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Designer in Profile: Jeremy Heyes, Senior Vice President of WATG

Name: Jeremy Heyes

Company: WATG

Position within company:   Senior Vice President

Website: watg.com


Tell us a little about your background in design (education, experience, etc)
I was educated as an architect in the UK with a period of study and work in Europe, focusing on Graz in Austria.

How would you describe your personal design style?
Timeless and classic. I aim to create designs that will still be revered and respected in 50 years time.

Where does your design inspiration come from?

Travel exposes you to a certain level of cultural diversity, the designs I create are directly influenced by the local traditions, and customs, as well as the aspirations of the area.

In what direction do you feel that design is moving towards in a general sense?

Design is becoming more diverse and multifaceted, it has to respond to the end user on so many different levels. The challenge is that the end user is a global citizen who has seen most of the worlds best examples of design.

Name five key themes to consider when approaching design in 2018 and beyond.
Experiential design is the key and should be defined by:

  • Lifestyle
  • Technology
  • Sustainability
  • Memorable Moments
  • Sense of Place and Culture
  • Wellbeing

If you could offer one piece of advice when it comes to design schemes, what would it be?
Listen to your heart and instincts, if you’re honest they won’t let you down!

How important are The International Hotel & Property Awards as recognition of talent and achievement?
The recognition of the industry is of paramount importance, it is your peers and clients validating your work. It encourages everyone involved to continually strive to improve and create fantastic, award-winning designs.

What projects are you currently working on?
Currently, I’m working on a luxurious five-star hotel and residences in Qatar.

Final thoughts; tell us a little more about yourself and your daily inspirations:

Your most treasured possession?
The first drawing my son created, it depicts a ruined castle we visited on one memorable holiday

Your favourite holiday destination?
A deserted beach, no matter what the weather!

Your favourite hotel, restaurant & bar?
One of my own I’m afraid, the swim up bar at Hotel Monte Mulini in Croatia. It has an exquisite view of the bay, backed by lush greenery.

Your favourite book, film & song?
Perfume by Patrick Suskind, the prose is so vivid.

Your favourite food and drink?
Freshly cooked fish and a glass of dry white wine

Your favourite way to spend an afternoon?
With my family, relaxing at home

If you weren’t a designer, what would you be?
A yachtsman

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