HBG Design Opens Luxury Hospitality Studio in Dallas Office Led by Former Wilson Associates Dallas Leadership


MARCH 2021: It is with much excitement that we announce the opening of HBG Design’s third office location in Dallas, Texas, joining our Memphis, Tennessee-based headquarters and our west coast office in San Diego, California. The nucleus of HBG Design’s Dallas location represents a select team of key former Wilson Associates architects and interior designers who have established HBG Design’s new Luxury Hospitality Studio.

With experience that spans more than 35 years, this dynamic collective has been awarded a string of deserved accolades for their international hospitality and luxury living spaces designed for iconic brands in over 26 countries.  The Luxury Hospitality Studio is led by Lela Richardson, NCIDQ who joins the firm as Principal. Complementing the Dallas leadership is D. James Carry, AIA, NCARB who joins HBG Design’s Luxury Hospitality Studio as Consulting Principal.




HBG Design’s Luxury Studio brings a deep portfolio of five-star hospitality properties.  Their collective experience and artistic insights have touched a diverse range of projects from exclusive, island resorts to contemporary urban hotspots; from private residences to destination restaurants including Atlantis-The Palm, Dubai, United Arab Emirates; Dorado Beach, a Ritz-Carlton Reserve, Dorado, Puerto Rico; Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, Hollywood, Florida; and Sofitel Mexico City Reforma, the first luxury hotel to open in Mexico City, Mexico in more than a decade.

The Dallas-based Luxury Studio adds diversity and a distinctive creative vision to an already deep bench of inimitable talent at HBG Design, representing 100 professionals with a focused specialty in hotel design, resort destinations, and gaming and entertainment design.



ABOUT HBG DESIGN: Founded in 1979, HBG Design is ranked in the Top 10 hospitality design firms in the US, a position it has held for over two decades. HBG is currently ranked #6 on the 2020 Top Designers list published by Hotel Business Magazine; and is also ranked #8 on the 2020 Hotel Design Giants list published by Building Design & Construction Magazine. The firm has been recognized with more than 200 design and industry excellence awards. HBG Design has been lauded for its business approach and commitment to employee growth and development, winning eight national A/E “Best Places to Work” awards and four national awards for operations management and employee engagement.

Recent HBG projects include the Hyatt Centric Beale Street in Memphis; Hilton Canopy Hotel, Memphis and the first Caption by Hyatt Hotel to open in the U.S., which is currently under construction in Memphis, TN.