Steven G. Ziegler, PLA

Steven G. Ziegler, PLA

About Project

Principal, Member ASLA

Bachelor of Science in Landscape Architecture – University of Wisconsin-Madison, 1981
Licensed L.A., Wisconsin since 1995
Certificate of Merit, Healthcare Garden Design, 2008

Steven is a third-generation landscape architect following in his father’s footsteps, the late Professor George Ziegler, of the Department of Landscape Architecture, University of Wisconsin-Madison. George had the privilege to study under, and later work for the likes of Franz Aust, William Longenecker, Jens Jensen, and Frank Lloyd Wright. George shared this knowledge and his own acute understanding of Wisconsin plant communities with Steven, introducing him to the art of landscape design at an early age.

In his work, Steven merges the power of art and design with the sciences, both cultural and natural, and with sound engineering practices for proper function. Therefore, blending art-science-engineering. Steven is also a strong believer in “evidence-based design.” His work begins with a thorough examination of the landscape at hand, and a clear articulation of the goals, needs, and constraints of each individual client.

Steven’s experience in the field of landscape architecture and land planning is diverse, spanning over 38 years. His path to the present has lead him through work in landscape construction, environmental research, land planning, landscape design/build, and 9 years to date as Principal of ZDA.

Steven’s combination of design knowledge, planning, and field experience enables him have a hands-on savvy that only instinct and years of practice can allow. Many clients seek him specifically, knowing that their final landscape will be the vision that they created together with Steven, and that they can leave the project entirely in his capable hands.

Major Design Works

1979 Kelly Residence – Sacramento, CA

1983 Werner Residence – Pittsburgh, PA

1985 Tallman Residence – Madison, WI

1989 Reed-Ream Residence – Madison, WI

1994 Central Storage Corporation – Madison, WI

1997 Acomb Residence – Madison, WI

1999 Blettner Group Corporate Center – Madison, WI

2001 Graber Residence – Madison, WI

2004 Stoddard Residence – Highland, WI

2005 Troy Gardens Master Plan – Madison, WI

Falmouth Farms Master Plan – Arena WI

2006 Veterinary Specialty and Emergency Care – Madison, WI


Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore Prototype Impact Study, Phases I & II, 1969-1971

Southern California Edison Transmission Alignment Study, 1971

Central Storage & Warehouse Detention Areas Remediation Assessment Strategy, 1992

Proposed Town of Middleton Land Use Plan, 1994

Troy Gardens Natural Areas Management Plan, 2005

“On the Just Placement of Stone “. by Steven G. Ziegler. Madison Originals Magazine. 2007. Vol. 12.

Community Service

Town of Middleton Plan Commission, 1988-1993

Landscape Architect Consulting

Urban Open Space Foundation (now Center For Resilient Cities), 1997 – present

Dane County Mental Health Support Network, 1992 – 1998

International Crane Foundation, 1993 – 1996

Art Shows

Wayside Gallery – Madison, WI – 1969

University of Wisconsin-River Falls – River Falls, WI – 1974

Heidiman Gallery – Madison, WI – 1983

Hammond Art Alliance – Hammond, WI – 2002

Madison Center for Cultural and Creative Arts – Madison, WI – 2006

October 16, 2014
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