AIA, LEED AP, Principal
Zach Benedict has dedicated his career to understanding the connection between people and places. As a principal at the firm, he manages numerous projects ranging from critical access hospitals to public libraries. In addition to his architectural work, Zach manages the firm's research initiatives and hosts Health is Membership, a video series by MKM exploring the connection between placemaking and well-being.
Zach oversees MKM's community health work. With an extensive background in urban sociology, he is considered one of the leading voices in the "Lifetime Community" movement, focusing on the socio-economic benefits of age-friendly neighborhoods. Through these efforts, he has lectured internationally on numerous topics, discussions that focus on encouraging communities to reevaluate the importance of inclusive civic space.
In acknowledgment of his work, the American Institute of Architects (AIA) recognized him with the “Young Architect Award.” Additionally, Ball State University's College of Architecture and Planning Alumni Society recognized him with the Alumni Award for Outstanding Achievement. He is the youngest individual to ever receive this award.