“Great designs create timeless stage sets for the many adventures of life.”
Jean-Paul received his Bachelor of Arts in International Business Administration from the American University of Paris and his Master of Architecture (MArch) from New Jersey Institute of Technology. He joined his family practice The Cassia Group in 1998 and has since worked on prestigious assignments for heads of state, high net worth individuals, major corporations and collaborated with leading designers, developers and operators in the luxury hospitality and real estate industries. His hands-on approach to all phases of iconic hotels and commercial / mixed-use developments is further reinforced with Jean-Paul’s extensive experience in the management of lead consultancy agreements.
His experience on such projects as the Citystars Intercontinental Heliopolis Cairo, the Shangri-La Dubai (200m), the Yachting Club Towers Bahrain (385m) , the W Abu Dhabi, the Dubai Creekline, the Point @ Seef Bahrain, Domino Towers Jeddah (485m), including advisory work on a major site in Santa Barbara, to name a few, is underscored by Jean-Paul’s ability of transforming Client core values into unique and contemporary architectural expressions. Described as a “thought leader”, Jean-Paul’s designa have been published and were the recipient of numerous coveted awards. Ongoing projects include the global launch of MUGLER Hotels, Resorts & Residences which Manfred Thierry Mugler and Jean-Paul created in 2016 and an upcoming signature development which Jean-Paul is designing with his partners at yoo.
Jean-Paul has collaborated with leading designers and professionals including Pei Partnership, Michael Graves, Cesar Pelli, Kohn Pederson Fox, Manfred Thierry Mugler, Nino Cerruti, Maison Lanvin, Olivier Lapidus, Anouska Hempel and at yoo with Philippe Starck, Jade Jagger, Marcel Wanders, Kelly Hoppen among others. Since 2010, Jean-Paul has assembled leading brands at +Cassia, and proposes one-stop shop solutions that blend an exciting breadth of development concepts, designer brands, celebrity participation as well as consulting expertise which combines seamlessly with architecture to create unique projects that truly stand out above the competition.
"We started drawings buildings in 1958 and from 2009 onwards, we began to draw stories." - Jean-Paul Cassia