Founder & President, Champalimaud Design (USA)
Alexandra Champalimaud has established a worldwide reputation for creating bespoke design of the highest caliber. As founding Principal of Champalimaud, she drives the creative process for all of the firm’s projects and oversees relationships with all clients.
Alexandra brings a dynamic intellectual curiosity and openness to her work. Drawing upon a wealth of personal experiences and professional commissions throughout Europe, Africa, Asia and South America, her design is known for its worldly, multifaceted vantage point. With an intuitive talent for the application of color, pattern and texture along with a seasoned understanding of the foundations and principles of classic design, Alexandra remains an uncompromising aesthete but respectful of the needs of her clients and sensitive to the cultural context of each project.
Awarded the Platinum Circle for Lifetime Achievement by Hospitality Design Magazine in 2000, Alexandra was honored in 2009 by Interior Design and Hotels Magazine as the Interior Designer of the Year, and, in 2012, inducted into the Interior Design Hall of Fame. She has served on the board of the Commisions des Biens Culturels du Quebec and was an active member of Heritage Montreal. She is currently a member of the Network for Executive Women in Hospitality, The International Interior Design Association, and is a past vice-president of the US-Portugal Chamber of Commerce.
Partner & CEO, Champalimaud Design (USA)
(Co-judge with ALEXANDRA CHAMPALIMAUD)
With over 25 years of experience in luxury hospitality and restaurant design, Ed Bakos’ collaborations with high-profile clients on complex, award-winning projects have positioned him as a leading figure in the design industry. Since joining Champalimaud as Managing Director in 2012, Ed has applied his expertise in design strategy to a variety of projects. Working closely with clients and the firm’s design teams, he shapes architectural space in support of the creation and evolution of luxury brands.
Ed has led the design of many innovative hospitality projects, and completed numerous signature restaurants and award winning bars. His work has been the recipient of numerous design awards, including a Presidential Design Award for his role in the renovation of the Lower Concourse of New York’s Grand Central Terminal, several Gold Key Awards and a Boutique Design Award for Best Hotel in 2010. He was a member of the Think Team for the World Trade Center redevelopment.
Founder, André Fu Studio (Hongkong)
Born in Hong Kong and educated in England from the age of 14, André Fu was formerly trained at the University of Cambridge and founded his studio ANDRE FU STUDIO in 2000.
Fu credits his idiosyncratic design style – a quietly thoughtful, carefully considered yet analytical approach marked by a highly refined aesthetic – to his peripatetic cultural upbringing.
Fu’s projects span a diverse collection of interiors including Upper House Hotel, St Regis and Artus Residences in Hong Kong; Hotel The Mitsui Kyoto; Singapore’s Andaz Hotel; Pavilion Suites at the Berkeley Hotel; Le Spa at Villa La Coste; Bangkok’s lush Waldorf Astoria Hotel and collaborated with Louis Vuitton for their Objets Nomades Collection.
In 2019, he successfully launched the André Fu Living (AFL) lifestyle brand with a holistic homeware offering.
Global Principal, HBA Residential (UK & Singapore)
Chris Godfrey is an award-winning British Architect and Interior Designer with a career in producing highly-considered and finely-crafted projects – such as residences, equestrian clubs, private offices, clubhouses and jets – for the world’s most discerning clients. As an Architect and Interior Designer, Chris designs holistically from the outside-in and the inside-out and through the scales, from the masterplan to the door handle; developing ideas in a comprehensive, seamless manner.
Chris is founder and Global Principal of HBA Residential, Hirsch Bedner Associates’ boutique high-end residential studio; and is additionally Managing Partner of Hirsch Bedner Associates (HBA) EMEA’s region and HBA Brand Partners.
Chris is also the President of the Society of British & International Interior Design (SBID) for 2020 -2021.
Founder of Steve Leung Design Group Ltd. (Hongkong)
Steve Leung is an internationally acclaimed architect, interior and product designer born in Hong Kong, China. He has over 30 years of design experience and his works reflect the projects’ unique character with a contemporary touch, taking inspirations from Asian culture and arts. Recognized for 15 times in the Oscar of Interior Design, Andrew Martin International Interior Design Awards, Steve is the Winner of Interior Designer of the Year Award 2015.
“Design has the power to break boundaries.”, Steve’s philosophy leads his team in achieving unprecedented and cross-disciplinary collaborations, and creating various product designs with international brands. He is also the first Asian Creative Director of YOO.
Committed to giving back to the design industry and the community, Steve is currently the Past President of II, International Federation of Interior Architects/ Designers and the board member of Hong Kong Design Centre. In 2014, Steve and interior designers from mainland cities, Hong Kong and Taiwan established C Foundation to foster design education and development in China.
Vice President, Design Services Asia Pacific, Hyatt Hotels Corporation (Hongkong)
Brian Lum, Vice President, Design Services, Asia Pacific at Hyatt Hotels Corporation leads a diverse team of multi-skilled specialists dedicated to support the design, refurbishment and delivery of exceptional hotels and resorts across Hyatt’s portfolio of 20 premier brands.
Design driven and quality focused, Brian is a strong believer in the value of design and how it can create differentiation, enhance the guest experience and drive preference. Building on a legacy of excellence and the strong reputation of Hyatt in innovation as well as Food and Beverage, recent accomplishments by the team include Andaz Bali & Andaz Shenzhen, Hyatt Regency Phnom Penh, Grand Hyatt Jeju, and Park Hyatt Auckland.
With over 23 years of experience in the hospitality industry completing hotels and resorts in key locations across the globe, Brian has held a number of senior-level positions with Hyatt and has been in his current role since 2016. Prior to Hyatt, he has worked in different roles as Owner/ Operator and as a Design Consultant with The Peninsula Hotels, LTW Designworks and Hirsch Bedner & Associates.
Partner, Conran and Partners (UK)
Tina is an architect and interior designer with a diverse portfolio stretching across many contexts and continents, from hotel and restaurant design to high-end residential.
With every project, Tina approaches the brief by delving into its context and unique history to create timeless spaces that tell a story. Tina designs for style over fashion to ensure the result is long-lasting and consistently fresh.
Recently completed projects include the new FEAST restaurant within Hong Kong’s EAST Hotel, the Peninsula Boutique and Café in Hong Kong and OTE, a new ramen restaurant within the Four Seasons Hotel Macao.
Tina has been working with D&D London for over a decade and was the design lead on their award-winning South Place Hotel in the City of London and German Gymnasium in King’s Cross.
She also led the design for Rüya, two Anatolian restaurants on the Dubai Marina and in London’s Mayfair.