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OPPENHEIM ARCHITECTURE APPOINTS LUXURY HOSPITALITY DESIGNER AND REAL ESTATE DEVELOPMENT VETERAN CHRISTIAN GLAUSER BENZ AS VICE PRESIDENT FOR GLOBAL STRATEGY

NEW YORK – January 11, 2016 – OPPENHEIM Architecture, the award-winning architecture, interior design and planning firm, announced today the addition of Christian Glauser Benz to their leadership team. Originally from Switzerland, Mr. Glauser Benz will serve as vice president and will oversee the hospitality design practice, as well as the implementation of the firm’s global strategy and business development initiatives.

“We are thrilled to have Christian join us as we continue our efforts to meet the demands of our clients around the world,” said Chad Oppenheim, principal and lead designer of OPPENHEIM Architecture. “Christian is a highly skilled professional whose background, business acumen and keen eye for design compliment not only our aesthetic, but our ambitions as well.”

Mr. Glauser Benz will bring to Oppenheim an extensive network of hotel and retail developer clients as well as real estate capital groups across domestic and international markets which will help strengthen Oppenheim’s visibility and an already fast growing pipeline of work.

“I am thrilled to join one of the most innovative and respected architecture firms of our time and I am confident that we will continue providing our clients with beautiful design solutions that are both functional and inspiring,” says Mr. Glauser Benz. “With an already large number of repeat clients, the firm is well positioned to keep delivering first in class, socially and economically viable projects, including high end residential, luxury hotels and resorts, mixed-use, commercial, master-plans and high rise projects. I welcome the work ahead and the opportunity to help bring more OPPENHEIM projects to life around the globe.”

Mr. Glauser Benz began his career working for famed architects Cesar Pelli in New York and Frank Gehry in Los Angeles where he was part of the design for several high profile projects including the new Novartis global headquarters in Basel, Switzerland, the Science Library at Princeton University, the Goldman Sachs headquarters in Jersey City and the Museum of Tolerance in Jerusalem.

Prior to joining OPPENHEIM Architecture, Mr. Glauser Benz was a vice president at Jones Lang LaSalle (JLL), a Fortune 500 real estate company based in their Los Angeles office. He was responsible for overseeing all new hospitality developments for the west coast and Hawaii, working closely with developers, capital groups and luxury hotel brand operators.

La Muna, Aspen, Colorado by OPPENHEIM Architecture:
La Muna, Aspen, Colorado

Before joining JLL, Mr. Glauser Benz was the director of business development and a senior designer for global architecture firm Callison/RTKL based out of their Los Angeles office. While at Callison, he led the hospitality practice as senior designer on a number of high profile projects. During his tenure, the firm’s yearly revenues grew by 40 percent to $160 million. Some of Christian’s past clients included Hilton, Marriott, IHG Hotels, Virgin Hotels, Woodbine Development, Gansevoort Hotels, Gatehouse Capital, Blackstone, Apple, Microsoft, Oberoi Hotels, Mandarin Oriental, Wyndham Hotels, amongst others.

Mr. Glauser Benz was also a senior project designer in Singapore for global hospitality design firm WATG where he was responsible for overseeing the design of a number of high profile resorts in Egypt, Northern China and South East Asia.

Mr. Glauser Benz is a trained architect and holds a bachelor degree in architecture from Tulane University in New Orleans where he graduated with honors and a masters in advanced architectural design from Columbia University where he was the recipient of the Kinney Travel Fellowship. He also holds a graduate degree in finance and international management from the University of Geneva, Switzerland. He is a recipient of the Certificate of Merit from the American Institute of Architects (AIA) and is a frequent speaker at industry events.

This announcement follows on the heels of a number of recent notable firm accomplishments. OPPENHEIM Architecture’s design for Net Lima and Net Park, two green certified office and retail towers in the Philippines, recently won an International Property Award. The firm also designed Hollywood movie director Michael Bay’s 30,000-square-foot villa in Bel Air; and its design for a new 2.5 million sf Mixed-use project bid for Miami’s Dade College was officially announced during Art Basel 2015.

OPPENHEIM Architecture

OPPENHEIM Architecture is an architecture, interior design and planning firm based in Miami with an office in New York City and Basel, Switzerland. With over 60 firm distinctions, including over 45 AIA Awards, the work is based on both a physical and spiritual contextual sensitivity, supported by evocative and economic design solutions. The firm designs with a sensitivity towards man and nature, harmonizing with the surroundings of each context. Projects spanning 25 countries are crafted to establish the perfect balance between artistry and economics – a timeless architecture that is as beautiful as it is functional. The firm specializes in mixed-use hotels and resorts, retail, commercial offices, and residential buildings worldwide that all serve to ENHANCE LIFE. www.oppenoffice.com

OPPENHEIM Architecture Designs

Ten museum park – Condominium tower, Miami, Florida, USA
ten museum park condominium
photograph : Ken Hayden
Ten Museum Park – new photos added

Villa Allegra, Miami Beach, Florida – Architecture Single Residence
Villa Allegra Miami Beach
photo © Laziz Hamani
Villa Allegra Miami

La Muna, Aspen, Colorado – Architecture Single Residence
La Muna Building
photograph from FTI
La Muna Aspen

Kirchplatz Office / Residence, City of Muttenz/Basel, Switzerland
Architect: Chad Oppenheim – Oppenheim Architecture + Design
Kirchplatz Office / Residence Muttenz/Basel Building
photo : Børje Müller
Kirchplatz Office / Residence

Pharrell Williams Resource Center, VA, USA
Pharrell Williams Resource Center
image from architects
Pharrell Williams Resource Center

Wadi Rum Lodges, Jordan
Wadi Rum Buildings
image from architect
Wadi Rum Lodges Jordan

The Net Lima, The Philippines
The Net Lima Tower
picture from architect
The Net Lima

Tree Museum, Lake Zurich, Switzerland
Tree Museum Switzerland
image received Jun 2010
Tree Museum

COR Building, Miami
Miami tower
rendering courtesy of dbox
cor tower

Cube Building, Miami
Miami skyscraper
rendering courtesy of dbox
cube Miami

Ilonabay condominium, Miami Beach, Florida
ilonabay condominium
photography © Ken Hayden Photography;p rendering credit courtesy of dbox
Ilonabay condominium

Oppenheim Architecture + Design Basel : Swiss office


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