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KZF Promotes New Education Studio Leader

KZF Promotes New Education Studio Leader

KZF Design today announced Stephen Gastright, AIA, PMP, LEED AP, has been named Director of Education Studio.

Stephen has been working within KZF’s Education Studio for the past year as Project Manager. He is a Registered Architect in five states with 19 years of experience. Steve joined KZF Design after spending several years as an architect at firms in Texas and Philadelphia, where he led project teams and designed K-12 and higher education facilities across the U.S. and internationally.

Stephen’s entire career has been dedicated to education architecture and planning – most recently focusing on design and implementation of Department of Defense Education Activities (DoDEA) for military K-12 facilities based on 21st Century Learning design standards. In addition to his education experience, he has designed medical, housing, and athletics facilities.

He is currently managing projects at Northern Kentucky University and Ohio University and has leant his design expertise to projects at the University of Cincinnati. Steve holds a Bachelor of Architecture degree from the University of Virginia and a Master of Architecture degree from the University of Pennsylvania.

Steve is certified by the Project Management Institute as a Project Management Professional (PMP), an internationally recognized professional designation which attests to their high level of skill and experience leading and directing project teams and staff.

In this new role, Steve will lead KZF’s Education market within the firm, helping Universities and K-12 institutions create places that enrich and connect today’s students while anticipating the needs of tomorrow’s learners – helping clients make the right design choices to elevate their academic programs, amplify their unique identity and attract the best and brightest to their organization.

Stephen’s promotion to Director of Education Studio is an important part in the firm’s multiyear leadership and shareholder transition strategy, focusing on the next generation of designers and leaders that will keep the firm’s ownership in Cincinnati and in the control of those who manage the company.

KZF Design focuses on five market segments, three being public (education, government and community infrastructure) and two bring private (commercial/industrial and workplace design). Each market offers experts in your field – professionals you can relate to, who speak your language and who understand your business. Our Market Leaders are responsible for all aspects of their respective business unit, including manpower, project/staff oversight, performance and quality control.

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, community infrastructure, industrial, government and justice projects. One of the Midwest’s premier design firms, KZF Design’s staff of 65 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

For more information about KZF’s Education Studio, email Eric Anderson at or call 513.621.6211.

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