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Studio Zimm is a creative architecture and design firm based in Philadelphia. We were founded by Michael and Carly Zimmerman in 2020 as an independent design practice committed to providing focused, personal attention to each project. We work closely with our clients to visualize their ideas, providing design and construction administration services to obtain permits and see a project through to its completion.  

As our name suggests, we have a studio mindset – we love to create things, experiment, and develop ideas with close attention to material and form. We design buildings, interiors, and objects and enjoy working at all scales, including renovations and new construction.



Michael is a licensed architect and teaches design studios and seminars as an adjunct professor at the University of Pennsylvania and the Pratt Institute. His design interests are in exploring architectural aesthetics in relation to other forms of design and art including photography, fashion, film, and sculpture. Michael was part of the award winning team at Hirsuta that won the design competition Last House on Mulholland for their project for a “home of the future” below the Hollywood sign. His work has been published and exhibited at the A+D Museum in LA, One Night Stand-LA, the Design Museum of Chicago, Offramp, and the Dock 6Collective in Chicago.

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Carly brings more than a decade of experience in business strategy and building strong customer relationships, having previously worked in the non-profit sector. Carly cares deeply about building thriving communities and businesses. She has supported more than 40 entrepreneurs to start local businesses and nonprofits as a trainer, mentor and curriculum developer of the Tribe 12Fellowship, a local Philadelphia business and leadership incubator. She is also passionate about equity and advancement for women and girls, serving as the most recent chair of Women of Vision, a grantmaking organization that has awarded more than $1 million to nonprofits in Philadelphia and Israel. 

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