Even in Princeton, New Jersey, a community steeped in its own history, change is inevitable. Few know that better than the architects and designers of JZA+D who regularly tackle local projects with innovative approaches that blend evolution and tradition. Now the firm has focused on itself, relocating from its studio location of 15 years to a converted house near the town center.
Leaving behind 20 Nassau Street, now the site of a planned 180-key Graduate Hotel, managing partner Joshua Zinder, AIA, LEED AP and partner Mark A. Sullivan, AIA, LEED AP say that the 1,800-square-foot house at 254 Witherspoon Street represents a view of the firm’s future as one with significant potential for continued growth.
“Our entire staff now enjoys access to natural daylight, with more room for informal collaboration and meetings and better parking options for those who drive,” says Zinder. “Importantly, the location is central to the community we live and work in — just a ten-minute walk from the center of town, and surrounded by many of our favorite past and current projects like 30 Maclean, Meeting House Restaurant, and the soon-to-open Nelson Glass House.”
According to Sullivan, the firm is also exploring options to expand the converted commercial property. “Our vision for an addition would serve both our staff and the surrounding community, with more room for JZA+D as well as leasable space for separate retail offerings,” he says.
Zinder, who currently serves as 2021 president of AIA-New Jersey (the statewide professional organization of architects), also points out that there are a number of other architecture and design firms with Witherspoon Street addresses. “It’s becoming Princeton’s ‘design corridor,’ unofficially,” he says, noting that some of those architects contributed time and creativity to the recent multi-day Sukkah Village 2021 event, which JZA+D co-organized.
To celebrate this next chapter, Zinder and Sullivan are planning an open house event for May of 2022. Details to follow.