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Favorite place to travel in China
In terms of cities my favorite is Shanghai; in terms of scenery, the West Lake in Hangzhou

Guilty pleasures
I love to travel with my family, and I have a huge music collection

My perfect day is...
Meandering around a new city on vacation, eating local foods, and taking pictures

If I weren’t an architect, I would be…
I don’t have an answer for that. I’ve wanted to be an architect since I was 11 years old.

Cities to watch
Istanbul and Mumbai

Ellis Katz
Executive Vice President, Director of
Hospitality Studio
John Portman & Associates

Projects on the boards
Design projects in Shanghai, Jinan, San Diego, and Shenzhen, and hotel projects under construction in Hyderabad, Wenzhou, and Shanghai

Recently completed projects
Waldorf Astoria Shanghai on the Bund

As a firm
We are celebrating 30 years working in China (longer than any other architectural design firm), and the 50th anniversary of Peachtree Center
My greatest accomplishment
My family

Books on my nightstand
The Experience Economy by B. Joseph Pine and James H. Gilmore; Shantaram by Gregory David Roberts; and Thunderstruck by Erik Larson

Can't live without
My office knows this one—my BlackBerry, unfortunately

Outside the office you can find me
With my family or working around the house (and probably on my BlackBerry at the same time)

Playing on my iPod is
Everything from Airborne Toxic Event Live from Walt Disney Concert Hall to classic rock


hdtalks: the interviews

During HD Expo 2014, Hospitality Design’s Michael Adams sat down with HBA’s Michael Bedner to talk about his half-century in the hospitality design industry. View the video.



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