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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 November 2019...

Architecture & Design: Biophilic Design

The hospitality industry is constantly evolving to meet and exceed guest expectations. As a result, hotels are always on the lookout for new ways to improve the guest experience, and architecture and design is an essential part of this equation. Bold design is often the most effective way to make an exceptional first impression - an impression guests use to distinguish between brands. One design trend that is being embraced worldwide has become known as “Biophilic Design.” Biophilic design is based on the concept of biophilia, which is the theory that human beings have an innate tendency to seek out nature, natural elements, and natural forms. Biophilic design is more than hotels simply adding a surplus of plants; it involves incorporating specific design elements into a hotel in order to imbue it with a sense of wellness and well-being. Some of those elements include exposure to natural lighting; views of nature and rooms with a view; natural architectural patterns; salvaged or reclaimed woods of all types; reclaimed metals; sustainably sourced stone; living green walls and vertical gardens; and direct and indirect exposure to nature. Hotels that have incorporated biophilic design into their properties are reaping the benefits associated with this trend including reduced stress responses, better air quality, lower energy costs, and more positive guest reviews. Biophilic design has also been shown to improve guest moods and to satisfy consumer demand for environmental responsibility. Savvy hotel owners and managers are aware that nature-inspired elements enhance their guests' comfort and well-being, which is why this trend is becoming so prevalent. Biophilic design is just one topic in the fields of hotel architecture and design that will be examined in the November issue of the Hotel Business Review.