Program – Tuesday 3 May 2022

Ballroom, SkyCity Adelaide

8:00am onwards Registration


BREAKFAST MASTERCLASS presented by GROHE. Session presented by LOREN INGLIS, Brand Ambassador Manager, Reece.

Bathroom Masterclass presented by Reece

Loren Inglis will present leading themes shaping the future of hotel bathrooms including colour direction, sustainability, wellness, hygiene and how to future proof fittings and fixtures to ensure the best possible guest experience every time.


9:00am-9:05am Welcome to DESIGN INN 2022 from chair & convenor, JAMES WILKINSON, and event emcee, Adelaide media personality, JESS ADAMSON.

PANEL SESSION: WHAT’S AHEAD FOR DESIGNERS: Insights from Leading Innovators. From art in hotels to post-pandemic trends, food and beverage and more – hear the trends you need to know

Moderated by JULIET ASHWORTH, Partner and Creative Director, CHADA.

ASHER MILGATE, Creative Director, Considered Image

DRENKA ANDJELIC, Managing Director, Construction Assignments

JACK MONTGOMERY, Founding Director, Belingbak


RACHEL LUCHETTI, Principal, Luchetti Krelle


9:30am-9:45am PROJECTS SHOWCASE: AC Hotel by Marriott Melbourne Southbank and Melbourne Marriott Hotel Docklands by MICHAEL DRESCHER, Director, DKO Architecture.


PANEL SESSION: WELLNESS IN HOSPITALITY: from lobbies to bathrooms, meeting rooms and gardens, we uncover the wellness design trends setting the benchmark for 2022 and beyond. Moderated by LOREN INGLIS, Brand Ambassador Manager, Reece.

CASPAR SCHMIDT, CEO & Founder, QCC Collection

JODI BROWN, General Manager, EOS by SkyCity Adelaide

MICHAEL DRESCHER, Director, DKO Architecture

RICHARD DALMAN, Managing Director, Dalman Architecture

WENDY BERGMAN, Founder & Director, Bergman & Co




KEYNOTE: THE SENSORY RULES by Experiential Brand Strategist, MICHAELANGELO L’ACQUA. (Virtual)

Well known for his role as the Global Music Director of W Hotels from 2009-2015, Michaelangelo’s career started in 1999 when Tom Ford called on his talents to musically translate his design visions for Gucci and Yves Saint Laurent to the runways of Milan and Paris. In 2015, L’Acqua left W Hotels to launch his creative agency, WhiteLabel, which was created as an agency with expertise in Sensory Branding and Cultural Programming.

The agency delivered on these core competencies by way of effectively engaging each of the Five Senses when creating a brand’s DNA, a physical environment, or a consumer experience. In March 2020, Michaelangelo moved on from WhiteLabel, carrying with him his talents as creative director to his new venture L’Acqua Agenzia.

L’Acqua Agenzia is an experiential creative and strategy agency catering to client needs in the entertainment, lifestyle, luxury travel, hospitality, and fashion industries. Notable past and present clients include MSC Cruises, Jean-Georges Hospitality, The Howard Hughes Corporation, Virgin Voyages, Morgans Hotel Group, Virgin Hotels and Saira Hospitality. Last but not least, for the past decade-plus, Michaelangelo has served as music director for the marquee charities of amfAR ‘The Foundation for AIDS Research’, the Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation, The Prince Albert II Global Ocean Foundation, UNICEF, Steven Tyler’s Jane’s House and the New York City Food Bank.


10:30am-10:40am TALKING TRENDS with SATOSHI KONAGAI, Leader, LWT Asia Pacific, LIXIL (Singapore).

 MORNING TEA hosted by



THE RESURGENCE OF AUSSIE TOURISM. Moderated by Jessica MacDonald, Director of Client Strategy at Aurecon,

Andrew Pickering, Commercial Manager, SHAPE Australia
Samantha Farrington, General Manager, HotelMOTEL Adelaide
Tony Zappia, Director, Architect, Studio Nine Architects




PANEL SESSION: THE BOUTIQUE PLACEMAKERS. Our popular session is back! In 2022, we’ll look at how boutique operators are 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 RACHEL LUCHETTI, Principal, Luchetti Krelle.



CRAIG BOND, Managing Director, La Vie Hotels

JULIAN CLARK, CEO, Lancemore Group


KATIE MALONE, Group Director, Marketing, Crystalbrook Collection

WAYNE TARANTO, Group Director of Operations, Ovolo Hotels



KEYNOTE: DESIGNING WITH COUNTRY – “A journey of authentically embedding Connecting with Country into the design competition process for 197 Church Street, Parramatta”
 MATTHEW FELLINGHAM, Lead Consult and Creator – FCAD

 NICHOLAS BANDOUNAS, Director, Scott Carver

THOMAS HANSEN, Principal, Scott Carver

ANDREW WALSH, Associate, Scott Carver

12:05pm-12:20pm PROJECT SHOWCASE: QT Newcastle, Presented by DEAN DUCKWORTH, Director – Project Management & Design at Event Hospitality & Entertainment Limited.
12:20pm-12:30pm TALKING TRENDS with with HANSEN YUNCKEN Construction Manager, SCOTT BRUMFIELD.


 LUNCH presented by SHAPE




PANEL SESSION: SUSTAINABILITY IN DESIGN. Being sustainable needs to be at the forefront from planning to build and opening. Moderated by GUY BLUNDEN, Director – Client Services, WMK Architecture.


DAVINA ROONEY, CEO, Green Building Council of Australia (Virtual)

MARK HOTSON, Development Director, Pro-invest Group

DAVID RADFORD, Director, Essence Project Management

CATHERINE HART, Senior Design Manager, Atlassian

DAVIS DEMILLO, Associate, Atelier Ten



PANEL SESSION: HOTEL CHAINS HOTEL CHAINS’ TECHNICAL INSIGHTS. Find out the top trends from some of the industry’s leading design, engineering and technical directors. Moderated by ANGELA BIDDLE, Director, Scott Carver.



DEAN DUCKWORTH, Director – Project Management & Design at Event Hospitality & Entertainment Limited

JONATHAN CONROY, Snr Director, Design & Engineering – Australasia, IHG Hotels & Resorts

PHILLIPA LE ROUX, Design & Project Director, Architecture Design & Construction – Australasia, Hilton

STEPHEN LYE, Director of Technical Services, TFE Hotels


2:25pm-2:45pm AFTERNOON TEA
3:00pm-5:00pm SITE TOURS: Sofitel Adelaide & EOS by SkyCity


2022 DESIGN INN & FUTURE LEADERS FORUM GALA WELCOME RECEPTION presented by HANSEN YUNCKEN (including the 2022 Australasia Pacific Hotel Awards) at SkyCity Adelaide.



DESIGN INN House Rules

A note from the organisers: Due to a number of unofficial invite-only events taking place during the official event times in recent years, we would ask that businesses and individuals please do not host any events during the above times as a courtesy to other sponsors of AHICE and Design Inn. We all know that without sponsors, events like this cannot happen and we ask that our request is respected. If events do take place during the official times, the organisers and representatives of those companies will not be able to attend any AHICE sessions at the Adelaide Oval or Design Inn and are at the risk of passes being revoked.

We will also be requesting that supplier attendees that aren’t sponsors of the event to not canvas for business with sales materials and documents at the events at the Adelaide Oval or SkyCity. Those that do it will be at the risk of passes being revoked.