Mark Bruce, 2021 Architect of the Year • Hotel Designs
In the second video of our four-part series where we interview a handful of Brit List Awards 2021 winners, we meet Mark Bruce, Senior Board Director of EPR architects.
Bruce leads the hotel and hospitality team with extensive experience in the hospitality industry and particular expertise in listed buildings, renovations and resort hotels.
> Click here to watch the full 7-minute interview between Mark Bruce and Hamish Kilburn of Hotel Designs on the GROHE X platform.
Whether designing efficient hotel and guestroom layouts, revitalizing grand hotels, transforming a retired ship into a unique vacation destination, or designing an exclusive and welcoming 40-key ranch in the new mexico desert, bruce brings a particular flair with a shrewd, yet inventive business approach.
The NoMad brand arrived in London last year to a flood of heartwarming reviews. The hotel’s architecture, envisioned by EPR Architects in a project led by Bruce, plays an important role in the overall look of the interior, designed by the New York-based interior design studio. Roman and Williams. The hotel breathes new life into the Grade II listed building known as Bow Street Magistrates’ Court and Police Station.
It was this hotel, along with the projects that are on the cards including Raffles London, Six Senses London and many more, that impressed the judges to unanimously vote Bruce as architect of the year in 2021 .
Bruce is a Qualified Architect (RIBA) and was educated at Glasgow School of Art’s Mackintosh School of Architecture and Edinburgh College of Art, where his passion for truly transformative and regenerative projects was first nurtured . He immediately discovered that a career in hotel design allowed him to combine this passion with his love of catering.Brandhigh-performance buildings and an interest in hotel architecture in a sector that required tailor-made and stimulating solutions.
Since then he has dedicated his career to specializing in hotel design and delivery working with many mainstream hotel brands and having the opportunity to use his skills to undertake a number of unique hotel projects.
One of the architectural firm’s most ambitious projects, EPR Architects is working with a handful of leading interior designers to convert London’s former wartime offices in Whitehall into a luxury development, which will house the first hotel of Raffles Hotels and Resorts.
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Main image credit: EPR Architects