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2017 Judges

Kemper hyers

Kemper Hyers

SVP Design - Starwood Capital Group


Kemper Hyers is senior vice president of design at Starwood Capital Group. Responsible for design direction and the execution of renovation projects for Starwood Capital assets, he is involved in the implementation of new brands launched by the firm. He has contributed to the development of the two luxury hotel and lifestyle brands, Hotels and Baccarat Hotels & Resorts—set to be launched in 2014—as well as numerous restaurants and hotels around the world. Hyers received a bachelor’s in architecture and architectural history, with honors, from Columbia University.

Design excellence

Excellence in design has three components: aesthetics, emotion and pushing the envelope beyond what we have seen. When all of these combine there is integrity and takes your breath away. Not watering that initial impulse down is the trick.