FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Irvine, California, USA, October 2007
After 50 years of service at WATG, architect Gerald (Jerry) Allison is retiring.
Recognized throughout the world for his contribution to the advancement of tourism and his commitment to the environment, Allison has been deeply involved in the success of WATG and its international expansion since joining the firm in 1957.
In recognition of his design excellence and community service, Allison was elected to the College of Fellows, American Institute of Architects. He has authored many articles on tourism and resort design, served on numerous design juries, and received global accolades—including the Aga Khan Award for Architecture. He was honored with Hospitality Design’s Platinum Circle Award for his contribution to the hospitality industry, a lifetime achievement award from Hocking College, and the Ray Bradbury Creativity Award.
Some of the more notable projects Allison has been involved with during his tenure include: The Palace of the Lost City Resort Hotel, Theme Park & Clubhouse in Sun City, South Africa; The Mansion at MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada; Disneyland’s Grand Floridian Beach Resort in Orlando, Florida; Atlantis, Paradise Island, Bahamas; and the Palace of the Golden Horses in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
Born and raised in Seattle, he graduated from the University of Washington, School of Architecture in 1955. He is currently a member of the City of Newport Beach Arts Commission.
Allison will be honored at his retirement party on 27 October at The Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel, in Dana Point, California, the project that brought him from Hawaii to California in 1982.
WATG specializes in hospitality, leisure and entertainment design from its offices in Irvine, Honolulu, Orlando, Seattle, Singapore and London. For more information, visit www.watg.com.
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