Hospitality Design magazine is honored to announce its 2022 Hotelier of the Year and Design Firm of the Year as part of the 18th annual HD Awards. This year’s honorees continue to push the boundaries of hospitality, bringing a new perspective to the industry with their thoughtful and singular visions.
Sharan Pasricha, founder and co-CEO of Ennismore, has been named this year’s Hotelier of the Year. Pasricha has reinvented the lifestyle hotel with two distinct brands: the luxe Gleneagles, known for its ornate and soulful interiors, and the energetic Hoxton, which brings a culturally rich aesthetic to urban locales. In 2021, Ennismore created a joint venture with Accor’s lifestyle division, bringing together a slew of powerhouse brands, including the Hoxton, Gleneagles, Delano, SLS, Mondrian, Morgans Originals, SO/, Hyde, Mama Shelter, 25hours, 21c Museum Hotels, TRIBE, JO&JOE, and Working From_ under the Ennismore umbrella—comprising one of the fastest-growing hotel and coworking portfolios. “My role is to ensure that every one of our brands continues to have a mission and a purpose,” he says, “and that we’re building spaces people can physically and emotionally connect with.”
KTGY Simeone Deary Design Group has been recognized as the Design Firm of the Year. Founded by partners Lisa Simeone and Gina Deary in 2002 (in 2021, Simeone Deary Design Group joined forces with KTGY to form KTGY Simeone Deary Design Group), the Chicago-based designers are meticulous in the execution of forward-thinking hotel projects. Consider their work on the Foundation Hotel in Detroit. Here, the duo imbued the space with delicate design touches, breathing new life into a former firehouse. Recently, they reinvigorated the former Kansas City Club as the Hotel Kansas City, remaking a Beaux-Arts building into a feminine-infused gem. It’s a testament to their design sense and entrepreneurial spirit that each project they touch is infused with a distinct personality anchored to its location. “We are both strong designers and very opinionated, especially when it comes to our firm,” says Simeone. “Our bottom line is that we have mutual respect for each other and a willingness to take responsibility for our part.” Adds Deary: “We both have learned that we are stronger together than we are apart, so we always find a way to compromise, to collaborate, and to communicate.”
The 18th annual HD Awards will take place on June 7th, 2022 at Cipriani South Street in New York.