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About Charles Tang

Charles Tang is the founder and creative director of this internationally acclaimed design firm – Charles Tang Design, who has achieved award winning designs for major cities in Dubai, China and Australia.

His design philosophy is “His work comes from his heart”, and “Tailor Made” principle touches each part of a customer’s lives enriching how they work, play, learn, shop and heal.

Prior to 2011, he collaborated with ZahaHadid and Helmut Jahn on projects as retail and mixed use design expert in Dubai from Sydney Australia.

He was the design consultant for Saunders Global Sydney, RTKL Beijing and Haskoll Beijing.

Charles also worked within a global design team, collaborated with former Disney & Universal Studio designers on Cinematic attraction and Theme Park attractions in China for Wanda Property Group.

Charles has published various articles such as “The great healthy City Urban MasterplanParanville Tasmania” for Australian Property Review and “Experience Design” with Property Estate Frontiers, “Relationships between spaces and culture” by professional architectural magazine such as a+a.

He was also voted and interviewed as the Urban Designer of the year 2014-15 by a+a

He is also nominated by UTS as the Australia China Alumni Award for corporation achievements 2015.

Charles has been awarded two major awards from Asia Pacific Design Competition 2018, which is organized by Hong Kong Indoor Designer Association and Asia Pacific Designer’s competition committee, from total 2968 entries from various countries such as United States, Japan, Korea, Singapore, Malaysia, Taiwan and China, Charles has won The 2018 Asia Pacific Designer Excellence Award from the People’s award category and The Golden award for Retail / Commercial Design of the Creative design category.

He’s also been invited as a VIP guest speaker representing top Australian designers at Asia Pacific Designer’s Forum.

Design Principles

An exceptional design is a design that incorporates local uniqueness, which is specific to the place and has a strong influence on our lifestyles. 


1996-2002   Studied Architecture, UTS


2000           Bachelor of Arts in Architecture, UTS


2002           Bachelor of Architecture, UTS

Charles Tang
Creative Director | Founder

+614 81 799 557


Christopher Stapleton, 
Senior Brand Experience Design Consultant 

The 21st Century brings exponential possibilities to building value through brand experience to location based venues. Christopher Stapleton is a Pioneer of eXpanding Reality (XR) that melts the boundaries between compelling reality, dynamic virtual reality and the infinite imagination of customers.  His catalytic creativity expands return of investment of Customer Experience (CX) by bridging traditional “bricks & mortar” destinations with “click & order” economy. He has influenced the innovative future of global enterprises of consumer technology, entertainment destinations, health & wellness tourism as well as immersive education. 

The Brand Experience Architect is responsible for articulating a clear customer motivation and user journey through a physical and virtual brand architecture, interaction interface and experience design that an customer navigates across venues and services offered on location or online.

Global Entertainment Clients Include:
Universal Studios, Disney Imagineering, Nickelodeon Studios, Paramount Parks, Sentosa World Resorts, Wanda , Legend Cultural Development, Meraas Leisure & Entertainment, Sanrio Puroland, Gardaland Park.

Corporate & Research Clients:
HTC Vive, Canon Inc., IBM, SimVentions, Institute for Simulation and Training, Technical University of Munich

NASA, US National Science Foundation, US Departments of Defense and Education, Space Florida, Canon USA.Forrec Ltd for the Wanda Group
Creative Director for Guest Experience (Forrec/Wanda)

China, Beijing, Shanghai, Wuhan
Client rep for Creative Direction with Forrec International. The project included ride-films based upon traditional Chinese myths and cultural history. Multiple attractions with interactive, multi-screen, multisensory experiences.

NASA, Universal Studios, Disney, Nickelodeon Co-Principal Investigator, Mission: LEAP (Simiosys) 
Experience Architect for experiential learning landscapes with novel VR & Augmented Reality User Interfaces (UI) to teach innovation skills to families and reignite the American dream of space exploration.

Splat City Sr. Art Director (Nickelodeon Experiences), California, Virginia, Ohio
Supervised the Art Direction of Nickelodeon Recreation's first permanent theme park attraction at multiple Paramount Park Locations including Kings Island, Kings Dominion, Great America.

Universal Orlando Resort Senior Production Designer 
Responsible for new attraction development for Florida Studio Park. 
Walt Disney World Concept Designer
Orlando florida
Concept design future entertainment attractions and events.


New York University
MFA, Design for Film and Theater • (1978 - 1984)
City University London
NYU Abroad, Art & Theater • (1980 - 1980)


Creative Director (Shanghai)

Charles Tang Design Pty Ltd

Working with Global Brands as Warner Bros, Disney Global Interactive, Six Flags Theme Parks, Wanda Group, D.C. Comics, Cartoon Network, CocaCola and Mountasia Entertainment International.

Other career stages involved working within design studios as Sanderson Group Entertainment Design Group, I.C.Studios, Trade Show International & M2 Creative Group



Providing creative team leadership for design, strategic master planning and imaginative story driven concepts of leisure based theme entertainment environments as water parks and movie theme parks while supporting theme park design-build efforts. Other Responsibilities are Master planning, coordination efforts on location involving theming zone theming packages and business development meeting clients keeping design project goals within budget while insuring quality in thematic design elements of theme-parks, attractions, family entertainment centers, museums, and other leisure based entertainment environments. Coordination efforts on locations involving theming zone packages and master planning stages.



Responsible as Senior Creative of Theme Park Design in show /ride design & productions, completing

Task overseeing a world class major Brand IP. Themed interiors and exteriors of facilities insuring quality of visual imagery that contains high end detail themed Q-Lines, preshow and major themed attraction installations as water rides, coaster rides, dark-rides, motion show lighting, show special effects - (SFX) and more. This involved 4D / 5D - live action theatre interactive shows as well as story driven themed retails. Also guided vendor teams from project start through constructions, fabrications, installations and multi-media to finished installations. Selected vendors that of highest quality IAAPA & TEA theme park industry standards and movie entertainment business.


1998 - 1st place Team Awards IAAPA Six Flags Parks as Principal Designer of Front Gate Mall

2002 - TEA Awards - Associated with 1st place Team Sixflags, Hurricane Harbour Entry Portal in Design 2005 - National Museum of Patriotism Year Award in Modular Destination Museum Design & Planning 2007 - Rolling Thunder Enterprises ATL GA USA - Native American - Spirit of Festival Award

2008 - 2009 1st Place Decor Design & Spirit Awardsat Festival of Trees Atlanta USA 2011 - 1st Place National CALEA for Future Law Enforcement Command Centre Design

2015 - 1st Place Global “Irish Pub Bar Restaurant of the Year Award” Atlanta GA, USA

2015 - 2/ 1st Place Awards CAAPA 2015 Team Master Planning FECs – Sanderson Group China 2016 - 1st Place Award ASIA IAAPA 2016 Team Master Planning – Sanderson Group China



Kennesaw State University, USA

Harvard School of Design, USA

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Floris Smith, Senior Hospitality Design Consultant 

Floris is an award-winning architect and urban designer with o ver 40 years’ experience spanning five continents.

As ex-chairman of the celebrated design firm Smith Meyer Pienaar and                                                                                                 Partners in South Africa and subsequently in Australia, he has successfully led a full spectrum of architectural and urban design projects in all major sectors
Floris joined DSA Architects International in 2008 where, as Design Principal for the practice, he leads the design output for all projects undertaken by the Middle East studio, and is also a member of the Senior Executive Board of the company.

The Crescent Development, Baku, Azerbaijan
Major mixed-use development comprising 5-Star Hotel, Mall, Office Tower and Residences.
Size:    250,000m²
Client:    Gilan Holding

Swiss International Scientific School, Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Minergie sustainable school based on futuristic architectural design using cutting-edge sustainable materials and technology.
Size:    50,000m²
Client:    Al Ahmadiah ContractingAnantara 5-Star Hotel, Culture Village,
Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Contemporary waterside hotel set along the extended Dubai Creek. 
Size:         60,000m²

Client:    Dubai Properties Group

Hilton Dead Sea Resort & Spa, Jordan
Connected to the existing Convention Centre, designed using local stone and with pontoon access to the Dead Sea.
Size:    35,000m²
Client:    Emaar / Dead Sea Resorts

The Oberoi Hotel,
Dubai, United Arab Emirates
5-star business hotel comprising 252 keys and a 30-storey commercial office tower.
Size:    100,000m²
Client:    Rani International Development

DSA Architects International United Arab Emirates, 9 years
JPR Architects Australia, 9 years
Kann Finch & Partners Australia, 2 years
Woods Bagot Australia, 1 year
Smith, Meyer PeinaarSouth Africa, 18 years


Master of Architecture University of Pennsylvania United States of America, 1980
Bachelor of Architecture University of Witwaterrand South Africa, 1976


Larry Ziebarth Consultant 

Senior Hospitality Design Consultant

Profile Larry Ziebarth is best known as the creative master planner and architectural ideate of The Palm in Dubai, his first ten years at HHCP included experience as both a Project Manager and Director of Marketing. In 1986, Larry became Managing Director of the firm’s Leisure and Hospitality Design Division. Now, as President of HHCP Design International, Inc., he is responsible for the creative visioning of projects and content ideation to achieve targeted client goals with a particular focus on the Asian region in recent years.



Selected Projects

• The Palm Jumeirah Master Plan, Dubai, UAE

• The Palm Jebel Ali Master Plan, Dubai, UAE


• The Golden Mile, The Palm Jumeirah, Dubai, UAE

• Wyndham Vacation Resort at Bonnet Creek, Orlando, FL

• Hilton Grand Vacations Club at SeaWorld, Orlando, FL

• Marriott Grande Vista Resort & Golf Academy, Orlando, FL

• Zhengzhou Zoo Concepts Zhengzhou, China

• Panda Preservation Park, Yingjin, China

• Qingdao Expo City - Senior Design Cosultant, Qingdao, China

• AutoWorld Theme Park Master Plan, Shanghai, China

• Dragon Spring Resort, COFCO Management Training Center, Beijing, China

• Sanya Twin Moon Bay Resort, Hainan, China

• 2010 World Expo, Event Park, Shanghai, China

• 1999 World Expo Master Plan Expansion Enhancement, China

• Marina City “Shanghai Fish”, Shanghai, China • Shengyang Olympic Center, Shenyang, China

• Century City, Chengdu, China • National Art Museum of China, Qingdao, China

• Art-Topia Cultural Arts Complex, Qingdao, China

• Phoenix Gateway City, Dujiangyan, China

• Dream Kingdom Resort Complex, Songdo City, Korea

• Caribbean Bay Waterpark, Everland Resort, Yong-In, Korea

• Everland Resort Master Plan, Seoul, Korea • Kia Motors Pavilion, Taejon, Korea

• Nagashima Amusement Center “Toy Box”, Kogoshima, Japan

• The Playdium, Fukuoka, Kyushu Island, Japan



• Florida A&M University, Tallahassee, FL

 Master of Architecture, Specialized Studies in Project Management

Bachelor of Architecture


Qualifications & Affiliations

• Honorary Professor Fudan University, Shanghai, China

• Contributing Author to Hotel Design, Planning & Development, by Rutes, Penner & Adams

• American Institute of Architects (AIA) • International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions (IAAPA)

• Themed Entertainment Association - Founding Board of Directors

• Speaker at Numerous International Conferences & Universities



The Palm Master Plan, Dubai, UAE

2005 ARDA Gold Award - Site Utilization 2004 ARDA Silver Award – Resort Architecture

Palm Trump International Hotel & Tower, Dubai, UAE

2006 ARDA Silver Award – Resort Architecture

The Palm Sales Centre | Dubai, UAE

2004 ARDA Gold Award - Sales Centres


Florida A&M University, Tallahassee, FL

Master of Architecture, Specialized

Studies in Project Management

Bachelor of Architecture


Sean Seonkook Kim, 
Senior Healthcare+ Science Design Consultant 

Sean Seonkook Kim has 22-year work experience on design management within developer’s perspective, as well as architectural & interior design, space planning and master planning with a strong background designing multiple building typologies of varying scale in size for numerous project types. His design and project management experiences include multi-family residential, commercial, academic, healthcare, institutional, hospitality and K-12 education facility projects throughout California, Massachusetts, U.S., China, Singapore, Bahamas, Mexico and Korea. At CallisonRTKL, leading Seattle/Beijing office's design and production team and mentoring interior and architectural designers and planners as well as business development for commercial, healthcare, hospitality and workplace projects

Selected Projects 

CallisonRTKL (formerly known as RTKL Associates), Seattle, Dallas & Beijing, December 2011 – November 2016
Associate Vice President, Design Principal – Responsible for master planning, architectural and interior design and medical planning from concept design thru design development phase and beyond, mentoring designers and planners in several design studios, spearheading on market developments in U.S., Middle-east, China, Korea and Singapore. Evergrande Real Estate Group Medical Mixed-use Development, Hainan, China, 2016(Operator: Partners Health International & Brigham Women’s Hospital, Boston, MA), under construction.

Hangzhou Office Tower Medical Mall Interior Design and Medical Planning, Hangzhou China, 2016(Core & shell Design: KPF), under construction.Genesis Rehabilitation Services Center, Qinghuangdao, China, 2015-16, built in 2016Shanghai United Family Hospital Design Proposal, 2014)

1st Place, Chenzhou 1st People's Hospital East Branch, Chenzhou, China, March 2013, under construction.
1st Place, Gualv New City General Hospital, Guangzhou, China, Jan 013, under construction
Qingdao Shandong University Medical Center, 2013
Beijing United Family Rehabilitation Hospital, Beijing, China, architecture & interior design, 2012-2013, built in 2013
Beichen General Hospital, Beijing, China, architecture & interior design, 2012-2013, built in 2012
1st Place, Qi Lu Shandong University Women's and Children's Hospital, Jinan, China, July 2012, under construction
1st Place, Wuxi New Xishan Peoples’ Hospital, 2012
University of Zhejiang, Yuhang International Medical City, 2012
Chengdu Tianfu Great City Health City Masterplan, 2012 
Tianjin Medical University Eco-City Metabolic Disease Hospital, 2011
Shenzhen People’s General Hospital New Addition, 2012
Shanghai Changzheng New Pudong Hospital, 2011


Harvard University, Graduate School of Design, Cambridge, Massachusetts.
Master in Design Studies, June 1998
Individual Post Graduate Program of design study pursuing architecture and urban design courses
Independent Study Advisor: Peter G. Rowe, Dean of HARVARD GSD

Graduate School of Hanyang University, Seoul, Korea.
Master of Science in Architecture, Feb 1995    

Hanyang University, Seoul, Korea.
Bachelor of Science in Architecture, Feb 1993

About Albert Leung | Aged Care Operation Expert

Albert Leung joined the Australian Nursing Home Foundation ( as a Director of Nursing in December 1986. ANHF, a charitable organisation was first inaugurated in 1980. Starting with a humble beginning of running a 21-bed aged care home in 1982 and it has now expanding to become one of the largest Chinese aged care organisation in Australia.


After more than 22 years working for ANHF,  my role was a Member of the Board of Trustees, Secretary of the Board, Chief Executive Officer prior to my retirement in February 2009. Throughout the years I envisioned the growth in its services; planning sustainable and future-proof designs and initiatives by working with professionals. Specialising in providing and emphasizing on Operational Practicality Inputs in all architectural designs of all its facilities. Enabling all facilities and homes of ANHF are clients and workers orientated, energy and water efficient as well as cost effective business.


Incidentally,  I was one of the honorary consultant of the first Chinese aged care service in the state of Victoria namely On Luck Chinese Nursing Home (a project of Chinese Community Social Services Centre Inc.) from its inception till its completion in 2006 in Donvale, Victoria.

Positions held at Australian Nursing Home Foundation (1986-2009):

  • Director of Nursing - Montrose Nursing Home (1986-1990) Strathfield NSW AUSTRALIA

  • Director of Nursing/Key Personnel - Chow Chow-Poon Nursing Home (1990-1996) Earlwood NSW AUSTRALIA

  • Executive Director/Key Personnel - Bernard Chan Nursing & Chow Cho-Poon Nursing Home (1996-2000) Burwood NSW AUSTRALIA

  • Executive Trustee/CEO (2000-2009)

Projects undertook working with consultants and Architects and completed including:

  • 1990  Chow Cho-Poon Nursing Home Earlwood NSW - A new 46 bed aged care service

  • 1996  Bernard Chan Nursing Home Burwood NSW - A fully refurbished aged care facility with 45 beds

  • 2000  So Wai Day Care Centre Burwood NSW - A new Dementia Care day care centre 

  • 2006  Jones Street Elderly Housing Ultimo NSW - Full refurbishment of 46 elderly housing units

  • 2006-2009  Completion of the Lucy Chieng Aged Care Centre plan for tendering - A new bed facility located at 8-14 Romani Avenue Hurstville NSW.

Bernard Chan Nursing Home

Burwood NSW Australia

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Chow Cho Poon Nursing Home

Eastwood NSW Australia

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Lucy Chieng Aged Care Centre

Hurstville NSW Austrailia

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Tim Stewart 

Bachelor of Town Planning (BTP)

University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia.

Tim is a town planner with 25 years of private and public sector planning experience.


Since 2002 Tim has consulted to a wide range of private sector clients involved mainly involved with property development with a focus on new residential development, commercial and industrial complexes, tourist accommodation and workforce housing. Work has included several large rezoning proposals as well as numerous Development Applications and Modifications to existing consents. The scale of project experience is diverse with approvals being obtained for sites with several hundred units as well as boutique dwelling houses and smaller residential projects.


Prior to 2002, Tim was the Manager of Strategic and Corporate Development at Wollondilly Council in NSW where he had responsibility over all strategic town planning matters, tourism and corporate development. Prior to this, he held a similar role at Hurstville Council as Strategic Planning Manager, which involved the preparation of LEPs and DCPs and major environmental and corporate development initiatives.

Tim’s Government experience extends to the processes and politics surrounding land development and infrastructure management providing knowledge of strategic decision making and government approvals processes.


Tim has a background in government mediation and understands the tensions between property development and government requirements. Up front strategic advice is critical to expectations, feasibility and project success. Tim provides this advice to clients while also assisting in where certain projects may be pushed to their full potential.

Charles Tang | Creative Director | Founder           T: +61 (2)89701483         E:           25 Best Street, Lane Cove NSW 2066, Australia
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