Awards 2022Judges

Industry leading figures working across design, architecture, hospitality and lifestyle media

Aaron Crinis

Aaron Crinis

Creative Director

The Good Atelier & Glorietta

(Australia, Asia Pacific)

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Aaron Crinis

Aaron Crinis

Creative Director - The Good Atelier & Glorietta

The world's most creative spaces
Restaurants and Bars are the world's most creative spaces, there is just something so very special about discovering spaces within restaurants and bars, they’re a melting pot of creativity. Designed to be enjoyed and experienced in so many different ways - they’re the start and the end of peoples days, a space for nourishing the body and soul, engineering culture and delighting with attention to detail. They’re a house of creativity!

Bio
Aaron Crinis has spent more than 16 years working in hospitality. At the age of 22, he opened his first venue, Diggies - North Beach restaurant and kiosk. After opening several more successful venues, Crinis moved north of Wollongong to Sydney and founded hospitality management group, The Good Atelier which houses contemporary Italian restaurant and bar, Glorietta, coffee house Glory Days and more recently The Woolpack Hotel in Redfern. Crinis will open a new venue in early 2022 after winning the tender for The Bucket List site at Bondi Pavillion. Having travelled the globe extensively, Crinis takes much inspiration from cities including Spain, New York, London and Los Angeles. For Aaron, hospitality enables the perfect balance of creativity and culture, which sees him continue to foster his venues into brands and ultimately, a lifestyle.

Website
aaroncrinis.com

Ari Kastrati

Ari Kastrati

Chief Hospitality Officer

MGM Resorts International

(Global)

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Ari Kastrati

Ari Kastrati

Chief Hospitality Officer - MGM Resorts International

The world's most creative spaces
Restaurants and bars are the world's most creative spaces because they are designed to make guests feel inspired, welcomed, spoiled, entertained, engaged and sated. The genius minds behind the best designs must be worldly, practical and whimsical at the same time; they must see into the future to design venues that will stand the test of time and yet speak to the present moment.

Bio
Ari Kastrati is Chief Hospitality Officer (CHO) for MGM Resorts International (NYSE: MGM), an S&P 500® global hospitality and entertainment company. As CHO, Ari is responsible for driving non-gaming strategic operations, creating transformative guest-centric strategies, and curating innovative experiences that deliver long-term value for the company. Ari leads a diverse team representing divisions that include: resort/hotel, food & beverage, nightlife, retail, guest experience, art and culture, and the internal real estate efforts focused on leasing and development. In addition, he plays a key role in supporting MGM Resorts’ integrated resort gaming projects around the world, focused on master planning/design.

Website
mgmresorts.com

Aurelie Schwend

Aurelie Schwend

Director Interior Design, Luxury Brands

Marriott International

(EMEA)

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Aurelie Schwend

Aurelie Schwend

Director Interior Design, Luxury Brands - Marriott International

The world's most creative spaces
Restaurants and bars are the world's most creative spaces transporting their guests into a world of culinary experiences. Sometimes the F&B is the focal point and sometimes the destination is like a theatre. It all starts with a vision the creative talent then translates into reality. Each venue is unique and gives chefs and designers the freedom of expression and innovation, creating unforgettable experiences and impressions, as a response to all senses.

Bio
Aurelie is the Director of Interior Design, Luxury Brands at Marriott International. Aurelie has extensive skills and qualities of management gained during 15 years of experience on lifestyle and luxury hospitality projects. As a member of the European Global Design team, Aurelie is supporting the development and growth of Marriott’s Luxury Brands primarily in Europe. As part of her role she has the responsibility for the successful architectural and interior design delivery of projects within established budgets, schedules and brand quality standards. Aurelie is passionate about architecture, design and innovation and loves creating hotels with unique experiences.

Website
marriottinternational.com

Ben Spriggs

Ben Spriggs

Editor in Chief

ELLE Decoration UK

(UK & Europe)

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Ben Spriggs

Ben Spriggs

Editor in Chief - ELLE Decoration UK

The world's most creative spaces
Restaurants and bars are the world’s most creative spaces because they’re rooted in fantasy, escapism and decadence. They’re where we step outside of our daily lives, different to our homes, these are spaces which can be everything from exuberantly over the top to serenely minimal. Creating environments which we immerse ourselves in for only a few hours gives designers licence to create alternate realities, pushing boundaries and firing imaginations.

Bio
With over 20 years’ experience of lifestyle, interiors and design journalism, Ben has divided his career between newspapers and print magazines. Having held senior roles at The Sunday Times Style, The Guardian and The Daily Telegraph, he also worked on the UK launch of InStyle, Livingetc and edited Real Homes. He has spent much of the last ten years driving the ELLE Decoration brand and took over the editorship in July 2017. With an avid interest in contemporary design and décor and an unrivalled reputation, Ben also gives talks, chairs discussions and acts as a spokesperson for the interiors industry.

Website
elledecoration.co.uk

Bethan Ryder

Bethan Ryder

Executive Editorial Director

WGSN

(Global)

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Bethan Ryder

Bethan Ryder

Executive Editorial Director - WGSN

The world's most creative spaces
Restaurants and bars are the world's most creative spaces because they need to entertain all the senses. They have to immediately captivate and set the mood from the moment guests step through the door. People often go out to drink and dine for a sense of escapism and romance, to celebrate special occasions, create memories and forget the world outside – that’s surely the ultimate inspiration for any designer.

Bio
Bethan Ryder has written about design and interiors for 24 years, contributing to titles including Observer Design, Wallpaper*, Elle Decoration, House & Garden, Interior Design (US), Telegraph Luxury, Hole & Corner, Sleeper and Sunday Times Style. She is currently Executive Editorial Director of leading global trend forecaster WGSN, where she oversees public-facing content from white papers to the WGSN Create Tomorrow podcast. Previous roles include deputy editor of Elle Decoration, digital editor of Wallpaper*, and deputy editor of Telegraph Luxury. Between 2002-2006 she edited four design books on bar, restaurant and club interiors for Laurence King Publishing.

Website
wgsn.com

Bram Van Der Hoek

Bram Van Der Hoek

CEO

Sircle Collection

(Europe)

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Bram Van Der Hoek

Bram Van Der Hoek

CEO - Sircle Collection

The world's most creative spaces
Restaurants and bars are the world’s most creative spaces because people can come together to share stories and inspiring ideas, celebrate and create memories.

Bio
Bram van der Hoek is CEO of Sircle Collection. The portfolio’s brands—Sir Hotels, Max Brown Hotels, Park Centraal Hotels and the concept store X BANK—all bring an artful touch and fresh energy to Europe’s most vibrant neighborhoods. He is responsible for Sircle Collection’s overall global strategy, and he is passionate about maintaining Sircle Collection’s unique brand values and company culture. He has been with Sircle Collection since its early days, starting with the first hotel, Park Centraal. He has been critical in the creation and expansion of the portfolio’s award-winning brands and properties and continues to be focused on their growth and success.

Website
sirclecollection.com

Chip Ohlsson

Chip Ohlsson

EVP & Chief Development Officer

Wyndham Hotels & Resorts

(USA)

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Chip Ohlsson

Chip Ohlsson

EVP & Chief Development Officer - Wyndham Hotels & Resorts

The world's most creative spaces
Restaurants and bars are the world's most creative spaces as they are one of the few places where art, science, entertainment and passion converge and become one. Most creative mediums utilize one of your senses to make a personal connection whereas a great bar/restaurant is able to inspire and evoke emotions employing all five senses, creating that connection to the guest each night.

Bio
Chip Ohlsson is executive vice president and chief development officer, North America, for Wyndham Hotels & Resorts. In this role, he is responsible for the development strategy for Wyndham’s 22 brands across North America, identifying and building strategic partnerships to position Wyndham Hotels & Resorts in new markets and to optimize its presence in existing markets. A 28-year veteran of the hospitality industry, Ohlsson brings with him hotel financing and portfolio management experience, as well as many established industry relationships.

Website
wyndhamhotels.com

David Kaufman

David Kaufman

Global Digital Director

Architectural Digest at Condé Nast

(Global)

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David Kaufman

David Kaufman

Global Digital Director - Architectural Digest at Condé Nast

The world's most creative spaces
Restaurants and bars are the world's most creative spaces because they embody the everyday use of public space -- both fancy and informal. Restaurants and bars are places where memories are made and life happens -- they're where we collectively congregate both behind closed doors and front and center to enjoy places where food, design, culture and community harmoniously intersect.

Bio
David Kaufman is Global Digital Director for Architectural Digest and a former New York Times, New York Post and NewsCorp editor. He's contributed to multiple global publications ranging from Monocle and The FInancial Times to Wallpaper and The Wall Street Journal. He was born and raised in San Francisco and lives in New York City with his twin sons.

Website
archdigest.com

Diana Martinez

Diana Martinez

Senior Design Director

Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants

(Global)

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Diana Martinez

Diana Martinez

Senior Design Director - Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants

The world's most creative spaces
Restaurants and bars are the most creative spaces because they call forward the use of all senses – Sight, sound, taste, smell and touch. Not only can one be captivated by a delicious meal but also the way the space makes a person feel, what they see and what they hear impacts the overall experience. As a designer, we have the power to cultivate and create the journey.

Bio
Diana Martinez is a Senior Design Director at Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants and has been with Kimpton since 2010. She has an Interior Design background and studied Interior Design at University of California, Davis and DIS in Copenhagen. She was instrumental in the opening of several award winning hotels and restaurants during her 11 years at Kimpton. Diana is East Coast based and lives with her husband, 2 daughters and Australian shepherd. When not working with her team to design incredible spaces, she can be found exploring a new trail with her dog, walking the beach with her family and on a quest for the best sushi in town.

Website
ihgplc.com/en/our-brands/kimpton

Eileen Madigan

Eileen Madigan

SVP of Global Interior Design

Las Vegas Sands Corp.

(Global)

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Eileen Madigan

Eileen Madigan

SVP of Global Interior Design - Las Vegas Sands Corp.

The world's most creative spaces
What makes the Restaurants and bars the world’s most creative spaces? Starting off with the endless and most imaginitive possiblities. Most of understanding the design parimeter and final solutions that transforms an experience to create memories.

Bio
As Senior Vice President Global Interior Design, Eileen Madigan leadership is inspirational with a unique combination of business and creative expertise in hospitality and entertainment design industry. Since 2018 she leads the "Design Excellence" vision for all the integrated Mixed-Use Resorts, at Las Vegas Sands Corp. She manages over 4.5+ Billion in Cap-X projects and all new development. She oversees a global design team in Hong Kong, Macau, Singapore and Las Vegas. Eileen’s 30+ career focused on Ultra luxury Hospitality. Previously, Eileen was the the Vice President for Creative at Four Seasons Hotels and Director of Interior Design at Rosewood Hotels.

Website
sands.com

Emma Palmer

Emma Palmer

Head of Creative

Merivale

(Australia)

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Emma Palmer

Emma Palmer

Head of Creative - Merivale

The world's most creative spaces
Restaurants and bars are the world’s most creative spaces because they are engineered to not just pique, but indulge and heighten all five senses. This evokes a feeling as soon as you walk into a venue; each has its own unique vibe that ingrains in your memory. The creativity that goes into creating amazing guest experiences – from the place to the product and everything in between – is second to none.

Bio
Merivale is an Australian hospitality company with 80+ brands. Since joining Merivale in 2017, Emma has launched 30 new restaurant and bar concepts from pop-ups to fine dining. Directing a team of in-house creatives across branding, design, content, interiors and event styling, Emma works alongside the owner/operators to create venues with an inherent sense of authenticity, where people feel comfortable and, above all else, have a great time. Her job, in its purest form, is to make every experience remarkable. Previously, Emma worked across fashion and lifestyle clients at advertising and design agencies, and started her career in magazine publishing.

Website
merivale.com

François O’Neill

François O’Neill

Co-owner & Proprietor

Maison François

(UK)

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François O’Neill

François O’Neill

Co-owner & Proprietor - Maison François

The world's most creative spaces
Restaurant and bar design collaborations between designers and operators create an array of detailed marks that only an operational design can lend itself to. The journey of a patron is considered throughout the concept, from what one sees to what one touches. Every element is considered, making it visual and tactile feast of creativity.

Bio
Mayfair restaurateur François O’Neill, co-owner and proprietor of grand brasserie Maison François, launched the restaurant in 2020. François grew up in London, and his father – Hugh O’Neill was one of the first to introduce brasserie-style restaurants to London with Brasserie St Quentin on the Brompton Road, in which François worked when he was nineteen after leaving Chelsea College of Arts. François took over his father’s brasserie, transforming it into the Brompton Bar and Grill. He then went on to work with Juan Santa Cruz during which the pair launched Casa Cruz in Notting Hill and Isabel in Mayfair.

Website
maisonfrancois.london

Ingrid Abramovitch

Ingrid Abramovitch

Executive Editor

ELLE Decor, USA

(Global)

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Ingrid Abramovitch

Ingrid Abramovitch

Executive Editor - ELLE Decor, USA

The world's most creative spaces
For interior designers, restaurant and bar decor is always a dream assignment—an opportunity to create spaces that evoke glamour and complement the artistry of the cuisine and mixology. From colors to materials, restaurants and bars set design trends that trickle out into the larger world. And for many designers, from India Mahdavi to Ken Fulk, the hospitality scene is where global reputations are made.

Bio
Ingrid Abramovitch is a design editor and journalist based in New York City. She is the Executive Editor of ELLE DECOR where she oversees a print and digital team that covers the international world of interior design, lifestyle, architecture and art. She has contributed articles to publications including the New York Times and Wall Street Journal, and is the author of several books including Restoring a House in the City.

Website
ellerdecor.com

Isabel Pintado

Isabel Pintado

SVP Design and Innovation

Four Seasons Hotels & Resorts

(MEA)

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Isabel Pintado

Isabel Pintado

SVP Design and Innovation - Four Seasons Hotels & Resorts

The world's most creative spaces
Thinking back to the most emotional, fun, exciting and sad moments of my life 80% of the times they happened within a Restaurant or a Bar. The atmosphere, lighting, textures and smells form an intrinsic part of those memories, hence a part of my life. How designers create these unique scenes, help us explore different emotions and gift us exquisite memories is a constant source of fascination to me.

Bio
Fluent in English and Spanish, and educated at INSEAD, Stanford University and the University of Wales, Isabel has over 25 years of global leadership experience in the interior design industry. In her current role, she focuses on the evolving design vision and aesthetic of the Four Seasons brand, supporting its position as the undisputed leader in luxury hospitality and branded residential. She continues to build and cultivate relationships with the best designers, working closely with them, and Hotel Owners to develop a clear vision on new builds, conversions and enhancement projects.

Website
fourseasons.com

James McDonald

James McDonald

Owner

James McDonald Photography

(Global)

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James McDonald

James McDonald

Owner - James McDonald Photography

The world's most creative spaces
Hospitality creativity is thriving from the ambitions of both investors and founders of hotels, restaurants and bars and of clever architects and interior designers – together driving transformation. You can’t launch without delighting the public. Innovative design starts with a concept, a sense of place, with an identity and a narrative that is followed through in details, as well as in F&B function, to serve an ambience and an engaging signature.

Bio
James McDonald is an experienced international interior photographer based in London. Self taught, he has been working professionally for 14 years. Commissions extend from the UK, Europe and the Middle East as far as Africa, Asia and America, and James’s photographs have been published in magazines around the world. James’s versatility, love of travel, work ethic, editorial eye and attention to detail have endeared him to leading interior designers, as well as new clubs, restaurants, bars and hotels. He is adept in difficult lighting conditions, able to capture the atmosphere of an interior balancing both natural and artificial light.

Website
jamesmcdonaldphotography.co.uk

Javier Gutiérrez

Javier Gutiérrez

CEO

Grupo Dani Garcia

(Europe, Americas, MEA)

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Javier Gutiérrez

Javier Gutiérrez

CEO - Grupo Dani Garcia

The world's most creative spaces
Restaurants and bars are the ultimate crossroad of creative minds between chefs, restauranteurs and arquitects & interior designers, to create spaces interesting enough that make guests want to come dine and socialice again and again

Bio
Co-Founder & CEO of Grupo Dani Garcia. Prior to that Co-Founder & CEO of Volapie, a tapas chain in Spain with over 40 locations.

Website
grupodanigarcía.com

Joanie Pietracupa

Joanie Pietracupa

Editor in Chief

ELLE Canada, ELLE Québec & VÉRO

(Canada)

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Joanie Pietracupa

Joanie Pietracupa

Editor in Chief - ELLE Canada, ELLE Québec & VÉRO

The world's most creative spaces
Restaurants and bars are the world's most creative spaces because they're home to a thousand ways to write the same story. The decor has to complement a unique idea, but can literally go in any way it pleases.

Bio
Joanie has more than 15 years of experience in publishing, and specifically in Quebec and Canada's women's magazines. Over time, her career has led her to oversee several brands that have flourished (LOULOU magazine, Clin d'oeil magazine, VÉRO magazine and both ELLE Québec and ELLE Canada magazines), due to the fact that she places as much importance on leading teams as producing appealing content.

Website
ko-media.ca

Julius Wiedemann

Julius Wiedemann

Senior Editor & Chief Curator

Taschen & Domestika

(Global)

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Julius Wiedemann

Julius Wiedemann

Senior Editor & Chief Curator - Taschen & Domestika

The world's most creative spaces
Restaurants and bars have become the churches of the 21st century. Places to have uplifting experiences, surprising and revealing rituals, and where we devote time to share time developing our best relationships.

Bio
Julius Wiedemann was born in Brazil, studied design and marketing, and has lived and worked in Japan, Germany, the US and the UK. He is the Chief Curator at domestika.org and a collaborating Editor for Design and Architecture at TASCHEN. He has edited over a 100 books, is a regular lecturer, and has been in the jury of countless awards. Wiedemann’s publications have sold over 2 million copies, and among his titles are the History of Graphic Design, Jamie Hewlett, and the books on data visualization. His main interests reside in the intersection between technology, culture, and communication.

Website
taschen.com
domestika.org

Kara Siffermann

Kara Siffermann

Vice President of Interior Design

Resorts World Las Vegas

(Americas)

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Kara Siffermann

Kara Siffermann

Vice President of Interior Design - Resorts World Las Vegas

The world's most creative spaces
Restaurants and bars are the world's most creative spaces because they encompass an experience that involves all the senses that can transport any patron to an alternate reality.

Bio
Kara Siffermann currently leads a team of 12 talented designers and project managers for the $4.3 billion dollar casino-resort project—the first resort to be built from the ground up on the Las Vegas Strip in over a decade. Siffermann has previously directed large-scale projects for Virgin Hotels, Wynn Design and Development, and MGM Hospitality. She has applied her expertise to projects by Alexandra Champalimaud and Tony Chi as well.

Website
rwlasvegas.com

Lisa Pasternack

Lisa Pasternack

Senior Director, Design + Innovation

Four Seasons Hotels & Resorts

(Global)

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Lisa Pasternack

Lisa Pasternack

Senior Director, Design + Innovation - Four Seasons Hotels & Resorts

The world's most creative spaces
Restaurants and Bars are the world’s most creative spaces, bringing people together by intertwining companionship, food and design. They are active social hubs, inviting guests to congregate over gastronomic delights and convivial conversation. Whether generously layered or calmly contemporary, the allure of these beautifully designed spaces is captivating and enticing, often photographed, admired and imitated.

Bio
Lisa’s role as Senior Director, Design + Innovation, brings with it over 24 years of Four Seasons’ experience. Providing design oversight across all new builds and renovations, Lisa is responsible for guiding and supporting the Global Design + Innovation teams. In conjunction with Four Seasons key stakeholders and project consultants, Lisa works collaboratively to establish the appropriate design language for each project, focused on conveying the Four Seasons commitment to quality and luxury. With a keen eye for design and details, Lisa’s knowledge of luxury hospitality and her attention to detail are valuable assets in her drive towards product excellence.

Website
fourseasons.com

Maddalena Fossati

Maddalena Fossati

Editor in Chief

La Cucina Italiana

(Europe, Italy)

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Maddalena Fossati

Maddalena Fossati

Editor in Chief - La Cucina Italiana

The world's most creative spaces
Restaurants and bars are the world most creative spaces because tasting itself is such a smart element of sensibility. And we need the right context around taste. And yes, food is such a source of inspirations for designers. And Design is such a source of inspiration for clients who want to be in the perfect spot to have the best experience. Design itself boosts the experience, contemporary food needs the perfect «packaging» for the story to be told correctly.

Bio
Maddalena Fossati Dondero is a long-time journalist, first freelance, then in Condé Nast with Condé Nast Traveler Italia and Vanity Fair. Since September 2017 she has been Director of La Cucina Italiana and La Cucina Italiana USA and from December 2020 also of Condé Nast Traveler Italia. "I like to sit at the table with friends and family, I love to open beautiful bottles of wine and offer good food. I love to stay there for a long time, and taste everything, from the first course to the dessert, and then honor the early afternoon with the ritual of a good coffee. I love bubbles, from water to sparkling wines onwards. I like to travel around the world and through Italy, which is the world. I lived in Spain, France and in The United States. Every place is a discovery”.

Website
lacucinaitaliana.it

Marc Antoni Ledesma

Marc Antoni Ledesma

Director F&B Design & Development MEA

Marriott International

(MEA)

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Marc Antoni Ledesma

Marc Antoni Ledesma

Director F&B Design & Development MEA - Marriott International

The world's most creative spaces
Restaurants and bars are the world's most creative spaces… after all they are spaces where artists, politicians, influencers and families meet. Mixologists blend, deals are signed, trends emerge, chefs invent, music is curated and design inspires. Cultures come together in unique ways. To me the industry is about people, people creating and people engaging. I love F&B spaces that encourage interaction & connections. Bringing together components to create that energy.

Bio
My passion for R&B started early; people say it’s in my blood. Growing up working in the family restaurant business taught me the value of building relations, entrepreneurship and hard work. Later opted to travel, looking to further develop and explore my interests into the industry. Working with independent operators, design & strategy consultancies and corporate environments, within restaurants, bars and Hotel corporations throughout Europe, USA, MEA. Overtime I built up my envelope of skills to become a multidisciplinary professional with a matured approach to business development, operations as well as a refined sense for the creative & design disciplines.

Website
marriott.com/default.mi

Mari Balestrazzi

Mari Balestrazzi

Director, Environments Design

Airbnb

(Americas)

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Mari Balestrazzi

Mari Balestrazzi

Director, Environments Design - Airbnb

The world's most creative spaces
Restaurants and bars are the world's most creative spaces due to their ability to make compelling design accessible to many. When we reunite with family and friends, these environments create the settings for some of our most memorable experiences.

Bio
As Director of Operations for Environments, Mari oversees the team that designs Airbnb’s offices worldwide, and collaborates with real estate developers to create new models of housing that support Airbnb’s goal to make it possible for guests to experience the world in a more authentic, connected way. Before assuming her role at Airbnb Mari held numerous positions within the hospitality design industry. Most recently she was Vice President of Design Services for Hyatt Hotels in Chicago, where she oversaw design for Hyatt’s portfolio of full-service hotel brands throughout the Americas region. Prior to Hyatt Mari was the Group Director, Architecture at Value Retail based in London and Senior Vice President of Design for the Morgans Hotel Group in New York. Mari’s first in-house role was as Global Director of Design for St. Regis Hotels.

Website
airbnb.com

María Alcocer

María Alcocer

Founder & Creative Director

María Alcocer Studio

(Mexico)

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María Alcocer

María Alcocer

Founder & Creative Director - María Alcocer Studio

The world's most creative spaces
Restaurants and bars are the world's most creative and sensorial spaces in the world. Are those ambiences that are perfectly executed, where attention to detail is outstanding and invite you to dream through the sum of functionality, aesthetics and great design. Where the design boasts a high degree of innovation, sustainability and creativity on behalf of the user, their entertainment, their wellbeing and, most important, their emotional connection.

Bio
Former Editor-in-Chief of Architectural Digest Mexico and Latin America, María is a Journalist and Creative Consultant with 13 years of experience in the design, architecture & creative industries. Born and raised in Irapuato, Guanajuato, and based in Mexico City, María worked at Architectural Digest Mexico & Latin America for 13 years holding several editorial positions including Editorial Coordinator, Senior Editor, Deputy Editor, and was eventually named Editor-in-Chief at age 32, as the youngest editor to head the international publication. Besides AD Mexico, María launched in 2019 the first issue of Architectural Digest Latin America. Through this role she has been considered one of the most important promoters of Mexican and Latin American artisanal design, interior design and architecture. A pioneer in showcasing the region and bringing international attention to its creative talent.

Website
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Maria Casbas

Maria Casbas

Editor

Conde Nast Traveler, Spain

(Spain, Europe)

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Maria Casbas

Maria Casbas

Editor - Conde Nast Traveler, Spain

The world's most creative spaces
Restaurants and bars are the world's most creative spaces because they are like micro-universes. By entering them, the atmosphere and the interior design allow us to live an immersive experience that, along with the food, create all together an unforgettable memory.

Bio
Born in Zaragoza and based in Madrid, María Casbas writes at Condé Nast Traveler Spain about travel, culture, restaurants, fashion, beauty, lifestyle and any other hidden and wonderful gems that she finds around the world. Her work has also been published in several international titles such as Vogue Spain, AD Spain and Condé Nast Traveller Middle East. Specialized in editorial strategy and social media, she has been running @cntravelerspain Instagram account for more than four years and she has been a teacher at the Vogue Summer School (Condé Nast College). She loves Italian design, Japanese food and French 'savoir faire'. Always ready to take a plane, never tired of telling amazing stories.

Website
traveler.es

Maria Pieri

Maria Pieri

Editorial Director

National Geographic Traveller

(UK)

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Maria Pieri

Maria Pieri

Editorial Director - National Geographic Traveller

The world's most creative spaces
Restaurants and bars are the world's most creative spaces as they’re a reflection of where society is at any given moment. They provide answers to the question: who are we socialising with and how, in what sort of space, according to what trend, fashion and style? They’re bold, creative, innovative and, well, just fun, too.

Bio
Maria Pieri is the editorial director at APL Media, overseeing the teams behind National Geographic Traveller (UK) and Food by National Geographic Traveller — award-winning titles both synonymous with the parent brand’s compelling storytelling and outstanding photography. Maria has over 20 years’ experience in managing, creating and marketing innovative, cutting-edge content across all media to proven commercial success. She was the 2020 chair of the British Society of Magazine Editors and is the current head of education for 2021. She is passionate about creating outstanding content and continuing to nurture exceptional talent.

Website
nationalgeographic.co.uk/travel

Mark Meram

Mark Meram

Owner

8Street Brickell

(Americas)

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Mark Meram

Mark Meram

Owner - 8Street Brickell

The world's most creative spaces
Restaurants & bars are the world's most creative spaces on earth because when the inspired design-ambiance of a venue comes together – your design can transport your guests into a new world… Where people can be who they are, & let go of the “hardships of the real world” thus allowing for creative ideas to incubate!

Bio
Detroit, MI native who has lived in Miami, FL since 2014 to pursue my passion in business/nightlife as the Co-Owner of 8Street Brickell Bar & Lounge. My career is rooted in small business, music/entertainment & real estate investment.

Website
8StreetBrickell.com

Mike Sievwright

Mike Sievwright

Vice President Design and Construction

MGM Hospitality

(MENA)

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Mike Sievwright

Mike Sievwright

Vice President Design and Construction - MGM Hospitality

The world's most creative spaces
Restaurants and bars are the worlds most creative spaces, culminating in a seamless operation and delivering exceptional dining experiences. The designer must demonstrate space planning, decorative, entertainment and operational solutions that draw upon location, the food concept, the chef, the intended guest experience, energy of the staff and ever-changing markets. They can be outside, inside, on-top of buildings, below the sea, in a desert, on a plane, everywhere ………….

Bio
Mike is a highly innovative Hospitality and Entertainment Development professional with over 25 years’ cross-functional experience in the hotel development and construction industry across contracting, asset management, design, hotel development and as an operator. Mike is passionate about the Hospitality Industry, believes in encouraging innovation and pushing the boundaries of what is normal, and aims to create inspiring, efficient and profitable spaces. Whilst managing the design and construction process, he is always looking for pioneering design solutions to identify opportunities for increasing efficiencies, increasing revenue, decreasing costs and maximizing benefits for all stakeholders.

Website
mgmresorts.com

Mrudul Pathak Kundu

Mrudul Pathak Kundu

Editor

ELLE DECOR, India

(Asia)

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Mrudul Pathak Kundu

Mrudul Pathak Kundu

Editor - ELLE DECOR, India

The world's most creative spaces
Food to me is an art that engages all my senses—sight, smell, touch, palate and even sounds that encapsulate and add to the experience. The space becomes crucial as it sets the tone, ambience and anticipation. And restaurants and bars is a typology that offers an immense canvas for experimentation in design.

Bio
A fine arts graduate from MS University, Vadodara, she has been part of shaping the magazine for the last 20 years. Her major in Applied Arts has given her a lifelong love for graphic compositions and solid colours. Interacting with the design community and producing house shoots is what she considers the best part of her job. When not busy with all things design, you’ll find her watching old art-house movies and enjoying a glass of single malt.

Website
elledecor.in

Natasha Waterfield

Natasha Waterfield

COO

The New World Trading Company

(UK)

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Natasha Waterfield

Natasha Waterfield

COO - The New World Trading Company

The world's most creative spaces
Restaurants and bars are the world's most creative spaces, they present us with the opportunity to continuously develop our brand proposition, marketing strategies, menu development, culture and interior design. All of which work in sync with each other to provide guests with a seamless experience.

Bio
Chief Operating Officer responsible for organisational strategy and its implementation through building and developing teams in Product Development, Sales, Marketing, Operations, Talent, L&D and Engagement. Being a previously highly successful People Director I utilise coaching and communication skills to my advantage in working to create a pioneering and successful business.With The New World Trading Company I have both seen and contributed to the delivery of a multi-award-winning operation consisting of 33 sites and counting. NWTC is one of the country’s most exciting brands in the restaurant market consisting of The Oast House, The Botanist, The Smugglers Cove, The Club House, The Trading House, The Canal House ,The Florist and The Furnace. As a company, we have been voted 10th (2017), 7th (2018) and 5th (2019) in the Sunday Times Top 100.

Website
nwtc.uk.com

Nigel Moore

Nigel Moore

Senior VP F&B SEA, Japan and Korea

Accor

(SEA, Japan and Korea)

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Nigel Moore

Nigel Moore

Senior VP F&B SEA, Japan and Korea - Accor

The world's most creative spaces
Restaurants and bars are the world's most creative spaces as they need to capture a true authentic experience and hold a guests expectations for several hours. There are a number of shows on-going at one time, (chefs, bartenders, sommeliers,waiters, Dj. ) so we need to ensure multiple stages within a space are well planned for the artist to deliver the show

Bio
Based in Singapore, Nigel Moore is a highly experienced food and beverage operations leader with over 25 years of hospitality experience in five-star luxury international hotels, private members’ clubs and stand-alone restaurants, gaining exposure to various countries, cultures and cuisines. Nigel has been involved with marketing, public relations, human resources, project management, strategic planning, pre-opening of new hotels. Experienced in development of concepts and operating philosophies for new hotels and refurbishment programmes of existing outlets. Experienced in developing, mentoring and building the right teams, Nigel’s entrepreneurial approach to concepts and design has led to successful hotel openings and project executions.

Website
accor.com

Peter Veale

Peter Veale

Design Director

FPOV

(Global)

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Peter Veale

Peter Veale

Design Director - FPOV

The world's most creative spaces
Restaurants and bars are the world's most creative spaces because they are a means of escape (I don’t want to eat at home, so please take me to another dimension, kinda). It’s also a very competitive market fighting for customers so there’s pressure to be creative and to regenerate every few years.

Bio
Peter Veale is Design Director of FPOV and has been involved in architectural lighting design since 1996. Peter has delivered a number of award-winning projects for major lighting consultancies during this time. He’s been based in the UK, Hong Kong and the USA. He was integral to the teams that created the original Hakkasan and Busaba dining concepts and is now working on the next generation of W Hotels. He’s given numerous lectures and presentations on lighting design around the world and is interested in the both the functional, aesthetic and psychological effects that good lighting can provide to customers.

Website
f-pov.com

Samantha Goodrich

Samantha Goodrich

Director of Design & Planning

Viceroy Hotel Group

(Americas)

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Samantha Goodrich

Samantha Goodrich

Director of Design & Planning - Viceroy Hotel Group

The world's most creative spaces
Restaurants and bars are the world’s most creative spaces because of the storytellers who bring them to life. The fusion of design and culinary disciplines is vital for curating an immersive, hospitality experience. These spaces evoke excitement, heighten senses, and leave guests with a memorable and lasting impression.

Bio
Samantha Goodrich is the Director of Design & Planning for Viceroy Hotel Group, an international lifestyle luxury hotel brand with headquarters in Los Angeles. Her position strongly focuses on creating design standards and instilling brand vision into each project, from concept through to construction. Driven by the unique narrative of each property, her portfolio brings to life a wide range of hospitality experiences across the globe. Prior to joining Viceroy, Samantha steered the design of various projects including hotels, bars, restaurants, and nightclubs as an Associate with Rockwell Group in New York.

Website
viceroyhotelsandresorts.com

Scott Pickett

Scott Pickett

Director & Chef

Scott Pickett Group

(Australia)

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Scott Pickett

Scott Pickett

Director & Chef - Scott Pickett Group

The world's most creative spaces
Restaurants and bars are really a melting pot that bring together art, music, style, design, technology, food, drink, character & more. They provide a unique opportunity for a whole range of people to work together, sharing thoughts and ideas, to bring something really special together in one place.

Bio
Chef Restaurateur Scott Pickett embodies the essence of Australian hospitality. Growing up in Kangarilla, South Australia — Pickett’s early years were spent surrounded by family, traditions of his grandparents’ cooking and a native larder with which he developed a subliminal connection, henceforth informing his values as a chef. Firmly established as one of Australia’s leading chefs and restaurateurs, Pickett’s generous spirit and abundant personality are at the core of his establishments, along with his deep understanding of seasonality and respect for Australian growers and producers; each a testament to the origins of this warm-hearted, country boy with a dedication to excellence.

Website
scottpickettgroup.com.au

Sebastien Lepinoy

Sebastien Lepinoy

Director of Culinary & Operations

Les Amis Restaurant

(Singapore, Asia)

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Sebastien Lepinoy

Sebastien Lepinoy

Director of Culinary & Operations - Les Amis Restaurant

The world's most creative spaces
Restaurants and bars are the world’s most creative spaces as the sources of creativity are endless. As a Chef, I need to create something for all guests, while staying true to my identity. When I am in the R&D process with my team, the only rule I give to them is to enhance and highlight the tastes, ingredients, and designs of what there already is – and the results are exponential.

Bio
Sebastien Lepinoy entered the culinary arena in 1990. Armed with a wealth of knowledge and technical skills, he built a remarkable career transforming restaurants and their team into notable award-winning establishments. Influenced by pure Parisian haute cuisine, Lepinoy brings forward the spirit of his cuisine with innovative and skillful dishes. His recipes feature prized ingredients sourced from France and seasonal menus prepared with sophistication and technicality, exhibiting the mastery of French gastronomy. As Director of Culinary & Operations at 3 MICHELIN Star Les Amis Restaurant, he continues to push boundaries touching the minds and hearts for his guests.

Website
lesamis.com.sg

Shawn Ong

Shawn Ong

Acting Editor in Chief

Conde Nast Traveler, China

(Asia)

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Shawn Ong

Shawn Ong

Acting Editor in Chief - Conde Nast Traveler, China

The world's most creative spaces
Restaurants and bars are the world's most creative spaces because that limited area needs to fulfill multifunctional needs, rather than solely being considered as places serving foods and beverage. It shows the creativity regarding lifestyles of the owner to make all activities happen for various people, presenting comfortable atmosphere and generous people touch, which not only help people to relax and absorb themselves into a delightful leisure, but also to have the best experience at the same time.

Bio
Appointed as Content Deputy Director/ Acting EIC in May of 2019, Mr. Shawn Ong is an experienced writer and editor with strong communication skills and over 20 years of extensive career paths in the fashion and travel media industry. His areas of expertise include Travel and Tourism, Luxury Goods and Lifestyle, Food, Art, Fashion, Storytelling Marketing, Branding and Content Strategy, etc..

Website
cntraveler.com.cn

Tim Mills

Tim Mills

CEO

Novators Hospitality

(Global)

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Tim Mills

Tim Mills

CEO - Novators Hospitality

The world's most creative spaces
Restaurants and bars are the world's most creative spaces, partly due to a new generation of diners bringing their energetic touch to the industry. The attention to detail required within restaurant and bar design is unsurpassed, particularly with focus given to the finer details of the guest’s experience. Recently hospitality has experienced a vibrant range of new cuisines and service styles as well as operators that are fresh to the industry. These factors are all reflected within the design, often on a shoe-string budget.

Bio
Tim has operated within the food and beverage industry for over 25 years, supporting some of the UK’s leading brands including Carluccio’s and Pho, as well as the Planet Hollywood group and PAUL UK. Now as CEO of the Novators Hospitality group, Tim is working on a number of new restaurant concepts and hospitality opportunities.

Website
novatorshospitality.com

Tom Aikens

Tom Aikens

Chef Proprietor

Tom Aikens from Muse

(UK)

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Tom Aikens

Tom Aikens

Chef Proprietor - Tom Aikens from Muse

The world's most creative spaces
Restaurants and bars are the world’s most creative spaces for creative people to express themselves personally, from the food, drinks and interiors. Collectively, it makes these spaces incredibly individual, unique and very special. To constantly reinvent themselves and the spaces is also key in developing unique propositions to the demand of ever changing trends….

Bio
Tom Aikens is one of the UK’s most acclaimed and inspirational British chefs. With a father working in the wine industry and a childhood mostly spent gardening and cooking with his mother, Tom put food and the use of the finest ingredients at the centre of his life from a very early age. He continues to be dedicated to serving only the highest quality, ethically sourced ingredients which has led to him becoming the youngest British chef ever to be awarded two Michelin stars when he was just 26.

Website
tomaikens.co.uk

musebytomaikens.co.uk

Tony Machado​

Tony Machado​

Senior VP Design

SH Hotels & Resorts

(Global)

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Tony Machado​

Tony Machado​

Senior VP Design - SH Hotels & Resorts

The world's most creative spaces
Restaurants and bars are the world’s most creative spaces because of their need to capture, captivate and retain their guests/customers. It’s important for the spaces to be memorable, true to their defined DNA and to evoke a sense of celebration. The design of these spaces should leave you with a feeling of wanting to return therefor designers creativity is key.

Bio
Tony Machado is currently serving as Senior VP of Design for the hospitality leader and innovator, SH Hotels & Resorts, an affiliate of global private investment firm Starwood Capital Group, where he is leading all aspects of design for the company’s fast growing 1 Hotel, Baccarat Hotel, and SH Collection brands. Prior to SH Hotels & Resorts, Tony was with Morgans Hotel Group where he served as Vice President and Head of Design and Construction for the expansion of the Delano and Mondrian brands. Tony attended Syracuse University’s School of Architecture in Florence Italy and San Diego State University where he received a BA with an emphasis in Environmental Design. Tony is a California state licensed architect.

Website
shhotelsandresorts.com

Verena Haller

Verena Haller

Chief Design Officer

Standard Hotels

(Americas, Europe, Asia)

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Verena Haller

Verena Haller

Chief Design Officer - Standard Hotels

The world's most creative spaces
Restaurant & Bar Design is unique because we create an immersive experience. It's not just about the drinks and cuisine, but the captivating journey aimed to tap the diner's every senses. These special spaces allow us to play with the use of texture and materials that evoke a reaction when seen, experienced, or touched.

Bio
Verena Haller, Chief Design Officer for Standard International, leads the global expansion of The Standard label and brand worldwide, with hotels in Hua Hin and Bangkok opening towards the end of 2021 and early next year. With decades of hospitality experience and her innate curiosity, she has been an integral force on each project. Verena’s passion, unique innovative vision, refined eye for detail, and focus on the overall experience, greatly contributes to the overall success, growth, and evolution of The Standard.

Website
standardhotels.com


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