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The American Institute of Architects Miami Chapter, Greater Miami & The Beaches Hotel Association (GMBHA) and Oberhausen Marketing & Public Relations announced the winners of the first annual Miami Hospitality Design Awards on Monday, March 6, during a celebration at the world-renowned Faena Forum in Miami Beach.

With over 150 architecture, design, hotel and restaurant professionals in attendance, the inaugural awards honored hoteliers, restaurants, licensed architects and designers whose work showcased design excellence in Miami’s hospitality and design industries.

“Through our support and that of AIA Miami, Oberhausen Marketing & PR and Hospitality Design magazine, the awards recognized the wonderful diversity and design excellence that continues to put Miami’s hospitality industry on the world map,” said Wendy Kallergis, president and CEO, GMBHA.

Nearly 100 submissions were received across 18 categories, and winners were selected by a distinguished group of industry leaders. The 2017 Miami Hospitality Design Awards judges include: Linda Lentz, senior editor, Architectural Record; Alastair Gordon, award-winning critic and author; and Stacy Shoemaker Rauen, editor in chief, Hospitality Design magazine.

Of all the entries, the judges felt that two qualified for special commendation above and beyond the prescribed design categories. The Vagabond Hotel and The Betsy Hotel South Beach, both received special awards for their stellar work in effectively transforming the fabric of a city. Both projects have played a significant role in re-imagining and reviving their respective neighborhoods.

“We were in total agreement with the judges in honoring The Vagabond and The Betsy,” said Cheryl Jacobs, executive vice president, AIA Miami. “We are so proud of all our deserving winners and the support provided to our architecture and design community.”

Winners of the 2017 Miami Hospitality Design Awards:

Overall Hotel

-East, Miami, Arquitectonica – Merit Award of Excellence

-The Betsy South Beach Hotel, Shulman + Associates – Honor Award of Excellence

Hotel Guest Suite

-W South Beach Hotel, Costas Kondylis & Nichols Brosch Wurst Wolfe & Associates, Inc. – Merit Award of Excellence

-FAENA Miami Beach, Office of Metropolitan Architecture – Honor Award of Excellence

Hotel Guestroom

-1 Hotel South Beach, Kobi Karp Architecture & Associates – Honor Award of Excellence

-The Vagabond, DB Lewis Architect – Honorable Mention

Hotel Lobby/Reception

-1 Hotel South Beach, Kobi Karp Architecture & Interior Design, Inc.  – Honor Award of Excellence

-The Miami Beach EDITION, Nichols Brosch Wurst Wolfe & Associates, Inc. – Honor Award of Excellence

Hotel Nightclub, Bar, Lounge

-East, Miami, Arquitectonica – Honorable Mention

Hotel Outdoor Divine Detail

-1 Hotel South Beach, Kobi Karp Architecture & Associates. – Merit Award of Excellence

-The Miami Beach EDITION, Nichols Brosch Wurst Wolfe & Associates, Inc. – Honor Award of Excellence

-The Betsy South Beach, Shulman + Associates – Honor Award of Excellence

-The Vagabond, DB Lewis Architect – Honorable Mention

Hotel Restaurant

-Beachcraft at 1 Hotel South Beach, Kobi Karp Architecture & Interior Design, Inc. – Honor Award of Excellence

-Talde, Workshop/APD – Honorable Mention

-Quinto La Huella, Arquitectonica – Merit Award of Excellence

Hotel Spa/Fitness Area

-Tierra Santa Healing House, Office of Metropolitan Architecture – Merit Award of Excellence

Non-Hotel Restaurant Upscale

-Quality Meats, Norberto Rosenstein – Merit Award of Excellence

Best Overall People’s Choice Hotel

-East, Miami, Arquitectonica

About Oberhausen Marketing & Public Relations

Oberhausen Marketing & Public Relations is a full-service communications and brand development firm comprised of senior level experts with a proven approach to doing business. The agency focuses on the architecture and design, real estate, construction, hospitality, healthcare and lifestyle industries. Oberhausen’s mission is to create connection, engagement, and transaction between its clients and their key audiences through the deployment of customized, strategic marketing and public relations programs. For more information, visit www.obrmarketing.com.

Contact: Josh Oberhausen

josh@obrmarketing.com / 305-532-1212

About AIA Miami

Located at the Miami Center for Architecture & Design, AIA Miami has over 800 members and offers professional development and support for member architecture professionals in South Florida.  Embracing their responsibility to serve society, AIA members engage civic and government leaders and the public in helping find needed solutions to pressing issues facing our communities, institutions, nation and world. For more information about AIA Miami, visit www.aiamiami.org.

Contact: Marilyn Lugo

marilyn@aiamiami.org / 305-448-7488

About Greater Miami & The Beaches Hotel Association

The Greater Miami & The Beaches Hotel Association is a membership organization comprised of hoteliers and allied members across Miami-Dade County. The association’s goal is to promote the interest of its members through advocacy, education and partnerships and advance Miami as the visitor’s destination of choice. The GMBHA’s calendar of events includes monthly hotelier’s breakfast series, awards events, networkers as well as luncheons featuring top leaders and educators in the hospitality industry. For more information, visit gmbha.com or call (305) 531-3553. 

Contact: Faheemah Khan

fkhan@GMBHA.com / 305-531-3553

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