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The International Hotel, Motel + Restaurant Show® (IHMRS) Names Finalists
for the 2012 Gold Key Awards for Excellence in Hospitality Design

Pierre-Yves Rochon Named Designer of the Year

WHITE PLAINS, NY, August 29, 2012…The International Hotel, Motel + Restaurant Show® (IHMRS) has named finalists for the 32nd annual Gold Key Awards for Excellence in Hospitality Design. Nearly 200 projects in 23 countries were considered, representing a 25 percent increase in entries over 2011. Gold Key honors are presented annually to design firms from around the globe responsible for the most innovative hospitality properties completed or renovated within the past 18 months. 

Winners will be revealed and finalists recognized at a breakfast ceremony on Monday, November 12, 2012, 7:30 – 9:30 am, at the Mandarin Oriental New York. The Gold Key Awards are sponsored by Hospitality Style and HOTELS magazines and coincide with the 97th annual IHMRS, taking place November 10-13, 2012, at New York City’s Jacob K. Javits Convention Center.

The 32nd annual Gold Key Awards finalists are:

Guest Room
  • Architropolis/ELK Collective (Portland, OR) for Dream Hotel South Beach (Miami Beach, FL)
  • Champalimaud (New York, NY) for Hotel Bel-Air (Los Angeles, CA)
  • Rockwell Group (New York, NY) for W Paris - Opera (Paris, France)
Guest Room – Midscale/Upscale
  • Legend Hotel Design Consultants Co., Ltd. (Guangzhou, China) for Crowne Plaza Chengdu Panda Garden (Chengdu, China)
  • BBGM (New York, NY) for Melia Atlanta (Atlanta,  NY)
  • tvsdesign (Atlanta, GA) for Hilton McLean Tysons Corner (McLean, GA)
Lobby/Reception
  • II By IV Design (Toronto, Canada) for Trump International Hotel & Tower Toronto (Toronto, Canada)
  • One Plus Partnership Limited (Hong Kong) for Chongqing Mountain & City (Chongqing, China)
  • Rockwell Group (New York, NY) for W Paris - Opera (Paris, France)
  • Rottet Studio (Houston, TX) for The St. Regis Aspen Resort (Aspen, CO)
Lounge/Bar
  • Rockwell Group (New York, NY) for W Lounge at W Paris - Opera (Paris, France)
  • Rottet Studio (Houston, TX) for The St. Regis Aspen Resort (Aspen, CO)
  • Slade Architecture (New York, NY) for Virgin Atlantic JFK Clubhouse (New York, NY)
  • Yabu Pushelberg (New York, NY) for The St. Regis Bar at The St. Regis Bal Harbour Resort (Miami Beach, FL)
Restaurants – Casual Dining
  • II By IV Design & gh3 architecture and landscape (Toronto, Canada) for Scarpetta Dining Pavilion (Toronto, Canada)
  • CCD/Cheng Chung Design Ltd. (Hong Kong) for Lijiang Pullman Resort & Spa Hotel (China)
  • Jeffrey Beers International (New York, NY) for Plaza Food Hall Expansion (New York, NY)
  • Studio Arthur Casas (New York, NY) for Alma Maria (Sao Paulo, Brazil)
Restaurants – Fine Dining
  • Avroko (New York, NY) for Saxon + Parole (New York, NY)
  • Bentel & Bentel Architects (Locust Valley, NY) for Le Bernardin (New York, NY)
  • Steve Leung Designers Ltd. (Hong Kong) for Mango Tree (Hong Kong)
Spa
  • II By IV Design (Toronto, Canada) for Trump International Hotel & Tower Toronto, Quartz Spa (Toronto, Canada)
  • CCD/Cheng Chung Design Ltd. (Hong Kong) for Lijiang Pullman Resort & Spa Hotel (China)
  • Clodagh Design (New York, NY) for Miraval Life in Balance Spa with Clarins (Tucson, AZ)
  • HBA/Hirsch Bedner Associates (London, England and Hong Kong) for ESPA at the Ritz-Carlton (Hong Kong)
Suite
  • CCD/Cheng Chung Design Ltd. (Hong Kong) for Lijiang Pullman Resort & Spa Hotel (China)
  • HBA/Hirsch Bedner Associates (Atlanta, GA) for Park Hyatt Hyderabad (Hyderabad, India)
  • Rottet Studio (Houston, TX) for Presidential Bungalows at The Beverly Hills Hotel (Beverly Hills, CA)
Best Hotel Design – Resort
  • II By IV Design (Toronto, Canada) for Trump International Hotel & Tower Toronto (Toronto, Canada)
  • CCD/Cheng Chung Design Ltd. (Hong Kong) for Lijiang Pullman Resort & Spa Hotel (China)
  • Gettys (Chicago, IL) for Westin Abu Dhabi Golf Resort & Spa (Abu Dhabi, UAE)
  • Rottet Studio (Houston, TX) for The St. Regis Aspen Resort (Aspen, CO)
Best Hotel Design – Boutique
  • Architropolis/ELK Collective (Portland, OR) for Dream Hotel South Beach (Miami Beach, FL)
  • Rockwell Group (New York, NY) for W Paris - Opera (Paris, France)
  • Stonehill & Taylor with Jacques Garcia (New York, NY) for The NoMad Hotel (New York, NY)
  • Wilson Associates (Dallas, TX) for Conrad Koh Samui (Thailand)
Best Hotel Design – Midscale/Upscale
  • Baskervill (Richmond, VA) for Wyndham Grand Orlando Resort (Orlando, FL)
  • Legend Hotel Design Consultants Co., Ltd. (Guangzhou, China) for InterContinental Shijiazhuang (Shijiazhuang, China)
  • Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group and Graven Images (Chicago, IL) for Radisson Blu Aqua Hotel (Chicago, IL)
  • Waldrop + Nichols Studio (Dallas, TX) for Omni Dallas Hotel (Dallas, TX)
Best Historic Renovation
  • HBA/Hirsch Bedner Associates (London, England) for Hotel Alfonso XIII (Seville, Spain)
Judges "So Cool" Recognition
  • Geoffrey Weill Associates (New York, NY) for M/V Aria (Peru)
  • One Plus Partnership Limited (Hong Kong) for Aix Arome Café (Shenzhen, China)
Countries and territories represented among the 200 submissions were Bahamas, Brazil, Canada, China, Dominican Republic, France, Germany, Hong Kong, India, Italy, Malawi, Mauritius, Panama, Peru, Qatar, Singapore, South Africa, Spain, Thailand, Turkey, UAE, United Kingdom, and the United States.

Judges for the 2012 Gold Key Awards were Ed Bakos, Principal, The Rockwell Group; Ted Brumleve, Vice President of Architecture and Technical Services, Virgin Hotels; Ron Kollar, Chief Design Officer, Tishman; and George Scammell, Vice President Global Design, Wyndham. Finalists were selected based on aesthetic appeal, practicality and functionality of design.

Highlighting the breakfast ceremony, Gold Key sponsors Hospitality Style and HOTELS magazines will present the 2012 Designer of the Year distinction to Pierre-Yves Rochon. The 2011 opening of the Four Seasons London at Park Lane shows once again why Pierre-Yves Rochon is the master of modern luxury hotel design. Since 1979, this Paris-based firm has mixed elements from the past, present and future into a fresh definition of the 5-star experience.

In addition, NEWH, Inc., the Hospitality Industry Network, will present its 8th annual Icon of Industry Award to Kohler Company President and Chairman Herbert V. Kohler, Jr. A $5,000 scholarship in Herbert’s name will be awarded to a student focusing on a career in the hospitality industry.

Tickets for the Gold Key Awards Breakfast are $75 each, and available online at www.ihmrs.com, through attendee registration. The purchase of a Gold Key Awards ticket includes complimentary admission to the IHMRS. Complimentary shuttle transportation will be provided to the International Hotel, Motel + Restaurant Show and Boutique Design New York following the ceremony. For additional information, contact Melissa Gray at (914) 421-3263 or mgray@glmshows.com.

The 97th annual International Hotel, Motel + Restaurant Show will run Saturday, November 10, through Tuesday, November 13, 2012, at New York City’s Jacob K. Javits Convention Center. Following a full-day of conference and networking activities on Saturday, November 10, the IHMRS will feature three full days of exhibits from Sunday, November 11, through Tuesday, November 13. The market will present nearly 700 exhibitors and attract some 25,000 industry professionals.

IHMRS is sponsored by the American Hotel & Lodging Association (AH&LA), the Hotel Association of New York City, Inc. (HANYC), and the New York State Hospitality & Tourism Association (NYSH&TA), and is managed by GLM.

For IHMRS exhibitor information, contact Lynn White, show manager, at lwhite@glmshows.com or (914) 421-3249. For attendee information, contact GLM Customer Relations at (800) 272-SHOW, or by email, at customer_relations@glmshows.com. Additional information is available online, at www.ihmrs.com

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Contact: 

Melissa Gray
 (914) 421-3263
mgray@glmshows.com
 www.ihmrs.com

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