Virginia’s extensive career in interior architecture and design has taken her all over the world in pursuit of an ever-expanding vision of beauty and innovation. Today, Virginia collaborates with design, development, and hospitality brand teams to create exceptional leading edge developments.
Virginia Cobb built a global reputation as a key executive for W Hotels and Resorts Worldwide as the Senior Director of Design and Planning for the Europe, Africa and Middle East division. Based in Brussels, Virginia served as the sole design representative in the region for the rapidly expanding brand. As the central design and planning point, she was responsible for the execution of each 100-200M project. These projects required close coordination and management of high net worth investors, international developers, and world-renowned design teams. In this capacity, she collaborated with internationally recognized designers: Ricardo Bofill Architects – Barcelona, Yabu Pushelberg Interior Designers – Toronto and New York City, Antonio Citterio Architects- Milan, Patrick Jouin Interior designer – Paris, Concrete Architects and Interior Designers – Amsterdam, and MAKE Architects - London. Significant projects included developments in Barcelona, London, Verbier, Athens, Amman, Istanbul, and Dubai.
Prior to working in the corporate global division, Virginia served as Director of Development and Planning in the W Hotels headquarters located in New York City. Virginia held the same integral role with complex teams executing developments in the US. Interior design projects included: W Denver by Skidmore Owings and Merrill, W Vieques by Benjamin Noriega Ortiz, and W Austin by Olson Sundberg Kundig Allen, and a host of other projects from New York City to Maui.
Before her work with resorts and hotels, Virginia developed her expertise in a wide array of commercial and historically significant preservation projects in her 15 year career as a developer and interior architect in Chicago, Illinois. Virginia was co-founder of Evergreen Properties in Chicago where she directed innovative architects, engineers and real estate consultants, as well as collaborated with city and community organizations. The Evergreen Properties portfolio included a 250 linear mixed-use storefront property on a much sought after retail corridor in Chicago’s vibrant Wicker Park neighborhood. Other projects included the renovation and redevelopment of a historic early 20th century 5,000 sq. ft. US Post office, and the redevelopment and conversion of a single tenant 150,000 sq. ft. industrial building into a multi tenant commercial office space.
Prior to co-founding Evergreen Properties, Virginia practiced as an interior architect and as an apprentice architect at Eifler and Associates in Chicago. She led the AIA award winning interior design of the Frank Lloyd Wright Seth Peterson Cottage, in Mirror Lake, Wisconsin. She was an integral team member on the renovation of Architect George Mason’s 1917 Vanderbilt Rock Cliff mansion in New Port, Rhode Island, as well as a number of other historic and culturally significant projects in Chicago – home of America’s modern architecture movement.
Virginia received her Bachelor of Interior Architecture from the School of Architecture at Kansas State University and currently is based in Austin, Texas.