Paul Davis Award Winner 2020 – Stillwater Seven – Cumulus Studio

The 2021 Paul Davis Hotel Design Awards

The Paul Davis Hotel Design Awards celebrate excellence in hotel interior design for hospitality projects located in Australia, New Zealand and the South Pacific (Australasia) and completed and opened during 2020.

The two awards – for new-build properties and refurbishments – recognise exceptional projects that demonstrate design innovation, a commitment to sustainability design practices and deliver exceptional guest experience.

The two awards are open to all market segments in the Australasian hotel industry. Properties of all sizes and in any location in Australasia can be entered. Entries are open to new-builds, refurbishments and upgraded hotels. In judging, the award will consider:

Design Concept – Conceptual response to the brief
Function – Space planning and functional performance assessed against the brief
Impact – Design that impresses customers / clients / travel industry
Disciplines – Design utilises the skills of diverse design disciplines, such as lighting, sound and / or colour
Sustainability – Design utilises sustainable design in procurement and operations

The Paul Davis Hotel Design Awards celebrate design-focused hospitality projects from across Australasia that demonstrate innovation and provide exceptional guest experiences.

In 2021 we will be presenting two awards:

  • Best New Build Property in Australasia
  • Best Refurbishment in Australasia

We invite you to enter your project.

Entries Close – Wednesday 14 April 2021

Winner Announced and Award Bestowed at Design Inn Tuesday 4 May 2021


For 30 years, Leone, National Practice Leader for GHDWoodhead, has been a significant presence in the architecture and design profession internationally.

Paul Wiste is one of Asia’s foremost luxury hospitality design experts. As Principal of Design Assembly, he provides bespoke design solutions to discerning owners, operators, and designers of luxury and lifestyle hospitality projects. He has previously worked for IHG as Head of Design and Engineering SEA+K and the Jumeirah Group as Vice President Development Design Asia Pacific. He was first professionally employed in the Asia Pacific region in 1996; and had his introduction to hotel design on Ian Schrager’s Sanderson Hotel in London in 1998

About Paul Davis

The award honours Paul Davis – renowned hotel architect and designer; a passionate and pivotal figure in hotel design in the Asia Pacific region.

An architect by trade, Paul was instrumental throughout his career in the planning, design and operational review of numerous international hotels throughout the Asia Pacific region.

Paul spent 18 years working for the Southern Pacific Hotel Corporation (SPHC) and InterContinental Hotels Group across the Asia Pacific Region managing over 50 hotel and resort projects in 14 countries.

Paul also served as Chairperson of the Property Council’s NSW Tourism Committee and in 2012 founded his own company – Paul Robert Davis International.

AHICE and Design Inn are proud to honour Paul Davis with this landmark industry design award. His love of design and excellence in his career which saw him involved in numerous hospitality projects across the globe has left a lasting impression on both the design and hotel industries.