Program – Monday 7 September 2020



Introduction & opening address – Andrew Taylor, MC




Hotel design & delivery for the uninitiated…exploring the many tricks of the hotel design & construction trade with some of the best in the business

  • Greg Farrell, Vice President, Design & Technical Services, Asia Pacific, Radisson Hotel Group (confirmed)
  • Marie Colangelo, Senior Project Manager – Hotels, JLL (confirmed)
  • Arabella Garez, Hospitality Lead, Cottee Parker (confirmed)
  • Moderator: Paul Wiste, Principal, Design Assembly (confirmed)





Reverse engineering: Rethinking how we design, build and operate hotels for the next generation

Keynote address: Ross Harding, Finding Infinity

Ross Harding, Finding Infinity

Ross is a passionate, enthusiastic & creative engineer with a purpose. After living and working as a consultant in Sydney, Melbourne, London, Stockholm, Mexico & Berlin, he has helped to push the limits environmentally on some of the world’s most advanced projects. Finding Infinity, his firm, provides advice and cost/benefit analysis on architectural projects ranging from houses to citywide masterplans & ski resorts. His primary focus is on the financial viability and inevitability of self-sufficient cities. Ross & his team work together with developers to demonstrate that we no longer need to make a negative impact on the environment to make a profit. Internationally recognised architecture firms include Foster + Partners, Ateliers Jean Nouvel, Adjaye Associates & Grimshaw Architects. Acknowledging that the barriers to transform cities to become self-sufficient are as much about people as they are technology & finance, Ross started to focus on creative communications. Since then, Ross and his team have worked on creative initiatives ranging from solar powered events with Vivienne Westwood in London to film making with Design Hotels in Germany. Ross recently spoke at TEDxHamburg about the inevitability of self-sufficient cities. Website:




Exploring the artful design of a lux hotel in Australia

A discussion on what is means to do luxury some of Australia’s leading designers

  • Fady Hachem, Hachem (W Melbourne)
  • Moderator: Angela Biddle, Director, Scott Carver


11:00am-11:30am: MORNING TEA & NETWORKING


The Journey to a Destination: Making RYSE Hotel in Seoul

Keynote Speaker: Jason Schlabach, Head of Brand, Ryse Hotel, Seoul, Korea




Something new, something different

  • Travis Walton, Principal, Travis Walton Architecture – Tribe
  • Ashkan Mostaghim, Director, Mostaghim & Associates – UKO co-living
  • Nik Mancharam, Managing Director, Development Asia, Yotel


12:40pm-1:25pm: NETWORKING LUNCH


Kings of their category

In the book, ‘Play Bigger’, we learn why it takes courage to build a new category… the authors of this modern playbook explain that “The most exciting companies create. They give us new ways of living, thinking, or doing business, many times solving a problem we didn’t know we had — or a problem we didn’t pay attention to because we never thought there was another way…”

Note: Speakers and contributors to be confirmed and announced soon!




Outside in… delivering on sustainability (from outside the hotel industry)?

Note: Speakers and contributors to be confirmed and announced soon!




Hotels as place-makers, economic enablers & storey-tellers

Note: Speakers and contributors to be confirmed and announced soon!




Paul Davis Hotel Design Award 2020 – showcasing the best of the best interior design for 2019

Note: Speakers and contributors to be confirmed and announced soon!




Hotels as place-makers, economic enablers & storey-teller

Note: Speakers and contributors to be confirmed and announced soon!




Closing address – Andrew Taylor, MC