With 10 studios around the world, Wilson Associates is one of the most prolific design studios in the entire world. Their main team is comprise of 25 designers, architects and managers capable of creating the most luxurious environments. Today, we bring you the faces of the creative minds behind one of the most recognized design studios worldwide.
Rimelspach, a passionate for the southwest United States, where he was involved in projects like Rosewood Inn of the Anasazi, Encantado an Auberge Resort, Four Seasons Scottsdale, and The Ritz-Carlton, Dove Mountain. Jim has a long career in the business. He has been working for more than 35 years as a member of Wilson Associates, where he is a perfectionist: he pays attention to every detail and cultural context is one of the most important parts of his work. He was also involved in magnificent projects like The Venetian Las Vegas, The Venetian Macau and The Palazzo.
Tristan Auer found his own studio in 2012. The french architect is a specialist in high-end residences, boutique hotels and retail. He also designs high fashion. He is the Principal of Wilson Associates‘ in Paris and he makes sure that the European projects are supervised in the best manner.
Multiple award winner James Carry is an architect with over 25 years of experience in the world of hospitality. With his expertise in resort design, he created some stunning and iconic buldings like Atlantis Bahamas, Mazagan Beach Resort, Park Hyatt Dubai and The Peabody Orlando, just to name some. He is frequently invited to speak at conferences and industry meetings and to particpate in student juries, work sessions and lectures. He is the Principal of Wilson Associates in the Americas.
Isabel Pintado is able to perfectly mix natural and contemporary elements in her work. She pays particular attention to the region’s culture and to business landscape. Pintado is the Senior Vice President and Managing Director of Wilson Associates and manages the Dubai design studio, supervising all the projects in the area. In 2017, she won “Most Influential Interior Designer” by designMENA.
Kwan has more than 20 years of experience in the field. His goal is to revolutionize the world of hospitality with avant-garde/modernistic properties. But Dan Kwan’s abilities don’t stop here: he can speak English, Mandarin, Cantonese and Baha Indonesian. His work includes Conrad Koh Samui in Thailand, Hilton Beijing Wangfujing in China and ITC Grand Chola Chennai in India, to name a few. He currently lives in Manhattan and he works for Wilson Associates as the Chief Creative Officer and Regional Managing Director for Americas.
After graduating from Michigan State University, Cheryl Neumann‘s career was focused on the design of signature hotels in the whole world. Nowadays, as a Consulting Princpial and Advisor for Wilson Associates, Cheryl is responsible for client development and retention and the supervision of major projects as Principal-In-Charge. She also negotiates contracts. She has designed iconic buldings such as The Four Seasons Cairo and Montage Laguna Beach.
Monika Moser’s passion are hotels. With more than 20 years of experience in the hospitality field.She has a MBA in Hospitality Management from ESSEC Business School. Moser is a German native who grew up across in South America. She is fluent in five languages. Monika Moser is the Managing Director of Wilson’s Associates atelier in Paris and design office in London.
Amy Jakubowski is a storyteller, who has a special affection for sketchs on napkins that turn into a reality. She is the Managing Director and Design Director in Los Angeles for Wilson Associates. Jakubowski gets inspirations from color schemes in nature to textures in urban streets.
Joanne Yong is famous for her fashinating interior design. She is responsible for the interiors of Conrad Koh Samui and Hilton Beijing Wangfujing. Her work is a magnificent due to her mix with the traditional and the contemporary. Yong’s talent does not stop here: she can speak English, Cantonese and Malay.
Lei Berger allowed Wilson Associates to grow even more in China, where she leads the business development team. She also had a 10 years experience on Wilson Associates’ Dallas design floor where she created interiors for Disney, Fairmont and Four Seasons, amongst others. Berger’s colleagues call her. She also makes sure that the synergies with Arcplus (Wilson Associates‘ parent Company) are in order. She gets her inspiration from her hometown, Shangai.
Due to his multicultural background and for being bilingual, Firas Alsalih is a multifaceted artist. For Firas there are 3 important pillars: credibility, integrity and empathy. In Wilson Associates, he is Chief Development Officer Regional Managing Director in Middle East & Africa.
Every since the start of his 17 year old career, Leonard Lee is constantly challenging the status quo, and always seeks innovative and industry-leading design concepts so that the world of hospitality design can keep moving foward. He was involved in many iconic projects like Ritz-Carlton, Conrad, Capella and JW Marriot. He works as the Wilson Associate‘s Regional Creative Officer Regional Managing Director in Asia-Pacific, in Singapore.
As a graduate of the University of Capetown, the architect Michael Crosby knows the significance of a hand-sketched drawing. His 30 year experience guarantees that his work is famous in the entire design world. In the last 20 years, Michael has worked on award-winning luxury retreats such as The Blue Train in South Afric and the Ritz-Carlton Reserve in Puerto Rico. He is the Design Director Principal in Dallas.
Susan Isaac is a force of nature and has a portfolio that speaks for itself: it comprises international commercial, hospitality and residential projects. She has been involved in projects for Armani, Capella, Four Seasons and ITC, just to name a few. In Wilson Associates she is the Principal in Singapore.
Dylan Wills’s body of work is phenomenal. Over the past two decades, he has been involved in the most varied fields: designing luxury transportation, retail, health care, casinos, restaurants and hotels. The fact that he has travelled the world from Europe to Asia only enriches his legacy. He is Wilson Associates‘ current principal in Shangai.
Aldwin Ong is a trained architect who believes in creativity as an art and a science. You can see his strong sharp aesthetics in the New World Beijing Hotel, Lotte Hotel Seoul and Sofitel Nusa Dua. He is a gastronomy lover and he also has a big passion for photography. He is Wilson Associates‘ Principal in Singapore.
Yasin Abdullah is an active member of the Wilson Associates leadership team. He is a licensed architect with a Master of Architecture and Urban Design degree from Pratt Institute. With a 20 year career, he has overseen more than 30 large-scale luxury projects alll around the globe. While at Wilson Associates, he has focused on the Middle East. He has overseen the development of the Presidential Palace Project in Abu Dhabi, as well as 19 hotels in Makkah, Saudi Arabia, for brands like Conrad, Crown Plaza, Hilton and many others.
As Regional Project Director for Wilson Associates’ New York studio, Julia Choi is responsible to oversee a diverse portfolio of hospitality, F&B and conceptual architecture projects. She is responsible to establish a fluid inter/intra-office work plan to ensure all projects are completed on time, on budget, and with the highest quality. She graduate at the Cooper Union in New York City and her portfolio that includes some of the world’s most highly publicized and luxurious properties, from one side of the world to another: Abu Dhabi to Beijing, and Rio de Janeiro to Sydney.
Joan Sizemore is Wilson Associates’ Dallas office operations manager where she acts as the primary liasion between the client and the design teams, where she oversees the entire design process from beginning to end. A licensed interior designer with an M.F.A. from Savannah College of Art and Design, Joan has worked on amazing projects in more than 11 countries.
Iain McLaughlin has more than 25 years of experience. He is a specialist when it comes to the relationship between the design team and the client. The outcome of this relationships was the Royal Palace Morrocco, the InterContinental Doha, the Buckinghamgate Suites in London amongst others. His role in Wilson Associates is of Director of Operations in Dubai.
Darcy Lawrence is a natural when it comes to empathy. Her biggest satisfaction is to see her clients happy. She providing an attentive service, listening and working with the client to make sure both the project and their relationship are on point. After seven years with Sherle Wagner, she joined Wilson Associates where she has been working as the Director of Business Development in Middle East and Africa with the goal of gaining fair maket share in the region.
Ong-Art Ngamnarongkij is above all, a passionate architect. His work is visible in hotels, spas, resorts and residences throughout Southeast Asia and China. Formerly head of design for Blink’s Bangkok studio, Ong-Art is now working in Wilson Associates’ Bangkok studio, focusing on architecture design, especifically for resort projects. Ong-Art has the ability to analyse the entire design direction of the project.
Amanda Jackson has nearly 20 years of experience in team leadership, mentorship, project design and management, documentation, and construction administration. She is the Project Director and Business Development Director in Wilson Associates. She graduated at the University of Texas in Austin and turned herself into a Registered Interior Designer. She has worked in fabulous projects across the United States of America for such distinguished hospitality brands as Westin, Fairmont, Grand Bohemian, Marriott, and more.
Juan Carlos Rodriguez Artigas has more than 15 years of international experience in both worlds of architecture and interior design. He is the Design Director of Wilson Associates’ London studio. He owns an impressive portfolio in hospitality and residential interior design as a project manager, a construction manager, and most recently as design director of Rockwell Europe, he was included in projects like the W Suzhou in Suzhou, China, and the Gran Hotel Ingles in Madrid, Spain.
Azzi Kashani is one of most passionate hospitality devotees. She has a MBA in International Hospitality Management & Marketing from Switzerland’s Glion Institute of Higher Education. In the last 10 years, she worked in hotel design and operations, most recently with Hyatt Hotel Corporation in Dubai, which was a demanding but enrinching experience and makegave her an unparalleled insight into the value of great design in all cultures and places.
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