Judges Announced for 15th Annual HD Awards

Hospitality Design (HD) magazine is pleased to announce its esteemed panels of industry leaders and innovators who will choose the winners and finalists for the 15th annual HD Awards for project and product submissions.

This year’s project judges are:

Ave Bradley, creative director and global senior vice president of design, Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants


Alexandra Champalimaud, founder, Champalimaud


Jim Merkel, CEO, Rockbridge


Glenn Pushelberg and George Yabu, founding partners, Yabu Pushelberg


Brad Wilson, president, Ace Hotel Group

This year’s product judges are:

Gray Shealy, associate vice president of architectural design and innovation, Royal Caribbean Cruises


Miriam Torres, cofounder, Parker-Torres Design


Therese Virserius, founder, Virserius Studio

The projects portion now spans 25 categories including new categories that better represent our industry, including Art + Branding, which showcases a project’s robust art program, and Retail + Hospitality that highlights a project that incorporates an element of hospitality in its concept. Innovative products are recognized in 12 categories, with additions including Custom Art and Installations and Technology. Winners and finalists for both projects and products will be selected by an esteemed jury of soon-to-be-announced industry professionals. The deadline for all submissions is March 4th.

Submit Projects entries here.

Submit Products entries here.

Along with the annual Projects and Products Awards, HD is partnering with West Elm on the HD/West Elm Student Product Competition. The competition is offered for current students and those who have been out of school for a year. The competition is focused on designing a new chair or bar/counter stools to add to the company’s newest restaurant collection. A panel of product judges, as well as West Elm president Alex Bellos and Paulo Kos, vice president of design at West Elm Contract Furniture, will evaluate entries on the bases of creativity, practicality, and function. The winner’s product will be manufactured by West Elm and the winner will be invited to our annual event in New York on June 5th, 2019.

Submit HD/West Elm entries here.

All winners and finalists will be featured in the June issue of HD magazine. More information and tickets for the events will be available soon.