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Visionary Destinations

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Visionary Destinations


We work as a collaborative partnership, drawing on the strengths and experience of a diverse group of design professionals.  Continuing to practice independently is supported and encouraged as we seek to match the highest level of creative talent with the right opportunities.  

Our collective design work has been performed largely while working with well established and recognized design firms, giving our team an outstanding array of opportunities to participate in the design of some of the world's best destinations. We credit the work in our portfolio to these firms with the realization that our current professional practice has greatly benefited from decades of experience at the highest level.


Our design work begins with understanding the desired result.  Making good use of years of experience, we are able to establish baseline requirements while laying out a unique vision for each project.  With professional expertise ranging from large-scale master planning to destination architecture to hospitality interior design, our approach is holistic, inclusive, and practical.  We work towards realizing the vision, and continuing to enjoy the process.


Tom Williams

Design Architecture & Master Planning

Tom is the Creative Director with global hospitality leadership experience and over twenty-five years of design leadership in master planning, ultra-luxury resorts and high-rise urban mixed-use. As a former Vice President of international design firm WATG for over 20 years where his project experiences encompass resorts, urban hotels boutique properties, residential developments, entertainment venues and
culture & art complexes. Tom has lead a number of projects in diverse geographic regions which include North America, the Middle East, Asia and South East Asia, including, Philippines, Korea, Taiwan, China, Vietnam and Indonesia.

Tel: +18082208493

Craig Takahata

Hospitality & Urban Architecture

Craig Takahata is a creative director and founder of ZOO design group. with over twenty five years of global experience and expertise in hospitality design. He has
led a number of major hotel, resort, office, commercial, residential, retail, mixed-use and master planning projects throughout the Pacific Rim, United States, and
Asia. Servicing hospitality clients abroad for most major and boutique hotel brands, Takahata’s approach to every project involves a deep understanding of culture
and place-making, integrated into design and planning, creating a destination experience.

Tel: +18082208493

Sharmila Tankha

Urban Planning & Retail Design

Sharmila is Founding Principal and Partner at STARQ inc., a multifaceted Architecture, Design, and Building Technology Studio. Sharmila brings over 25 years of experience in Hospitality and Mixed-use design. Recently, as Vice President and Design Principal at Jerde, she led their Orange County Studio on several award-winning projects, ranging from large-scale master plans to a curated guest experience for a Corporate Headquarters Tower in Hong Kong which won a 2020 Muse Design Gold Award. Prior to that, as Design Principal at WATG, Sharmila was the creative force behind numerous and significant Hospitality-focused projects throughout the US, Asia, Middle East, and Africa.

Tel: +18082208493

Vinh Pham Gia

Architect & Studio Manager

Vinh is the lead architect in our Vietnam studio and has decades of experience in award-winning architecture and interior design projects in the region.  He brings local expertise and a love of adventure to our projects, along with the technical expertise required to bring the projects to life.  Vinh manages the production of our work from the Hanoi-based studio, where he can engage with our team of professionals and ensure efficient and effective design documentation and submittals.

Tel: +18082208493


We are always interested in talented and experienced professionals looking to expand their reach and work in a collaborative environment.

Open Vacancy

Currently we have an opening in our Vietnam production studio.  We are looking for architects and planners that have experience in preparing 1:500 Master Planning packages and architectural submittal documents.

Open Vacancy

There is an upcoming vacancy in our Dubai studio for an administration professional with experience in Dubai and preferably the design industry to be working from the Dubai Design District.

Open Vacancy

We are looking for a landscape architect to work on hospitality projects.  This position is based in our Dubai or Vietnam studios.

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