BOND Five Star USA

1-on-1 with America's Top Luxury Hotel Designers

June 19-22, 2025

About
1-on-1 Meetings and Networking with America's Top Luxury Hotel Designers

Every year, North America’s most in-demand luxury hotel designers leave their projects and offices behind for a few days and head to BOND Five Star USA.

These are the people behind the luxury hotel projects you’d love to be a part of with the power to influence who gets specified and who doesn’t.

To get a proper handle on this, you need to see who’s coming:

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Who Attends
America's Top Luxury Hotel Designers. Guaranteed.

North America’s busiest and best luxury hotel designers are giving us 3 days of their time to come and meet manufacturers who are passionate about what they do and who can help them deliver what their clients want.

This is your chance to sit down, one-on-one with the designers and architects who are driving North America’s biggest and best luxury hotel projects.

3 whole days and nights away from project deadlines and office distractions means time and space get to know each other properly. And that’s where the most meaningful, long-term business happens. Always.

You just need to get here.

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Five Star USA regular attendees include:

Sarah Bonsall

Regional Director, Technical Services & Development

Six Senses Resorts & Hotels

Hogan Chun

Design Director | Senior Associate | SouthWest Regional Hospitality Leader

Gensler

Bradley Barnett

Associate Principal & Director

Rockwell Group

Eloisa Bustos

Director of Design

Virgin Hotel Group

Heather Gray

Senior Designer & Project Manager

Parker Torres Design

Coletta Conner

Managing Principal

Forrest Perkins

Kathy Logan

Principal

Cooper Carry

Nina Grondin

Managing Partner & Co-Founder

Curioso

How it works
This is NOT a trade show

You know exactly who’s going to be here before you arrive and you will have a number of guaranteed, pre-scheduled 1-to-1 meetings with the ‘buyers’ of your choice. And that’s just the start.

You are all together for 3 days and nights at a luxury resort, so there’s time and space to meet everybody and it’s this abundance of natural networking that opens up a world of possibilities. Because there’s a real community feel here and everyone’s more relaxed and open and any number of conversations can light up the luxury hotel project trail right in front of you – you’ll see!

 

 

We will deliver North America’s true luxury hotel project influencers with time and space to get to know each other properly.

The rest, frankly, is up to you!

Save your place

Fabulous all around. To have the opportunity to meet with firms at management level is rare. Very impactful experience.

Mimi Stone

Executive Vice President

Earthwerks

Program

PLEASE NOTE: This is last year’s program. Check back soon for the 2025 schedule.
Seminar timings and/or content may be varied at our discretion.

6:30 pm

Delegate Registration

6:30 pm

Welcome Drinks Reception

7:00 pm

Welcome Dinner

7:30 pm

Welcome Speech by Oliver Needs, Owner

7:00 am

Breakfast

7:00 am Email from Russell Ford

Final Meeting Schedule Emailed

8:20 am

Seminar - Health & Wellbeing in Hospitality – Financial Narratives for Using Biophilic Design

Catie Ryan | Director of Projects, Terrapin Bright Green

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Synopsis

Health and wellness in hospitality has often been limited to programming and spa services, but there is a largely untapped opportunity through design that presents an array of benefits to the guests as well as the hotelier and their brand. Biophilic design – intentional incorporation of nature for evidence-based benefits to health and wellbeing – presents opportunities to attract new guests, retain loyalty, increase ADR and TRevPAR, and give hotels a competitive advantage. In this session, Catie Ryan, coauthor of Nature Inside, The Economics of Biophilia, and 14 Patterns of Biophilic Design, will share insights and science behind nature-inspired design that give hospitality projects an edge in the industry. Examples will address architecture, interior design, and landscaping for hotels and resorts, F&B, and tourism.

Biography

Catie is an author, consultant, technical expert, and director of projects at Terrapin Bright Green. With an expertise in biophilic design and sustainability, she works with clients on architecture and urban design projects to improve health and well-being in built environments around the world and across development sectors. Catie frequently collaborates with owners and project teams as an integrated member of the design team, a workshop facilitator, an advisor, a third party peer reviewer, or as an author of biophilic design guidelines for a project or portfolio. Her particular interest is in the integration of biophilic design with sustainable design for community resilience; she sees hospitality and tourism projects as one way to achieve this. Catie is co-author of Nature Inside, A Biophilic Design Guide (RIBA Publishing, 2020), 14 Patterns of Biophilic Design (2014) and The Economics of Biophilia (2012; 2023). She is also an advisory member to the ILFI Biophilic Design Initiative. Catie holds a Bachelor’s degree in Design and Master’s degree in Sustainable International Development. Catie is based out of Terrapin’s New York City office.

9:25 am

One to One Meetings

12:20 pm TBC

Group Photograph

12:30 pm

Lunch

1:25 pm

Seminar - Eat the elephant one bite at a time

Tim Harris | Executive Coach and Speaker, Tim Harris Consulting

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Synopsis

Fatigue dominates the lives of those without direction or dreams. But without goals dreams are simply dreams. Without processes though, goals are simply goals. If you enjoy the process then you enjoy both the journey and the goal. How does one set lofty motivational goals without causing overwhelm? The percentage play in life is to reduce goals so they are more attainable but the easy way is a trap, it denies you growth. Not aspiring to more carries with it the burden of unfulfilled ambition. To grow you must breach your comfort zone. Stumbling is essential in becoming a great leader. Do you have the guts to fail? Do you have the resilience? What if you don’t? Does adversity reveal character or build it? How do you behave in the face of seemingly insurmountable pressure? 

All the above went through my mind. Let me tell you about the decisions made, the mistakes, the uncertainty, the lessons and the outcomes.

Biography

Tim is now an expert in mental resilience, having turned his own struggles with burnout, severe arthritis and a reconstructed shoulder into triumph by rowing 3000 miles across the Atlantic—a feat as rare as going to space. For 8 gruelling weeks, he faced the ocean's might on minimal sleep, turning his ordeal into powerful lessons on resilience, overcoming toxic ambition, and setting bold goals. His captivating journey from a global high-stakes business leader to an inspirational speaker and burnout coach has motivated individuals and elite teams worldwide. Discover how Tim's unique insights can transform challenges into unparalleled strength and purpose.

2:30 pm

One to One Meetings

5:45 pm

Free Time

7:00 pm

Drinks followed by Dinner

7:00 am

Breakfast

8:20 am

Seminar - Visible Green: New Material Opportunities in Sustainable Design

Blaine Brownell | Professor and Director, UNC Charlotte School of Architecture

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Synopsis

Today, a global material revolution is in full swing, propelled by intensified material research and development efforts as well as an acute cultural interest in creative material expression. Given the critical role that the choice of building material plays in affecting the flows of resources, waste, and emissions, architects have realized the importance of developing more extensive material expertise. Yet the construction industry has, thus far, hesitated to take full advantage of the expressive potential of new green materials. This talk will consider innovative opportunities enabled by sustainable materials in architecture and strategic methods of pursuing new design strategies that are visibly green.

Biography

An architect and researcher of emergent materials and sustainable building technologies, Blaine Brownell, FAIA is a Professor and Director of the David R. Ravin School of Architecture at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. A former Fulbright scholar to Japan, he has authored nine books on advanced and sustainable materials for architecture and design, including Matter in the Floating World, Material Strategies, and the four-volume Transmaterial series. He writes the Mind & Matter column for Architect magazine, and his work has been published in over 70 architecture, design, science, and news journals, including Nature. His latest book, The Pandemic Effect, addresses the inoculation of the built environment.

9:25 am

One to One Meetings

12:55 pm

Lunch

1:50 pm

Seminar - Luxury Hospitality Trends

Robin Torres-Gouzerh | Senior Futures Advisor, Soon Futures

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Synopsis

As the world leans more heavily into technology and digital connectivity, impactful counter-movements start to emerge. While algorithmic curation and AI-driven convenience is speeding up innovation in the hospitality and travel sector, a more human-centric approach to healing, community, and experience is slowing down our drive to be everywhere, to see everything, and constantly be “on”. There is also a renewed appreciation for awe and wonder; a stronger desire for deep connections and new discoveries, even if sometimes we’re looking back to look forward.

Anchored in these emerging evolutions of the hospitality sector, SOON’s presentation will provide an insight on the key luxury trends driving tomorrow’s travel, hotel, and restaurant categories. Informed by in-depth interviews, bespoke surveys, and case studies across design, technology, hospitality and architecture, we touch on six key trends shaping travel and culture for the coming years. The themes, which range from Neuroaesthetics to AI Design, will set the framework for us explore a number of insights such as emotive design, the rise of healing escapes and psychedelic therapy, the favorable contradictions emerging from the rapid development of new technologies, and the value of unscalable, immersive experiences.

Biography

Robin is a Senior Futures Advisor at SOON Future Studies. He is a cultural researcher, ethnographer, and foresight analyst with a background in public policy, journalism, and communication strategy. With a decade of experience in consumer research, future trends, and market analysis, Robin specialises in advising organisations with cultural intelligence and qualitative analysis. His professional path to working in the Futures' space has been an unconventional one. With a background in political science, he tenured at the University of Texas in Austin before becoming an author for educational publishers, acting as Communications Director for the Fungi Foundation, and eventually working for world-leading trend forecasting companies including WGSN, Protein, RADAR, and PSFK providing them with analysis of youth subcultures, emerging trends, horizon scanning, and marketing strategies.

2:55 pm

One to One Meetings

5:35 pm

Free Time

7:00 pm

Farewell Drinks & Dinner

7:00 am

Breakfast at your leisure

8:00 am

Delegate departures

A top-notch opportunity for architects and designers to meet and consult with one another, as well as with a variety of high-profile service providers, vendors and suppliers.

Steve Jung

Director of Architecture

MGM Resorts Design & Development

Venue

Your luxury venue will be announced soon.

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