The hospitality world and architectural community lose a legend
Recognised throughout the world for his contribution to the advancement of tourism and his commitment to the environment, Jerry Allison, FAIA, passed away 22 April 2011, at the age of 78, after a battle with gastric melanoma.
Allison was deeply involved in the success of destination design firm WATG and its international expansion. "Jerry will be deeply missed," noted Larry Rocha, WATG's chairman. "His influence on WATG and the hospitality industry is forever memorialised in the people that he touched and the highly respected body of work that he leaves behind."
Jerry spent 25 years in Honolulu with WATG before moving to California in the early 1980s. During that time, he worked closely with Pete Wimberly and was a pioneer in exporting design services throughout Asia and the Pacific. In Hawaii, he was involved in the design of Sheraton Maui, Hyatt Maui, and Coco Palms Resort on Kauai.
Other notable projects Allison was involved with during his 50-year career as an architect with WATG include: Hotel Bora Bora, French Polynesia; Tanjong Jara Resort, Malaysia; Shangri-La Hotel Garden Wing, Singapore; Palace of the Lost City in Sun City, South Africa; Disneyland's Grand Floridian Beach Resort in Orlando, Florida; Disneyland Hotel in Paris; The Ritz-Carlton, Naples, Florida; and Palace of the Golden Horses in Kuala Lumpur.
In recognition of his design excellence and community service, Jerry was elected to the College of Fellows, American Institute of Architects – the youngest in their history ever to receive this honour. He authored many articles on tourism and resort design, served on numerous design juries, and received global accolades—including the Aga Khan Award for Architecture. He was honoured with Hospitality Design's Platinum Circle Award for his contribution to the hospitality industry, a lifetime achievement award from Hocking College, the Ray Bradbury Creativity Award, and HICAP's Innovation Award.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Gerald L. Allison Scholarship Fund at the University of Washington (mail to: UW Office of Gift Processing; Box 359505; Seattle, WA 98195-9505).