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JCJ Expands into Vegas

Las Vegas, NV – JCJ Architecture, an architecture, planning and interior design firm, has announced its expansion into the Las Vegas market. The firm, which has been in operation since 1936, has led hundreds of gaming and hospitality projects across the U.S. and internationally.

Robert Gdowski

JCJ’s new location, strategically located in the “entertainment capital of the world,” marks the firm’s ninth office.

The Las Vegas-based team is led by design principal and managing director Robert Gdowski, AIA, who returns to Las Vegas, where he served as director of design for Marnell Corrao Associates, before relocating to China to oversee HOK’s Asia practice, formerly BBG-BBGM’s Shanghai studio.




Mike Larson, AIA, NCARB, MBA, will join as project director, architecture/studio leader, and Kris Irwin, NCIDQ, LEED AP, RID will be project director for interior design.


Mike Larson

Kris Irwin

“This expansion has been a long time coming for JCJ. We’ve hand-picked a best-in-class team that has proven themselves in the Las Vegas market and will lead our clients to success,” said Gdowski. “Each is uniquely qualified, not only by proficiency in project design, management, and delivery, but also by a drive toward innovation, an entrepreneurial spirit and an unwavering commitment to excellence in client service.”

“As an epicenter of gaming and hospitality innovation, the resurgence of the Las Vegas market presents a tremendous opportunity for JCJ to continue our tradition of servicing clients and delivering high impact, experience-driven environments,” said Peter Stevens, President of JCJ Architecture. “Beyond gaming and hospitality, we look forward to bringing our skills and services related to education, civic, arts and cultural projects to the broader community.”

JCJ’s multifaceted Las Vegas team is reflective of the firm’s holistic approach, representing a balance of architecture, interior design and planning. In addition to their collective knowledge of the local and regional market, the team brings a variety of robust capabilities, including experience from having worked as part of Owner/Operator teams.

Mike Larson, who spent more than 15 years in Las Vegas,  joins JCJ from Klai Juba Wald. Past projects include properties such as The Cosmopolitan, The LINQ Entertainment District, Daylight Beach Club, LAVO Restaurant and Nightclub, Tivoli Village, Pala Casino, Resort & Spa and Live! Casino and Hotel in Maryland.

Kris Irwin brings extensive experience in Las Vegas interior design and working on the Owner’s side for Station Casinos, where she oversaw the design and completion of Aliante Station and Fontainebleau Resorts. Most recently, she was Director of Design with Seminole Gaming, where she oversaw the Hollywood Hard Rock Hotel & Casino and Tampa Hard Rock Hotel & Casino expansions, among other projects.



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