WATG expands senior design team

Global architectural and design firm WATG added four senior level designers. Joining WATG in the role of VP is Dennis Rehill, while Chris Hurst joins as associate VP. In addition, Erik Heironimus and Miguel Alvarez were hired as senior designers.

The move is part of WATG’s strategy to expand its hospitality and guest experience design to new project types, and enhance complementary services to the company’s existing design expertise.

The four designers will work as a virtual team with Rehill and Heironimus based in the

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WATG Seattle studio, and Hurst and Alvarez based in Chicago. The new team members will work with WATG’s architectural design teams in Southern California, London, Honolulu and Singapore to provide expertise in delivering high-rise, mixed use, and urban design opportunities to the firm’s portfolio.

Dennis Rehill joins WATG after working with Gensler. Prior to Gensler, Rehill  worked with AS+GG on a series of large scale, mixed use projects, including the firm’s Seattle’s Tallest Tower project, and structures for SOM, such as the Burj Khalifa in Dubai. Rehill holds a Bachelor of Architecture and Bachelor of Urban Design from Ball State University. He is also the current director of the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat in the organization.

Chris Hurst comes to WATG from Opus Architects and Engineers, where he was a senior architect and manager of the firm’s Chicago office. His background includes positions of project architect and lead designer for SOM, AS+GG and Lohan Anderson. While at AS+GG, he was involved in the design development of the new Kingdom Tower in Jeddah. He holds a Bachelor of Architecture and Bachelor of Environmental Design from Ball State University.

Prior to joining WATG, Erik Heironimus was an architectural designer and associate at Gensler. He earned his Masters of Architecture from the University of Kansas and is the recipient of several industry awards, including the AIA Seattle Honor Award in 2011.

Meanwhile, before joining WATG, Miguel Alvarez was a senior designer at AS+GG, where he was responsible for design aspects on several high-rise projects, including the new Kingdom Tower in Jeddah, currently under construction. Alvarez holds a Master’s of Architecture from UCLA, and a Bachelor’s of Science in Architecture from Ohio State, where he graduated Cum Laude.

Established 70 years ago, WATG – with affiliated design studio Wimberly Interiors – has offices in Irvine, Los Angeles, New York, London, Istanbul, Dubai, Singapore, and Honolulu. WATG offers a range of design services including strategy, planning, architecture, urban design, landscape, and interior design for urban, mixed-use, tourism, entertainment and resort destinations.

Chris Hurst

Dennis Rehill

Erik Heironimus

Miguel Alvarez