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Mr. Astrachan

Isaac-Daniel Astrachan

Principal, Stephen B. Jacobs Group

Isaac-Daniel Astrachan, AIA LEEP AP is a Principal at the Stephen B. Jacobs Group in New York City and was the Executive Architect for the citizenM New York Bowery Hotel. He started in 1998 as the project manager for Hotel Giraffe.

Since then Mr. Astrachan has worked on many different hospitality and residential projects, including 325 Fifth Avenue, Edge in Williamsburg, 200 Lafayette Street, and Gansevoort Meatpacking and Park Avenue hotels, and 868 Lorimer on the Park. He recently completed ALTA LIC, a 43-story residential tower in Long Island City, and citizenM NY Bowery Hotel, the tallest modular hotel in the world.

As a current leader within the Architectural/Design space in New York City, Mr. Astrachan has been instrumental in bringing modular and volumetric design concepts and implementation to New York City. He currently speaks at conferences and events throughout the United States on the importance of modular design and construction in building for a better future.

Prior to joining the firm, Mr. Astrachan worked for Didier Repellin, Chief Architect and Inspector-General of historic monuments in France.

Mr. Astrachan graduated from Columbia College in 1990 and received his Master of Architecture degree from Harvard's Graduate School of Design in 1995. Originally from the village of Gordes in the south of France, and Detroit, Michigan, Mr. Astrachan resides in Battery Park City with his wife and son. He serves on the board of Downtown United Soccer Club and is a member Pier 40 Champions. He advocates for the creation of more athletic field space in the City for not for profit youth sports organizations.

Please visit http://www.sbjgroup.com for more information.

Mr. Astrachan can be contacted at +1 212-421-3712 or contactus@sbjgroup.com

Coming up in December 2019...

Hotel Law: A Labor Crisis and Cyber Security

According to a recent study, the hospitality industry accounted for 2.9 trillion dollars in sales and in the U.S. alone, was responsible for 1 in 9 jobs. In an industry of that scope and dimension, legal issues touch every aspect of a hotel's operation, and legal services are required in order to conform to all prevailing laws and regulations. Though not all hotels face the same issues, there are some industry-wide subjects that are of concern more broadly. One of those matters is the issue of immigration and how it affects the ability of hotels to recruit qualified employees. The hotel industry is currently facing a labor crisis; the U.S. Labor Department estimates that there are 600,000 unfilled jobs in the industry. Part of the problem contributing to this labor shortage is the lack of H2B visas for low-skilled workers, combined with the difficulty in obtaining J-1 visas for temporary workers. Because comprehensive immigration reform is not being addressed politically, hotel managers expect things are going to get worse before they get better. Corporate cyber security is another major legal issue the industry must address. Hotels are under enormous pressure in this area given the large volume of customer financial transactions they handle daily. Recently, a federal court ruled that the Federal Trade Commission had the power to regulate corporate cyber security, so it is incumbent on hotels to establish data security programs in order to prevent data breaches. The lack of such programs could cause hotels to face legal threats from government agencies, class action lawsuits, and damage to their brand image if a data breach should occur. These are just two of the critical issues that the December issue of Hotel Business Review will examine in the area of hotel law.