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Mendy Winkler always knew that she would be a designer.  From an early age, she planned projects, collected pictures of interiors and kept images of furniture and fixtures and then discovered her passion for hospitality while in college after touring the Anatole Hotel in Dallas. What she could not have known is that she would eventually manage and design some of the most important hotels and resort projects in the US and abroad.


Winkler and Perkins have created HotelStudio as a pure hospitality design firm that will build on their understanding of the reasons that travelers seek specific kinds of esthetic experiences and amenities and to connect those experiences to the destination through the feel and appearance of the hospitality experience.  Both Winkler and Perkins have achieved a great deal over decades of practice and collaboration and believe that their new approach will benefit owners, asset managers and operators in ways that build loyalty and better serve the communities of which these places play a very important role.


Prior to completion of her design degree for the University of North Texas, she started her hospitality design career with Wilson and Associates’ Dallas office and joined teams designing the Four Seasons in Cairo, The Venetian Resort in Las Vegas and The One and Only Royal Mirage in Dubai.


In 1999, Mendy joined ForrestPerkins and quickly became an office and firm leader, elevated to Vice President of Interior Design, responsible for managing designers across the Dallas, Washington, and San Francisco offices.  Mendy Winkler and Stephen Perkins collaborated on many projects at ForrestPerkins, notably the Fairmont Royal York in Toronto, Omni LaCosta Resort and Spa above San Diego, The Ritz-Carlton in Tysons Corner, The Willard in Washington, DC and the St. Regis Hotel and Branded Residences in Amman, Jordan.


Notable projects led by Mendy include The Fairmont Hotels in Bermuda, Lake Louise, Victoria, Vancouver and New Orleans, The JW Marriott Hill Country Resort, The Phoenician in Scottsdale, The St. Anthony Luxury Collection in San Antonio and the St. Regis in Houston.


Mendy’s understanding of all roles in the design and documentation process is best-in-class and her reputation precedes her as a project manager of the highest integrity and capability.  She believes that integrated design, well-executed details and management of the owner’s budget are critical components in a successful project.


In 2014, Perkins and Winkler joined 3north to lead the hospitality practice, attracted by the firm’s approach to design research and the distillation of those local essences into hospitality design.  Perkins and Winkler are currently designing the Harpeth Square Hotel, a Curio property in Franklin, Tennessee scheduled to open in 2018, as well as The Armitage in Richmond, an urban resort at the Richmond waterfront.


HotelStudio itself will be a distillation of the myriad experiences, successes and lesson learned, over decades, by Mendy Winkler and Stephen Perkins, and is a platform for collaboration that promises to deliver place-specific design relationships that will resonate with guests and operators alike.



  • Lake Junaleska Terrace Hotel: Lake Junaleska, NC

  • Natirar: Sommerset Hills, NJ

  • Gibson Island Yacht Clubhouse and Cottages: Gibson Island, MD


  • The Fairmont Château Lake Louise: Lake Louise, Alberta, Canada

  • The Fairmont Empress: Victoria, British Columbia, Canada

  • The Fairmont Hotel Vancouver: Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

  • The Fairmont New Orleans: New Orleans, LA

  • The Fairmont Royal York: Toronto, Canada

  • The Fairmont Waterfront: Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

  • Harpeth Square Curio Collection: Franklin, TN

  • The Humble Oil Building Residences: Houston, TX

  • Hyatt Charlotte: Charlotte, HC

  • JW Marriott: Houston, TX

  • JW Marriott Hill Country Resort: San Antonio, TX

  • Omni La Costa Resort & Spa: Carlsbad, CA

  • The Phoenician: Scottsdale, AZ

  • The Renaissance Arts: New Orleans, LA

  • The Ritz Carlton: Tysons Corner, VA

  • The Ritz Carlton: Phoenix, AZ

  • Sheraton: Kauai, HI

  • The St Anthony Luxury Collection: San Antonio, TX

  • The St Regis: Houston, TX

  • The St Regis Hotel & Branded Residences: Amman, Jordan

  • Willard Intercontinental: Washington, DC



  • Beau Rivage: Biloxi, MS

  • Four Seasons: Cairo, Egypt

  • Hyatt Lake Las Vegas: Las Vegas, NV

  • The One and Only Royal Mirage: Dubai, U.A.E.

  • The Venetian Resort: Las Vegas, NV