Each finalist for AHEAD Global has already undergone a highly rigorous, thorough and professional process to win an AHEAD regional award. Once all regional awards have taken place, each regional AHEAD winner will submit a film demonstrating why it is worthy of the ultimate accolade: an AHEAD Global award. You will also have the opportunity to edit all material submitted for the original entry.
Public online voting will commence on Thursday 3 January, allowing anyone with a verified account to have their say. All votes will be anonymous. Further, the Global judging panel will also review all material and will convene on Monday 28 January to debate the merits of the finalists and cast their final votes.
The winners will be decided by aggregation of the public and judges votes.
- Editing original material period: 5 October 2018 – 14 December 2018
- Film entry closing date: 14 December 2018
- Submit all films to Melanie Page (email@example.com)
Films will be published online for public voting from 3 January 2019. Voting closes at 5PM UTC on 23 January 2019.
Aliya Khan is Vice President of Design Strategies at Marriott International. Focusing on AC Hotels, Aloft, Element and Moxy projects, she drives the efforts to define the design strategy for these brands and positions each with a distinct personality. Prior to joining Marriott International, Khan worked in numerous roles with Starwood Hotels & Resorts. She holds degrees in both architecture and industrial design.
She was responsible for several award‐winning projects, including the opening of the W Montreal, renovations at the W Mexico City, and the Le Meridien properties in French Polynesia. She also lead the renovation of the iconic St. Regis New York and oversaw the design partnership efforts between St. Regis Hotels and Bentley Motors.
Most recently, before joining Marriot, Khan took a break from the hotel industry to lead Design and Development for NeueHouse, and was responsible for the opening of their award‐winning Hollywood location.
Beat Fornaro is Area Director of Portfolio Development for Design Hotels™. He is responsible for the curation of the hand-picked portfolio of one-of-a-kind properties across Europe, the Middle East and Africa. With his multidisciplinary background of 15 years in hospitality and tourism. Beat held positions in the US, Europe and Sub-Saharan Africa. He is passionate about forward-thinking hotel concepts that engage local culture with international hotel standards to create exceptional guest experiences. In his role, he looks for hoteliers who act as elicitors for the guest’s personal enrichment.
Before joining Design Hotels™, Beat worked many years in Sub-Saharan Africa, where he has been responsible for creating and implementing hospitality related projects in challenging environments. Among others, in partnership with his alma mater, École hôtelière de Lausanne, he has built a hotel school in Angola.
Celia Geyer is an architect with experience working on a wide range of projects from residential, commercial to luxury hotels and resorts.
She is a talented designer whose strength lies in successfully integrating architecture, interior design and master planning. Celia is currently Senior Vice President Design & Project Development at Belmond. Previously, Celia held the position of Senior Director of Architecture and Design for Hilton Worldwide in the Global Design Services team. Her region of responsibility included EMEA where she looked after projects across the Hilton Brands working alongside both the Development and CapEx teams.
Prior to working for Hilton, Celia was an Associate Vice President for WATG in their London office, where she was responsible for high profile projects across EMEA. Celia qualified in South Africa from the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University (formerly UPE). She is a registered architect in South Africa and the United Kingdom and she is also a chartered member of the Royal Institute of British Architects in the UK.
Cristina Laurijssen is Director of Design and Project Services for the Americas and Europe at Rosewood Hotel Group. Based in London, Laurijssen is currently overseeing the design and construction of future Rosewood Hotels in key cities across Europe.
Trained and certified as an architect in the United Kingdom, Laurijssen has over twelve years’ experience in architectural practice, designing and has completed projects ranging from luxury residential and hotel resorts to Olympic stadia, in offices based in Kuala Lumpur, Berlin, Athens and Andalusia, Spain.
Her love for travel, different cultures and the open and adventurous spirit of people involved in the hospitality world drove her to specialise in hotel design. Since joining the operator side of the hospitality business at Hyatt Hotels International, Zurich office, in 2010, and as Design Director for EMEA at Fairmont Raffles International, from 2013 to 2015, she has had a special interest in the conversion of heritage buildings into city hotels, having also worked extensively in newbuilds and renovations.
With an international background and a diverse life experience, Laurijssen speaks English, Spanish and German fluently. She believes that there are exceptional opportunities in the design of hotels to create treasured experiences for guests and simultaneously make valuable contributions to the communities around them.
A graduate of Hong Kong Polytechnic University, with over 25 years experience in luxury hospitality, residential and commercial interior design, Ed Ng has led AB Concept to become one of the world’s leading design studios. He is an active participant in numerous international design forums and, as Vice President of the APHDA at Tsinghua University, a passionate advocate for developing and supporting design talent in China.
Emma leads InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) Interior Design team in Europe and is responsible for the design, development and product quality of all new openings and refurbishments. Since joining IHG in January 2013, Emma has become an integral part of the Design & Engineering team. She is leading the design of IHG’s big capital investments including InterContinental London Park Lane, InterContinental Paris Le Grand and InterContinental Berlin. She is 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. Emma 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.
Prior to joining IHG Emma was Director of International Interior Design at Marriott International and focussed on providing specialist guidance for submitted designs across the Marriott Brand family.
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!
Gordon has spent 25+ years in Hotel Design, Operations and Procurement. He has worked for established global brands including Marriott, Radisson and Hyatt and smaller Independents in Europe and the Middle East. After 13 years as Director of Projects Procurement for IHG, he founded Blue Moon Hotels Procurement in Summer 2014.
Freelance writer, presenter and moderator Guy Dittrich is an independent commentator on hotels and design.
A long-term contributor to Sleeper magazine, Dittrich also regularly writes on hotels and design for Wallpaper*, Condé Nast Traveller and a variety of trade publications including Business Traveller, TTG Luxury and Hospitality Inside. Additionally he writes copy for hospitality-related businesses such as The Future Laboratory, STR Global, Herman Miller, event organisers, various hotels and tourist boards.
Dittrich programmes and moderates the conference element at Sleep in London each November. He performs a similar role for HI Design events in Europe, Middle East and Africa, and Asia. He has also presented and moderated for corporate businesses including Design Hotels Arena, CitizenM, Pandox, Bang & Olufsen, Villeroy & Boch, Philips.
Born and raised in Zimbabwe and having lived in both London and Munich, he now works from Brussels. Prior to his career in writing and moderation, Dittrich was the UK Managing Director for Design Hotels. He has been a member of the judging panel since 2006.
A seasoned interior architecture professional, Isabel has invaluable familiarity with the region’s culture and business landscape, as well as an in-depth knowledge of the design industry.
She leads the brand’s Dubai design studio, overseeing the design direction for each project, and generating opportunities for Wilson’s global design studios. Much of her inspiration is drawn from her love for travelling, watching people on the street, and visiting exhibitions by an eclectic roster of artists and designers. Her style is one of harmonious natural and contemporary elements.
Jason Holley is Director of Universal Design Studio, an award winning architecture and interior design practice based in London. A qualified architect, Jason earned a Bachelor of Arts in Architecture from Kingston University and a Diploma in Architecture from Westminster University. He has taught at the Architectural Association and Westminster University and is currently an external examiner for Interior Design at Kingston University. He has delivered talks and lectures internationally.
Since joining Universal Design Studio in 2005, Jason has led the studio to expand its portfolio of cultural, hospitality and retail projects. It works internationally on both private and public commissions including hotels, restaurants, retail spaces, galleries, workplace and residential properties. Universal uses a bespoke approach for each client, creating inspiring places with a powerful visual impact that are rich in intellectual rigour and creativity.
The studio is currently working on At Six hotel in Stockholm, transforming a Modernist Bank Headquarters into an independent luxury lifestyle hotel. Most recently Jason led the design of Ace Hotel Shoreditch London, and a permanent gallery at the Science Museum charting the history of modern communications.
Combining his background in brand strategy and interior architecture, Kenneth Allen Villamil is responsible for the comprehensive global design strategy for Hyatt Hotel's Luxury, Premium, and Lifestyle brands. Providing thought leadership and creative direction to advance each brand, ensuring they translate into memorable guest experiences around the world.
Prior to his role at Hyatt, Kenneth specialised in creative solutions and strategies for retail, hospitality and luxury lifestyle brands. He has spent the last 16 years honing his skills at a number of branding and architecture firms, including Gensler's 'Lifestyle Design Studio' and most recently with Starwood Hotel's Luxury Brands Studio; overseeing St Regis, W Hotels Worldwide, Le Meridien and The Luxury Collection Hotels. Kenneth has been recognised for his accomplishments in both Interiors/Architecture ‘International Interior Design Association Award,’ "Gold Key Award" and in Branding/Communications ‘Silver International Broadcast Design Award.’ He has also been awarded Hospitality Design Magazine’s 2014 “Wave of the Future Award.”
Larry Traxler serves as Global Head of Design Services, overseeing Hilton Worldwide design efforts for all Luxury, Full and Focused Service hotel brands. Larry and his talented Global Design Team work closely with developers, architects, and designers to ensure that the unique style of each and every iconic Hilton Hotels & Resorts brand is reflected across the properties within its global portfolio.
Larry has amassed more than 20 years of international hospitality design experience working on Luxury, Boutique, Full-Service and Focused-Service hotel segments. Most recently he ran the Architecture & Design Department for Hyatt Hotels North America & Caribbean. Prior to that Larry served as the Design Director for Ian Schrager Hotels, Wilson & Associates, and Hirsch Bedner & Associates focusing on hotel design and development operations. His career began in the experimental architectural design office of Jordan Mozer & Associates. Larry holds a six-year professional Bachelor of Architecture degree with a minor Professional Practice award from the University of Cincinnati's - College of Design, Architecture, Art & Planning.
Margaret McMahon leads and manages the firm’s interior design practice. Margaret’s 30 years in the design industry have produced an impressive portfolio of projects and an equally impressive list of loyal clients.
Under her vision and leadership, Wimberly Interiors has grown, launching new studios in New York, Miami, Dubai, Shanghai and Los Angeles, alongside the established studios in London, Singapore and Honolulu.
Prior to joining WATG, Margaret was the managing director of Wilson Associates’ New York office and former president of the Network of Executive Women in Hospitality (NEWH) New York chapter. Margaret is a frequent speaker at industry-related conferences and events. Her work can be seen frequently in international design publications such as 'Interior Design', 'Hospitality Design' and 'Boutique Design'.
Margaret was recently inducted into 'Hospitality Design’s' Platinum Circle for excellence in hospitality design, promoted to be the firm’s first female Senior Vice President, and elected to the Board of Directors of the employee-owned firm.
Margaret’s natural talent to pinpoint details, analyze conceptual designs, and integrate reality with emotion makes her a revolutionary and inspiring figure in the field of interior design.
Mark is Senior Design Director of the hotels and hospitality team with extensive experience across the sector, and particular expertise with listed buildings, refurbishments and resort hotels. He brings a strong, practical and pragmatic commercial approach honed throughout a 19 year grounding in the hospitality construction industry. He is responsible for an impressive number of hotel projects and leads a dedicated team of highly experienced, motivated and talented hotel designers and deliverers.
Mark is a qualified Architect (RIBA) and was educated at both the Mackintosh School of Architecture at the Glasgow School of Art and Edinburgh College of Art where his passion for truly transformative and regenerative projects was first nurtured. He immediately found that a career in hospitality design allowed him to combine this passion with his love of remarkable buildings and interest in hotel architecture within a sector that demanded bespoke and thought-provoking solutions.
Mark has since dedicated his career to specialising in hotel design and delivery working with many of the mainstream hotel brands as well as having the opportunity to use his skills in undertaking a number of unique hospitality projects.
Whether designing efficient hotel and bedroom layouts, revitalising grand hotel buildings, repurposing a retired ship in to a unique stay-over destination or designing an exclusive and homely 40-bed ranch in the New Mexico Desert – Mark brings a particular flair with an informed, yet inventive, commercial approach.
Mark has developed exceptionally refined project leadership skills through a proven track-record in imaginative and sensitive refurbishment of existing building stock. He has successfully delivered numerous complex hotel and resort refurbishments over the years, many within challenging multi-phased and live hotel environments for exacting stakeholders.
When re-purposing a Historic Department store into hotel accommodation or restoring a 330 year old Country House for the modern expectations of the hospitality user – Mark’s approach is always to equally consider the guest experience as well as the commercial aspirations of the owner/investor.
Mark understands the hospitality industry and possesses a contagious enthusiasm for every project.
Serdar Kutucu is Vice President – Brand, Marketing & Communications at Design Hotels, responsible for the boutique collection’s brand management, creative services, digital marketing and communications.
Prior to his current role, Serdar was Director of Business Development at Design Hotels and oversaw the substantial growth of the company’s hotel portfolio, in particular across Europe, the Middle East and Africa. With a deep understanding of hospitality, the guest experience, architecture and design he has been working as a consultant for many years and created several sophisticated hotel concepts.
Serdar has a wealth of experience in marketing and strategic consultancy with national and international companies, and holds a Masters Degree in International Business Administration from the University of Vienna.
Tom Hupe is Director of Hospitality at the global architecture and design firm Perkins+Will. Tom brings almost 20 years’ experience of working exclusively in the hotel and leisure sector. During this time he has been responsible for the design and project delivery of a diverse range of hotel projects, alongside feasibility work, design audit work and hotel design consultancy.
The impressive array of hotel projects that Tom has been responsible for range from the economy to the luxury hotel sectors. He oversaw the conversion of Sea Containers House on the south bank of the River Thames into a 359-room Mondrian hotel for Morgans Hotel Group. He was responsible for the delivery of the award-winning luxury hotel at Coworth Park for The Dorchester Collection, as well as the 600-room Sofitel London Heathrow and the Marriott Hotel, Leicester.
Within Perkins+Will, Tom oversees hospitality projects whilst acting as a point of contact for operators, developers and agents and providing firm-wide specialist hotel design advice. Alongside this role, he is also a founding partner of the British Hospitality Property Association.
Vince Stroop joined Stonehill & Taylor as Principal in 2014, bringing with him over 20 years of experience leading the design of prominent public and private spaces, including hotels, libraries, luxury residences, wineries, and restaurants. He specialises in hospitality in New York, and has worked in a variety of destinations such as the United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia, Moscow, Hong Kong and London.
His projects include work for prominent hospitality brands like Rosewood Hotels & Resorts, Intercontinental Hotel Group, Hyatt Hotels and Resorts, Marriott International, MGM Resorts International, Kerzner International Resorts, and the Las Vegas Sands Corp. He believes that design is a highly interactive and collaborative process; the best projects are those that embrace a team approach to every challenge. His work extends beyond the art and science of architecture, and includes diverse interests such as urban planning, graphic identity, website design, and education, having served as studio instructor at the School of Architecture at Woodbury University.
Previously, Vince was the founding partner of A2 Studios, a multidisciplinary architecture firm in California. He then led architecture and interiors as Principal at BBG-BBGM, and was a Studio Leader at Jeffrey Beers International.
Published six times per year, Sleeper features unrivalled coverage of the latest projects, products, practices and people shaping the industry. Its core circulation encompasses all those involved in the creation of new hotels, from owners, operators, developers and investors to interior designers, architects, procurement companies and hotel groups.
Our portfolio comprises a beautifully presented magazine, an affiliated website and regular email newsletters, as well as industry-leading events including AHEAD, the awards for hospitality experience and design. Sleeper is also the organiser of Sleepover, a networking event for hotel innovators hosted in a different city each year, and has recently launched a sister publication – Supper– focusing on global hotel F&B.
Sleeper is the only media brand to reach all the individuals and disciplines throughout the supply chain involved in the delivery of new hotel projects worldwide. As such, it is the perfect partner for brands looking to target the multi-billion pound hotel sector with design-led products and services.Visit site
GROHE products can be found in iconic hotel developments all over the world. Thanks to unique versatility in design and functionality, innovative technology and endless possible applications, GROHE products are perfectly placed to meet the rigorous demands of the hospitality sector.
We want guests to feel at home. When they visit a hotel, they expect a standard beyond that of a normal domestic bathroom. They want to be inspired. This is what we do.Visit site
The Definitive Source for Site, Garden, and Casual Furnishings ®
An industry leader in design-driven furnishings for more than 35 years, JANUS et Cie serves hospitality, contract and residential clients with a dedicated focus on outstanding quality, superior craftsmanship and unparalleled service. In the years since the company's founding in 1978, CEO Janice Feldman and her exceptional team have transformed JANUS et Cie from a single showroom in Los Angeles to a comprehensive global design resource with sixteen flagship showrooms throughout North America and in Singapore and Sydney, as well as field offices and select dealers throughout the world.
The company's namesake—the Roman god JANUS, whose two faces look both forward and back—is the foundation of a unified mission rooted in tradition, heritage and craft, yet equally dedicated to innovative materials and progressive engineering. This inspired long-term view is realized through the lens of a unique corporate culture that encourages curiosity, creativity and collaboration in the pursuit of excellence.
JANUS et Cie offers a diverse catalog of over 6,000 pieces—each design remarkably distinguished in concept and form. Acclaimed by the most discriminating designers, architects and juried competitions, this powerful body of work has inspired for decades a demand for beautifully imagined casual furnishings to be used both indoors and out, and has influenced an entire industry in the process.Visit site
The Laufen Bathrooms AG is a Swiss company specialising in premium complete bathroom solutions. Established in 1892 in Laufen/Switzerland, it operates internationally manufacturing bathroom ceramics and faucets and distributing bathroom furniture, accessories for the bathroom, bathtubs and shower trays.
But Laufen has never forgotten its roots – founded as a pottery factory, ceramics have always played a central role in the drafts of the designers and architects Laufen work with partners like Kartell, Alessi, Konstantin Grcic, Stefano Giovannoni, Wiel Arets, Ludovica and Roberto Palomba, Toan Nguyen and others. The products combine Swiss quality with a free spirit and the idea of extracting new forms from the traditional ceramic material to new and independent bathroom concepts.
Laufen is proud to be a part of the global hospitality community, working with specification partners around the world on inspirational hotel projects. We are also well-known for being a highly innovative company with 125 years of expertise in ceramics. It is no coincidence, that Laufen invented the revolutionary SaphirKeramik, which possesses all the hygienic advantages of traditional bathroom ceramics, but is thinner, more defined, and extremely robust.
Furthermore the bathroom specialist has solutions and modern materials at its disposal to realise the made-to-measure bathroom. For example to fulfill the exacting requirements of architects, planners and engineers who design high-quality private residences as well as public and semi-public buildings, such as hotels.Visit site
Restoration Hardware Contract has a unique position in the hospitality, commercial and residential sectors. We offer the broadest range of product categories, and our culture of innovation, superior product development capabilities, in-house interior design services, integrated supply chain and significant purchasing scale enables us to offer an unmatched combination of design, quality and value to our business customers.Visit site
Roca is a company engaged in the design, production and commercialisation of products for the bathroom space, as well as ceramic floor and wall tiles for architecture, building and interior design. Its origins date from 1917, when the Roca family started building their first production plant in Gavà (Barcelona). In the centenary of its establishment, the company employs over 22,600 workers and has 78 production plants, with presence in more than 170 markets in five continents.
Thriving on its pioneering approach to bathroom manufacturing, Roca offers solutions to meet the ever-changing demands and issues faced by designers. Roca also collaborates with prestigious architects and designers including Armani, David Chipperfield and J. Mariscal, among others. Additionally, the company works to promote environmental initiatives; developing new products focused on water conservation, including the award-winning W+W combined washbasin and WC product.
The brand is expressed in the Roca Galleries, a network of showroom spaces designed by acclaimed architects such as Zaha Hadid, which demonstrate Roca’s enthusiasm in shaping the future of bathroom spaces. Roca has been involved in hospitality projects for Sheraton, Four Seasons and Hilton hotels, amongst others.Visit site
Villeroy & Boch is one of the world's leading premium brands for ceramic products. The family business, which was founded in 1748 and is headquartered in Mettlach/Germany, stands for innovation, tradition and exceptional style. As a renowned lifestyle brand, Villeroy & Boch offers products from the sectors Bathroom and Wellness and Tableware, and is active in 125 countries.
As a proven partner for high-quality bathroom solutions, Villeroy & Boch works with architects, planners and interior designers – from the first draft to the final version. Its modular PROJECTS system offers collections and products for individual project requirements with clear pricing and thematic-area segmentation. Working across the globe, the company can point to numerous completed installations across a range of design briefs with different project requirements.Visit site
Dezeen’s mission is simple: to bring a carefully edited selection of the best architecture, design and interiors projects and news from around the world. Dezeen was launched at the end of November 2006 and has grown rapidly ever since. Its audience has grown each year and by February 2017 it reached 2.5 million unique visitors per month, making it one of the 5,000 most popular websites on the planet according to Alexa, as well as the most popular website about architecture and design.Visit site
Established in 1993 as the first of its kind, with a portfolio of only 10 iconic member properties, Design Hotels™ today represents and markets a hand-selected collection of privately owned and operated hotels – each a wholly unique creative expression – in hundreds of destinations around the globe, from world capitals and exclusive mountaintops to hidden beaches, off-the-beaten-path escapes, and beyond. Far more than a loosely affiliated assortment of properties, Design Hotels™ unites hotels that reflect the vision of independent hoteliers – “Originals” – with a passion for genuine, culturally rooted hospitality and cutting-edge design and architecture.
As a global lifestyle brand and full-service marketing consultancy, Design Hotels™ offers its members customised B2B services, including global launch campaigns, sales representation, revenue management, strategic marketing, public relations, and branding. Design Hotels also brings together an engaged community of followers who seek out travel inspirations and original experiences and find them in hotels that are new, established, transformative, and unexpected.Visit site
Music changes how people think, lifts their mood and influences their behaviour. Music Concierge specialises in using background music to create unique atmospheres and distinct brand identities for clients all over the world.
For over 10 years, we’ve been working with some of the most respected global names in hospitality, retail and more, crafting memorable signature playlists that surprise, delight and engage their audiences – and which are rooted in the personality of the brand and the aesthetics of the space.