Now in its second year, Awards for Hospitality Experience and Design (AHEAD) celebrates world-leading hotel design from around the world, through a series of regional award ceremonies.
AHEAD Americas covers projects from anywhere in North or South America. These are awarded in a range of categories, including: Bar, Club and Lounge; Event Spaces, Guestrooms; Hotel Renovation and Restoration; Landscaping and Outdoor Spaces; Lobby and Public Spaces; Resort Hotel; Restaurant, Spa and Wellness; Suite; Urban Hotel – Conversion; and Urban Hotel – Newbuild.
This year's event takes place in Miami on 12 June 2018, coinciding with the LE Miami trade fair.
It will be hosted at the Faena Forum – part of the OMA-designed resort that took the overall prize at last year's event, as well as coming top in the Event Spaces, Resort Hotel and Spa and Wellness categories.
Other winners from 2017 include New York's 11 Howard Hotel, a former post office building overhauled by Anda Andrei Design, and Mexico's Chablé Resort, designed by Jorge Borja and Paulina Morán to reference historic Mayan architecture.
Like last year, the 2018 awards will be judged by a team of hoteliers, architects, interior designers and industry commentators. The panel will be chaired by Larry Traxler, senior vice president of global design at Hilton Worldwide.
Entry costs $250 US (approximately £184) and all additional entries cost $125 (approximately £92).
The deadline for entries is 31 January 2018 with shortlisted projects set to be announced on 30 March 2018.
AHEAD Americas is the first of four AHEAD awards ceremonies set to take place across the year, followed by events covering Europe, Africa and the Middle East, and Asia.
A global biennale will then take place in early 2019, where regional winners from 2017 and 2018 will compete against each other.