We have many exciting awards programs at HD (plug: don’t forget to submit your projects or products by March 1st for the 12th annual HD Awards) but the one that I most look forward to each year is the Wave of the Future honor. We voraciously read, make inquiries, follow designs, and keep lists to find the right mix of up and coming talent. Our tagline: young enough to be considered visionary (we say 40-ish:), but tested enough to be considered accomplished. We have formed an impressive group of past honorees—the founders of Habita Hotels, Jason Pomeranc of Sixty Hotels, Lionel Ohayon of ICRAVE, Thomas Schoos of Schoos Design, and André Fu, to name a few—and this year is no different. They’ve cut their teeth with a who’s who of firms—SOM, Morgans, Loews, Neri & Hu, Rockwell Group—and are now making waves (pun intended) in their current positions with their creative visions and detailed, authentic designs. They will be featured in the June issue of HD, and honored at our HD NextGen Forum in June in Washington, DC.
So without further ado, here are the 2016 Wave of the Future honorees:
Michelle Behr, Vice President of Design and Construction, Highgate Hotels
Matthew Goodrich, Chief Creative Officer, AvroKO
Christina Luk, Director, LUKSTUDIO
Teddy Mayer, Vice President of Design, Virgin Hotels
Kevin O’Shea, Creative Director and Co-Founder, Salt Hotels
Ana Milena Hernandez Palacios and Christophe Penasse, Co-Founders, Masquespacio