Rhonda Zack, Principal

T 919.219.7698

Email rhonda@takefive-design.com

A native of North Carolina with a lifelong love of the arts, Rhonda Zack attended the East Carolina School of Art where she graduated with honors with a BFA degree in Environmental Design. In 1996, she moved to Chapel Hill to work for Corley Redfoot Zack, the architectural firm responsible for the Dean Smith Center and Kenan Stadium. With a healthy thirst for knowledge of how buildings go together, she was thrown into the deep end from the start of her career, working on large arenas and recreation centers, and quickly developed a keen understanding of the architectural design process. A natural born organizer with a focused attention to detail and astute business communication skills an enhancement to her design talents, she began early-on leading design teams and learning how to gracefully move projects through State Construction and DOI reviews.

In 2002, Rhonda joined the Chapel Hill firm of Philip Szostak Associates (now Szostak Design) where she became an invaluable asset and leader in the fast-growing firm. A pragmatic problem-solver, she was responsible for leading many of the firm’s most challenging projects through to completion, such as renovating a derelict 1945 diesel engine testing facility into clean labs for NCSU’s Department of Environmental Sciences. In 2005, she became the Project Team Leader on the $44 million Durham Performing Arts Center where, in addition to designing large portions of the building, she deftly coordinated and maneuvered the forty members of the design team through an expedited design process that had to meet legislative demands for the start of construction on a very tight budget.

In 2008, Rhonda established Take Five Design to provide design support services on a contract basis to the building industry in the Triangle area.


Highly motivated project leader with fourteen years experience working on large-scale public and commercial projects. Click here to see portfolio for specific examples.

Effective leadership and team-building of designers and consultants by instilling all members of the design team with a sense of ownership, personal responsibility, and a drive for excellence in both the creativity and quality of their work while clearly defining expectations of the costing and scheduling goals.

Proficient in Revit 2011, AutoCAD 2008, and all MS Office including Microsoft Project and Powerpoint. Other software includes 3D Studio, Sketchup, Adobe PhotoShop, InDesign, and Dreamweaver.


Take Five Design, Principal, October 2008 to present, T 919.219.7698

Szostak Design Inc., Design Team Leader, January 2002 to September 2008

Chapel Hill, NC, T 919.929.5244

Corley Redfoot Zack Inc., Project Designer, June 1996 to August 2001

Chapel Hill, NC, T 919.401.8586


2005 NCSU College of Design, Track III Masters of Architecture

One year completed

l995 Bachelor of Fine Arts in Environmental Design

East Carolina University, Greenville, NC, Magna cum laude graduate


- Member of Women in the Architectural Community

- Volunteer at SECU Family House at UNC Hospitals

- Personal interests include web design, travel, writing, motorcycles, dogs, theater, and other design industries including fashion, graphics, furniture, and the fine arts.

References available upon request

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