Contract - January 2009 - (Page 44)

legend award Disney Village in Marne-la-Valle, France Downtown Disney at Disneyland Resort in Anaheim, Calif. Disneyland’s Hollywood Hotel in Hong Kong a story for the ageless Wing Chao, master of fun and fantasy By Holly Richmond Photography courtesy of Walt Disney Imagineering “Gee, this is fun!” Wing Chao excitedly pronounced over 40 years ago. He was visiting his older sister, who was studying architecture at the University of California, Berkeley, and trying to decide what to select a major when he arrived on the school’s hallowed steps. With that light-bulb discovery of “fun,” Chao’s stratospheric story begins. Though the times and circumstances have changed, it is still this ingenuous sense of unadulterated enthusiasm that inspires his work each and every day. For the past 36 years Chao has played a pivotal role in developing and implementing Disney projects worth well over $8 billion, and he currently serves as vice chairman, Asia Pacific development, Walt Disney Parks and Resorts, as well as executive vice president for Walt Disney Imagineering, overseeing master planning, architecture, design, and development of Disney real estate holdings in California, Florida, Paris, Tokyo, Hong Kong, and other locations worldwide. To say Chao is well-educated is like saying Walt Disney was a visionary. After Chao graduated with a Bachelor of Architecture degree from Berkeley, he received a Masters from Berkeley and another Master of Architecture degree with a focus in Urban Design from Harvard University, with post-graduate work in Urban Planning and Real Estate Development at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Chao also holds an Honorary Doctorate Degree in Business Administration in Hospitality Management from Johnson and Wales University. Remarkably, things went up from there. 44 contract january 2009

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Contract - January 2009

Contract - January 2009
Urban Elegance
Beyond Fad
Designers of the Year
Legend Award
The 30th Annual Interiors Awards
Large Office
Small Office
Public Space
Environmental Design
Designers Rate: Furniture Systems
Leader, Not a Follower
Deconstructing Costs
Ad Index

Contract - January 2009