Roy E. Watson
Associate Principal / Experiential Design Director
Roy Watson is one of those people who mixes business with pleasure. Some of his hobbies relate to his career and a volunteer effort led to an ‘ah-ha’ moment that taught him a professional lesson. A historic cabin in his hometown was slated for demolition but Roy joined a local effort that not only saved the cabin, the group ended up restoring it. He learned about the power of collaboration and how to leverage it to get things accomplished.
This also applies to Roy’s work as a multidisciplinary designer in the Branding & Graphics Studio at Page. He played a key role on the project team that restored the historic 1870s Union Market in Washington DC, turning this artisanal open-air marketplace into a unique destination in a city rich with them. Roy and his colleagues worked with the client on overall visioning for the project, developed the identity, monument signage and graphics, and designed pop-up food stalls for the large interior spaces.
Joining Page brought Roy into adjacent proximity with a favorite project: the (now) Lady Bird Lake trail across the street. He provided early design work during the infancy of the then-named Town Lake Trail Foundation. Today, it’s the perfect destination for him to combine his love of the outdoors in a family-friendly venue with his children.
Roy’s personal interests include construction, fabrication and landscape design, all of which also are part of project delivery. He cites Donald Judd the minimalist artist as an influence, repeating a quote, “I pay a lot of attention to how things are done and the whole activity of building something is interesting.” Page places a great deal of emphasis on ensuring employees understand how their work impacts every other part of the value chain, which comes naturally to Roy.
Previously, Roy worked for Dyal and Partners, which was acquired by Page. Prior to that, he worked for another Dyal-led entity, fd2s, also in a creative design capacity as well as Pfluger Associates Architects. His first post-graduate role was Director of Operations for the Marfa (Texas) Foundation, where he collaborated with the well-known Chinati Foundation.
He received his Bachelor of Environmental Design from Texas A&M University.