Leaders in

Leisure Design

Director of Operations/Design

Michael Stewart, AIA

In his 20-year design career, Mike has created resort, after award-winning, successful resort. What’s his secret? “I can design outside the box because I know where the box is,” he says. “I approach leisure design by first understanding a property’s brand as well as the desires and needs of its market, then balance that with the realities of the development process.” As the Global Director of Design at YWS, Mike directs designers all over the world and has successfully made his approach to leisure design part of YWS culture.


Degree: Bachelors Degree in Architecture from the University of Arizona and studied abroad in London at the Imperial College of London in association with the University of Nebraska

Certification/Accredidation: Member of the American Institute of Architects (AIA), Certified through the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB), member of the US Green Building Council (USGBC), and is a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Accredited Professional (LEED AP) with a specialty in Building Design and Construction

Awards: Hospitality Magazine’s Best Suites and Best Spa Awards for the Bellagio Spa Tower and Conference Center; NEWH’s Hospy Award, Best Mid-size Hotel for M Resort; Global Gaming Magazine’s Best Design Project of the Year over $250 million for Borgata; New York Construction News’ Hospitality Project of the Year for Borgata

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