Julie Frank works as Global Director of Design for Le Meridien Hotels. In her role she works on both the creation of brand three dimensional design strategy, direction and initiatives as well as working with the design firms and ownership groups on the various hotels within the brand’s portfolio–from new builds and conversions to renovations.
Before joining Starwood Julie had eight-plus years in hospitality design having worked for Avroko, as an associate at the Rockwell Group for more than five years and for Adam Tihany who gave her her start in the hospitality design sector, when she wanted to move over from working in core and shell architecture. In addition, she was a partner in the design firm My Tiny Nest, which focused on children’s room and nursery design. She also taught a studio in the graduate interior design program at Parson on restaurant design.
She moved to New York and worked for Rafael Vinoly after graduating with an undergraduate and graduate degree in Architecture from the University of Witwaterstand, Johannesburg, South Africa. Born and Raised in Johannesburg, she has called New York City home for over a decade.