In this new role on the design & construction team, she collaborates with owners, investors and operators to creatively define all elements of the guest experience, bringing innovation and experimentation to establish an emotional connection between physical space and the essence of the service atmosphere, according to the company. She will assess existing and new hotel opportunities and prepare a design vision for experience blending placemaking strategies, identity, art direction and design.
Patton brings 16 years of experience in the hospitality design industry, focused on independent boutique and lifestyle hotels, restaurants, adaptive-reuse and repositioning projects domestically and internationally. Notably, she founded and led a hospitality interiors studio as principal/hospitality director at DLR Group.
Recently, her work extended to strategic brand design development for Hilton and Sonesta Hotels with new hotels in the pipeline.
“In addition to the great renovations and TSA team that we have always had at Davidson, we are excited to be adding an internal creative talent to work alongside our owners and design partners on truly re-imagining spaces to maximize ROI in keeping with our core value of ‘Creating Value in All We Do,’” said Davidson Hospitality Group CEO/President Thom Geshay. “With out-of-the-box thinking, applied expertise and design acumen, Staci will deliver a design vision that accounts for known constraints, opportunities and in-person observations that will ultimately elevate the quality of our hotels.”
In the newly created role, Patton will also engage with professional design consultants, such as branding, architecture and interior design teams hired to complete the provided vision. Embracing strong collaboration, leadership and organizational skills to aid teams in achieving industry leading concepts, she will be at the forefront of ensuring that leading-edge functions, “status quo” disruptors and other innovative strategies are advocated for with hired design consultants, the company reports.
“I have always known Davidson to have a fantastic reputation on quality of its hotels, the experiences they provide and their focus on quality over quantity,” said Patton. “Each of Davidson’s areas of expertise are highlighted by their unique individualism, but the magic is where they merge to work together in the very layered choreography of delivering a hotel. I was drawn to Davidson’s grounded character of warm hospitality, humble yet bold attitude towards growth, and genuine respect for each other.”