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Stephano Delorenza, program leader for the architecture and design team at InterContinental Hotels Group, passed away suddenly on March 9.

At IHG, Delorenza led Design Immersion, a two-day program that provides design and construction professionals with a deep dive into the company’s brands and processes. He took the program from a small grass roots endeavor to an educational and networking experience. He also spearheaded the a+d team online presence, IHG Design Connect, to provide a one-stop shop for everything hotel owners and designers would need to successfully execute IHG brands.

Delorenza served on the NEWH board and would present at the leadership conferences to share his passion for hospitality. He also volunteered at the Atlanta Center for Creative Inquiry Summer Academy to help high school students as they consider potential careers in the design industry, as well as with the Hip Hop Architecture Camp at Georgia Tech where he helped young kids tap into their love of music to create inspirational music-based architectural designs.

The NEWH/Atlanta Chapter has set up a scholarship in his name.

Photo: Courtesy of NEWH


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