Hospitality Designer

Think about the last time you ate dinner in a restaurant. When you walked in, what colors did you see? How were the tables and chairs arranged? What textures were used on the walls? Was it brick or stone? All these details were specifically chosen by someone so that you would enjoy your visit and want to return! There are a lot of decisions to be made before a new restaurant, hotel, cruise ship or vacation resort is opened – and a Hospitality Designer is responsible for creating the designs for these spaces!


A Hospitality Designer must be creative to design the look and feel of a space, while also considering the needs of the client. Designers create their sketches by hand and through the use of architectural and design computer programs. They work on teams turn the designs into something real. There are more than 200 hospitality design firms in the United States. The biggest firms each employ hundreds of designers, while smaller firms may employ fewer than 10.


Working as a Hospitality Designer usually requires a minimum of a bachelor’s degree (4 years) in Interior Design or Architecture. Many firms require that designers be a registered architect or designated as a Professional Interior Designer through the International Interior Design Association (IIDA).


Passing the National Council for Interior Design Qualification (NCIDQ) examination is often required. Green design is a relatively new trend in Hospitality Design. Designers interested in creating environmentally friendly spaces study for the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) examination.


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Get Career Advice from those who are Working in Field – Watch this video to listen as professionals in the field provide advice for those interested in the field.


Learn about Experiences from Recent Design School Graduates - In this video, a recent graduate talks about her experiences as a designer for an architectural firm. She also provides advice for students looking for their first job.


Learn what it is Like to Work as a Designer - Project Connect Design Practice and Education is a non-profit organization created to connect design students with those working in the design field. The organization has created videos and other leaning materials about the career. Below is a link to the website, if you would like to explore on your own:


Look at Examples of Hospitality Designer’s Work and learn what it takes to be Successful – In this video, hospital designers show examples of their work and explain about what is needed to manage a successful project.


Learn about the Design Process from a Hospitality Designer – Click the link below to watch as a hospitality designer explains what he loves about his job, and the process he goes through on a typical hospitality design project.


Learn about Hospitality Design from Someone Who Does the Hiring – Click the link below to learn about the hospital design process from the viewpoint of a Project Leader at a major hotel group. This video will help you understand the importance of creating unique spaces for hotel and restaurant guests.


Get Inspired – The Hospitality Design magazine website provide news, articles and photographs of hospitality design projects from around the world.