Don’t miss what has been dubbed the party of the year! The 32nd annual Platinum Circle Awards gala, presented by Hospitality Design, will take place on Friday, November 12th, 2021 at the Cipriani 25 Broadway in New York.
The black tie-creative affair will celebrate the careers of Lyndon Neri and Rossana Hu, partners of Neri&Hu; Larry Traxler, Senior Vice President of Global Design Services at Hilton; Jennifer Johanson, president and CEO of EDG Design; and Brad Wilson, president and co-partner of Ace Hotel Group and Atelier Ace.
Since founding the Shanghai-based interdisciplinary architectural design practice Neri&Hu in 2004, partners Lyndon Neri and Rossana Hu have imparted their core vision—responding to a global worldview through overlapping design disciplines for a new paradigm in architecture—to product lines and projects around the world. Significant hospitality projects include the Waterhouse in Shanghai, Le Meridien Zhengzhou, Alila in Kuala Lumpur, Kimpton Da An in Taiwan, Sukhothai, and the Shanghai EDITION.
Larry Traxler is celebrating his 11th year as Global Head of Design at Hilton—overseeing architecture, design, construction, and renovation for all 18 of Hilton’s luxury, lifestyle, full, and focused-service hotel brands. In addition, he also leads the design efforts behind each new brand launch—such as the recently announced LXR, Signia Hilton, and Motto by Hilton—and design refresh initiatives for these brands.
Traxler and his talented global design team work closely with developers, owners, operators, architects, and designers to ensure that the brand ethos and unique style of each Hilton-branded property is successfully realized within the global portfolio.
His professional career began in the architectural design studio of Jordan Mozer & Associates and he holds a six-year professional Bachelor of Architecture degree from the University of Cincinnati’s College of Design, Architecture, Art, and Planning. Traxler has amassed more than 30 years of international hospitality design experience at world-renowned design studios HBA and Wilson Associates, as well as leading the design functions for Hyatt Hotels and Ian Schrager prior to joining Hilton.
Brad Wilson grew up working for his mother in events and catering, and later opened a family-owned group of artisanal American bakeries. A graduate of Cornell University’s School of Hotel Administration, Wilson’s first jobs with major hospitality brands like Hilton International, Park Hyatt, and Westin honed his instincts, but he missed the creative spirit he was weaned on. He was recruited to launch the first W Hotel and helped guide the fledgling Starwood brand’s early days, rising to Vice President of Operation for W Worldwide, overseeing 20 properties and a corporate team of support and creative staff. From there, he helped build James Hotels from the ground up, serving as CEO and introducing sophisticated, warm, modernist design principles, focused on organic materiality and authentic craft details.
Today, Wilson is president and co-partner of Atelier Ace and the Ace Hotel Group, where he oversees growth and operations, and helps create new hotels, brands, and collaborative projects. Back to his roots, surrounded by innovative energy, he joins the Atelier team in developing culture and creative processes that seek to transform the industry.
With a degree from University of Texas School of Architecture, Jennifer Johanson joined the late Eric Engstrom in 1987 and helped to establish EDG Design as an innovator in the field of restaurant design. As managing partner, Jennifer led the firm’s evolution from a three-person team to its current status as a hospitality design and branding powerhouse with studios in California, Texas, and Singapore. Johanson’s focus on narrative-driven design and strategic positioning have created game-changing results for clients that include Four Seasons, Ritz-Carlton, Andaz, Hyatt, Autograph, and independent hoteliers and restaurateurs around the globe.