WhiteWater West Industries established a new awards program to commemorate a celebrated figure in the attractions industry who recently passed away. The waterpark attractions maker will recognize employee excellence with the Tat Won Vertical Leadership Award. Won worked for the Richmond, B.C.-based company for more than 20 years as its senior landscape architect.

Won passed away last November unexpectedly on a business trip at the age of 58.
He was internationally recognized as a master in his field, lending his expertise to such world-renowned projects as Caribbean Bay in Korea and Yas Waterworld in Abu Dhabi, which was named a 2013 Dream Designs winner by Aquatics International.

“Tat was a master of his art, the best waterpark designer in the industry, all the while maintaining a truly unassuming nature,” WhiteWater stated in a press release.

Won graduated from the University of Toronto in 1982 with a bachelor’s degree in landscape architecture. One of his first major projects was the Woodbine Shopping Center, then a groundbreaking development, which features Ontario’s largest indoor amusement park. Before joining WhiteWater, he was with Toronto-based Forrec Company, a global designer of entertainment spaces, where he developed his own distinctive “Tat style” design.

“I could look at a drawing and know that it was Tat’s,” said Forrecc CEO Gordon Dorrett, who worked with Won for 10 years. “He had a wonderful hand. He could draw like the wind to portray his ideas.”

Yas Waterworld concept design by Tat Won
Yas Waterworld concept design by Tat Won