Program – Tuesday 4 May 2021


Networking: registration, coffee and tea

Get in early and catch-up with industry colleagues.


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.


  • Julian Clark, CEO, Lancemore Group
  • Marian Predovnik, Design Manager, Ovolo Group
  • Phillipa Le Roux, Design & Project Director, Architecture Design & Construction – Australasia, Hilton
  • Sarah Goldfinch, General Manager, Crowne Plaza Adelaide

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, architects Buchan and interior designers Walter Brooke. Moderated by Jodi Brown, General Manager, EOS.


  • Mark Berlangieri, Director, Walter Brooke
  • Scott Brumfield, Construction Manager, Hansen Yuncken
  • Paul Harrison, Principal, Buchan
  • Scott Bell, Development Manager – Casino Expansion, SKYCITY Adelaide

Panel session: Wellbeing in Hotel Design

How are interior designers, operators and suppliers addressing the mental and physical wellbeing of the guest post-pandemic? Moderated by Clifford Rip, Founder & Principal, Suede Interior Design.


  • Caspar Schmidt, Founder, QCC Collection
  • Simon Toovey, Committee for Adelaide
  • Steven Higgins, Leader, Key Account Management – Aus/NZ, LIXIL Water Technology
  • Rick Whalley, Partner and Director, CHADA

Networking break: morning tea and coffee presented by GROHE

Presented by Steven Higgins, Leader, Commercial Projects ANZ, GROHE

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, Director, Scott Carver.


  • Brian Clohessy, Head of People and Character, BVN
  • Clifford Rip, Founder & Principal, Suede Interior Design
  • Guy Blunden, Director – Client Services, WMK Architecture
  • Krystyan Mcleod, Interior Designer, Baukultur

Masterclass: The Retreat at Taronga

A deep design dive into one of Australia’s hottest new hotels, The Retreat at Taronga, presented by Juliet Ashworth, Partner and Creative Director, CHADA

12:10pm – 12:35pm

Panel session: Refurbishment Trends

How to prioritise design elements to get the greatest impact within the budget. New demands in refurbishments post-COVID and more. Moderated by Andrew Pickering, Commercial Manager, SHAPE


  • Andrew Taylor, Managing Director, Cre8tive Property
  • Marie Colangelo, Senior Project Manager, JLL
  • Steven Skarott, Director – Hotels, Salter Brothers
  • Tracey Wiles, Principal and Regional Interior Design Leader, Woods Bagot

Panel session: Designing Beyond the Brief

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


  • Jonathan Conroy, Snr Director, Design & Engineering, IHG Hotels & Resorts
  • Juliet AshworthPartner and Creative Director, CHADA
  • Mark Hotson, Property Development Manager, Pro-Invest Group
  • Peter Walker, Director & Principal Architect, Cumulus Studio
1:00pm – 1:20pm

Masterclass: Stillwater Seven

A deep design dive into Launceston’s brilliant Stillwater Seven, winner of the 2020 Paul Davis Design Award, with Todd Henderson, Director & Architect, Cumulus Studio.

1:20pm – 1:40pm

Global Keynote

Scott Carver’s Angela Biddle goes one-on-one with Isabel Pintado, SVP Design and Innovation at Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts (live from Dubai).


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.


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.

Presentation and Video from Louise Hansen Business Development Manager, Hansen Yuncken


CLUB AHICE at Crowne Plaza Adelaide sponsored by GROHE

*NEW in 2021* Join industry colleagues for an after-hours drink and networking.