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Design Awards: Thomas J. Pritzker

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Design Champion
Thomas J. Pritzker, Executive Chairman, Hyatt Hotels Corporation

He is the leader of a family that has long played a preeminent role in both travel and design, and if there is a reason for this it can be found in Chicago. Hyatt is headquartered in the shadow of Louis Sullivan and Mies van der Rohe skyscrapers; architecture is in its DNA. When the company opened the Hyatt Regency Atlanta, in 1967, the hotel’s light-filled atrium was a revelation, and an inspiration for future properties from Hyatt, and other companies as well. “It changed the experience of our guests and our employees,” Pritzker says of the Atlanta atrium. “It was as if we had found a key to happiness and optimism.” That key was excellent design, and can be seen and felt in all the company’s properties—from Andaz Papagayo, in Costa Rica, to the hugely anticipated Park Hyatt New York—and in his family’s creation and support of the Pritzker Architecture Prize. For all of these reasons, for his vision, ambition, and generosity, we honor T+L’s 2014 Design Champion, Thomas J. Pritzker. —Luke Barr


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