Title: Founder and Chief Executive Officer
Company: Wavewatch Technologies
Location: Lake Oswego, OR
Gail Grant, founder and CEO at Wavewatch Technologies, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Artists for dedication, achievements, and leadership in architecture.
Ms. Grant is a large-scale commercial architect as well as the founder and CEO of Wavewatch Technologies, a global development firm specializing in innovative designs for the hospitality, retail, entertainment, and museum industries. She found architecture to be a perfect way to combine her dual passions, science, and the arts, and began her journey with coursework at the University of Colorado and Lewis and Clark Law School before earning a Bachelor of Science in math and physics in 1973. In 1978, Ms. Grant was awarded a Master of Architecture from the University of Washington and became licensed to practice in the state of California.
Ms. Grant has taken on projects around the world, including theme parks in Mumbai, Bali, and Shanghai and museum exhibitions for the Sultan bin Abdulaziz Science and Technology Center and others. She served as the Director of Facilities at Ferrari World in the United Arab Emirates in 2013 after designing much of the park, including its famous kart racing tracks. In 2000, Ms. Grant established Wavewatch Technologies to consolidate all of the resources for such large-scale and high-concept projects under one banner. She was named CEO in 2001, director of architecture and site design in 2013, and assumed ownership of the firm five years later. Ms. Grant continues her practice with Wavewatch Technologies, describing her work as “retaining information… designing with future technologies and creating metaphor in architecture.” Since 2010, Ms. Grant has also lent her expertise to LEC Worldwide, serving as director of architecture and site development.
Ms. Grant is certified by the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards and is the winner of the highly competitive Napa Valley Resort Competition. She looks forward to future work with a focus on developing Saudi 2030, a proposed net-zero resort city built on technologies that Ms. Grant hopes to apply to future Olympic village projects. Ms. Grant credits her success to having “visionary genes and a Highland warrior spirit,” tracing her family back to Clan Murray of Atholl, Scotland. In her personal time, Ms. Grant is a dedicated member of the Daughters of the American Revolution and a skilled Expressionist painter, with works residing in private collections across the United States.
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