JZMK Principal Katja Martinez Named President of Council on SAGE

IRVINE, Calif. — The board of directors of the Council on Shaping Advancements in Generational Environments (SAGE) has named Katja Martinez as its president. Martinez is principal and senior designer with architecture and design firm JZMK.

The Council on SAGE, formerly the 55+ Housing Council, announced that Martinez will serve the organization as president through 2020. Her five years of experience with the Council on SAGE and overall architectural design experience will prove to be an asset as the organization increases its efforts to provide senior communities with housing that reflects preference, functionality and comfort.

The Council on SAGE plans to coordinate events throughout the year to encourage greater collaboration among members and volunteers to find innovative and cost-effective solutions to senior community living. “Ultimately, we want to generate more awareness about what we have planned and the opportunities we offer for members of the industry so that we can better support our 55 and older communities,” says Martinez.

Martinez previously served on SAGE’s Programs Committee and as vice president of the board of directors. She holds a bachelor’s degree in architecture from the University of Applied Science in Stuttgart, Germany and has over 20 years of design experience ranging from high-density urban infill projects to recreational facilities and high-rise residential buildings. 

Based in Irvine, The Council on SAGE is a chapter of the Building Industry Association of Southern California (BIASC). The Council will hold a total of nine events in 2019, three of which will be builder-centric events.