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Mr. Zinder, AIA

Joshua Zinder, AIA

Principal, JZA+D

Joshua Zinder, AIA, NCARB, LEED AP BD+C, founder and principal of JZA+D, was born and raised in New York. His 20-plus years of professional experience working for many design firms includes six years as an Associate with Michael Graves & Associates.

Mr. Zinder has worked on a diverse range of projects, such as: The Museum of the Shenandoah Valley, Wyndham Hotel Prototypes, The Bedford Central School District, Irvington Union Free Schools, MTI Television Studios, and many others.

In 2006, he opened his own practice to pursue contemporary and sustainably responsible design. Since then, he has designed projects worldwide, such as Waku Ghin, Sky on 57, Restaurant Charlie, and Hamilton Square South.

Mr. Zinder is a registered architect in the states of New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Florida, and Nevada. He is NCARB certified and a LEED accredited professional. Joshua has also served as adjunct Professor at the New Jersey School of Architecture, where he taught comprehensive design studios.

As an active member of his community, Mr. Zinder has been a board member for a number of not-for-profit organizations, including Solomon Schechter Day School of Raritan Valley, The Jewish Center of Princeton, Electronic Music Foundation, and Sustainable Princeton. In 2011, he won the Gotham City Networking "Networker of the Year" Award. In 2013, he was named AIA-NJ Architect of the Year.

Mr. Zinder is passionate about architecture and design from every angle, and brings his vision of complete environments and a unique contemporary style to every project. He received a Bachelor of Architecture from Syracuse University and a Masters of Advanced Architectural Design from Columbia University Graduate School of Architecture, Planning, and Preservation.

Mr. Zinder, AIA can be contacted at 609-924-5004 or jzinder@joshuazinder.com

Coming up in January 2020...

Mobile Technology: Meeting Tech Expectations

What once seemed futuristic is now the norm, owing to the escalating developments in mobile technology, and hotels must continue to innovate in order to meet guest expectations. In a recent study from Mower, 65 percent of guests said they would gladly pay more for a hotel that provides the mobile technology they deem essential. The same study shows that 44 percent of travelers are more likely to book a smart hotel, and nearly 7 in 10 want to use smart devices provided by the hotel. And how do guests wish to use all this technology? A majority expressed a desire for mobile check-in and check-out, and mobile payment options. They also want to be able to stream content from their phone to the TV; to make service requests of the hotel staff; to control in-room lighting, temperature and sound; to order food and beverages; and to request a wake-up call - all from their mobile device. Guests also expressed preferences for robust wi-fi and convenient device charging ports throughout the hotel. They also appreciate the use of hotel branded apps which allow a guest to book a room, access loyalty programs, receive discounts and rewards, and even use the app to choose the room, floor and view they prefer. Some hotel apps also allow a customer to track their charges throughout their stay, rather than waiting to receive a bill at the end. Finally, mobile tech lounges are popping up more frequently in some hotels. These lounges offer guests the opportunity to perform tasks like airline check-ins or access to local info guides, but they also provide a place where guests can comfortably get some work done outside their room. The January Hotel Business Review will report on what some hotels are doing to meet their customers' expectations in the mobile technology space.