Steelman Partners : An international architectural firm

Steelman Partners Creates Benchmarks in Entertainment- Architecture Industry

Paul Steelman

"Steelman Partners is crafting exemplary casino/resort designs for an ever-increasing global market, with well over 3,000 designed projects worldwide, including the most successful casino in the world, the Sands Macau."

Born on September 23, 1955 in Atlantic City, New Jersey into an architectural family, Paul Steelman is an entertainment architect based in Las Vegas, Nevada and Macau, PRC. He is best known for designing the Sands Macao - the first "Las Vegas Style" casino in Asia. The facility was paid for with its profit in less than one year.

Paul attended Clemson University from 1973 to 1977. He was employed by Wasleski Steelman, the city of Atlantic City, and the Golden Nugget, Inc./MGM Mirage Companies. In 1987, he founded his own firm Paul Steelman Ltd. Architect. The name has now been changed to Steelman Partners, LLP.

Steelman Partners, an international architectural firm specializing in the multi-disciplinary facets of Entertainment architecture, interior design, lighting design, graphic design, 3D design, master planning, and theatre design. The company has satellite offices in, Atlantic City, Santa Monica, Monaco, Zhuhai, Macau, Ho Chi Minh, Dubai/Abu Dhabi, and also has plans to open offices in Amsterdam and New Delhi in 2010.

Sands Macao Night

While working in the public sector on the Atlantic City Master Plan, Paul realized that entertainment architecture was going to be his field of practice and expertise. He began working with Steve Wynn as an architect for approximately ten years; involved with such projects as the Golden Nugget in Atlantic City and Las Vegas, as well as the Mirage.

Steelman Partners has positioned itself as the premier touchstone in the entertainment architecture industry. The firm is well–known within the gaming and hospitality industry with a client list that includes, MGM, Harrah's, Wynn, Venetian, Lady Luck, Swiss Casinos, etc. Steelman Partners is an enclave of the industry's most talented and acclaimed architects, designers, planners, and artists. The resulting work is world renowned, remarkable and memorable. Since its opening, the company has grown in size from $155,000 in revenue with 4 employees in 1987, to now $42,000,000 in revenue with approximately 200 employees to date.

Steelman Partners is crafting exemplary casino/resort designs for an ever-increasing global market, with well over 3000 designed projects worldwide, including the most successful casino in the world the Sands Macau; the first Las Vegas style casino in the people's Republic of China. This project returned 100% of its investment to the owners within 10 months. Steelman Partners embraces all aspects of the design project from project viability, revenue projections, site location, thematic considerations, conceptual design, programming, and supporting the clients marketing efforts.

Notable projects

Some of the prestigious projects carried out by the firm are Sands Macao PRC, Harrah's Rincon, San Diego, CA, Beau Rivage (Mississippi), Hard Rock Hotel and Casino (Biloxi), The Resort at Summerlin, Las Vegas, NV, Nevada State Museum, Las Vegas, etc.

The Shoppers at Four Seasons


  • 2008 HOSPY Best Typical Room, Hard Rock Biloxi, Completed July 2007
  • 2008 HOSPY Best Suite, Sands Macau, Completed May 2004
  • 2008 HOSPY Best Casino Space, Casino at the Empire, Completed August 2007
  • 2008 Facility Design Project of the Year, Harrah's Waterfront Buffet, Completed March 2007
  • Casino Design Award for Best Interior Design for a Casino/Resort 2008 Harrah's Atlantic City
  • 2007 HOSPY Best Retail Promenade, Harrah's Atlantic City, Completed August 2007
  • 2007 HOSPY Best Interiorscape, The Pool Harrah's Atlantic City, Completed September 2007
  • 2007 HOSPY Best Casual Restaurant Waterfront Buffet, Harrah's Atlantic City, Completed March 2007
  • 2007 AIA Nevada Design Award, Jade
  • 2006 HOSPY Paul Steelman Lifetime Achievement Award Recipient
  • 2006 HOSPY Award for Best Grand Hotel, Sands Macau Resort and Casino, Completed May 2004
  • 2006 HOSPY Award for Best Spa, Sands Macau Resort and Casino, Completed May 2004
  • Best Renov. for Santa Fe Station, Las Vegas, Southwest Contractor Mag. Best of '05 Awards, Comp. Mar 2005
  • Excellence in Design & Construction Award for 2005 Hard Rock Hotel and Casino, Biloxi, MS, Comp. July 2007
  • 2005 HOSPY Award for the Best Restaurant, Ruby Room Sands Macau, China, May 2004
  • Casino Design Award for Best Interior Design for a Casino/Resort Sands Macau, China 2005, Comp. May 2004
  • Casino Design Award for Best Architectural Design for a Casino/Resort between $100-$250 Million, 2005
  • Casino Design Award for Architectural Company of the Year for a Casino/Resort, 2005.

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