PRINCETON, N.J. — The growing full-service firm Joshua Zinder Architecture + Design (JZA+D) has announced the recent hire of three new designers and project managers, in addition to the start of a new joint venture and fast growth in its corporate interiors practice.

According to the firm’s founding principal, architect Joshua Zinder, the new staff appointments represent talented and experienced professionals who will help the firm address an expanding portfolio of corporate, hospitality, cultural and commercial building projects.

“In spite of today’s challenging economic environment, we’re glad to be busy at work on a range of interesting commissions,” said Zinder. “To take on these new challenges and a long list of project wins – particularly in the corporate fit-out realm, thanks to Director of Interior Design, Marlyn Zucosky – these three new people represent strategic additions to an already diverse and capable team.”

“As a result, all of JZA+D’s clients will further benefit from our services and design capabilities,” said Zinder.

New Design Talent
In response to continued growth in demand for its interior design work, JZA+D has announced the addition of another interior designer to its staff. “The growth in our workplace design and other interiors business continues to expand, and we’ve found it critical to add staff designers who will best serve our client’s needs,” said Zinder.

Among the hires is interior designer Lisa Dockray is a graduate of the New York School of Interior Design and holds certifications from the U.S. Green Building Council as a LEED Green Associate and is certified by the National Council of Interior Design (NCID). After graduating in 2003, she joined Michael Graves and Associates in Princeton, and then went on to work at Cahill Studio in Tinton Falls, N.J., where she served as an Interior Designer and Project Manager specializing in restaurant and hospitality design. “JZA+D is a vibrant and growing firm and I’m thrilled to serve its growing client base in the interiors segment,” said Dockray.

Also new to the firm is James Cody Baldwin, an architectural designer and draftsman who most recently worked at World Design Inc. and for the architect Mary Marsh Lasseter, both in Bradenton, Fla. Originally from West Hartford, Conn., Baldwin has relocated from Florida where he earned his masters degree in architecture from the University of Florida. Also a LEED Green Associate, Baldwin has experience in digital production methods and in real estate, from his time working as a leasing agent with The Collier Cos. in Gainesville. Baldwin was introduced to the firm through Gotham Networking—a group Zinder is also active in.
A third new hire is Jacqueline Doane, an interior designer with deep experience in rendering and 3-D modeling. Doane studied at Philadelphia University and the Nuova Accademia di Bella Arti, in Milan, Italy, and has varied work experience with the well-known CAD and BIM software company Bentley Systems in Exton, Pa. She was a rendering consultant for the firm CB Design Consultants in Philadelphia prior to joining JZA+D.

Expansion and Joint Ventures
In addition to the staff changes, other strategic moves have been adding new dimension to the firm. Last fall, Zinder named Marlyn Zucosky the new Director of Interiors for JZA+D, and Zucosky – with 25 years of experience in the market and former Director of Interior Design for Clarke Caton Hintz – added depth and knowledge to JZA+D in office, education, hospitality and commercial markets.

“Since Marlyn started, she has also drawn a number of new clients to the firm, and she has established a new competency in contract interiors, workplace design, and several new facility types,” said Zinder.

In addition, Zinder has entered into a new partnership this summer with architect and designer Michael Landau to form a new venture, Landau ǀ Zinder. The new specialty firm will focus on synagogues and other Judaic building projects, while each principal will maintain his current practice. “We launched Landau | Zinder as a new boutique specialty firm to serve the spiritual, aesthetic, and functional needs unique to Judaic institutions,” said Zinder, who brings experience in Judaic building types.

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