Paul Davis Hotel Design Award 2019


AHICE is pleased to announce the inaugural Paul Davis Hotel Design Award, recognising and celebrating excellence in Australian hotel design. The industry-based award values the vital contribution made by interior design to the Australian hotel industry.

The award is open to all market segments in the Australian hotel industry. Properties of all sizes and in any location in Australia can be entered. Entries are open to new-builds, refurbishments and upgraded hotels. In judging, the award will consider:

Design Concept – Conceptual response to the brief
Function – Space planning and functional performance assessed against the brief
Impact – Design that impresses customers / clients / travel industry
Disciplines – Design utilises the skills of diverse design disciplines, such as lighting, sound and / or colour
Sustainability – Design utilises sustainable design in procurement and operations

The Paul Davis Hotel Design Award celebrates design-focused hospitality projects from across Australia that demonstrate innovation and provide exceptional guest experiences.

We invite you to enter your project in the inaugural award.



Entries Close – 11th April 2019
The Winner will be Announced at AHICE 2019 – 1st May 2019




Entries are judged by a panel of design and hotel industry professionals, each of whom brings a wealth of experience and knowledge to the judging process.

Leone Lorrimer – for 30 years, Lorrimer has been a significant presence in the architecture and design profession, including executive director roles with two international practices.
David Seargeant – Former Event Hospitality and Entertainment Limited CEO and Managing Director
Graham Wackett –  former Managing Director and CEO of Southern Pacific Hotel Corporation, Managing Director Travelodge Australia and Board Member of  Taronga Conservation Society Australia

Paul Davis

The award honors Paul Davis renowned hotel architect and designer, a passionate and pivotal figure in hotel design in the Asia Pacific region.

 An architect by trade, throughout his career Paul was instrumental in the planning, design and operational review of numerous international hotels throughout the Asia Pacific region.

Paul spent 18 years working for the Southern Pacific Hotel Corporation (SPHC) and InterContinental Hotels Group across the Asia Pacific Region managing over 50 hotel and resort projects in 14 countries.

Paul also served as Chairperson of the Property Council’s NSW Tourism Committee and in 2012 founded his own company – Paul Robert Davis International.

AHICE is proud to honor Paul Davis with this landmark industry design award. His love of design and a career that saw him involved in numerous hospitality projects across the globe has left a lasting impression on both the design and hotel industries.


Paul Davis Hotel Design Award Sponsor