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lessons from
a legend
On Thursday, May 16th at 11 a.m., Trisha

Wilson, legendary founder of Wilson Associates,
and one of the hospitality industry’s pioneers, will
engage in a casual and lively conversation with
HD editor in chief, Michael Adams. Here is a
preview of their talk, as Wilson looks back on 40
years of creativity and philanthropy.

four
1 Looking back over athe pastthe
decades, what are few of
memories you most cherish?

In 1975, I just finished the Anatole [Hotel] project
[in Dallas]. I had six or seven employees, and I
needed more work if I was going to be able to

of the Lost City in Sun City, South Africa, in
1990, was a pivotal point for me. It was by far our
largest contract ever at that point and catapulted
Wilson Associates into a class all our own. It was
a huge project and incredibly challenging. We
were credited for ‘changing the face of design’ in
Africa. This introduced me to Africa, which then
led to years of giving back and saving lives not
only there, but the U.S. as well.
And in 2007, Oprah Winfrey asked me to
design the Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy
for Girls outside of Johannesburg, South Africa. I
was so honored to create this dream for her. She
and I share a love and vision for the children of

Wilson
3 When you started thehave any idea it
Foundation, did you
would be so successful?

keep them, so I began cold-calling companies,
and when Sheraton executives told me our
operation wasn’t large enough to handle their
project, I persuaded them to stop by our offices.
But I had no offices! At that time, I had a small
space on Carlisle Street and the adjacent space
was vacant. The landlord let me use it for one day.
I had a painter make a sign with the company
name, and we hung it over the empty office. I
rented drafting tables and phones with cords
that went nowhere. Friends came over to sit at
the desks. The Sheraton group arrived, saw our
‘operation,’ and we’ve been doing business with
them ever since.
Also, securing the contract for the Palace

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South Africa. Oprah’s vision was for a creative
environment that would inspire beauty within
each girl. While in South Africa, I invited Oprah
to stay at my game lodge, Izingwe. She showed
up with her entourage, and we had a great time
taking her on safari.

2 How did you first fall in love with
South Africa?

Even as a little girl, I always wanted to visit South
Africa. I had a piggy bank that I fed once a week
with a dollar or two to save up to go someday. I
first fell in love with the country while designing
the Palace of the Lost City—with the people and
open terrain. It changed my life.

I had hopes that it would be this successful,
and was determined to change lives and make
a difference in the community of Vaalwater. I
decided to ‘adopt’ this village and work to provide
the children of this region with education and
healthcare services that can and have changed
their lives. Education is their way out—it is the
great equalizer! I’ve seen a young man, July
Letsebe, transition from his death bed to lead
one of our community outreach programs,
‘Boys2Men,’ which makes me trust that we are
doing something right.
Since its inception, the WF has built the
Waterberg Academy, an independent college
preparatory school that educates preschool
through high school students. We recently added
a new library, science, and technology center.
We also funded Waterberg Welfare Society, a
private clinic, which predominantly treats those
suffering from HIV/AIDS and other illnesses,
such as airborne TB.

at
4 Now that you are changing roles most
Wilson Associates, what are you
eager to do with a bit more extra time?

I can’t wait to see where the future takes me. I
look forward to this new chapter in my life and
my creative juices are already on overload! This
isn’t the end for me. hd


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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Hospitality Design - March/April 2013

Hospitality Design - March/April 2013
Contents
Online TOC
Projects
From the Editor
People CitySCENE: Atlanta
People CitySCENE: LA
People Design Spain
Perspectives
Sketchbook
Trends: Inns
Interview: Raymond Bickson
5 Questions for Dick Penner
Products
Profile: Lindsey Adelman
Trends: Emerald
Luxury
Bathroom
HD Expo Preview
From the Show Director
Trisha Wilson
Owners’ Roundtable
Jordan Mozer and Michael Cordúa
Radical Innovation
Products
Projects
Macalister Mansion
Alpina Gstaad
Rancho Valencia Resort & Spa
Park Hyatt Abu Dhabi Hotel and Villas
Le Sergent Recruteur
Corinthian Club
Ad Index
Back Space
Hospitality Design - March/April 2013 - Intro
Hospitality Design - March/April 2013 - Hospitality Design - March/April 2013
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Hospitality Design - March/April 2013 - Contents
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Hospitality Design - March/April 2013 - Online TOC
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Hospitality Design - March/April 2013 - Projects
Hospitality Design - March/April 2013 - From the Editor
Hospitality Design - March/April 2013 - 29
Hospitality Design - March/April 2013 - 30
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Hospitality Design - March/April 2013 - People CitySCENE: Atlanta
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Hospitality Design - March/April 2013 - 43
Hospitality Design - March/April 2013 - People CitySCENE: LA
Hospitality Design - March/April 2013 - 45
Hospitality Design - March/April 2013 - 46
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Hospitality Design - March/April 2013 - 48
Hospitality Design - March/April 2013 - 49
Hospitality Design - March/April 2013 - People Design Spain
Hospitality Design - March/April 2013 - 51
Hospitality Design - March/April 2013 - 52
Hospitality Design - March/April 2013 - Perspectives
Hospitality Design - March/April 2013 - 54
Hospitality Design - March/April 2013 - Sketchbook
Hospitality Design - March/April 2013 - 56
Hospitality Design - March/April 2013 - 57
Hospitality Design - March/April 2013 - 58
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Hospitality Design - March/April 2013 - 67
Hospitality Design - March/April 2013 - 68
Hospitality Design - March/April 2013 - Trends: Inns
Hospitality Design - March/April 2013 - 70
Hospitality Design - March/April 2013 - 71
Hospitality Design - March/April 2013 - 72
Hospitality Design - March/April 2013 - 73
Hospitality Design - March/April 2013 - 74
Hospitality Design - March/April 2013 - 75
Hospitality Design - March/April 2013 - 76
Hospitality Design - March/April 2013 - Interview: Raymond Bickson
Hospitality Design - March/April 2013 - 78
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Hospitality Design - March/April 2013 - 80
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Hospitality Design - March/April 2013 - 83
Hospitality Design - March/April 2013 - 5 Questions for Dick Penner
Hospitality Design - March/April 2013 - 85
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Hospitality Design - March/April 2013 - 87
Hospitality Design - March/April 2013 - 88
Hospitality Design - March/April 2013 - Products
Hospitality Design - March/April 2013 - 90
Hospitality Design - March/April 2013 - Profile: Lindsey Adelman
Hospitality Design - March/April 2013 - 92
Hospitality Design - March/April 2013 - Trends: Emerald
Hospitality Design - March/April 2013 - 94
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Hospitality Design - March/April 2013 - 101
Hospitality Design - March/April 2013 - 102
Hospitality Design - March/April 2013 - Luxury
Hospitality Design - March/April 2013 - 104
Hospitality Design - March/April 2013 - 105
Hospitality Design - March/April 2013 - 106
Hospitality Design - March/April 2013 - 107
Hospitality Design - March/April 2013 - 108
Hospitality Design - March/April 2013 - Bathroom
Hospitality Design - March/April 2013 - 110
Hospitality Design - March/April 2013 - 111
Hospitality Design - March/April 2013 - 112
Hospitality Design - March/April 2013 - HD Expo Preview
Hospitality Design - March/April 2013 - From the Show Director
Hospitality Design - March/April 2013 - 115
Hospitality Design - March/April 2013 - Trisha Wilson
Hospitality Design - March/April 2013 - Owners’ Roundtable
Hospitality Design - March/April 2013 - Jordan Mozer and Michael Cordúa
Hospitality Design - March/April 2013 - Radical Innovation
Hospitality Design - March/April 2013 - Products
Hospitality Design - March/April 2013 - 121
Hospitality Design - March/April 2013 - 122
Hospitality Design - March/April 2013 - 123
Hospitality Design - March/April 2013 - 124
Hospitality Design - March/April 2013 - 125
Hospitality Design - March/April 2013 - 126
Hospitality Design - March/April 2013 - Projects
Hospitality Design - March/April 2013 - Macalister Mansion
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Hospitality Design - March/April 2013 - 130
Hospitality Design - March/April 2013 - 131
Hospitality Design - March/April 2013 - 132
Hospitality Design - March/April 2013 - 133
Hospitality Design - March/April 2013 - Alpina Gstaad
Hospitality Design - March/April 2013 - 135
Hospitality Design - March/April 2013 - 136
Hospitality Design - March/April 2013 - 137
Hospitality Design - March/April 2013 - Rancho Valencia Resort & Spa
Hospitality Design - March/April 2013 - 139
Hospitality Design - March/April 2013 - 140
Hospitality Design - March/April 2013 - 141
Hospitality Design - March/April 2013 - Park Hyatt Abu Dhabi Hotel and Villas
Hospitality Design - March/April 2013 - 143
Hospitality Design - March/April 2013 - 144
Hospitality Design - March/April 2013 - 145
Hospitality Design - March/April 2013 - Le Sergent Recruteur
Hospitality Design - March/April 2013 - 147
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Hospitality Design - March/April 2013 - 149
Hospitality Design - March/April 2013 - Corinthian Club
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Hospitality Design - March/April 2013 - Ad Index
Hospitality Design - March/April 2013 - Back Space
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