CATALYST ARCHITECTURE is an award winning, full-service sustainable design firm located in Prescott, Arizona. We specialize in masterplanning, interpretive, tribal, public, commercial and custom residential work, with an emphasis on earth-conscious design, and dynamic client-team relationships.

With both principals Jeffrey L. Zucker and Matthew B. Ackerman LEED accredited, we are passionate about high-performance design, and committed to the thoughtful integration of our natural and built environments.

USGBC Member Firm 


CATALYST ARCHITECTURE is a multi-disciplinary office offering a wide range of planning, pre-design, design, and construction phase services.

Facilities Analysis

Cost Estimating & Control

Site Analysis & Selection

Value Optimization Workshops

Solar Modeling & Analysis

Nature-Based Interpretive Design

Programming & Pre-Design

Integrated Systems Design

Design/Client Team Brainstorming

Green Solutions For Existing Buildings


Construction Documentation

Architectural Design

Specifiying Sustainability

Community Design

Permitting Services

Co-Housing Design

Energy Performance Modeling

Design Guidelines

LEED Project Design & Consulting

Addition & Remodel

Public & DRC Presentations

Renovate & Rehabilitate

Construction Administration


Matthew B. Ackerman, LEED AIA  Matthew B. Ackerman, LEED-AP AIA

A Prescott resident since 1997, Matt opened the doors to CATALYST ARCHITECTURE In September of 2003, providing high-performance design with an emphasis on caring client relationships. With over 20 years of experience in sustainable planning and design, Matt was the first architect in Yavapai County to be awarded the USGBC's LEED professional accreditation.  Matt is the current Chair of the AIA's Grand Canyon Chapter of COTE (Committee on the Environment) as well as the recently formed Yavapai County Sustainable Planning Committee, a public-private alliance devoted to greening the County's planning and zoning codes. .

Jeffrey L. Zucker, LEED AIA  Jeffrey L. Zucker, LEED-AP AIA

Jeff brings over 30 years of experience in environmentally sensitive and community-based design.  An apprentice to internationally renowned architect Paolo Soleri, Jeff served as Project Architect and Construction Supervisor at Arcosanti.  Jeff's first home in Prescott received a citation from the Energy Efficient Building Association (EEBA) for residential construction. More recently, his commitment to conserving resources and fostering community led him to create the first cohousing community in Arizona: Manzanita Village.  On January 1st 2005, Jeff and Matt reunited their previous association, creating one of the most experienced sustainable design teams in the southwest. .

American Institute of Architects