Center for Gaming Research

2004 Honoree

Jon Jerde

Jon Jerde

Biography and Project Listing


The Jerde Partnership is a visionary architecture and urban planning firm that designs unique places that people love to visit and go back to time and again. Nearly one billion people visit Jerde Places every year.

Located around the globe, Jerde Places are iconic, “go to” destinations that pulse with life through a carefully orchestrated procession of public spaces, shops, parks, restaurants, entertainment, housing and nature. They transform the economic and social landscape of neighborhoods, cities and regions and deliver astounding results across the board -- economic success and recognition for developers, businesses and cities and amazing experiences for the people who work, eat, stay, shop, play, wander and live there.

More than 100 Jerde Places are open in cities around the world including Budapest, Hong Kong, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Osaka, Rotterdam, Seoul, Shanghai, Tokyo, Istanbul, Warsaw and Dubai.

The firm’s journey began in 1977, when founder Jon Jerde, FAIA, broke from conventional architects who focus on advancing architectural forms to pioneer the creation of memorable places where people can gather and experience a sense of community. That singular, founding vision of Jerde Placemaking continues to inform the firm’s work today, propelled by the passion of its 17 partners and 92 staff members from all over the world.

Over the last 34 years, The Jerde Partnership has grown into a multi-disciplinary, international design studio headquartered in Los Angeles, with offices in Hong Kong, Shanghai, Seoul and Berlin. Approximately one quarter of Jerde's designers were born outside of the United States in diverse places such as El Salvador, Canada, China, Croatia, Japan, Korea, Latvia, Mexico, Philippines, Russia, Singapore, Taiwan, the United Kingdom, Uruguay and more.

Jerde's design talent possesses individual and collective passions about what they do, and they work closely together bringing a diversity of cultural backgrounds and ideas to continually evolve the global application of Jerde Placemaking.

The firm’s expertise has expanded beyond its retail and entertainment roots to include hotels, casinos and resorts; residential complexes; office and commercial facilities; transit-oriented mixed-use hubs; major urban districts; waterfronts; town centers; community plans; and visionary master plans. The firm partners with clients to conceptualize big ideas for each venue that will become a powerful economic and social engine.


Project Listing

Casinos and Resorts

Treasure Island (Las Vegas, Nevada) 1993

Bellagio (Las Vegas, Nevada) 1998

Morongo Casino, Resort, and Spa (Cabazon, California) 2005

Palms (Las Vegas, Nevada) 2001

Wynn Las Vegas (Las Vegas, Nevada) 2005

Palms Phase II Fantasy Tower (Las Vegas, Nevada) 2006

Palms Place (Las Vegas, Nevada) 2008



Real World Suite at the Palms (Las Vegas, Nevada) 2002

Palms High-Roller Suites (Las Vegas, Nevada)) 2005

Playpens at the Palms (Las Vegas, Nevada)) 2005

Morongo Guest Rooms (Cabazon, California) 2005

Casino Design article (pdf)

The Jerde Partnership

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