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The Brit List 2018: architect profiles

676 433 Hamish Kilburn

In last few weeks, Hotel Designs has profiled the 75 finalists who made it onto the Hotel Designs Brit List 2018. We conclude our profiling by listing our winning architects in alphabetical order…

This year’s The Brit List 2018 concluded on November 22, when leading designers, hoteliers and architects gathered at BEAT London to find out which of them made it on to this year’s The Brit List 2018. The hundreds of nominees and entries were whittled down by the event’s five judges, who were:

  • Gilly Craft, President of the British Institute of Interior Design
  • Charles Leon, founder of Leon Black Architecture and Interior Design
  • Gerri Gallagher, former associate editor, Tatler
  • Lysbeth Fox, founder and director of Fox PR
  • Hamish Kilburn, editor, Hotel Designs

Top architects

Martin Pease – WATG London

Having recently completed Shanghai’s very first Bellagio hotel, WATG are at the top of the architectural food chain in international hotel design. Recently appointed to lead the architecture firm into the future is Martin Pease.

With more than 25 years’ architectural experience, which spans across the world, Pease was recently interviewed by Hotel Designs, where the publication learned of his love of drawing and seeing a project come to life. As the new Managing Director of the London studio, his leadership style stands out as exceptional and enables him to be involved in all aspects of the business.

Nathalie Rozencwajg – NAME Architecture

Commended with the Emerging Woman Architect of the Year accolade by The Architects’ Journal, Nathalie Rozencwaijg, who co-founded RARE Architecture with Michel da Costa Gonclaves, brings a wealth of experience of overseas associations and collaborative teamwork.

As the founder of NAME Architecture, Rozencwaig’s portfolio includes London’s Town Hall Hotel, where the team worked to create a sensitively contemporary design with the aim to preserve the original features while integrating modern inserts such as a new roof extension.

Georgia Stevenson – SHH Architects & Interior Design 

Georgia Stevenson has vast interdisciplinary design expertise, enabling her to lead some of the practice’s landmark hotel projects such as The Trafalgar St. James London and The Mayfair Hotel.

Stevenson is known for her flexibility and co-operative style, and her ability to build exceptional relationships with clients, consultants and project teams alike.

Phil Jaffa – Scape Design Associates

Phil Jaffa has created some of the finest landmark projects in the hospitality industry.

His company, Scape Design Associates, claims to be the only European based landscape architectural practice which specialises in the design and detailing of landscapes and external environments for the hospitality and luxury lifestyle markets.

The firm leads with passion, and Jaffa is not afraid to participate debates in design. The aim of the company is to raise the bar in world-class landscapes in order to create a new kind of luxury.

Richard Hywel Evans – Studio RHE

Having overseen more than 50 luxury international projects, Richard Hywel Evans built his global reputation on the solid design and delivery of bold innovative projects.

Since founding Studio RHE in 1997, Evans’ research has been published in the RIBA Journal and has also contributed to publications such as The Times, The Guardian, Finacial Times and the BBC.

The Brit List 2018 – hotelier profiles

676 433 Hamish Kilburn

In the coming weeks, Hotel Designs will be profiling the 75 finalists in the Hotel Designs Brit List 2018. We continue with profiling our winning hoteliers in alphabetical order…

This year’s The Brit List 2018 concluded on November 22, when leading designers, hoteliers and architects gathered at BEAT London to find out which of them made it on to this year’s The Brit List 2018. The hundreds of nominees and entries were whittled down by the event’s five judges, who were:

  • Gilly Craft, President of the British Institute of Interior Design
  • Charles Leon, founder of Leon Black Architecture and Interior Design
  • Gerri Gallagher, former associate editor, Tatler
  • Lysbeth Fox, founder and director of Fox PR
  • Hamish Kilburn, editor, Hotel Designs 

Jenny Oh – King Street Townhouse

Recently reviewed by Hotel Designs, and the venue chosen to shelter the inaugural Hotel Designs Meet Up North event, King Street Townhouse is a shining example of how hotel design in the north is booming.

The hotel shelters 40 stylish rooms in the centre of Manchester, and boasts the only hotel rooftop infinity pools in the city. Jenny Oh has led the hotel from the beginning having been the General Manager since March last year.

Johnson Joseph – Holiday Inn Whitechapel 

Johnson Joseph arrived at LaLiT in November 2017 from his role with the Cairn Hotel Group, where he was most recently hotel manager at Crowne Plaza Gerrards Cross.

Jospeph is a general manager of Holiday Inn Whitechapel is a versatile hotel professional with 20 years experience in managing operations in fast-paced hospitality environment moving forwards new and existing business within a challenging environment.

Kevin Brooke – Cliveden House

Kevin Brooke joined Cliveden House as General Manager in October 2016. Before arriving at Cliveden House, Brooke was the general manager of the Aman Sveti Stefan in Montenegro where he was responsible for all aspects of operation and performance of this 58 multi-site luxury resort. His extensive career history with the Aman group commenced in 2003 with management positions at the Amangani Resort, USA, Amanyara Resort in the Caribbean and the Amanwana Resort in Indonesia.

With the recent renovations nearly complete, he believes it’s a wonderful opportunity to further elevate the guest experience and fulfil Cliveden’s enormous potential.

Marco Novello – The Lanesborough

Recently appointed, Marco Novella succeeds Geoffrey Gelardi, who stepped down from the role as Managing Director after 28 years, which had made him London’s longest serving managing director of a luxury property. The Lanesborough is owned by the Abu Dhabi Investment Authority and since its relaunch in 2015 has been managed by the German-based Oetker Collection.

Novella was most recently Managing Director of Brown’s Hotel London for nearly two years. In his new role he will oversee operations of the 93-key property while driving growth and ensuring service excellence in all departments.

Mario Ovsenjak – Hotel Gotham 

Mario Ovsenjak arrived at Hotel Gotham in 2016 and has led the property from strength-to-strength ever since. Hotel Gotham, which was recently reviewed
by Hotel Designs, quickly established itself as one of the most striking hotels in the UK.

Having worked extensively across the Bespoke Hotels portfolio, Ovsenjak boasts experience leading teams at a range of five country house properties, including The Lambert Arms in Oxfordshire, Shaftsbury’s Grosvenor Arms, as well as the Prince Regent Hotel.

The Brit List 2018 – hotelier profiles

676 433 Hamish Kilburn

In the coming weeks, Hotel Designs will be profiling the 75 finalists in the Hotel Designs Brit List 2018. We continue with profiling our winning hoteliers in alphabetical order…

This year’s The Brit List 2018 concluded on November 22, when leading designers, hoteliers and architects gathered at BEAT London to find out which of them made it on to this year’s The Brit List 2018. The hundreds of nominees and entries were whittled down by the event’s five judges, who were:

  • Gilly Craft, President of the British Institute of Interior Design
  • Charles Leon, founder of Leon Black Architecture and Interior Design
  • Gerri Gallagher, former associate editor, Tatler
  • Lysbeth Fox, founder and director of Fox PR
  • Hamish Kilburn, editor, Hotel Designs

Top hoteliers

Faye Stone – The Pig in the Wall 

Recently promoted as the Hotel Director of The Pig in the Wall, Faye Stone originally joined the five-strong Pig group, which is owned and operated by Home Grown Hotels, in 2012 at the original Pig hotel in Brockenhurst, Hampshire.

The Pig in the Wall is situated in Southampton’s medieval city walls and operates as a bed and breakfast accomadtion.

Fiona Moores – The Pig at Combe

A Lover of cycling, fair weather and discovering new food and drink, Fiona Moores became the general manager of The Pig at Combe in 2016, when the 27-key property opened. Under Moores’ leadership, the hotel became the winner in the Conde Nast Traveler HOT LIST 2017 awards.

As with all PIG hotels, the establishment has a particular focus on the fresh produce grown, offering guests a quintessentially British experience from check in to check out.

Gareth Banner – The Ned, London

Gareth Banner is the Managing Director of The Ned: a hotel, members club andcollection of restaurants in the City of London from Soho House & Co and Sydell Group.

Gareth graduated in 1999 from Oxford Brookes University with a degree in Hotel & Restaurant Management. His first appointment was with Marriott International and he subsequently held a number of project management and senior operations roles.

After eight years with Marriott, Gareth became Hotel Manager at The Cavendish London in 2006. During this time, he was involved in bringing the hotel back into private ownership. Gareth moved to London’s original boutique hotel, The Hempel as General Manger in 2008, where he fundamentally restructured and repositioned the five star, 50-bedroom luxury hotel before facilitating a sale of the business at the end of 2012.

In 2013 Gareth was appointed General Manager at the iconic St. Pancras Renaissance. He was charged to provide strategic leadership for positioning the five star, 207 bedroom & 38 suite hotel, following the completion of a £200m restoration of the building in 2011.

After joining The Ned team in 2016, Gareth’s vision was for The Ned to change the face of the City of London. Originally designed by English architect, Sir Edwin ‘Ned’ Lutyens in 1924, the Grade I-listed building opened in May 2017 and includes ten restaurants, 250 bedrooms, and ‘Ned’s Club’ – where members have access to a rooftop pool, gym, spa, hamam and late night lounge bar. In 2018 The Ned has been presented with the City Heritage Award and named ‘Best Hotel’ in the GQ Food and Drink Awards.

Jasdeep Sodhi – Hotel Indigo – 1 Leicester Square

Located in the Neighbourhood of Cinematic Glamour, Hotel Indigo London-1 Leicester Square boasts 95 boutique style rooms, a sky-high rooftop bar and Restaurant including private space suitable for meetings, media events, pitches and huddles.

Since opening in the spring of this year, Jasdeep Sodhi and his team have welcomed guests from around the globe to experience Leicester Square
from a unique point of view.

 

The Brit List 2018: Designer profiles

676 433 Hamish Kilburn

In the coming weeks, Hotel Designs will be profiling the 75 finalists in the Hotel Designs Brit List 2018. This week, we continue with profiling our winning designers in alphabetical order…

This year’s The Brit List 2018 concluded on November 22, when leading designers, hoteliers and architects gathered at BEAT London to find out which of them made it on to this year’s The Brit List 2018. The hundreds of nominees and entries were whittled down by the event’s five judges, who were:

  • Gilly Craft, President of the British Institute of Interior Design
  • Charles Leon, founder of Leon Black Architecture and Interior Design
  • Gerri Gallagher, former associate editor, Tatler
  • Lysbeth Fox, founder and director of Fox PR
  • Hamish Kilburn, editor, Hotel Designs

Top Designers 2018

Constantina Tsoutsikou – Creative Director, HBA London 

Constantia Tsoutsikou is proving herself to be a leader not only as the creative director of HBA London, but also as a true visionary in the arena of
international hotel design.

Her most recent work includes The Orient in Jerusalem and this year she has spoken at a number of international trade fairs, the most recent of which was Maison Objet in Paris.

Dexter Moren – Director, Dexter Moren Associates 

Dexter Moren is the founding director of Dexter Moren Associates (DMA) and is recognised as an industry leader in the international hotel design sector. DMA is an award-winning hotel, hospitality and residential architecture & interior design firm based in London.

DMA’s most recent projects include The Curtain and Dorsett City Hotel in Aldgate. In addition to these, the firm is also working on The Westin, City of London, as well as a hotel development in Southwark.

Emma King – Head of Interior Design (Europe) IHG 

Emma King leads the InterContinental Hotels Group’s (IHG) interior design team in Europe and is responsible for the design, development and product quality of all new openings and refurbishments. King is currently leading the design of IHG’s big capital investments including InterContinental London Park Lane, InterContinental Paris Le Grand and InterContinental Berlin, but also the launch of the hotel group’s new brand voco. She is also tasked with the integration of the innovation program at IHG, and has worked on the repositioning strategy and implementation of the new generation Holiday Inn Express, Holiday Inn and the Crowne
Plaza Brands.

King and her team have been instrumental in positioning the Hotel Indigo brand with a ‘neighbourhood story’ led design for each site. No brand has been left untouched, with IHG’s long stay offering, Staybridge Suites, also being redesigned with investment potential in mind. An interior architect by training at Cardiff University and despite over 20 years’ hotel design experience, she believes that there is always more to learn.

Fiona Thompson – Principal, Richmond International 

Richmond International has designed some of the world’s most prestigious hotel designs in locations from London to Barbados. Fiona Thompson, as the Principal of the studio, is involved in all aspects of the company, and is responsible for both the projects and the day-to-day running of the company. As the recent headline speaker at Hotel Designs Meet Up North,

Thompson continues to be an influencer as the landscape of international hotel designs continues to evolve.

Frances Blackham – Design Director, Trevillion Interiors 

Having recently led her team to complete the £6 million refurbishment of the Radisson Blu Hotel Nice and the Radisson Blu Stansted airport, including new
guestrooms, restaurants and the iconic Atrium Space and Wine Tower Bar, Trevillion Interiors has proven time and time again that it is ahead of the curve of hotel interior design.

The firm’s impressive client list includes Best Western, QHotels, Radisson Blu, Royal Garden Hotel and IHG.

The Brit List 2018 becomes sold-out event

Hamish Kilburn

Hours before the leading interior designers, hoteliers, architects and key-industry suppliers gather at BEAT London for The Brit List 2018, the event hits its maximum capacity… 

The Brit List 2018, which will take place this evening at BEAT London from 6.30pm, is now sold out* as the key players of the industry prepare to find out who among them is on this year’s list of 75 influencers in design and hospitality.

As well as expanding the list to now include the top 25 architects, this year’s event will also crown the winners of six newly launched awards, which are:

  • Inspiration in Design – Interior Designer of the Year (Sponsored by Tarkett Flooring)
  • Inspiration in Design – Hotelier of the Year
  • Inspiration in Design – Architect of the Year
  • Inspiration in Design – Innovative use of Technology (Sponsored by DLAppTap)
  • The Eco Award
  • Outstanding Contribution to the Hotel Industry

Speaking ahead of The Brit List 2018, editor of Hotel Designs and host of the evening, said: “This year, The Brit List has catapulted its way to firmly land in the calendar as an event not to be missed. We look forward to welcoming everyone this evening as we, together, celebrate Britain’s leading position in the world of international hotel design. I look forward to personally congratulating all of the 75 individuals who have earned their place in The Brit List 2018 as well as the six soon-to-be crowned winners of our awards.”

Directions to BEAT London:

Address: 48 Margaret St, Marylebone, London W1W 8SE
Nearest tube station: Oxford Circus

Event timings: 6.30 p.m. – 10.30 p.m.

6.30 p.m. Welcome drinks are served
7.00 p.m. Welcome speech from Hotel Designs Editor, Hamish Kilburn, to include unveiling of The Brit List 2018 winners
7.15 p.m. Canapés are served
7.15 p.m. Headline speaker, Charles Leon, Leon Black Interior Architecture addresses the Brit List 2018 – Britain’s position in international hotel design and hospitality post-Brexit
7.30 p.m. Awards presentation commences
8.00 p.m. Headline speaker, Moritz Waldemeyer, Studio Moritz Waldemeyer addresses The Brit List 2018 – Hotel lighting; how it has changed in recent times and how is lighting technology allowing for more creative interiors
8.15 p.m. Celebrations and networking

BRIT LIST 2018 Industry Partner: British Institute of Interior Design

BRIT LIST 2018 Event Sponsor: Hamilton Litestat

BRIT LIST 2018 Supporting Partner: Studio Moritz Waldemeyer

BRIT LIST 2018 Award Sponsor: Inspiration in Design – Interior Designer of the Year: Tarkett

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The Brit List 2018 Innovation In Technology Award sponsor: DLAppTap

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* We have reserved a limited number of last-minute tickets for delegates and suppliers. Please contact k.phillips@forumevents.co.uk to purchase yours.