_____Who we are_____

DesignLab is a hospitality design firm, Asian-born with an international outlook. We offer master planning, architecture and interior design services. Our leadership all have a strong design background and a wide range of experience working on hotel and resort projects throughout the world in Europe, Middle East, Central America, China, India, Asia and the Pacific.

We do not have a predetermined design style, rather we approach each project as unique where the site, local culture, and vision from the client and operator all inform a holistic design approach.

From experience we know that a resort must be commercially and operationally viable as well as beautiful. Turning a design into reality is a team effort where we work closely with other design and technical consultants, the operator and the client.

Alvaro Paredes

Principal


Founder/partner of DesignLab Alvaro Paredes is involved in the conceptual design stage of each project in the office. Alvaro began his career in his native Spain and London before moving to Asia to work with renowned hospitality architects Denniston International. While there he worked on a wide range of hospitality projects in Brazil, Malaysia, Bali, Portugal, China for a range of operators such as Aman Resorts, Hyatt and Mandarin Oriental.

Selected experience

  • Mandarin Oriental Bali, Indonesia
  • Aman Resort, Angra dos Reis, Brazil
  • Gran Melia Cam Ranh, Vietnam
  • Amari Resort, Phu Quoc, Vietnam
  • Park Hyatt Lijiang, China
  • Funnel Bay Luxury Resort, Queensland, Australia
  • Grand Hyatt Lijiang, China
  • Crowne Plaza Resort, Vietnam
  • Mandarin Oriental Bali, Indonesia
  • Aman Resort, Angra dos Reis, Brazil
  • Gran Melia Cam Ranh, Vietnam
  • Amari Resort, Phu Quoc, Vietnam
  • Park Hyatt Lijiang, China
  • Funnel Bay Luxury Resort, Queensland, Australia
  • Grand Hyatt Lijiang, China
  • Crowne Plaza Resort, Vietnam
  • Virginie de Paeuw

    Design Director


    Leading DesignLabʼs Interior Design team, Virginie de Paeuw has 17 years of experience working in diverse locations including Spain, Vietnam, Japan, France, Belgium Malaysia and Bali for studios including Kengo Kuma and Denniston International. At Denniston, she was the project lead for a Cheval Blanc property in Central America and also the Aman Resort Amanoi in Vietnam where she took the project from documentation to supervising construction on site.

    Selected experience

  • Amanoi Vinh Hy, Vietnam
  • Cheval Blanc Chamela Bay, Mexico
  • Luxury Resort Ajman, UAE
  • Aman Resort Gabon, Gabon
  • Hyatt Regency Cairo West, Egypt
  • Steigenberger Resort, Hurghada, Egypt
  • Gran Melia Cam Ranh, Vietnam
  • Angsana Ho Tram, Vietnam
  • MGallery Phu Quoc, Vietnam
  • Funnel Bay Luxury Resort, Queensland, Australia
  • Opera house, Grenada, Spain
  • Opera house, Albi, France
  • Le Havre university, Le Havre, France
  • Veles e Vents, Valencia, Spain
  • Dusit Tu Hoa Palace Hotel, Ha Noi, Vietnam
  • Paul Francey

    Associate Director


    As the leader of DesignLabʼs architecture team, Paul Francey brings 22 years working for companies specialized in hospitality, where he has worked in diverse locations such as Spain, Fiji, Malaysia and Macau and for celebrated offices including Denniston International and Wynn Resorts. Over the years he has worked on all stages of design from concept through to construction in various locations for operators including Wynn Resorts, Hyatt, Hilton, Fairmont and GHM.

    Selected experience

  • Hilton Shillim Estate Retreat & Spa, India
  • Park Hyatt Chiang Mai, Thailand
  • Nakura Spa Resort, Fiji
  • Shangri-La Phuket, Thailand
  • Intercontinental Mar Menor, Spain
  • Grand Hyatt Lijiang, China
  • Atlantis Dubai Phase 2 competition
  • MGallery Resort, Phu Quoc, Vietnam
  • Park Hyatt Phu Quoc, Vietnam
  • Fairmont Bali, Indonesia
  • Amatrra Wellness Resort, Gurgaon, India
  • Gran Melia Cam Ranh, Vietnam
  • Hyatt Centric Queenstown, New Zealand
  • Funnel Bay Luxury Resort, Queensland, Australia
  • Mandarin Oriental Bai Nom, Vietnam
  • Mandarin Oriental, Bali
  • Indigo Resort Hoi An, Vietnam
  • Hyatt Regency Sapa, Vietnam