Center for Gaming Research

2010 Honoree

Paul Steelman

Paul Curtis Steelman

Biography and Project Listing


Paul Steelman, a native of Atlantic City, NJ, is widely recognized as a visionary designer of entertainment, hospitality and gaming architecture worldwide.

Paul was honored as the 2010 SARNO Lifetime Achievement Award recipient and received the 2006 HOSPY Lifetime Achievement Award. He has been featured in many publications and visual media, including Forbes Magazine “Designing for Dough” and the Oceans 13 DVD (The Opulent illusion).

Based in Las Vegas, NV, Steelman Partners is an international architectural firm specializing in the multi- disciplinary facets of entertainment architecture, interior design, graphic design, and lighting. The company has offices in Macau and Zhuhai, China; Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam; Manila, Philippines and a new location in Amsterdam, Holland.

Steelman Partners owns and operates several other design companies: Hyperion Dynamic (energy design), Inviro Studios (film animations), Shop12 (Lighting, Theater, Ride and Attraction Design) and Steelman Development (owns commercial real estate properties in Nevada and California).

Paul serves on the board of directors for The Lou Ruvo Brain Institute in Las Vegas, The Federal Law Enforcement Foundation in New York, and The Clemson School of Architecture at Clemson University in South Carolina.

Paul is an avid skier and sailor. He spends much of his free time in Mammoth Lakes, California. Paul has been married to Maryann for 30 years. They have 2 children Stephen, 27 (a movie actor) and Suzanne, 25 (an Architectural Graduate School student at Clemson University in South Carolina).


Project Listing

This list includes Steelman's new casino properties and major additions. New properties are listed in bold

Harrah's Tunica (Mississippi) 1993

Lady Luck Country (Coahama, Mississippi) 1994

Caesars Dover Downs (Dover, Delaware) 1995

Harrah's Ak-Chin (Phoenix, Arizona) 1995

Harrah's Shreveport (Shreveport, Louisiana) 1995

Grand Palm Casino (Gaborone, Botswana) 1996

Stratosphere (Las Vegas, Nevada) 1996

Desert Inn $200 million expansion (Las Vegas, Nevada) 1997

Treasure Island Lobby (Las Vegas, Nevada) 1998

Beau Rivage (Biloxi, Mississippi) 1999

J.W. Marriott (Las Vegas, Nevada) 1999

Caesars Gauteng (South Africa) 2000

Harrah's Rincon (Valley Center, California) 2002

Casino Ray (Helsinki, Finland) 2004

Blackhawk Hyatt (Blackhawk, Colorado) 2004

Santa Fe Station renovation (Las Vegas, Nevada) 2004

Sands Macau (China) 2004

Harrah's East Chicago (Illinois) 2005

Harrah's Maryland Heights (St. Louis, Missouri) 2005

MGM Grand Centrifuge, Sports Book (Las Vegas, Nevada) 2005

Harrah's Atlantic City Pool, Spa, VIP areas, Buffet, Retail (Atlantic City, New Jersey) 2006

Casino at the Empire (London, England) 2007

Silverton Buffet, Mi Casa, Twin Creeks (Las Vegas, Nevada) 2007

Four Seasons Macau (China) 2008

Grand Venetian Macau (China) 2008

Hard Rock City of Dreams (Macau, China) 2009

Oceanus (Macau, China) 2009

Thunder Valley Casino Resort redesign (Lincoln, California) 2010

Cantor Gaming at Hard Rock (Las Vegas, Nevada) 2011

Galaxy Macau (China) 2011

For images of more Steelman buildings, visit the Paul Steelman Gallery page

UNLV Gaming Podcast Interview Part I (mp3) Part II (mp3

Steelman Partners website

Paul Steelman's blog

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