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AHEAD Americas awards 2020 call for entries

Call for entries to AHEAD Americas awards 2020

Architects and designers working across the Americas are now invited to submit their entries to the 2020 edition of the AHEAD awards.

Championing standout hospitality projects from around the world, the AHEAD awards focuses on four different regions: the Americas, Asia, Middle East and Africa (MEA) and Europe.

The 2020 AHEAD Americas competition will review projects that have opened, reopened or launched in the continent between November 2018 and December 2019.

AHEAD Americas awards 2020 call for entries
The Siren Hotel was named as Hotel of the Year at the 2019 AHEAD Americas

Submissions will be arranged into 15 categories: Bar, Club or Lounge; Event Spaces; Guestrooms; Hotel Conversion; Hotel New Build; Hotel Renovation & Restoration; Landscaping & Outdoor Spaces; Lobby & Public Spaces; Lodges & Tented Camps; Resort Hotel; Restaurant; Spa & Wellness; Suite; Transport and Visual Identity.

AHEAD Americas awards 2020 call for entries
The judging panel praised the Detroit hotel for preserving original features

Projects will then be scrutinised by a panel of industry experts that the AHEAD team feels represents the "wide spectrum of disciplines involved in delivering new hotels".

Judges last year included Studio Tack's creative director, Jou-Yie Chou, managing partner of Yabu Pushelberg, Johnathan Garrison, and partner of Rockwell Group, Greg Keffer.

AHEAD Americas 2019 awards shortlist
Los Angeles' Gold-Diggers hotel – which has its own music studio – was also a 2019 winner

Winners will be announced at a June 2020 ceremony at the OMA-designed Faena Forum in Miami.

First-place projects in the 2019 edition of the AHEAD Americas included Solaz Los Cabos, a resort hotel in Mexico that's surrounded by luscious greenery, and Gold-Diggers, a sultry hotel in LA that has its own recording studio.

AHEAD Americas awards 2020 call for entries
Solaz Los Cabos also took home an award in the 2019 AHEAD Americas

The much sought-after Hotel of the Year title was won by The Siren Hotel in Detroit, which is in a 1920s office building.

Judges praised the project for its preservation of historical details and said it "creates a fantasy of what Detroit could be".

AHEAD Americas awards 2020 call for entries
The Mexican resort hotel is surrounded by an abundance of greenery

Entries to the AHEAD Americas cost $250 (plus VAT) for the first project and $99 (plus VAT) for additional submissions. Champions will go on to contend against winners from other regions in a global biennale, where worldwide titles are awarded.

To find out more about the AHEAD awards, visit its website.