Lead Technical Architect. Program & Client Management. Internal Standards & Processes.

Custom Design at Scale and Velocity

Over the last few years, Starbucks has been conducting an experiment in doing custom design on an unprecedented scale. Each of its cafes are now being designed as unique spaces by an army of internal interior designers.

With more than 8,000 company owned cafes in the United States alone, this is an enormous undertaking. Zimmerman Weintraub Associates works with Starbucks as an AOR across the United States and Canada on cafe projects. Starbucks internal teams act as the interior designers, and we are the architects for interior build outs, interior renovations, new core and shell buildings, and re-purposing of existing structures into new cafes.

My custom design experience has been crucial in my work as lead technical architect for the team. I mentor and train our staff on how to detail and construct complex interior design elements, work with the Starbucks’ staff to resolve issues and provide guidance to their designers with regards to code compliance and construct-ability, and have helped develop and implement tools and procedures for tracking project progress, increasing profitability of projects, and ensuring high quality and well coordinated construction drawings. I also coordinate design work with our consultants, and act as QA/QC for each project. To date I have been the lead architect on more than 200 Starbucks projects.

Project Information and Credits:
Firm: Zimmerman Weintraub Associates
ZWA Project Team: Doug Zimmerman, Principal In Charge; Lee Weintraub, Architect of Record; Pamela Howell, Team Lead; Richard Avery, Technical Lead. Designers: Takuya Imoto; Maura Lynch; Matt Rose; Roland Solinski; Bryan Bietsch; Rachel Engeldow; Ashley Cova; Geneva Frank; Beth Leabru; Maggie Sigwalt; Tripti Kothavale
Starbucks Design Team: (for projects shown) Eirik Agusston, Interior Designer; Chris Miller, Interior Designer; Aida Nopales, Interior Designer; Ania Czupta, Interior Designer; Jeffery Johnson, Interior Designer; Jen Starr, Design Program Manager; Kirby Meindl, Design Program Manager; Peter Ko, Design Program Manager
Locations: New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Delaware, Indiana, Illinois, Iowa, Missouri, Kansas, Arkansas, Colorado, New Mexico, Nevada, Utah, Wyoming, Idaho
Scope: new tenant build-outs, major renovations, conversions, ground up construction
Services: site surveys, test fits, construction drawings, permitting, construction administration
Size: Varies
Budget: Varies
Client: Starbucks Coffee Corporation
Structural Engineer: Louis Shell Structures, Froelich Engineering, BSA Engineers
MEP Engineer: Cartland Kraus Engineering, Schnackel Engineers, BSA Engineers, Corey Engineering
Builder: Varies
Photos: Starbucks
Project Duration: Varies in total length of involvement; Construction drawings usually six weeks from start of Design Development until Issue for Permit