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J/Brice Design International

January 08, 2016 10:00 ET

NEWH Names J/Brice Design Top Interior Design Firm of the Year

BOSTON, MA--(Marketwired - January 08, 2016) - Jeffrey Ornstein, CEO and founder of J/Brice Design International, together with with Senior Associate June Ericson, were presented with the New England Top ID Award by NEWH. NEWH is the nation's premier network of hospitality industry designers, architects and other hotel and resort professionals.

Having directed projects in excess of $5 billion, J/Brice Design is recognized among hotel and resort investors, owners, developers and design professionals for shaping the vision of 21st Century hospitality globally with its innovative, fashion-forward, tech-savvy designs.

During the recent presentation ceremony at Boston's Seaport Hotel, J/Brice Design was honored for its "nearly exclusive dedication to the hospitality design profession and the quality of the firm's work, as well as for encouraging and financially supporting emerging young talent with their educational and professional development," said Beth Doehner steering committee chairperson of the New England Chapter of NEWH.

When it comes to encouraging the next generation of top-designers, Ornstein serves on the Board of Advisers at the New York School of Interior Design, and has been a Visiting Critic at The Boston Architectural Center and The Rhode Island School of Design (RISD).

Doehner said, "The firms receiving this honor are not only recognized by their community as leaders in hospitality design; they are celebrated internationally across the vast worldwide network of industry professionals," adding, "In addition to his professional achievements, on a personal note, Jeff can always be counted on to actively participate in NEWH events and to support our scholarship programs."

In accepting the award, Ornstein said, "While most of our industry awards have been created to recognize design excellence, receiving the NEWH award is especially gratifying because it recognizes those of us who give back by fostering the growth and development of the next generation of leading-edge designers."

In addition to many current staff designers, numerous alumni of J/Brice Design International were among the 200-plus attendees at the awards event. A former J/Brice designer put it this way: "We wanted to be on hand to show our support for our mentor and friend."

Founded in 1980, NEWH, Inc. ( members are professionals actively engaged in hospitality industry development, management, architecture, and design.

J/Brice Design International, Inc. ( was founded in 1989 and, over the past 25 years, has become a global design firm, having directed projects in excess of $5 Billion USD. The firm's most recent signature engagements worldwide include the fabled HMS Queen Mary, TheHelmsley Hotel, The Royal Tulip in Alexandria, Egypt, and the Jeddah Dusit, scheduled to open later in 2016.

J/Brice has been identified as one of the Top Ten Fastest Growing Design Firms nationwide by Interior Design Magazine in both 2000 and 2008. Its award winning staff has over 220 hotel and restaurant projects to its credit. J/Brice Design has also been recognized for its work with distinctions such as Best Upscale Hotel Design of the Year (The Westminster)Hotel of The Year (Wyndham) Intercontinental Hotel Group Renovation of the Year (The Holiday Inn Mart Plaza Chicago) Best Luxury Suite (Hilton Boston Back Bay), Most Ambient Hotel Lobby (Westin Nova Scotian) and Best Guestroom (The Muse in New York).

J/Brice Design International, Inc. is a globally preferred design group for all products for the Hilton Hotel Corp., Marriott International, Starwood Hotels, Intercontinental Hotel Group, and Hyatt Hotels. International credentials include work for TAJ Hotels, Kempinski, Royal Tulip, and boutique properties in Dubai, United Arab Emirates (UAE), Qatar, and The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

Jeffrey Ornstein has been a contributing editor to Hotel Executive Magazine, and featured in Boutique Design Magazine, Hospitality Design, Lodging and Hospitality, Gulf Interiors, Hotel Business, The Commercial Observer, Young Hotelier, The Improper Bostonian, The Boston Sunday Globe, and Scene Magazine, which named him one of Boston's 12 Most Influential People in 2005. In 2009 he was called upon by his colleagues to be a judge for the annual Hotel World Platinum Circle Awards in Las Vegas, and in 2011, he was a judge for Boutique Design Global Hotel Design Awards.

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