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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 September 2019...

Hotel Group Meetings: Uncommon Destinations

The last few years have been good to the Hotel Group Meetings industry and that trend is expected to continue into 2019. Planners are brimming with confidence due to an expanding economy and increased job creation, which typically results in a boost in corporate meetings. Given this promising outlook, planners are trying to outdo themselves to satisfy the high expectations of their clients. One notable trend is to integrate unusual settings into the meeting experience, hosting groups at local zoos, aquariums, museums, event centers, or other outdoor facilities. The goal is to embrace uncommon destinations, rather than a typical hotel conference room, so that meetings can be memorable, unique and stimulating. This is also part of another trend which is to support all things local - from hosting events at landmark city venues; to catering through local restaurants, food trucks and microbreweries; to hosting off-site excursions like agri-tours, athletic events or scenic 5k routes. However, though the setting might be spectacular, there are still some bedrock components that must be provided to ensure a successful meeting. Free, high-speed Wi-Fi is still one of the most requested services. Planners have to make sure that a comprehensive communication infrastructure is in place so clients can easily connect - and stay connected - to the network throughout the entire meeting experience. Also, technology tools can be used to streamline the booking, registration, and check-in process, and Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) materials can be utilized to ensure seamless access to conference events. There are also numerous software tools that encourage audience participation, as well as integrating polls, Q&A, surveys and games into speakers' presentations. The September Hotel Business Review will examine issues relevant to group meetings and will report on what some hotels are doing to promote this sector of their operations.