and sleek modern wine country.

 

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