Nicholas P. Zalany, AIA, IIDA Jencen 2850 Euclid Ave. Cleveland, Ohio 44115 (216) 781-0131 www.jencen.com

* Number of years in the industry: 18

* Recent retail projects:

Johnston & Murphy flagship store, New York; Johnston & Murphy, Philadelphia Airport; Jared the Galleria of Jewelry, Orlando, Fla; Kays Jewelers, Costa Mesa, Calif; Carlton Cards Feature Store, Arcadia, Calif; Brookstone Feature Store, Miami.

* Upcoming projects:

Carlton Cards, Montclair, Calif.; Belden Jewelers, Hanover, Mass.

PERSONALLYSpeaking

* Favorite retail store Escada, Baden Baden, Germany: "The design achieves a nice balance between the store and its environment. It's an integral part of the urban fabric."

* Favorite restaurant design Cypress Club, San Francisco: "It's an extraordinary indoor fantasy."

* Most improved retail image Banana Republic: "(It) continues to amaze me. They have taken specialty store brand to its fullest potential by broadening its offerings beyond its original scope to encompass lifestyle."

* Most admired industry figure Ralph Lauren: "The Ralph Lauren brand is lifestyle."