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teddy mayer Vice President of Design Virgin Hotels Miami Growing up in Boise, Idaho, army brat Teddy Mayer (he was one of six, born in Kansas, then lived in Germany and California before moving to Idaho when he was 5) remembers "always creating environments from anything I could find," he says, including a playhouse out of a refrigerator box, complete with curtains. It made sense then that he headed to the University of Idaho to double major in architecture and interior design, staying on to teach and get his master's degree in architecture. His big break came when he met Farid Iskander from SOM at an internship fair at Jacob K. Javits Convention Center in New York-he first interned at the company's Manhattan office, and after graduation, he joined the firm fulltime. "It was a great place to continue my education and training, and it was how I was introduced to hospitality design-I love the industry," he says, adding that he worked on projects for W Hotels and the James brand while there. Plus, it gave him confidence: "Coming from a small school in Idaho I held my own and even excelled over peers that attended New York and Ivy League schools." Five years later, "I felt I had learned enough about the industry from a design perspective," he says, and "I wanted to learn about it from the operator-owner side." He jumped at the chance to take on a director of design and development role at Morgans Hotel Group "because of the importance they placed on design, and building on the legacy Ian Schrager left behind was also exciting," he adds. His most challenging project during his seven years at Morgans was the Mondrian South Beach. He explains: "There were so many factors working against us. It was 098 June 2016

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Hospitality Design - June 2016

Hospitality Design - June 2016
Online TOC
From the Editor
Behind the Design
People: CitySCENE Los Angeles
People: CitySCENE Chicago
Inspiration Busan Opera House by Snøhetta
5 Questions for John Terzian
Profile Matteo Thun
Wave of the Future
Michelle Behr
Matthew Goodrich
Ana Milena Hernández Palacios and Christophe Penasse
Christina Luk
Teddy Mayer
Kevin O’Shea
HD Awards Projects
HD Awards Products
Ad Index
Back Space

Hospitality Design - June 2016