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WILLIAM R. SMITH, AIA

W.R. Smith PhotoBill Smith is President of SMITH ADVISORY GROUP an advisory firm created to provide Clients with strategic planning and management of design, development and construction for all types of real estate projects worldwide. SMITH ADVISORY GROUP provides full-scope development management services including project feasibility, master planning, design, construction, cost management, scheduling, occupancy and project closeout.

Bill formerly served as President and Chief Operating Officer of MGM MIRAGE Design Group responsible for managing the design and construction of CityCenter, a $9 billion mixed-use project located in Las Vegas, Nevada. CityCenter is an 18 million sq. ft. facility and includes a 4,004-room hotel, a 1,832-seat showroom, two luxury 400-room hotels, a major retail facility, 2,647 residential units, and parking for 16,800 cars. CityCenter was designed and developed in 60 months and opened to the public in December 2009.

Bill joined MGM MIRAGE Design Group in 1995 as Vice President responsible for the design and construction of Beau Rivage, a $735 million hotel/casino project located in Biloxi, Mississippi. Beau Rivage includes a 1,740-room hotel, 11 restaurants and bars, luxury retail, a 1,550-seat showroom and parking for 3,200 cars. Bill also managed the design and construction of the Spa Tower, a $435 million 928-room tower expansion to the Bellagio Hotel/Casino.

Prior to joining MGM MIRAGE Design Group, Bill served as a Partner with Rouse & Associates, responsible for the design and construction of Liberty Place, an $810 million mixed-use project in downtown Philadelphia. The project included two 60-story office buildings (Two Liberty served as the world headquarters for CIGNA Insurance), a luxury 290-room Ritz Carlton Hotel, a major retail center, and a 5-level underground parking facility.

Bill has been featured in Hospitality Design Magazine in their People Issue (2007) and CityCenter Issue (2010), on the cover of Hospitality Construction Magazine (2007), in the Science Channel – Mega Builders TV Series (2008) and Build-It-Bigger TV Series (2009). He also participated in two CityCenter Case Studies released by the Harvard Business School (2009) and served as a guest speaker in a Harvard Business School Workshop on Leading Complex Capital Projects (2011 and 2012).

Bill is a graduate of Temple University in Philadelphia with a Bachelor of Science degree in Architecture. Bill is a Registered Architect and Member of the American Institute of Architects.