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MARTIN VAHTRA
A native of Toronto, Ontario, Martin studied architecture at the University of Waterloo in Ontario, Canada, receiving a degree in architecture. While there he was awarded the prestigious Alumni Gold Medal for highest academic standing, the Ontario Association of Architects Guild Medal for design excellence, the University of Waterloo School of Architecture “Purchase of Thesis”, and a Royal Canadian Academy of Art Scholarship. In 1985 Martin continued his study of architecture in Rome, Italy.

After completing his education he moved to New York City, where he collaborated with a number of architecture and interiors firms, gaining experience in residential, and commercial projects.

In 1990, Martin gained valuable international design experience while living in both London and Taipei. It was during this time that he first began working on hospitality projects. Upon his return to New York City his interest in hospitality design grew and he became a Senior Designer with Adam Tihany International. While working with Adam he was responsible for the design of some of that firm’s most important projects including: Aureole, Las Vegas and Osteria del Circo, New York. For Aureole, Martin received a nomination for the prestigious James Beard Award for Best Restaurant Design.

As PROJECTS DESIGN ASSOCIATES, some of Martin’s first projects were for the famed restaurateur Charlie Palmer. This has grown into an ongoing relationship that has produced many restaurant interiors. Over the years the studio’s business has expanded to include clients such as Wolfgang Puck, Frank McLelland of L’Espalier, Richard Melman of Lettuce Entertain You, Jay-Z, Nicole Miller, Michael Jordan, Gerry Hayden + Steve Tzolis, Caesar’s Palace and Starwood Capital, among others.

His work has been published numerous times in Hospitality Design, where he was recognized as “one to watch”, Architectural Record, Interior Design, Wallpaper, Frame, Interni, and Metropolitan Home..


ASSOCIATES
The firm has a dedicated staff of designers who are strongly committed to fulfilling the needs and desires of their clients while offering the utmost in creativity and innovation to each project.