Reinforcing its position as a design leader, fast-growing enterprise, and an innovative member of its business community, the firm JZA+D has announced that its two leaders have been honored as “Entrepreneurs of the Year” by a major regional economic group today.
The integrated design firm Joshua Zinder Architecture + Design (JZA+D), recently named “Architectural Firm of the Year” in New Jersey, has been given the latest award by the Princeton Regional Chamber of Commerce. The 2015 Entrepreneur of the Year award will be presented to two recipients — founding principal and architect Joshua Zinder, AIA, and partner and director of Interior Design, Marlyn Zucosky — on December 2, 2015, at a gala event.
Peter Crowley, president and CEO of the Princeton Regional Chamber of Commerce, announced the group’s honorees on September 10th at its monthly membership event. According to the group, the Entrepreneurs of the Year Award winner is selected by an independent team of professors from the Rider University Business School who lead the school’s Entrepreneurial Studies program.
In their submission for the award, the architect and interior designer explained that their business has grown thanks to “diversification in client base and service types,” which “has led to international projects along with national recognition and regional growth.” In contrast to typical emerging design firms, JZA+D does not seek status as a specialist in one type of project, such as in single-family residences. Instead the firm has developed a full-service client approach, addressing all design needs from planning and architecture to interiors and furniture design.
“This kind of broad experience through diversification and integrated delivery of architecture and interiors, for example, is unusual for smaller, emerging design firms,” says Zinder, who was also honored in 2013 as the state’s AIA Architect of the Year. “Yet our unique approach is ideal for clients in, for example, the hospitality and commercial office industries, where project needs are also diverse,” adds Zucosky, who recently served as juror for the NeoCon product design awards program in Chicago.
The Princeton Regional Chamber of Commerce will present the two design professionals their Entrepreneur of the Year Awards at the TPC Jasna Polana golf club in Princeton on December 2nd. According to the CEO Crowley, “These selected few business leaders are deserving of the award, and several of our past winners have gone on to national success at the Small Business National Entrepreneur of the Year Award program and others have been selected for inclusion in regional recognition programs.”