Sarah A. Zim­mer­man

San Francisco Chronicle (Sunday) - - LIFE TRIBUTES -

Sarah A. Zim­mer­man, ar­chi­tect, artist, and an­i­mal lover, died un­ex­pect­edly in her sleep on Novem­ber 21, 2018. She was 61.

Born in New York City, Sarah spent her early child­hood on the campus of Stan­ford Univer­sity where her fa­ther taught law, spark­ing a life­long love af­fair with Cal­i­for­nia. Al­though the fam­ily re­lo­cated to Wash­ing­ton, DC in 1965, Sarah kept Cal­i­for­nia in her sights, and moved to San Fran­cisco fol­low­ing grad­u­a­tion from Vas­sar Col­lege in 1979 with a de­gree in English lit­er­a­ture. Af­ter ob­tain­ing a Mas­ter’s in Architecture from UCLA, she worked for sev­eral pres­ti­gious ar­chi­tec­tural firms in the Bay Area and Los An­ge­les in­clud­ing Skid­more, Owings & Mer­rill and John­son Fain Part­ners, be­fore launch­ing a suc­cess­ful solo prac­tice based in Al­bany where she has lived since 1991.

Sarah grew up with a sketch­book in her hand. She drew and painted land­scapes, build­ings, peo­ple, cats, dogs, and many horses. She was an avid rider in high school. She also loved to travel, spend­ing a mem­o­rable rainy year in Dublin study­ing Ir­ish lit­er­a­ture, art and his­tory, and a care­free sunny sum­mer in Provence. She was ex­hil­a­rated by re­cent trips to Eu­rope, Aus­tralia, New Zealand, and South Africa. Next to Cal­i­for­nia, the place she loved most was Cape Cod, rel­ish­ing sum­mers in the small town of Truro and re­turn­ing when­ever she could to walk the beaches and swim in the At­lantic. At home in the Bay Area, she en­joyed the long views of Point Reyes and walk­ing the foothills be­hind Stan­ford and in Tilden Park. She was pas­sion­ate about an­i­mals, par­tic­u­larly her dogs, Mer­lin and Fin­negan, and was a fix­ture of the lo­cal do­gown­ers’ com­mu­nity.

Her love of place and her artis­tic tal­ent found a per­fect syn­the­sis in architecture and de­sign. Over her 30-year ca­reer she worked on a wide va­ri­ety of projects rang­ing from high rises and hos­pi­tals to ed­u­ca­tional, re­search and civic build­ings. Pri­vate com­mis­sions for in­di­vid­ual clients were what she en­joyed most. Her work can be seen in homes in San Fran­cisco, Berke­ley, Marin, Santa Cruz, Red­wood City, Ojai, and Wash­ing­ton, D.C.

Sarah is sur­vived by her brother, Lyle, of London, and her sis­ter, Miriam, brother-in-law, Steve York, and niece, Re­becca York, all of Takoma Park, Mary­land. Sarah’s par­ents, Ed­win and Caro­line Zim­mer­man, pre­de­ceased her. She is also sur­vived by ex­tended fam­ily and friends, and by her beloved dog, Fin­negan.

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