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It appears that Jerry Beale, hired to replace the then-retiring interior designer Roger Thomas, has left Wynn D&D and returned to his previous gig at Wilson Associates in Los Angeles.

Thomas famously decided to un-retire after the economy went sideways, leaving him running the interior design side of Wynn's creative shop - the gig that Beale thought he was being hired for.

Roger Thomas, in a specially narrated video from Steve Friess, insists that there's no bad blood (check the podcast feed) - and for all I know that's correct - but clearly, this didn't play out the way it was originally intended. Apparently, his contract ended a few months back and he decided to go back to LA. Roger is quoted in that interview as saying they remain close friends.

At Wynn, Beale is credited with leading the development of the Spa at Encore Macau as well as contributing heavily to the Encore Beach Club in Las Vegas. Wilson Associates also has done work in gaming, including the Mansion at MGM Grand and villas at Caesars Palace.

If you haven't already, listen to the latest edition of The Strip Podcast - Thomas' interview is full of interesting new info about Cotai and more.


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July 23, 2011 11:30 AM Posted by chuckmonster

*cricket* *cricket*

can anyone point to definite examples of his work in the wynn collection?

July 23, 2011 5:48 PM Posted by Hunter

Crickets indeed. I thought this was interesting but it seems nobody really cares.

Supposedly, the three photos at the bottom of this page are his work:

As far as his 'contributions' to EBC, no one has broken down exactly who did what on that project so who knows.

July 24, 2011 6:37 AM Posted by detroit1051

Wilson Associates' work has always appealed to me, and I believe Jerry Beale would have done Steve Wynn proud had Roger Thomas actually retired.
Wilson's site shows much of their porfolio, but they need to fix the site to load faster. Something's wrong. While they're at it, they need to correct "The Mansions" to The Mansion.

July 24, 2011 12:27 PM Posted by stevecovington

Poor guy, can't blame him... but I wonder how much work Wynn D&D is going to have since they've finished they designs for Cotai... I guess they can always do little projects at the Vegas properties as they continue the Harrahszation of Wynncore. "Society Cafe Encore would be a great place for a McDonalds!" mulls Winn. Well, I hope not anyway.
I need to listen to the podcast, I am REALLY curious about the Cotai property. If this thing ends up a combo of everything great about Wynn's previous properties, than we are in for something great. I'm picturing Bellagio with a more modern "Encore" flair.. chambered casinos, lots of outdoor spaces, lots of natural light.. I just hope that we get to see a lot more of this project than we did with Encore Macau. I have just now only seen photos of that casino (since photography is banned). Hopefully some smart designer or artist will end up putting a bunch of renders online sometime in the future.

July 24, 2011 4:40 PM Posted by Hunter

Cotai will be a big ongoing project for Wynn D&D. They manage not only drawings but construction management and then installation / final touches.

Once that's done, they'll probably be ready to refresh the rooms at Wynn Macau and then Encore Las Vegas.

In between, there are always restaurant re-dos (Okada, Bartolotta, Wing Lei), etc...

Their staff fluctuates in size and shed after Encore opened but are now ramping up a bit for Cotai.

August 3, 2011 7:34 PM Posted by Suiteeeee

Jerry Beale left WDD in April 2011, he wanted to move back to LA to be with his 30 year life partner.
Jerry's contract with WDD was up and Wilson made him an offer he could not refuse.
Jerry and Roger were, and continue to be very close friends.