Program – Tuesday 4 May 2021

8:30am-9:30am: Networking: registration, coffee and tea
9:30am-9:35am: Welcome to Design Inn from Angela Biddle (Director, Scott Carver) and James Wilkinson (Editor-In-Chief, HM magazine)

Panel session: Hotel Operators & Placemakers

How are operators addressing the ‘Next Normal’ from a design perspective, within their brands? How will they maintain brand consistency in design, and a competitive edge? Moderated by Andrew Taylor, Cre8tive Property.

Speakers to be revealed soon.


Masterclass: EOS

A deep dive into the host venue, EOS at SkyCity Adelaide, from a design, build and operational perspective. Hear from builders Hansen Yuncken and more.Moderated by Jodi Brown, General Manager, EOS.

Speakers to be revealed soon.


Panel session: Wellbeing in Hotel Design

How are Interior Designers addressing the mental and physical wellbeing of the guest post-pandemic?

Speakers to be revealed soon.


Networking break: morning tea and coffee

Tea, coffee and great chats in the exhibition area.


Panel session: The Business of Design – Navigating the Hotel Design Business in the “Next Normal”

Fallout from Wilson’s demise – what has been the impact/learnings for other practices? How are businesses coping – what are the strategies being employed? Moderated by Angela Biddle, Scott Carver.

Speakers to be revealed soon.



Address Sustainability in this talk as well. How to prioritise design elements to get the greatest impact within the budget. New demands in refurbishments post-COVID (mechanical systems, etc..), demand for sustainability/safety/wellness? What to do as a stop-gap if a full refurbishment is not possible?

12:20pm – 12:50pm

Panel session: Refurbishment Trends

How to prioritise design elements to get the greatest impact within the budget. New demands in refurbishments post-COVID.

Speakers to be revealed soon.


Panel session: Designing Beyond the Brief

Where can a brief be pushed, and how to design within brief whilst the brand is evolving? How to edit your design to fit within the brand spectrum of an Operator’s portfolio?

Speakers to be revealed soon.

1:20pm – 1:40pm

Global Keynote

Go one-on-one with one of the world’s most talked about creatives.

More to be revealed soon.


Networking lunch presented by SHAPE

Networking lunch, including presentation of the 2021 Paul Davis Hotel Design Awards presented by HM magazine, including the awards for Best New Build Property and Best Refurbishment.


New hotel site tours

Designer-led hotel site tours around Adelaide. Properties are expected to include new-build projects Hotel Indigo Adelaide Markets, Sofitel Adelaide and Crowne Plaza Adelaide.


Site tour of EOS at SkyCity Adelaide

Check out our host venue in all its glory.


Design Inn networking reception presented by HANSEN YUNCKEN

Network and mingle at one of the year’s best hotel industry events.


CLUB AHICE at Mayfair Hotel presented by ELANOR INVESTORS

*NEW in 2021* Join industry colleagues for an after-hours drink and networking. Presented by owners, Elanor Investors.