Tribute paid to Las Vegas Strip designer Jon Jerde

Architect Jon Jerde, who is best known for his work on elaborate Las Vegas projects, has died aged 75.

The designer spent 10 years of his career creating suburban shopping malls before branching out into multi-level developments linked by winding pathways, towers and arches with digitally controlled fountains and huge multi-media screens.

Jerde’s projects include the Fremont Street Experience in Las Vegas. He also designed the Treasure Island Casino and its pirate ship live action diorama in 1993, beginning a year-long collaboration on projects along the Las Vegas Strip with  developer Steve Wynn.

Other developments by the architect are Universal City Walk, Horton Plaza in San Diego, along with the Mall of America outside Minneapolis.

“Jon Jerde was a warm and delightful friend and gifted architect,” Wynn said in a statement. “My colleagues and I had the pleasure of collaborating with him on the design of Bellagio and, in addition, Elaine Wynn and I joined with he and his wife, Janice, in the design of our Shadow Creek home. That residence reflected the elegance and the warmth of Jon’s creativity. We will all miss him.”