Founder of Studio 407, Jeff Gaither, attended the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign School of Architecture and received his Bachelor of Science in Architecture in December of 1997. During this time he participated on the University of Illinois Varsity Basketball team under Hall of Fame Coach Lou Henson.
Working as an intern with Walt Disney World Facility Asset Management (FAM) Jeff worked on many renovation projects on Walt Disney World property and gained valuable insight in designing for the guest experience. Work included projects for Walt Disney World's Theme Parks and Hotels.
At Cuhaci & Peterson Architects, Jeff served as a Graduate Architect and worked his way up to be a Project Manager on many retail, public area and entertainment projects throughout the United States. Project experience includes various retail projects totaling over 10 million square feet of project experience including church, office, retail, medical, and thematic projects.
While working at C&P Jeff also attended the University of South Florida School of Architecture and Community Design earning his Master of Architecture in December of 2002.
While with Wimberly Allison Tong & Goo, Jeff’s experience included hospitality, resort residential, mixed-use entertainment, retail, hotel renovation and brand driven design. Jeff worked on projects ranging from low key Caribbean hideaways to high rise urban hotels. Jeff was responsible for complete project coordination including client contact and business development through project design and preparation of construction documents for resort hotels, casinos, and hospitality retail. Project sizes ranged from 20 to 600 million dollars.
With Helman Hurley Charvat Peacock Architects, Inc (HHCP) Jeff was Director of the Domestic Studio overseeing daily operations for projects throughout the U.S. This includes Hospitality, Theme Park, Restaurant, Office, Continuing Care, and Convention Center projects.
That leads us to today. With a history ranging from fantasy, to practical, to a blend of both; understanding various project types and maintaining project success, this ensures that Studio 407 is prepared for any challenge that may be presented.