Gold Key Award for Excellence in Hospitality Design

2019 Gold Key Judges Unveiled

16 industry experts to judge Gold Key at BDNY

Boutique Design

Now in its 39th year, the Gold Key Awards for Excellence in Hospitality Design are the industry’s most prestigious honors. Staged in New York each November in conjunction with BDNY, this competition is presented by Boutique Design magazine. There are a total of 23 categories, giving designers around the world the opportunity to showcase their influential and innovative design work in every sector of hospitality.

This year’s lineup of prestigious judges for the competition has been announced. They include:

Andrew Alford, chief creative officer, Graduate Hotels

Mary Beth Cutshall, senior vice president and chief business development officer, Hospitality Ventures Management Group

Gary Dollens, global head design/product & brand development, Hyatt Hotels Corp.

Michael Doneff, chief marketing officer, ThinkFoodGroup

Verena Haller, chief design officer, The Standard Hotels

Carl Hren, senior vice president of development, Concord Hospitality Enterprises

Aliya Khan, vice president, global design strategies, Marriott International

Damon Lawrence, cofounder, Homage Hospitality

Michael Medzigian, chairman and managing partner, Watermark Capital Partners, LLC

Mitch Patel, president and chief executive officer, Vision Hospitality Group

Thomas Prins, principal, TQP Capital Partners, LLC

Scott Rosenberg, president, Jonathan Nehmer + Associates

Larry Traxler, senior vice president global design, Hilton

Simon Turner, managing member, Alpha Lodging Partners, LLC

Jay Stein, chief executive officer, Dream Hotel Group

Gary Womack, Acumen Development Partners

The Gold Key categories are as follows:

Best Eco-Conscious or Socially-Conscious Hotel

Best Lobby Focused Service

Best Lobby Upper Midscale

Best Lobby Upper Midscale

Best Lobby Upscale

Best Lobby Luxury

Best Guestroom Focused Service

Best Guestroom Midscale

Best Guestroom Upper Midscale

Best Guestroom Upscale

Best Guestroom Luxury

Best Suite

Best Nightclub/Lounge

Best Emerging Hotel Concept

Best Restaurant Casual Dining

Best Restaurant Fine Dining

Best Specialty Design

Best Resort

Best Hotel Focused Service

Best Hotel Midscale

Best Hotel Upper Midscale

Best Hotel Upscale

Best Hotel Luxury

Submissions for the competition open on April 22. BDNY 2019 will take place at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center in New York City on November 10-11. To learn more about the Gold Key competition, click here.