Our Vegas 2034 project was possible thanks to the participation of some extraordinarily creative people from Las Vegas’ design community. We’d like to introduce them:
Bergman, Walls & Associates was founded in 1994 as an architectural firm with an emphasis on casino resort design. Joel Bergman previously spent 16 years as Steve Wynn’s in-house architect, designing such projects as The Mirage, Treasure Island and the Golden Nugget properties in Las Vegas, Atlantic City and Laughlin. The tradition is carried on with his sons Leonard Bergman and George Bergman, along with a talented group of architects.
George Bergman is an architect and executive vice president of Bergman, Walls & Associates in Las Vegas and general director of the firm’s Vietnam office. Educated in Japan, he speaks the language fluently and understands Asian business practices. He has been principal-in-charge for several hospitality and entertainment projects in Las Vegas and throughout the world. In addition to overseeing BWA’s overseas operations, he is responsible for strategic business development and corporate culture.
Brett Robillard is a Las Vegas architect who has worked on projects both locally and internationally. An associate at Gensler, Robillard focuses on expressive, modernist designs on a variety of scales. He has almost two decades of experience in design and architecture and is an adjunct faculty member at UNLV’s School of Architecture. Visit VegasSeven.com/Robillard to read essays Robillard has written for VegasSeven.
Dan Laster’s passion for art and travel led him to study architecture at UNLV and later abroad in Turin, Italy. After working at Friedmutter Group in Las Vegas, he received a master’s degree in architecture from Rhode Island School of Design. Upon graduation, he was awarded the annual Alpha Rho Chi medal for distinguished service. He currently works as a technical designer at Gensler in Houston.
THE FUTURE OF WATER STREET
Windom Kimsey is the president and CEO of Tate Snyder Kimsey. He oversees the planning and development of all of the firm’s projects and has received numerous awards for design excellence. In his 27-year career, he has worked on all manner and scale of projects for markets from the Las Vegas Valley to mainland China. Kimsey believes strongly in the power of urban renewal, and is passionate about the revitalization and community-building opportunities that lie in the redevelopment of Water Street.
Marco A. Davis is an architectural designer from Los Angeles who now calls Las Vegas home. He is a project architect with Gensler and has more than 15 years of experience in the Valley. He has a strong interest in strengthening the local design community through Las Vegas-focused competitions.
Dan Sturges is a leading transportation designer based in Los Angeles. He consults with government agencies, new mobility startups (including Tony Hsieh’s Project 100) and community developers. Sturges founded Global Electric Motorcars (now owned by Polaris), and has worked for GM, Ford, Segway, the Federal Transit Administration and others. His works has been covered by Wired and other national publications. The Car-Free Community renderings were created by Sturges and Gensler of Nevada.
THE GREEN FONTAINEBLEAU
Jacob Rivard, Marshall Cowan and Heather Holmstrom are graduate students at UNLV’s School of Architecture.
THE LAS VEGAS PROMENADE and THE LAS VEGAS BIO-RING
Gensler’s Las Vegas office has created brands and identities, designed workplaces, and converted outdated spaces into vibrant facilities—all while finding new ways to enhance the way people work and play. The internationally recognized firm specializes in design for innovative work spaces, headquarters, creative spaces and more.
The Promenade team: Andrew Simmons, Brett Robillard, Carly Mossman, Donna Wachowiak, Francisco Loredo, Kristine Gregonis, Tim Hollenbeck.
The Bio-Ring team: Brett Robillard, Marco A. Davis, Brett Osness, Glen Curry, Susan Kim, Tony Beavers, Renee Smith, Hung Tran, Michael Schafer, Kevin Tay, Sanghee Park, Francisco Loredo.
Brittany Wright, who recently graduated from UNLV’s School of Architecture, works at XPA Architecture in Las Vegas. Her work on the Ally was inspired by extensive research into New York’s High Line. Her goal is to provide new experiences in Las Vegas for tourists and locals alike—and new opportunities for them to interact, giving those who visit a greater sense of the fabric of our city.
Torrey Tracy is a 2013 graduate of UNLV’s masters of architecture bridge program. Tracy, who is inspired by the ways in which history influences modern design, now works at Las Vegas’ Carpenter Sellers Del Gatto Architects.
Talah Pejooh was born and raised in California, where she received her bachelor’s degree in architecture from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo. She recently earned her master’s degree in the hospitality design concentration at UNLV’s School of Architecture. Peejoh has a passion for hotel design and is committed to integrating innovative technology into the hospitality industry.
THE LAS VEGAS ATOMS
Hernan Valencia is the founder and principal of The Construct Creative, a boutique design and illustration practice specializing in the pop culture and music markets. Valencia, a graphic design graduate of San Jose State University, left the Bay Area for Las Vegas in 2003 and has become a mainstay in the city’s artistic community.