Studio Hillier Brochure - Hospitality

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Studio Hillier LLC 190 Witherspoon St. Princeton, NJ 08540 609-688-9999 (t) 609-688-9990 (f)
Princeton Marriott
Table of Contents About Us Introduction .............................................................................................................................................. 1 Biography 3 Selected Hospitality Clients ................................................................................................................. 5 Selected Hospitality Projects Port St. George ........................................................................................................................................ 6 Princeton Marriott 12 Star City ................................................................................................................................................... 18 Firm History ........................................................................................................................................... 24 Credits 28


Studio Hillier LLC is an interdisciplinary design firm in Princeton, NJ, co-founded in 2011 by partners Barbara A. Hillier, AIA, and J. Robert Hillier, LHD, FAIA, PP. For over thirty years, we have formed the backbone of a vibrant, growing full-service architectural studio with the depth of experience and design talent to take on a challenge of any scope.

We work collaboratively with experts in the region and elsewhere who bring excellence and robust knowledge of the latest building technologies, including prefabrication and environmental systems and the preservation of historic structures. Our success is reflected in the number of repeat clients who recognize our rigorous performance standards in meeting occupancy dates, managing the budget, and delivering high-quality design and professional services. With over three hundred and fifty design awards, our reputation for excellence is evidence of our commitment to our clients, place, sustainability, and the built environment.

Over the last two decades, a representation of completed project types includes hospitals, international corporate headquarters, public and private libraries, a US government courthouse, an urban convention center, independent day and boarding secondary schools, colleges and universities, art centers/museums, research buildings, and multi-family projects. Our work is a mosaic of places, cultures, customs, and economies in locations ranging from bucolic open spaces to urban neighborhoods to densely urban communities. Through these projects, we work tirelessly to achieve our clients’ expectations and create architecture that embodies the vision and spirit of their dreams.

Studio Hillier’s office is located in the heart of the historic Witherspoon Jackson neighborhood in Princeton, New Jersey, and operates out of a converted machine shop and warehouse. We serve clients throughout New Jersey, Philadelphia and New York, Connecticut, Washington, DC, Beijing, and Shanghai from our Princeton base. We are only one hour from 2 international airports. We have projects in 27 states and 32 countries.

The following projects have been completed during Bob and Barbara’s careers, selected from their personal scrapbook, which spans 55 years of Hillier architecture.

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J. Robert Hillier (Bob) is one of the leading and most highly-respected architects in the United States. Best known for building one of the world’s largest and most successful architecture firms, Mr. Hillier is distinguished for his design, business acumen, and contributions to the profession as both a practitioner and educator.

Bob and the firm have been widely published in national and international journals, newspapers, and magazines. He has given over 200 lectures and participated in dozens of design juries. In 1992, Bob joined the core faculty of Princeton University’s School of Architecture, where he currently teaches two graduate seminars. He has served on the AIA National Fellowship Jury and as Chair of the Selection Committee for the Dean of Princeton’s School of Architecture. He is also a Trustee Emeritus at McCarter Theater.

More recently, Bob received an Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters from the New Jersey Institute of Technology and an Honorary MBA from Bryant University. Other honors include the Legacy Award from the Urban Land Institute, the New Jersey AIA’s Michael Graves Lifetime Achievement Award, and the President’s Medal for Lifetime Achievement from NJIT. In May 2019, the New Jersey Institute of Technology renamed its Architecture/Design school the J. Robert and Barbara A. Hillier College of Architecture and Design.


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MFA, Princeton University, Princeton, NJ

BA, Princeton University, Princeton, NJ


College of Fellows, American Institute of Architects

Core Faculty, Princeton University School of Architecture, 1992 to Present

Board of Advisors, Architectural Graphic Standards Publication

New Jersey Green Building Council, Founding Member

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Selected Hospitality Clients

Acapulco Princess Hotel

Ankara Hotel

Baha Mar

Bird Hills Golf Course

Burroughs Farms Conference Center

Cigna Eagle Lodge Conference Center

Citicorp Arrowwood Conference Center

ETS Chauncey Conference Center

Ford Fairlane Club and Manor

Greenbrier Resort

Hamilton Farm Golf Club

Acapulco, Mexico

Ankara, Turkey

Nassau, Bahamas

Emerson, NJ

Brighton, MI

Lafayette Hill, PA

Westchester, NY

Princeton NJ

Dearborn, MI

White Sulpher Springs, WV

Gladstone, NJ

Marmara Antalya Hotel

Marriott International HQ

Newark Airport Marriott Hotel

Natirar Spa

Nordic Hills

North Jersey Country Club

Oak Brook Hilton Chicago

Port Saint George

Princeton Marriott

Ras Sedr

Ritz-Carlton Philadelphia

Antalya, Turkey

Bethesda, MD

Newark, NJ

Peapack-Gladstone, NJ

Chicago, IL

Wayne, NJ

Chicago, IL


Princeton, NJ


Philadelphia, PA

Hamilton Princess Conference Center

Harbour Island

Harrah’s Marina Hotel and Casino

Harrison Conference Center at Glen Cove

Harrison Conference Center Dodgertown

Hilton Hotels at Newark

The Houstonian

Jinji Lake Island Club

Kalamazoo Center Hotel

Pembroke, Bermuda

Tampa, FL

Atlantic City, NJ

Glen Cove, NY

Vero Beach, FL

Newark, NJ

Houston, TX

Suzhou, China

Kalamazoo, MI

Shannondell Senior Living

Sheraton Ballroom

Sheraton Meadowlands

Star City

Stazi Milano Greenwood Grille

Sunset Villa Hotel

Suzhou Hotel

Trump Marina Hotel

Valle Arriba Athletic Club

Valley Forge, PA

Eatontown, NJ

East Rutherford, NJ

Sydney, Australia

Jenkintown, PA

Rota, Mariana Islands

Suzhou, China

Atlantic City, NJ

Caracas, Venezuela

Port St. George


7,710,000 SF

Port St. George will be the Bahamas’ largest net-zero-engineered luxury destination designed to meet WELL and LEED for Cities and Communities Gold certification. It will feature a 110-acre harbor and over 500 new condos, single-family units, and townhouses. Amenities will include several athletic facilities, such as a world-class 18-hole golf course, tennis and cricket clubs, and four 50-room boutique hotels. Among these hotels is a clubhouse on the Atlantic side which will boast 1,800 feet of dramatic beachfront, a restaurant, cafe, fitness area, and an infinity-edge pool with unobstructed views of the Atlantic Ocean.

The harbor is to be the largest safe Harbour in the Bahamas for 640 private luxury boats. In addition, it will be surrounded by waterfront condominiums and a new walkable town center.

The Town Center will feature a yacht club, shopping for local artisan crafts, and several restaurants and apartments overlooking the main piazza of the resort. The resort will cater to those seeking an off-the-grid experience characterized by an authentic Bahamian environment and luxurious, modern amenities.

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Port St. George The Bahamas
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Port St. George The Bahamas
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Princeton Marriott


35,000 SF

Studio Hillier provided Architectural Services for renovating public spaces and guest rooms’ bathrooms at the Princeton Marriott. The renovations included an upscale bar and coffee lounge in the Greatroom, a newly-renovated Lobby and Front Desk, the Canahan Room, Empire Suite, Private Dining Room, Gratella Room, and the Iron & Ivy Restaurant.

In addition to services for the public amenity spaces, Studio Hillier provided interior design for the hotel’s event spaces, including the Alexander Ballroom, University Lounge, the Dining Room, Treehouse Lounge, and meeting rooms.

All significant interior public spaces were renovated and modernized to elevate the guest experience in the Princeton Mariott; care was taken to maintain the rustic warmth of existing exposed brick and heavy timber construction. Custom accent pieces, such as the metal frame above the reception counter, focus guests’ attention while unifying the material palette.

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Star City


2,100,000 SF

With a ten-year gaming monopoly from the city of Sydney and a distinctly urban mission in revitalizing the historic Pyrmont Bay waterfront, Star City is a casino development with a difference. The 2.1-million-squarefoot complex offers a little of everything from legitimate theater to gourmet dining and from parks to neighborhood convenience stores.

Star City’s themed areas eschew exploding volcanoes in favor of environmental sculpture by Australian artists like John Olsen. Gardens, waterfalls, jets of fire and water, and color-saturated light shows evoke the continent’s natural and cultural riches that warrant repeated visits.

An attraction in its own right, the 2000-seat Lyric Theater updates the classic horseshoe-shaped, proscenium-style auditorium as a venue for big musical theater, ballet, and opera productions. A concrete envelope and rubber pads provide excellent acoustic isolation. Next door is a 900-seat cabaret theater.

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Star City

Sydney, Australia

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Firm History


On April 1, J. Robert Hillier leases his first office at 44 Nassau Street in Princeton, NJ. Bob’s first job was replacing a bathroom vanity for a wealthy Princeton client.


Bob designs a threestory office building, a dormitory for Fairleigh Dickinson University, and a private residence, all three of which win AIA design awards from the New Jersey Society of Architects.


Twin Rivers is the first planned unit development (PUD) in New Jersey, with over 700 townhouses


The business expands to 48 employees and moves to a building at the end of Princeton Airport’s runway that a plane had once crashed into.


Now recognized as a professional corporation, J. Robert Hillier, Architects, P.A. moves into its own building known as the “Treehouse,” the first building in NJ approved to be designed and built in a flood plain.


Our first international project, the American International School in Vienna, is completed. This is the first of 12 international secondary schools designed by Hillier.


The Richard J. Hughes Justice Complex in Trenton, NJ, was one of the largest projects ever undertaken by the State of New Jersey at the time of its completion.


Hillier opens an office in Tampa, FL, to design and support the development of Harbour Island and is named NJ’s Firm of the Year by the Business and Industry Association.


On the tenth Hillier “Career Day,” Bob invites 100 aspiring architects to spend a day at the firm. 17 “Career Day” participants will eventually become Hillier employees.


In need of more office space, The Hillier Group moves to a new headquarters at 500 Alexander Park and celebrates our 20th anniversary.


The Hillier Group wins a national competition to design an addition to Arizona State University’s College of Architecture and Environmental Design.


The Hillier Group is the country’s 7th largest architectural firm with a staff of 235, having executed over 2,000 projects for 700 clients.


Engineering NewsRecord ranks Hillier at 308 of 500 top design firms in the U.S. based on revenue and size.

1976 Barbara Weinstein creates and leads the Interiors Studio.

J. Robert Hillier is elected to the AIA College of Fellows.


The first passive solarheated municipal building in NJ, designed for East Windsor, is profiled by New York Times.


Beneficial Management, Inc., commissions a new 500,000 SF corporate headquarters in Peapack, NJ. This pioneering headquarters would lead to further commissions for corporate campuses from some of the world’s largest corporations.


The firm hires its 100th employee and becomes The Hillier Group, Architects/Planners, P.A.


Now the 9th largest architectural firm in the nation, the firm moves into the building known as the “Solar Wedge.”


Under the leadership of Design and Managing Principal Barbara Hillier, a full-service regional office opens in Philadelphia.


Inc. Magazine names

J. Robert Hillier as New Jersey’s “Entrepreneur of the Year” and Hillier publishes “Ten Ways of Looking at a Building: A Guide to the Rights of Clients.”


With technological advancements, the firm launches its first website and implements CAD across all offices.


The Hillier Group acquires GSGSB Architects, Engineers, Planners of Clarks Summit, PA expanding our market to new areas, such as data centers.


Architectural Record profiles Hillier’s design for the AT&T Corporate Campus in Bridgewater, NJ, an early example of green architecture.

1994 Star City Sydney Harbour MixedUse Development revitalizes the historic Pyrmont Bay waterfront in Sydney, Australia. We aquire The Eggers Group and form the New York office.

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The result of an initiative to consolidate research operations, the new 1 million SF SmithKlineBeecham Research Center is one of England’s largest capital projects.


The Cogeneration Plant at John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York wins accolades and recognition including a profile in the Wall Street Journal.


At the Duke University Center for Human Genomics, an international leader in the study of inherited disorders, futuristic laboratories provide ideal spaces for scientists dedicated to genetic discovery.

Architectural Record features Hillier as one of the best-managed firms in the U.S. A new Hillier website is launched.


Looking to reclaim its position as Newark’s Crown Jewel, the outdated National Newark Building is cleaned and transformed, inside and out.


We complete the design for Turkiye Is Bankasi Headquarters in Istanbul.


Hillier Architecture is named AIA New Jersey Architectural Firm of the Year


J. Robert Hillier receives the Michael Graves Lifetime Achievement Award from AIA-NJ.


The Becton Dickinson Corporate Campus Employee Services Center wins the American Architecture Award from the Chicago Anthenaeum.


We complete the University Medical Center at Princeton in collaboration with HOK and Bob personally designs its new chapel.


Bob and Barbara establish Studio Hillier in downtown Princeton, renewing their focus on smaller scale, local and community projects.


Hillier designs and develops Copperwood, a 153-unit residential development for senior citizens in Princeton.


The revolutionary Niagara Falls High School is featured in the New York Times.


We complete the 5 million SF Sprint Headquarters Campus in Overland Park, KS.


GlaxoSmithKline Global Headquarters in London, UK symbolizes the company’s forward position as one of the world’s leading pharmaceutical companies.


Hillier opens an office in Shanghai and launches an award-winning website that is people-centric, not just project-focused.


The Solebury School

Abbe Science Center receives the AIA PA Silver Medal, the state’s most prestigious award representing the highest level of achievement in design.

2005 Engineering NewsRecord ranks Hillier 5th of the top 100 “pure” architecture firms in the U.S. and the firm wins 14 design awards.


The work of Hillier Architecture, our legacy firm, is featured at the US Pavilion of the Venice Biennale.


J. Robert Hillier celebrates 50 years of architectural practice. A new dormitory for Iona College opens to rave reviews from students.


New townhouses for the Institute for Advanced Study provide a natural extension of the Institute’s existing campus while allowing a significant expansion of preserved land for Princeton Battlefield State Park.


Studio Hillier is named Design Architect for Port St. George, a net zero-carbon resort in the Bahamas.


NJIT renames its architecture and design school the J. Robert and Barbara

A. Hillier College of Architecture and Design.


Today, Studio Hillier is building on our legacy of success and client satisfaction while integrating the latest building technologies, environmental systems, and preservation techniques.


Port St. George

Renderings: Cayetano Martos

Princeton Marriott

Photos Courtesy of Jeffrey Goldman

Star City

Photos Courtesy of Patrick Bingham-Hall

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