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Heritage

For more than 70 years, we’ve held an unwavering commitment to design innovation and excellence

1945

Genesis

George ‘Pete’ Wimberly and Howard Cook form Wimberly and Cook in Honolulu, Hawaii.
1946

Iconic

Work starts on the first hospitality project, renovation of the iconic Royal Hawaiian Resort, Waikiki.
1958

Expansion

The firm expands into the South Pacific designing Hotel Tahiti.
1961

Innovate

Redefining resort design: Hotel Bora Bora opens, the first with guest rooms over the water.
1971

WWAT&G

George Whisenand, Jerry Allison, Greg Tong and Don Goo join to create Wimberly Whisenand Allison Tong & Goo.
1978

Asia

New frontiers as WWAT&G enters Asia with the Shangri-La Garden Wing in Singapore.
1979

Aga Khan

Tanjong Jara in Malaysia is completed and awarded the Aga Khan Award for architecture.
1981

California

With the first US mainland projects awarded, an office opens in Newport Beach, California.
1985

Planning

WATG team starts offering master planning services, creating the framework for urban and resort communities of the future.
1988

WATG

The firm becomes known as Wimberly Allison Tong & Goo.
1990

London

London office opens to begin designing destinations for Europe, Africa and the Middle East.
1992

Lost City

Breaking new ground, WATG designs the Palace of the Lost City in South Africa.
1994

LATAM

Making a move into Latin America with Four Seasons Mexico City.
1995

Middle East

Making a splash in the Middle East, with three new projects in Egypt and three more in Jordan.
1996

Singapore

A new office in Singapore brings a fresh focus and expands WATG’s reach across Southeast Asia.
1997

Interiors

Interior design services are launched, adding intimacy to the client experience and creating a holistic vision.
1999

Jackpot

Las Vegas jackpot with the opening of the Venetian, The Mansion at MGM Grand, and the Palace Tower at Caesars Palace.
2000

Strategy

Strategic advisory services are added to guide clients through negotiation and development.
2004

Landscape

WATG adds landscape design services, creating calming oases in urban and resort spaces.
2005

Saudi Arabia

Working as master planning consultant for all resort/non-industrial areas on King Abdullah Economic City.
2005

Palace

One of the most expensive hotels ever built, the Emirates Palace opens in Abu Dhabi.
2006

Irvine

Four Southern California offices are integrated in Irvine, with WATG’s name atop the building.
2007

Opera

In Muscat, work starts on the Royal Opera House; work continues on the Oman Convention & Exhibition Center.
2010

Platinum

Winners of Radical Innovation and USGBC Sustainable Suite awards; inducted into the Hospitality Design Platinum Circle.
2011

Wimberly

Interior design services are branded as Wimberly Interiors with a new office in New York City.
2012

Beverly Hills

Expanding west, Wimberly Interiors office opens in Los Angeles' design hub.
2013

Istanbul

Istanbul office opens, a testament to Turkey’s entrepreneurial strengths.
2014

Dubai

WATG further expands in EMEA opening an office in Dubai, UAE.
2015

Urban

High-rise, mixed-use, and urban design capabilities elevated with four standout hires.