The Jury

Todd Saunders
Saunders Architecture

Saunders has been consistently rated in the design press as one of the world’s best young architects. He first made waves internationally with a lookout in Norway, where he is based, and, more recently, with the Long Studio on Fogo Island in his native Newfoundland (see “Rock Solid” in our April issue). This coming spring, look for his Fogo Island Inn, and, in 2013, his cultural centre for the Torngat Mountains National Park in Labrador.

Patricia Urquiola
Studio Urquiola

Urquiola can take credit for some of the hottest hotel interiors in the world, like the Mandarin Oriental Barcelona and the W Hotels Retreat and Spa on Vieques Island, Puerto Rico. The Spanish-born, Milan-based designer trained as an architect but is perhaps best known for her playful take on residential furniture. Counting the Italian giants Moroso and Kartell among her clients, there’s a good chance you’ve sat on a piece dreamed up by her.

Jean-Michel Gathy
Denniston International Architects and Planners

This international hotel design star has a client list that reads like any designer’s dream. After adding a touch of Zen to the Art Deco Setai in Miami and dotting the Maldives coast with elegant villas for the One&Only Reethi Rah, Gathy is currently working with Giorgio Armani, designing the new Armani Hotel Milano, which is slated to open in 2012. Gathy is based in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

Jean Pelland
Sid Lee Architecture

Shortly after Pelland and his business partner joined the Sid Lee group in 2009 to form an architectural branding company, they designed Bota Bota, a floating spa on a boat in Montreal’s Old Port that made the Condé Nast Traveler Gold List 2011. Pelland also developed the innovative Balnéa Spa, just east of Montreal, and collaborated on the M9 residential project, which was a key element in the redevelopment of one of Montreal’s major thoroughfares.


enRoute, together with IIDEX/NeoCon Canada and the Interior Designers of Canada, invited Canadian architects and interior designers to submit new and extensively renovated hotels completed between January 1, 2008, and December 31, 2010. The four judges independently evaluated each project, which could be located anywhere in the world, giving a score out of 100; the hotels that received the highest score in each category won. The winners were chosen on the basis of originality of design, esthetic appeal, functionality, comfort and environmental and sustainable attributes. We were looking for projects that raise the bar of hotel design while enriching the travel experience.

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