We are an International Design Company
Nextep Design International Studio provides Experiential architectural design and master planning services. The Nextep team works closely with the industry in orchestrating the project design process and insuring the initial concept design integrity throughout design development. Nextep participates in projects from concept to turn-key or anywhere in between.
From the firm’s inception in 2011, Nextep Design International, led by Sevak Petrosian, addresses the growing local and international demand for experiential architectural projects, i.e. theme parks, water parks, resort hotels, attractions, museums and accompanying venues. Over last 10 years, Nextep grew its portfolio to include over 45 projects. Some example projects that made it to fruition thus far include; Bali Water Park (Fushun, China), House of Magic (Macau), Pirates Cove Land for Shanghai Disney (Shanghai, China), Motion Gate Theme Park (Dubai). Today, Nextep has successfully built and trained a team specialized in experience architecture.
President / Experience Architect / Master Planner
Award winning production architect Sevak Petrosian, practices a comprehensive skillset in constructing strong concepts, planning, art directing, and thus following through to Schematic Design and Design Development. Above all, he can integrate disciplines throughout the completion of large scale, multi-faceted entertainment, resort, theme park and water park projects in an international business environment. Sevak works very closely with the Show Designer to satisfy the integrity of the design and the story, while accommodating all the technical aspects of the project.
For 20 years Sevak took opportunities as lead designer and production architect in some of the largest companies in the industry such as Landmark Entertainment, Disney Imagineering, Paramount Parks, Universal Studios and Goddard Group. In working with these companies, Sevak contributed to concepts for Disney Shanghai, Six Flags Dubai Land, and for built projects like Star Trek the Experience In Las Vegas (US), Universal Studios (Osaka Japan), Dream World water Park and theme Park (Fushun China), and House of Magic at Galaxy resort & casino (Macau).
After receiving five Theme Entertainment Association (TEA) Awards, throughout the years for various attractions, he opened Nextep Design International in 2011. Sevak envisioned Nextep as a futurist firm where the process would involve design strategies that continuously take the project into the “Nextep”.
Shawn started his career at 20 at Disney Imagineering as a lighting apprentice in lighting and special eﬀects on the EPCOT Center and Disney parks. He complimented his entertainment career by studying business management and during the past 38 years held positions as executive producer, creative director, marketing business analyst and creative technical director, collaborating on hundreds of productions, promoting patented technologies to fortune 500 companies, government tourism boards, location-based entertainment, and major studio theme parks, including Warner Bros, Paramount, Universal Studios and Disney. He has consulted on large multimedia LBE and Event projects for 20+ years across the MENA region Incl. Dubailand for the Dubai government. In January 2020 he was contracted as design CTO and project manager for Saudi Arabia’s $1.4BN entertainment festivals in Jeddah and Riyadh.
Technical Director / PM / Business Development
His immersive media education started in 1985 while collaborating with Louie Schwartzberg, the award-winning pioneer/director of large format time-lapse cinematography, and Ivan Dryer, visionary entertainment inventor of lasers projections. In 1998, Shawn won the Innovation Award from the European Oﬃce of Innovative Enterprises for the Virtual Reality FX Theater, a multisensory domed theatre supporting 3D, mixed media content and special laser technology. In 2013, he returned to Los Angeles to research emerging immersive technologies in VR / AR / XR / Volumetric and light field cinema. At Nextep Designs he is leading groundbreaking engineering & immersive media productions for major clients in the distressed cinema market, The METDOME- an E-Games Sports & Music Franchise, and METAMALL – both location-based retail complexes using AR, XR and Ai patented display technologies.