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DESIGN FOR FUN - Experiential Design & Illustration
I always had a passion for design and architecture and a deep appreciation of the vision of Walt Disney, to combine design with storytelling, the foundation of experience- and experiential-design. In 1999 I was hired by the Cincinnati based design company Jack Rouse Associates as a designer on the Volkswagen Autostadt Project in Wolfsburg, Germany and moved to the United States. During my time at JRA, I successfully worked on major national and international projects, such as ZDF Medienpark, Germany, HarborLand Theme Park, China, the Singapore Science Center, Cirque du Soleil’s Complex Cirque and the new World Of Coca-Cola, Atlanta. Most recently I worked as lead attraction designer and design director on Ferrari World Theme Park, Abu Dhabi. Here I was responsible for the complete design and supervision of the park’s four dark rides from concept through scenic detail design and media post production: “Speed of Magic”: A 3D motion dark ride into a kid's Ferrari Fantasy; “Made in Maranello”: Experience the birth of the Ferrari 599, from concept to first test drive; “The Racing Legends”: A ride through Ferrari’s greatest racing moments; “V12”: A dark flume ride through the heart of a 12-cyclinder engine. I offer a unique design and illustration style, conceptualizing skills and attention to detail and have the demonstrated ability to creatively direct diverse talents in the creation of engaging, highly successful attractions and experiences.
Themed Entertainment Concepts
Ferrari World Abu Dhabi - Dark Rides Design Development
Latest Project: Ferrari World Theme Park, Abu Dhabi, UAE:
Design Director and Lead Attraction Designer heading Ferrari World’s four state-of-the-art Dark Rides. Responsible for the complete delivery of design and creative from Concept through Detail Design: scenic, media, lighting, ride, architecture and graphics, including supervision and direction of the numerous vendors and consultants.
Other Major Projects:
Volkswagen Autostadt, Germany; ZDF Medienpark, Germany; Lucent Technologies Customer Showcase, Atlanta; HarborLand Theme Park, China; New World of Coca-Cola, Atlanta; Singapore Science Center Atrium, Singapore; Mythica - Center for World Mythology, Minneapolis; Cirque du Soleil “Complex Cirque”
Freelance Designer and Illustrator. Selected current and former clients: City of Viernheim, BLiM GmbH, Cincinnati Opera, Europa Park
Worked on Concepts for EXPO 2000
Worked as an Architectural Designer on local retail and housing developments
Worked on local residential, industrial, retail and housing developments