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Douglas Swank

Douglas Swank

Champaign, IL, US

 

About 

In my 25+ years as an Architect, I have held leadership positions within prominent architectural firms and participated in all aspects of architectural practice. This experience has enabled me to acquire a thorough understanding of the Architect’s efforts throughout the design, documentation and construction phases. The initial ten years of my career were spent doing high-rise office building projects, most notably Getty Plaza in Universal City and Warner Center Plaza VI in Woodland Hills. For the last fifteen years of my architectural career, I specialized in providing project management services for luxury hotel and resort projects such as Four Seasons Resort – Aviara and Four Seasons Hotel – Dublin.

 

Most recently, I represented the development interests of Montage Hotels & Resorts, Viceroy Hotels & Resorts and Rosewood Hotels & Resorts. This experience has given me an insider’s appreciation of the financial and operational aspects of hospitality projects and the leadership role that the owner /developer  plays in envisioning projects and bringing them to fruition. As a Director in design and construction departments for those companies, my primary responsibilities included providing design and planning direction, managing consultant teams and developing / monitoring budgets for 5-star luxury urban hotels such as Viceroy – Icon Brickell in Miami and master-planned resort communities such as Royal Island Resort in The Bahamas and Vista Serena in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico.

Employment 

Montage Hotels & Resorts, Laguna Beach, CA, US, Director of Technical Services

Directed consultant teams through all project phases; solicited and evaluated consultants’ proposals; negotiated consultants’ fees and agreements; reviewed and approved consultants’ billings; provided design direction; reviewed consultants’ design and construction documents; prepared and monitored construction and FF&E budget estimates; developed project schedules; managed the Model Room FF&E procurement process. Projects included:

 Royal Island Resort, a master-planned resort island community in the Bahamas.
 Vista Serena Beach Club, a master-planned resort community in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico

Jul 2007 - Apr 2009
 

Viceroy Hotels & Resorts, Los Angeles, CA, US, Director - Design & Construction

Reviewed consultants’ design and construction documents; prepared design sketches; prepared construction and FF&E budget estimates; developed estimates and project schedules; managed the FF&E procurement process for Model Rooms. Projects included:

 Viceroy Icon Brickell – Miami, a 150-room urban condo-hotel.
 Viceroy South Beach, a 125-room luxury condo-resort.

Mar 2006 - Jul 2007
 

Friedmutter Group, Newport Beach, CA, US, Senior Project Manager

Participated in marketing and firm management; provided planning and design direction of gaming projects; managed consultant teams. Projects included:

 Horseshoe Hammond, a $450-million casino expansion in Hammond.
 Harrah’s St. Louis, a $50-million casino expansion in St. Louis.

May 2005 - Mar 2006
 

Three Architecture, Dallas, TX, US, Senior Associate

Selected to open and manage a satellite office in Southern California; participated in marketing and firm management; programmed, designed and planned luxury hotel and resort projects. Projects included:

 Mandarin Oriental – South Coast Plaza, a 200-room urban resort in Orange County.
 Legato, a 6,000-acre luxury resort community in La Paz, Mexico.
 Four Seasons Hotel – Dubai, a 250-room urban resort.

Jun 2003 - Apr 2005
 

Rosewood Hotels & Resorts, Dallas, TX, US, Director - Design & Construction

Wrote Rosewood’s Design & Construction Guidelines; reviewed consultants’ design and construction documents; provided design direction; prepared construction and FF&E budget estimates and schedules. Projects included:

 Luttrellstown Castle, a 113-room ultra-luxury golf/spa resort in Dublin.
 Playa Mujeres, a 100-room luxury resort in Cancun.
 65 East Huron Street, a 152-room luxury urban hotel in Chicago.
 Olympia Resort, a 130-room ultra-luxury resort hotel in Greece
 Silver Bear Lodge, a 65-room ultra-luxury ski resort in Telluride.

Jan 2001 - Apr 2003
 

WATG, Irvine, CA, US, Senior Project Manager

Promoted to Associate in 1998. Participated in marketing efforts; prepared proposals and agreements; assisted in management of firm-wide staffing; managed consultant teams through all project phases. Projects included:

 Four Seasons Hotel – Dublin, a 259-room luxury urban hotel.
 Four Seasons Resort – Aviara, a 331-room luxury resort hotel.
 Four Seasons Hotel - Newport Beach, a 25,000 sf ballroom addition.
 Palm Beach Resort, a 200-room luxury resort hotel in Cannes, France.
 Grand America Hotel, a 600-room urban hotel in Salt Lake City.
 Hale O Malia – Lifecare, a senior living project in Honolulu.
 The Crescent at Tanglin, a 360-room luxury hotel in Singapore.

Aug 1988 - Jan 2001
 

Education 

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Urbana, IL, US, MArch, Architecture

Achieved membership in a national architectural honor society.

Jan 1975 - Jun 1977
 

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Urbana, IL, US, BArch, Architecture

Participated in the Overseas Program at Versailles, France.

Sep 1969 - Jun 1973
 

Areas of Specialization 

Skills