Wayde Tardif

Wayde Tardif

Seattle, WA, US



As a design professional for 20+ years,  Wayde has designed Mixed-Use, Commercial, Residential, Hospitality, Cultural & Institutional projects around the world; China, Singapore, Morocco, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Canada, Oman, USA & the UAE. 

Wayde’s recent experiences have been the design of Tower-based Mixed-Use (Office/Commercial/Hospitality/Retail) projects in the USA, Indonesia and China. 

Prior to the China work, Wayde worked with NYC firm Gwathmey Siegel Architects & Singaporean construction company, Sembawang, as Project Director for the NYU Abu Dhabi Campus proposal, and was an invited Design Consultant for Meinhardt Middle East for a new airport in Muscatt, Oman, a design/build project. 

4+ years prior to 2010, Wayde established the design firm POSIT Studio in Dubai, heading teams in the design of Mixed-Use towers in addition to Urban Design & Campus Master Planning.

Before 2005, Wayde was an integral collaborator for the winning Concept Design in the international competition for the $8+ Billion, Sands Integrated Resort with Moshe Safdie, & the Master Planning, Urban & Architectural design for Awaj, a new town for 25,000 in Rabat Morocco for MENA Developers SAMA Dubai. 

Wayde’s range of project types include City and Campus Master Planning, Urban Design, Commercial, Retail, Office, Residential, Hospitality, Academic, Library, and Visual & Performing Arts facilities. In addition to architecture graphics and urban design, Wayde Tardif has also played a pivotal role in marketing and branding for companies both domestically and internationally with his company Black Hat Inc.

Wayde has taught both graduate & undergraduate classes at Wentworth Institute of Technology,  the BAC, University of Tennessee, & Carleton University. Wayde has been guest critic @ Yale, RISD, Northeastern, MIT, Roger Williams & University of Tennessee.


GGLO, Seattle, WA, US, Design Lead

Wayde's role as building Design Lead at GGLO covers a broad range of responsibilities, from design leadership and oversight for the work of GGLO's Tall Building Design Group in Seattle (Architecture - High Rise office, hotel, residential, corporate, and commercial design, Urban Design and Master Planning) Wayde also uses his extensive marketing & business development experience to help grow and provide global identity to GGLO's Commercial Design Group's design efforts.

Sep 2014 - Jun 2016

MG2 ( MulvannyG2), Shanghai, CN, Design Principal

Wayde’s role as Design Principal covers a broad range of responsibilities, from design leadership and oversight for work of MG2’s China Design Group in Shanghai (Architecture (High Rise office, hotel, residential as well as corporate, commercial and retail design), Urban Design and Master Planning) Wayde also uses his extensive marketing & business development experience to help grow and provide global identity to MG2’s international design efforts.

Jan 2013 - Aug 2014

UDG (Shanghai), Shanghai, CN, Design Director

Wayde brought more than two decades of experience as a built environment professional to UDG to bear on a variety of project types from office and hotel towers to full developments of urban centers, CBD’s and Master Plans throughout China. Wayde’s role as Director of Design covers a broad range of responsibilities, from the direction and design of Architecture,
Urban Design and Master Planning, to the general oversight of the work of the Commercial Group at UDG, as well as teaching and mentoring young designers, and helping grow and develop the company from a marketing and outreach perspective. At UDG, Wayde was responsible for projects throughout China; Haikou, Handan, Beijing, Shenyang, Xi’An and Shanghai.

Apr 2012 - Jan 2013

HMD Architects Pt. Ltd., Shanghai, CN, Design Director

As Design Director his responsibilities ranged from Designing projects, directing the design of projects of other senior staff, and leading collaborative efforts of other departments and staff members in the creation of innovative solutions for HMD’s clients. Wayde was also responsible for educational evaluation and in-house training for staff, and extra-curricular development within the framework of design.

Mar 2011 - Apr 2012

POSIT studio, Dubai, AE, Managing Director, Design Principal

POSIT Studio was a design collaborative integrating architecture and graphic design, urban design and master planning, and dedicated to providing great service and solving the needs of our clients through clean, creative design. The work of the studio was grounded in the idea that design offers a way to tell a story about who our clients are, what their business is, and what they want it to be. POSIT Studio’s work covered a wide in a range of arenas, from Commercial, Cultural, Academic, and Institutional to Sporting Facilities, and Hospitality projects.

POSIT Studio enjoyed having several of their projects published by Compasses architecture journal.

Jan 2005 - Jan 2010

Safdie Architects, Somerville, MA, US, Senior Designer

Apr 2004 - Aug 2005


Carleton University, Ottawa, ON, CA, Masters, MARCH

Theory & Criticism Masters Program focusing on Cultural Studies and the nature of space.

Sep 1999 - May 2000

The University of Tennessee - Knoxville, Knoxville, TN, US, BArch, Bachelor of Architecture

Jun 1994 - May 1997

Wentworth Institute of Technology, Boston, MA, US, Assoc Program in Architectural Technology

Sep 1984 - May 1986

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