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KZF Design Elects New Executive Committee

Leading Design Firm Announces Transition to Fourth Generation Ownership

CINCINNATI, OHIO (Jan. 5, 2021) — On Fri., Dec. 11, 2020, KZF Design officially announced its new ownership transition, including electing a new executive committee and new officers. This last step of the transition plan began this past spring, completing a three-year process moving to a fourth-generation ownership and adding 17 new owners from the firm’s existing core management team. For a full list of the firm’s ownership team, visit

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Doug Marsh

“This is an exciting time for KZF Design as we build upon our proud history and go forward with renewed vigor under our new leadership,” said new President, CEO, and Chairman Doug Marsh. “In 2021, we will celebrate our 65th anniversary as a company, which is an incredible milestone in our industry. We are tremendously grateful for the stalwart leadership and decades of dedication of retiring officers Bob Steele, Bill Wilson, Sue Williams, Joe Nader, and Jon Bennett, and wish them well in the future. Their contributions to KZF Design are innumerable and leave a strong, lasting legacy.”

“Our firm is experiencing great growth and, since 2017, our sales have doubled, our public-sector work has increased by 125 percent, and the number of projects lined up for 2021 is one of the largest we’ve experienced,” Marsh added. “We’re also celebrating 10 years at our offices and studios located in the heart of downtown Cincinnati at 700 Broadway Street.”

KZF Design is consistently ranked among the top 10 largest architectural and engineering firms in the city. Projects currently in design include significant local projects such as University of Cincinnati Clifton Court Hall, Great Parks Glenwood Gardens to Winton Woods Multi-use Trail, Montgomery Quarter mixed-use development, City of Lebanon New Fire Station, City of Monroe Public Safety Facility, The Greens at Kenwood office building, and Vantage at Towne Center Apartments in Anderson Township.

About KZF Design

Founded in 1956, KZF Design is a multidisciplinary firm dedicated to helping clients design better futures. KZF Design’s professional team of architects, engineers, interior designers and urban planners have built a reputation for thoughtful, award-winning designs and unparalleled technical proficiency in both the public and private sectors, with specific expertise in commercial, workplace, education, transportation, industrial, government and justice projects. One of the Midwest’s premier design firms, KZF Design’s staff of 70 is based in LEED® Gold and ENERGY STAR® certified offices and studios in downtown Cincinnati. For more information or to view a portfolio of recent projects, visit

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