David E. Oswald
Vice President Architecture & Design - Luxury Brands, Global Design Services (GDS)
David is dedicated to the continued growth of Hilton’s Luxury Brands, being Waldorf Astoria, Conrad and LXR, regarding their Global Design Services efforts and Architecture & Construction responsibilities for projects throughout North America. He also plays a key role in the constant re-tooling of GDS initiatives for these Luxury Brands, with proven expertise in leading conceptual development, planning, creative design initiatives and technical services efforts, through all project phases including construction execution and delivery. David was also instrumental in the design development of Hilton’s first Lifestyle Brand, Canopy.
Key Luxury re-development and re-branding projects to date with Hilton include the Conrad New York Downtown, Conrad New York Midtown and master plan renovations for the rebirth of the Waldorf Astoria New York. New construction Luxury projects include the Conrad Washington, D.C., Conrad Nashville, Conrad Orlando Grand Cypress, Waldorf Astoria Beverly Hills, Waldorf Astoria Miami Hotel & Residences and the Waldorf Astoria San Francisco Hotel & Residences. For these projects, David represents Hilton with global development partners including DART Interests, Goldman Sachs, Hines, Oasis West Realty, LLC and Related Companies, along with design partners including
Foster + Partners, Gensler, Herzog & de Meuron, HKS, BAMO, Champalimaud, Pierre-Yves Rochon and Rottet Studio. David is also a key driver for new acquisition due diligence efforts and CapEx renovation projects within Hilton’s Luxury portfolio. Prior to joining Hilton in 2010, David successfully directed the creation of world-class properties for Exclusive Resorts, LLC, Destination Hotels & Resorts (subsequently Two Roads Hospitality and now Hyatt) and Hyatt Hotels Corporation. His business strengths include assembling and directing multi-national teams, ensuring the successful integration of aesthetic, functional and financial aspects of projects and project leadership overseeing quality control through project delivery as required by hotel developers and operators. David was also a faculty member at the Cornell University School of Hotel Administration, and he earned his Bachelor of Architecture degree from Cornell’s College of Architecture, Art & Planning.