College for Creative Studies: Product Design


Fadi Pataq

ADM Shipyards

Yacht Designer

Fadi Pataq still remembers feeling an amazing “sense of accomplishment” as he proudly watched the 141m superyacht Swift141 (christened “Yas”) depart from the ADMShipyards into the Arabian Gulf. This was the largest launch of 2011 and most significant superyacht in recent history.

At 141 meters, the private yacht ranks as the sixth largest superyacht in the world.

Yas has been heralded by the press for its super sleek futuristic exterior accentuated by curved green glass sweeping through a pure white hull and superstructure. The yacht’s key features include a swimming pool, heli-pad and two royal tenders. It can accommodate up to 60 guests onboard and a 56 crew.

The launch was the first for Pataq who contributed to the exterior outfitting design of the project.

“I love the sea, and I love design, so designing boats/yachts gave me the right balance between the sea and design,” said Pataq. “I would be happy designing kayaks— it doesn't have to be a yacht. I'm a big fan of anything that floats!

“What I love most about my job is that I’m constantly being challenged, always seeking a solution to a problem. For example, while working on Yas, we had to technically create and fit designs that had never been done before on a yacht.”

Most of Pataq’s work involves the design of "grey ships," which include military ships, hospital ships and patrol boats ranging from 15 meters to 130 meters.

Pataq, who was named Young Designer of the Year in 2008 by Superyacht, landed his job with ADM Group at the 2010 Monaco yacht show after working at TZ Intevia in Chicago. He was introduced to the chief operating officer of ADM at a cocktail party at the show. The next day, he showed him his sketchbook and was hired on the spot.

Pataq credits the relationship he developed with Professor Thomas Roney as having the biggest impact on his work.

 “I had Thomas for one semester— my first senior year semester—and he told me to do what I love, and that's exactly what I did in that studio,” Pataq explained. “It was a big success and ended up earning me an award that opened a lot of doors at the time and still continues to lead to opportunities today.

“CCS prepared me how to approach any type of design and also instilled in me the work ethic needed to advance in the real world"

I would like to pass on Thomas Roney's message: Do what you love—what you’re passionate about!”