Sunday, November 10
Then: Design that lasts 14 years. Now: Design that lasts 14 seconds. Next: Design that steps into the future of multimedia-driven environments that can capture the emotions of an individual guest, bring people together around a digital campfire or immerse viewers in an interactive space that can morph second by second. Learn what this means for hospitality spaces and why you should be an early adopter.
Understanding the development process is key to opening a hotel. It starts with acquisition, feasibility studies, brand selection, financing and management agreements. Then comes an architect, civil engineering, traffic studies, EIR, CEQA, coastal commission, community outreach, council architecture and design reviews at the city, county and federal level before it reaches multiple approval process. That’s all before the RFP even gets sent out. That only happens once all the approvals are in place. Operation staff gets hired six months to a year prior to opening depending on the star level and size of the project. Learn why this must-have knowledge for hospitality projects.
When you green the menu, you have to green the space, too. Go beyond LEED to get food for thought on sustainable materials, installation techniques and even maintenance practices that make the interiors of natural and organic venues as good-for-guests as the noms.
Dan Kwan - chief creative officer, Wilson Associates
Where and how do you find hundreds of rotary phones? How do you design guestrooms in a former airport terminal to showcase “the iconic Eames chair?” How you do bring Spanish culture into not one, not two, but three venues under one (very) newly-built roof in New York’s most modern hotspot? What about bringing a taste of underappreciated Korean-style dishes to West Manhattan? This panel answers the burning questions you have about the Big Apple’s biggest hospitality projects.
Learn how to effectively describe your design intent from the vast array of styles and types available, specify the technical aspects of that gorgeous lighting (!) ADA compliance, who (or what) Kelvin is. Lean how to specify lamping for optimal design and operational performance.
Sponsored by: Ren-Wil
Steve Rice - president, Rice Consulting Group LLC
With a focus on designing for evolving social, ecological, cultural and economic needs, this session reviews evidence based design strategies and emerging trends in design-based thinking.
This interactive panel will delve into the story behind the key elements of the winning NEWH Green Voice Design Competition Adaptive Reuse Hotel Project, The Mill Hotel. Learn how the former industrial-use building has been transformed into a modern-age gathering space with an emphasis on social spaces and the creative use of shipping containers to provide additional guest suites. Join the celebration of our winners and the intriguing conversation behind this LEED driven project.
Katie Rothfield - senior instructor, interior architecture, Florida State University
Guest want transformative rather than transactional hotel spaces. Hoteliers are happy to oblige—as long as they can integrate their brand touchpoints throughout that journey. Gensler’s “Hospitality Experience Index—2019” charts some of the key trends in the new era of branding and how to put them to work as a win-win for designers and clients
How much do you really need to know ROI, NOI or the going rate for mezzanine financing to get a hearing from clients? Gather your whole team for this crash course in owner/brand speak.
Listen in as these industry icons share their views on what’s right, what’s wrong and what’s ahead for hospitality design, operations, purchasing and manufacturing.
Neil Locke - principal, Neil Locke & Associates
Laurie Benjamin - senior vice president, business development, JMC Global, and chief executive officer (emeritus), Benjamin Brothers Purchasing
Ronnie Bray - executive vice president and principal, Bray Whaler
Larry Carver - president, Carver & Associates
Dan Dobin - chief executive officer, Valley Forge Fabrics
Richard Millard - chairman and chief executive officer, Trust Hospitality
With new capital coming into this sector, senior living is a rewarding new revenue stream for hospitality designers. As a plus, key clients in senior living are looking to draw on the expertise of firms familiar with traditional hospitality projects. Here’s all you need to know about this rapidly expanding market, and how to make designs for this project type that positively affect quality of life for residents.
Phoebe Stein - president, Olive Presents
David Ashen - founder, dash design
Jaclyn Moser - partner , Harken Interiors
Rachel Rangelov - senior vice president of design and construction, Longview Senior Housing Advisors senior vice president of design and construction, Longview Senior Housing Advisors
Kevin Swanson - senior interior designer, Columbia Pacific Advisors
So, you want to open a hotel where cannabis is allowed or respond to an RFP for this type of project? Get all the critical info on marijuana’s new image and the design and operational know-how that will make these projects not just cool ideas, but long-term profit leaders.
Collect all the key facts about working for a brand such as Tribute Portfolio. This insider discussion will look at creating a signature experience for a flag whose standards are more multilayered than prototypical.
Let’s face it, the basic room bay isn’t going to change. That doesn’t stop the guest from expecting near-magical rejuvenation and indulgence from the hours they spend in the space. Here, designers for projects ranging from new midscale brand launches to luxury ski resorts dig deep into the strategies that pay off for client and guest. Bonus: Get ready for an inside look at making sure the focal points don’t get value engineered out.
Get in the room with one of the biggest new client markets—members of AAHOA, the association that brings together the owners of nearly half of all the hotels in the United States—as they talk frankly about what they look for when hiring a firm, where the lines of communication are opening up and how to work more collaboratively to improve both the process and projects. Then, listen in as designers weigh in with observations and suggestions from their side of the table.
Michelle Finn - president, HMG LLC
David Dunphy - principal , Studio HBA
Karin Harrington - principal, Studio Partnership
Amy Jakubowski - client relationship director, Americas & design director, Wilson Associates
Jim Looney - president, Looney Associates
Hitesh (HP) Patel - owner, Capital City Hospitality Group, AAHOA chairman
Neal Patel - managing partner, Blue Chip Hotels
Nimisha Patel - executive vice president, Vue Hotels, AAHOA female director, Western Division
Jyoti Sarolia - chief operating officer, Ellis Hospitality, AAHOA ambassador, South Pacific Region
Meg Prendergast - principals, The Gettys Group
In a condensed version of NEWH’s educational program, Marriott leaders provide insight into the company’s brands and brand strategy, and what they have planned for the future.
Trisha Poole - principal, Design Poole Inc.
What’s hot? Where’s hot? Who’s hot? This is your chance to hear from operators about what brands are expanding right now and the cities and regions on their radar. They’ll also delve into owners’ takes on keep/buy/store, from whether coworking is worth it to the endless desk debate.
Monday, November 11
Ticket Required: $100 per person/ticket via registration (advance registration required)
A Boutique Design signature event, presented in partnership with NEWH, this session brings together women thought leaders in hospitality design, operations, investment and manufacturing for a lively, strategic discussion of the challenges, opportunities and trends facing the industry. These forward thinkers give designers insider advice on how they can make the current hotel development and investment climate work to their maximum advantage.
Allison Barry - vice president, Kevin Barry Fine Art
Laura Benner - senior vice president, asset management, Colony Capital
Christine Magrann - chief operating officer, Makeready
Laurie Miller - cofounder, Anderson/Miller
Elaine Molinar - partner and managing director, The Americas, Snøhetta
Telene Staab - global head, Tru by Hilton
Sleep, eat, repeat isn’t an aspirational life at home. Guests expect the full menu of choices they have at home when they’re on the road, from CBD to next-level mental and physical health offerings to perfectly curated music. These industry experts made their names anticipating the needs of the modern guests, and this is your chance to find out what that means in design terms.
Charles Khabouth - chief executive officer, INK Entertainment
Sadie Kurzban - founder and chief executive officer, ((305)) Fitness
Alessandro Munge - principal, Studio Munge
Aaron Richter - senior vice president of design, Equinox Brands, Equinox
Josh Wyatt - chief executive officer, NeueHouse
The design that pairs well with healthy fast casual, next-level vegetarian cuisine, a Burning Man art piece or a DIY workshop isn’t the ones that suits typical dining environments. Hear from the masterminds behind these out-there concepts and find out how to style, source and execute interiors that tempt the eye while the F&B satisfies the palette.
Mari Balestrazzi - vice president, Americas design services, Hyatt Hotels Corporation
Here is the recipe for planning, concepting, and designing F&B spaces such as coffee bar/bar, pop-ups and three-meal restaurants to maximize the space for both day and night attraction.
Scott Rosenberg - president, Jonathan Nehmer + Associates
Katherine Kies - vice president, food + drink innovation, PM Hotel Group
If you could pick the brains of the person behind some of 21st-century movies’ most iconic visuals, why wouldn’t you? Here, you go behind the scenes with the woman who created the quirky, decade-spanning interiors Wes Anderson is known for. You’ll also find out how to translate that into hospitality spaces that have to offer “wow” creativity served up in a durable, code-compliant way.
Michael Suomi - principal, Stonehill Taylor
The value of design is built on originality, innovation and a unique understanding of clients’ goals. Hear from expert designers and a legal adviser delve into real-world scenarios to help you develop strategies to protect your intellectual property and the integrity of your firm’s work. Share insights on best practices for studios of all sizes, and learn how to have constructive conversations with clients about the integrity of your vision.
Jennifer Quail - editor in chief, i+D
Hoteliers want to engage guests before, during and after their stays. And, that’s forcing a rethink of how everything from floorplans to FF&E earns loyalty points from travelers and locals alike. Gain insight into what thought leaders across the hospitality spectrum are looking for from design collaborators and how they’re using this new fusion to revolutionize both the aesthetics and services of their hotels.
Marcus Carey - cofounder, Homage Hospitality
Craig Greenberg - chief executive officer, 21c Museum Hotels
Mark Keiser - chief development officer, Baccarat Hotels and 1 Hotels
Sid Narang - chief development officer, sbe Lifestyle Hospitality
Larry Traxler - senior vice president - global design, Hilton
This specification writing class gets granular with in-depth methods for writing clear, supplier-ready specs. Learn best practices in spec writing from leading hospitality interior designers, purchasing agents and manufacturers who will guide participants on efficient and effective spec writing for achieving optimal project results and avoiding errors that cost time and money.
Learn which fabrics work best in which applications, how to specify the latest styles and to navigate the seemingly endless choices to specify for durability and budgets from select service to luxury hotels. Learn the key elements for creating excellent Window Treatment specifications.
Sponsored by: Valley Forge
Pam Parsons - principal, Studio Elements
Ship up to NYC and get the story behind this space. Starring a container that’s gotten a radical makeover into a multipurpose lounge, here’s your lesson on the art of radical reuse and transformation.
You are your business card. Your personal style, workstyle and lifestyle serve as the “teaser” for clients. Get a crash course in bankable cool from leaders who’ve turned the art of getting and keeping attention into lasting, measurable impact.
Andrew Fay - president, The Gettys Group
Workable concepts start with the budget numbers set by the client, not just with the sketchpad or CAD. Making numbers pan out starts with understanding a client’s financial goals. Get mentored on how to craft budgets for newbuild and adaptive reuse, as well as how to build in and justify realistic contingencies.
Dave Berins - managing partner, Berins & Co., LLC
Shawn Basler - co-chief executive officer, Perkins Eastman
Norma Becker - president and cofounder, The Titan Group of New York
Kristie Dickinson - executive vice president, client relations, business development and marketing, CHMWarnick
Marisol Fisher - director, design and planning, Hyatt Hotels Corporation
If you ever wondered why housekeepers hate hot-right-now vessel sinks, you’ll find out why here. From the optimal clearance for a vacuum cleaner to fit between the bed and the wall to showerhead heights, learn to craft spaces whose form functions.
Bill Tom - , Rosedale Advisors, Inc.
Showcasing “hit-making” art in a uniquely designed space isn’t easy. Brush up on techniques to develop cooperative concepts that complement rather than compete with each other, but still protect the integrity of the signature art piece and the surrounding space. Get a close-up look at how to solve technical and logistical issues with major installations, and how to adapt schedules for optimal workflow. Master the art of “working backward” with tips on how to problem-solve better together to write a realistic budget and how to prevent last-minute value engineering.
AnnMarie Martin - associate editor, Boutique Design
Note: Agenda subject to change