The 2015 Air Canada enRoute Hotel Design Awards celebrates the best Canadian-designed hotels around the world. Judged by an international jury of industry experts – the 2015 panel is composed of British design icon Sir Terence Conran, Design Exchange president Shauna Levy, famed multidisciplinary designer David Rockwell, award-winning architect Gilles Saucier, and U.S.-based celebrity interior and fashion designer Kelly Wearstler – the awards will again recognize the outstanding achievements by Canadian designers and architects working in the hospitality realm.
For over 50 years, Air Canada’s enRoute magazine has been the country’s leading travel authority, bringing the best in travel to more than 1 million global readers each month. The awards are our way of acknowledging the talent of our fellow Canadians who make our time away from home both unique and memorable.
The deadline for 2015 entries is now past. Please check back for shortlisted properties and, in December, the winners.
Winners will be notified personally and winning entries will be featured in the December 2015 issue of Air Canada’s enRoute magazine and at enroute.aircanada.com. Winners will also be honoured at an awards ceremony at IIDEXCanada, presented in partnership with Interior Designers of Canada and Architecture Canada RAIC | IRAC. All materials submitted must be original. By submitting materials, including photography, you acknowledge that these may be used in all print and digital publications of Air Canada’s enRoute and any promotion for the awards.
The 2015 Air Canada enRoute Hotel Design Awards is open to all Canadian designers and architects working here and abroad; Canadians working at foreign firms may submit entries as long as they are credited as the project’s lead designer/architect. The awards program is open to submissions pertaining to new hotel and resort projects, as well as to properties that have undergone extensive renovations, completed between January 1, 2013 and December 31, 2014. The hotel or resort projects may be located anywhere in the world.
Entry to the awards is free. The judges independently evaluate each project’s design originality, esthetic impact, functionality, comfort, sustainable features and innovation, giving a score out of 100; the hotels that receive the highest score in each category win. We are looking for projects that take hotel design to the next level, thereby enriching the travel experience. Decisions of the jury are final.
Photo courtesy of: Conran + Partners
Intelligent, practical design, at a price people can afford – from French restaurants and flat-pack furniture to housewares and hotels, that’s the philosophy that has guided Conran throughout his 60-year career. A new book released this past summer, Plain Simple Useful: The Essence of Conran Style, celebrates these fundamentals again.
Photo by: Arash Moallemi
As president of Toronto’s Design Exchange, Levy is making a strong case for the democratization of design. Since taking the helm in 2012, she’s presented populist shows with celebrity co-curators, like This Is Not a Toy with Pharrell Williams, and the current Politics is Fashion, with Jeanne Beker, drawing record crowds to the non-profit museum.
Photo by: Brigitte Lacombe
Rockwell is one of the most versatile architects working today, known for his award-winning set designs, restaurant interiors and hotels – not to mention Jamie Oliver’s food truck and Vancouver’s new pop-up TED conference centre. His latest book, What If? (available this month), presents 35 of his most imaginative designs.
Photo by: Olivier Blouin
Saucier, a design partner at award-winning Montreal firm Saucier + Perrotte Architectes and a frequent lecturer at universities around the world, isn’t interested in changing the landscape. He’d rather work with it, creating a strong link between building and site, as with boutique hotel/residence Rack House D, an ongoing restoration project in Toronto’s Distillery District.
Photo courtesy of: Kelly Wearstler
Named to the best-dressed list by Vogue and the bestseller list by the Los Angeles Times, Wearstler is a woman who wears many hats (some of which you may remember from her stint as a judge on Bravo’s Top Design). The L.A.-based designer puts her signature style on every project, like this fall’s fashion and homeware collaboration with artist Shantell Martin.