Bill Zahner

CEO/President of A. Zahner Company

L. William Zahner (Bill) and his firm have received numerous honors and awards for their extensive design build work around the world. He is a world-renowned lecturer on the design and use of architectural metal through digital definition and aerospace engineering means and methods.

Bill is the author of two books and numerous articles which are the 'comprehensive guides' describing the use of metal in architecture, sharing his wealth of knowledge derived from being a fourth-generation expert. Bill is also an accomplished sculptor. Moreover, he serves on the Advisory Board of the University of Kansas School of Engineering, the Nerman Museum of Art, Comfort the Children International and has served as Chairman of the Kansas City Art Institute.

Bill earned his Bachelor of Science Degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Kansas. He was awarded an Honorary AIA Degree from the American Institute of Architects and received the prestigious Copper Metal Award from Associazione Italiana Di Metallurgia, Milan, Italy.

What makes KC a great environment for creativity and the arts?
Kansas City has many incredible spaces that influence thoughts and attitudes. Places that come to mind allow one to transcend traditional thinking. From the sculpture garden at the Nelson to the galleries of the Crossroads on a First Friday, residents and visitors to Kansas City are constantly immersed in an environment that embraces creative ideas and art, whether it is in public spaces, museums, galleries or businesses.

What is your favorite spot in Kansas City?
The forest around my house or my studio at Metalabs.

Where's your favorite place outside of Kansas City?
Piazza della Signoria in Florence, while enjoying a glass of wine and looking at Perseus holding the head of Medusa.

What's your most treasured possession?
My mind.

Who is your favorite hero from fiction?
I have two, Jack Reardon and Clinton Tyree a.k.a. Skink.

Who do you most admire in real-life?  
My father and father-in-law. Both are deceased, but they taught me by example how to work hard, enjoy life, and treat people with respect and dignity.

When and where are you happiest?
When I am exploring a new place with my children.  Seeing things through their eyes.

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