2024 Program Overview

Ballroom, SkyCity Adelaide

Please see the 2024 Design Inn Symposium program overview below.

Tuesday 30 April 2024

8:30am-9:00am

BREAKFAST MASTERCLASS presented by Shape.


Inside the transformation of Salter Brothers’ Accor portfolio: thinking outside the box to maximise return on refurbishments during tough economic times.

  • ANDREW PICKERING, Commercial Manager, Shape
  • GRACE LEI GUO, Director, Stack Studio
  • GUY BLUNDEN, Director – Client Services, WMK Architecture
  • MIKE WATSON, Head of Design, Dezign

Moderator: MARIE COLANGELO, Project Director (Strategic Projects) Salter Brothers

9:00am-9:05am WELCOME TO DESIGN INN by emcee JESS ADAMSONAHICE Convenor JAMES WILKINSON and DESIGN INN Content Committee Chair, RUTH HOGAN.
9:05am-9:30am

PANEL: Realising the commercial benefit to ESG
Sustainable design comes at a cost – what can owners expect in return?

  • BRENDON PITT, Senior Sustainability Engineer, NDY
  • CATHERINE HART, Senior Design Manager, Toga
  • KRISTI WAYMAN, Director of Design & Technical Services, Pro-invest Group
  • SARAH HULL, Director of Sustainability and Brand, Cooper and Company

Moderator: ANGELA BIDDLE, Principal, Fender Katsalidis

9:30am-9:45am

PROJECT SHOWCASE: Moxy Sydney Airport
The journey to bring Marriott International’s playful lifestyle brand Moxy to the Australian market. 

MARIA VERNER, Transaction Manager (Hotels), RF CorVal

9:45am-10:10am: 

MASTERCLASS: Advancing accessible design
Catering to a multitude of guest needs through elevated accessible design.

  • JULIE OCKERBY, Principal Creative Director, Meli Studio
  • KERRY WILLIAMS, Founder & Director, The Accessible Group
  • NIC DINGLE, Head of Design and Construction, The Ascott Limited
  • RYAN SMITH, Founder & Chief Access Officer, The Access Agency

Moderator: PHILLIPA LE ROUX, Design & Project Director, Australasia, Hilton

10:10am-10:25am DESIGN Q&A: DAMIEN PERROT, Global Chief Design, Technical Services & Innovation for PME, Accor, in conversation with Ruth Hogan, Editor, HM Magazine.
10:30am-11:00am NETWORKING: MORNING TEA. Presented by GROHE.
11:00am-11:25am

PANEL: Sensory design: a feast for the senses
Tuning in to sensory design to enhance various touchpoints of the guest experience.

  • FAY GREENHALGH, Executive Design Director, Studio All
  • JODI GRZYB, Art Consultant, Art Corporation
  • RACHEL LUCHETTI, Principal, Luchetti Krelle

Moderator: IVAN SUNDE, Industry Consultant

11:25am-11.45am

KEYNOTE PRESENTATION: ENVIROHACKING
CALLIE VAN DER MERWE, Founder & Principal Architect, Design Partnership; Co-Founder, COOOP Pty Ltd

Callie van der Merwe is a registered Australian Architect who has completed multiple award-winning commercial interior spaces all over the world with a signature philosophical approach of design for predictive behaviour.

As Co-Founder of COOOP Pty Ltd, operating from offices in Sydney and Dubai, he adopts an evidence-based design approach informed by empirical data to tailor-build environments that elicit positive human responses. COOOP terms this process “EnviroHacking”: identifying and framing the appropriate environmental architectural models, patterns or typologies for application towards increased joy, efficiency and wellbeing.

In this talk, Callie will share some architectural examples that best illustrate these universal biases influenced in part by our childhood memories, but to a much bigger extent, our evolutionary memories.

11:45am-12:10pm

PANEL:  Power in F&B partnerships
Partner with a hospitality expert or go it alone? Finding the winning formula for a must-visit F&B venue.

  • JOHN GOUNIOS, National Design Director, Greaton Pty Ltd
  • JOHN C W THOMAS, Owner & Director, Sangster Design Group
  • MARY MACKILLOP, Director Design – Interiors, WMK Architecture
  • STEVE FINLAYSON, General Manager, The Playford Adelaide – MGallery

Moderator: MICHAEL HYDE, Head of Hospitality & Hotels, Comcater

12:10pm-12:25pm

DESIGN SHOWCASE: 25hours Sydney
Behind the curtain of the highly anticipated Australian brand debut of 25hours

  • ELLEN STENHOLM, Director of Lifestyle Design, Pacific, Ennismore
  • SHELLEY INDYK, Design Director, Indyk Architects
12:30pm-1:15pm NETWORKING: LUNCH. Presented by Comcater.
1:15pm-1:35pm

PANEL: Bathrooms beyond expectation
What’s new and innovative in the world of bathrooms.

  • DEE PASSENGER​​​​, Principal | Manager Interiors, Cottee Parker
  • LACHLAN MACFARLANE, Chairman, Argent Australia
  • STEVEN HIGGINS, GROHE ANZ, part of Lixil

Moderator: SAMANTHA EADES, Director, Mitchell Eades

1:35pm-1:50pm

DESIGN SHOWCASE: The Interlude
Behind the historic walls of HM Prison Pentridge, a boutique hotel is born.

JULIET ASHWORTH, Partner & Creative Director, CHADA

1:50pm-2:05pm DESIGN Q&A: Osborn House x QCC & Wild Modular
Revitalising regional accommodation for greater returns.
MAX MASON, General Manager, Osborn House and CASPAR SCHMIDT, Founder & Managing Director, QCC Collection Group, in conversation with Ruth Hogan, Editor, HM Magazine.
2:05pm-2:15pm

PROJECT SHOWCASE: Adelaide Marriott
The transformation of the historic Adelaide GPO building into a landmark luxury hotel.

JOHN GOUNIOS, National Design Director, Greaton Pty Ltd

2:15pm – 2:45pm

PANEL: Eye of the operator
Hotel operators share their views on important issues impacting hotel design.

  • ELLEN STENHOLM, Director of Lifestyle Design, Pacific, Ennismore
  • JONATHAN CONROY, Senior Director, Design & Engineering – Australasia & South Pacific, IHG
  • PHILLIPA LE ROUX, Design and Project Director – Australasia, Hilton
  • SCOTT BOYES, Chief Executive Officer, Trilogy Hotels

Moderator: ANGELA BIDDLE, Principal, Fender Katsalidis

2:45pm-3:00pm

THE 2024 AUSTRALASIA-PACIFIC HOTEL DESIGN AWARDS, presented by HM.

3:00pm-3:30pm NETWORKING: AFTERNOON TEA. Presented by BMIHMS / Torrens University Australia.
3:30pm-5:30pm DESIGN INN PART 4 – HOTEL SITE TOURS (Additional registration required).
5:30pm-7:30pm NETWORKING EVENT FOR DESIGN INN & FUTURE LEADERS ATTENDEES & AHICE SPEAKERS. (Additional registration required).
7:30pm-onwards

NETWORKING: THE AHICE ASIA-PACIFIC NETWORKING TIKI BAR at EOS by SkyCity, presented by Outrigger Resorts & Hotels, Wayfarer and De Beaurepaire Wines (drink on arrival and pay as you go).

               

Note: Program is subject to change

Design Inn Symposium is co-located with AHICE Asia Pacific

Bundle with Asia Pacific Hotel Industry Conference and Exhibition (AHICE APAC)  for discount rates. Click here to book tickets.

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.

To find out how you can be involved in the program, please contact:

HOTEL OWNERS & CHAINS

James Wilkinson, AHICE Chair & Convenor: jwilkinson@intermedia.com.au

SUPPLIERS & ADVISERS

Tara Ducrou, Group Commercial Manager: tducrou@intermedia.com.au