Goettsch Names De Santis Partner

20-year design veteran promoted to architecture firm’s sixth partner

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Paul De Stantis | Goettsch Partners

Paul De Stantis | Goettsch Partners. Photo: Courtesy of Goettsch Partners

Architecture firm Goettsch Partners has promoted Paul De Santis to partner. De Santis joined the firm in 2005 and most recently served as a senior project designer. With 20 years of experience, he leads the design on many of the firm’s hotel, mixed-used and office projects in the U.S. and China, and also focuses on developing the studio culture in both its Chicago and Shanghai offices.

De Santis’ recent work in the U.S. includes the first Viceroy hotel in the Midwest, located in Chicago’s Gold Coast neighborhood, and the LEED Platinum-certified Zurich North America Headquarters in Schaumburg, Illinois. His recent work in China includes the 971-ft.-tall R&F Yinkai Square mixed-use tower, featuring the 208-key Park Hyatt Guangzhou; the 1322-ft. Nanning China Resources Center Tower, featuring the 336-key Shangri-La Nanning; the 44-story, 370-key Grand Hyatt Dalian; and the Greenland Optics Valley Center complex, featuring a 1312-ft. office tower.

Viceroy Chicago | Goettsch Partners | James Steinkamp Photography

The Viceroy Hotel in Chicago. Photo: James Steinkamp Photography

De Santis joins the firm’s five other partners: James Goettsch, chairman and ceo; James Zheng, president; and Michael Kaufman, Joseph Dolinar and Lawrence Weldon.

“Paul has made significant contributions to the firm and has been a big part of our success over the last decade,” says Goettsch. “He has elevated our design and practice standards here and abroad.”

Zheng adds, “Paul is a real design talent in the firm, and he has been a huge inspiration to others. I know he will continue to improve the performance and perspective of our practice as we grow.”