I am surrounded by paper. Now that the deadline has passed for the 9th Annual HD Awards, my desk is cluttered with entry forms for the over 400 projects submitted. While making my way through the enormous pile is a daunting task—especially when articles need to be written and edited in between downloads— I also find it rewarding.
As I sit here, unraveling spectacular image after spectacular image for the eager judges, I am once again humbled by our industry’s talent. Whether it’s a luxurious restaurant, zen spa, or mythical hotel dreamed up by a college student bound for one of the country’s best architectural firms, the range of vision is impressive and inspiring.
Like every year, our 2013 judges come from different hospitality realms, bringing a sharp eye and invaluable expertise: Andrew Cohen, principal, Parts and Labor Design; Tag Galyean, founder, TAG Studio; Susan Jaques, designer, Highgate Hotels; Margaret McMahon, VP/managing director, Wimberly Interiors (a design studio of WATG); and Tara Oxley, design director, B.R. Guest Hospitality. I don’t envy them in having to whittle down these stellar selections to determine the winners.
It’s my second time around as project manager for the awards, and the mystique attached to it hasn’t waned; I’m just as anxious and intrigued to see who will emerge victorious.
We’ll announce the winners in early April. Good luck to you all.