For over two decades, Don has served as the principal in charge of numerous award-winning single family, multi-family, senior housing, custom residences and mixed-use projects. He has designed more than 100 custom homes as well as office buildings, medical centers, golf clubhouses, and university facilities. Don's work has been published in a variety of international architectural magazines and books. In Addition to his involvement in the U.S., Don is currently working with clients in China, Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Egypt, Jordan, India, Morocco and Ukraine.
Don speaks extensively on high density housing and senior housing at a number of conventions including the ULI, NAHB, PCBC, 50+ Housing Symposium, and Multi-Housing World Convention. His civic and professional involvements include being the 1996 Chair of the National AIA Housing Committee and serving as a liaison with the National AIA Construction Documents Committee. He is actively involved with the Building Industry Association and was recognized in 2000 as Volunteer of the Year for HomeAid, which raises money to help house the transitionally homeless. He serves on the Board of Directors for HomeAid America.
In 2008 Don and his wife, Julie Brinkerhoff-Jacobs, were honored by the Association of Fundraising Professionals as "Fundraiser Volunteer of the Year." Don, and again, his wife Julie, were inducted into the California Building Industry, Hall of Fame in San Francisco, CA in 2008.
Don is NCARB certified and is currently licensed in California, Texas, Illinois, Arizona, Nevada, Colorado, New Mexico, Georgia, Hawaii, and Delaware. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Architecture from the University of Cincinnati, graduating in 1967. Don is also a licensed architect in British Columbia, Canada.
Eric Zuziak completed his architectural internship at Richardson Nagy Martin from 1984 to 1991. He became a licensed architect in 1991. During that period he designed many award winning residential projects.
In 1991 Eric joined Dorius Architects as Director of Design where he supervised all architectural design activities at the firm. The firm later became JBZ Architecture and Planning in 1994, then later JZMK Partners in 2005. His primary responsibilities include the direct supervision of all architectural design activities at the firm, as well as business development and client relations. He brings over twenty eight years of design expertise to the firm. His designs have been published in numerous magazines and international professional journals. He has served as Principal-In-Charge for numerous projects including custom homes, multifamily projects, mixed-use developments, urban infill projects, residential high rises, resorts, senior communities, golf clubhouses, and a city hall. His designs have won national and international recognition with awards including the AIA Award of Merit, the Gold Nugget Award, the Builders Choice Award, the NAHB Nationals Award, and the MAME Award.
Eric speaks extensively at a number of conventions and conferences including the ULI, PCBC, NAHB, and the BIA. on subjects ranging from trends in residential architecture to high density urban infill design solutions. He has also served numerous times as a judge for the PCBC Gold Nugget Awards program.
Eric studied architecture at the University of Southern California School of Architecture, and is a licensed architect in California, Colorado, Texas, Utah, Illinois and Hawaii. He is a member of the American Institute of Architects, and is NCARB certified. He is also a member of the US Green Building Council, and is a LEED Accredited Professional. He is active in fund raising efforts for the American Cancer Society, the YMCA, and Laguna Beach School Power. He is an avid surfer and volunteered as coach of the Thurston Middle School Surf Team, in Laguna Beach.
With over thirty seven years of planning and architectural design, Anastacio has been involved in numerous award-winning projects. His expertise encompasses a diverse range of building typologies including single-family and multi-family housing, as well as mixed-use, resort and hospitality, commercial, educational and institutional projects. His leadership and project involvement spans the Middle East, Costa Rica, China, Mexico and the United States.
Prior to joining JZMK Partners, Anastacio was founder and Principal/Owner of Anastacio Martinez Associates (AMA), an architectural practice that was operated in Newport Beach, California for a six year duration. Anastacio joined JZMK in November of 1999 as Director of Operations, and was responsible for all aspects of project management, client relations, office management, and supervision of design activities. In 2005, he also assumed the role of Director of Architecture and was responsible for overseeing the quality control of the construction documents, and the construction phase of all projects.
In April of 2007, he became Chief Operating Officer overseeing strategic planning such as financial strategies, business development, and legal matters. In 2013, he became Chief Executive Officer and is responsible for the operational and financial strategies and most importantly, the continued growth of the firm.
Additionally, Mr. Martinez leads the design and planning teams for our projects in the Middle East. In addition to his responsibilities as C.E.O. of the firm, Anastacio is the lead Principal in the marketing and business development efforts in the Middle East and Brazil. Also, he has directed several international Design Competitions in the United Arab Emirates and Egypt.
Anastacio is a licensed Architect in California and Arizona since 1985 and is a member of the American Institute of Architects. He attended Stanford University and received a Bachelor of Architecture degree from the University of Arizona.
Wais Ali brings more than 27 years of architectural design experience to a highly skilled team of professionals with the goal of providing innovative solutions to JZMK Partners' notable clientele. He is an integral team member, responsible for establishing and nurturing design concepts from inception to completion.
Mr. Ali received his Master of Architecture from Moscow University, Moscow Russia in 1980, at which time he joined Graphic Design Studio located in Hamburg, Germany. In 1988, he joined The Hill Partnership and was responsible for the next five years for design, production, space planning, and presentation of Commercial, Health Care and Educational projects. He then worked for WATG as a Senior Designer, where he was involved with entertainment architecture and hotel resort through Asia, Middle East, Africa and Europe.
Wais joined JZMK from Teller Manok Architects (TMA) where he was the senior designer/ project manager for Barefoot Landing Resort, in North Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, several House of Blues projects, including studies for a House of Blues Hotel in London, England, as well as restaurants for both Todd English and Greg Norman. Mr. Ali is an articulate architect with over 27 years of specialized experience in the design of Hospitality, Resort and Residential Housing throughout the U.S., Europe, South America, Middle East, and Africa.
Katja joined JZMK Partners in 2000 after graduating from the University of Applied Science, Stuttgart, Germany with a Bachelor Degree in Architecture. Since becoming an Associate/ Senior Designer to the company, she has now been promoted to Principal.
With nearly 15 years of experience, Katja is involved in a wide variety of major residential projects in California, Texas, China and the Middle East. Her innovative designs range from Custom Residences, Recreational Facilities, Resort Clubhouses, Mixed-Use facilities and High-Rise residential buildings.
A recent achievement is the high density, urban in-fill project along the Huangpu River in Shanghai, China that includes High-rise Residential towers, high-end Retail and a 5-star Hotel. Additional projects include the Marassi Beach Clubhouse in Egypt and the high density, award winning Hillside Project in Austin, Texas. Katja's diligent, thorough and decisive approach consistently results in meeting or exceeding client's expectations. In her position she also manages Business Development efforts and facilitates client communication.
Katja is a past member of Toast Master International where she held the office of Secretary and Vice President of Membership. She completed her course with an award in public speaking. Katja currently holds the position of Board of Directors for the 55+ Housing Council in Southern California.
Jason Ficht has over 15 years of experience as an urban designer, master planner, and city planner. As the Director of Planning for JZMK Jason leads a highly qualified team of planners and urban designers working throughout the world on master plans, mixed-use infill projects, redevelopment strategies, town center plans, land use entitlements, design guidelines, and strategic planning efforts.
Jason has worked for a number of years as a planner for both the Cities of Mission Viejo and Santa Maria resulting in an appreciation for how the public and the private sectors shape the form and livability of communities. When the public and private sectors work together good outcomes result. Specific projects Jason has led includes: Master Planning and Neighborhood Design for the Great Park Neighborhoods, CA; Master Planning for portions of the Irvine Ranch, CA; Master Planning of Newhall Ranch, CA; Master Planning for portions of the Tejon Ranch, CA; Master Planning and Urban Design for Mivida a new town outside of, Cairo Egypt; Master Planning for Saadiyat Island, a new annex of Abu Dhabi UAE; to name a few.
Jason received a Bachelor of Landscape Architecture from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo and a Master's Degree in Urban and Regional Planning from University of California, Irvine. Jason is a frequent speaker at design and development conferences and has taught a course at the University of California Irvine on the planning, design and implementation of master planned communities. He is an active member of the Urban Land Institute where he serves as the Vice Chair of for the "Public Realm" Council, a member of the American Planning Association and a member of the American Institute of Certified Planners.