Miami Hospitality Design Awards Hosts Panel Discussion Featuring South Florida Hospitality Leaders

/Miami Hospitality Design Awards Hosts Panel Discussion Featuring South Florida Hospitality Leaders

Miami Hospitality Design Awards Hosts Panel Discussion Featuring South Florida Hospitality Leaders

|2018-09-25T15:16:41-04:00September 25th, 2018|

From Miami Beach to Downtown Miami, Brickell, Wynwood, Little Havana and most recently Coconut Grove, many of Miami’s neighborhoods have undergone or are undergoing drastic evolutions and are emerging with distinctive identities. These neighborhoods have taken inspiration from their individual surroundings and translated them into design-driven restaurants, bars and hotels.

As part of its ongoing mission to showcase excellence in architecture and elevate public consciousness of great design, the Miami Hospitality Design Awards brought together some of South Florida’s leaders in the hospitality industry for its inaugural panel discussion, Distinctive Hospitality Design in Miami’s Evolving Neighborhoods.

Hosted by the awards founders Oberhausen Marketing & Public Relations, the Greater Miami & The Beaches Hotel Association and AIA Miami and in support of IIDA South Florida, the panel took place on Sept. 20 at the Hyatt Centric Brickell and featured Stantec Director of Interiors, Susan LaFleur; The Barlington Group Co-founder, Bill Fuller; and The Genuine Hospitality Group Chef and Owner, Michael Schwartz. Moderated by Indulge Magazine Editor in Chief, Evan Benn, the panelists discussed how neighborhoods and consumer demands are affecting hospitality architecture, design and programming.

“We take into account what speaks to us about the neighborhood and translate it into the architecture and interiors to make each project relatable to its location,” said Susan LaFleur.

“Although the food has to be great, I’ve always said it’s not the one thing that makes a restaurant successful,” said Michael Schwartz. “We want our restaurants to fit with the neighborhood, so we look at where we are, what we’re trying to accomplish and how that plays into the design.”

“Little Havana is a passion project for me because of my Cuban American background,” said Bill Fuller. “We seek out historic properties in Miami to give them a new life, but always wrap the property’s history into what we do to keep the building’s and neighborhood’s authenticity.”

The panel is part of the awards’ program leading up to the second annual Miami Hospitality Design Awards to be held spring 2019. The awards will honor the architects and designers whose hospitality projects have enriched Miami’s built environment. Next year’s awards will include new categories, giving additional designers an opportunity to showcase their work.

Stay tuned for details on the 2019 Miami Hospitality Design Awards by visiting

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

Contact: Josh Oberhausen

[email protected]/305-532-1212

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 or call (305) 531-3553. 

Contact: Faheemah Khan

[email protected] /305-531-3553

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

Contact: Marilyn Lugo

[email protected] /305-448-7488

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