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Architect builds a career on huge projects
Architect builds a career on huge projects

The gig: Michael Hong, 56, is the founder and senior principal designer of Michael Hong Architects in Culver City. Hong was the master planner of the $3.5-billion Baha Mar project, a 1,000-acre resort, casino, hotel, convention center and beachfront entertainment venue in the Bahamas. His 12-person company, which was founded in 2004, is currently working on a development in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, called Le Jardin, which will combine stores, homes and hospitality businesses in 10 million square feet of space. The company also is designing a 100-story hotel and apartment tower in Dubai. Early clues: Hong cobbled together his first architectural project with scrap wood when he was a child....

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