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Dawson Design Associates Inc.

We’re restless, so we
never sit back and just
take the easy path.
ANDREA DAWSON SHEEHAN

exterior and we have a lot of synergy between the two,” Sheehan says. “We like to
have a say in the overall flavor. We will
work with a concept architect who is
doing the shell and core, and we’ll do the
interior architecture – including space
planning – pretty much after they’ve done
their civil and planning and permitting.
We start creating the whole interior experience – the lighting, plants, the walls, the
finish details, the fabrics and even the toilet paper accessories – we do everything
in the interior.”

COMMITTED DELIVERY
Dawson Design Associates works the
world over and established a London office last year to facilitate international
work. The hotel owners it works for frequently are financial investment firms
rather than hoteliers.
“A lot of our clients are real estate
trusts or private equity groups, so they
use hotels as an investment vehicle,”
Sheehan says. Dawson Design Associates
often examines potential hospitality
properties for clients and advises them on
how a property could be repositioned in
the market.
Employees of Dawson Design Associates
must be generalists, and frequently are recruited from architecture and trade
Dawson Design Associates says it maintains a passion for hospitality and always raising the bar on its projects.

schools without extensive experience in
other design firms.

cause some people from the upper lobby

rior design for restaurants. Over the years,

were dropping balls,” Sheehan relates.

the company has branched out into hotels,

committed to learning and growing within

“So it works its way down the wall, and

conference facilities and everything in

our firm,” Sheehan emphasizes. “We have

everybody is watching this interaction

them, including bars, lobbies, guest

a passion for hospitality, and we’re always

going to the right bin.” It’s this type of en-

rooms, spas and pools. “Anything that

trying to raise the bar. We have to stay cur-

gagement that Dawson Design Associates

touches the hotel, we do,” Sheehan says.

rent and track the trends in fashion. We’re

tries to create with its projects.

This requires a high degree of coordination with other architects and engineers

“Everybody has to really deliver and be

restless, so we never sit back and just take
the easy path.

TOUCHING HOTELS

working on the project. “The best collab-

Founded in 1987 in Dallas, Dawson Design

oration is when we’re working with a re-

and it’s hard to find people with that type

Associates was established to provide inte-

ally creative architect who is great on the

of passion and drive these days.”

“Clearly, what we have is fairly unusual,

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