Designer Spotlight: Pat Miller of Leo A Daly

Pat-MillerPatricia Miller
Leo A Daly

Corporate Director of Hospitality
Managing Principal, Dallas

I recently had the pleasure of interviewing Pat Miller of Leo A Daly about her work and the firm’s leading role in international hospitality design.

An acknowledged industry leader with an exceptional talent for design, management and client relationship building, Pat possesses more than three decades of experience in many facets of interior design.

Pat Miller is an industry leader in hospitality design with a rare ability to develop innovative solutions to the financing, teaming and problem solving needs of developers, REITs and hotel companies. Over the course of 30 years, she has developed a reputation as a valued resource and confidant in the creation of solutions for hospitality opportunities and is often asked by repeat clients to write complete programs. Under Pat’s leadership, Leo A Daly has been consistently recognized by top-tier hospitality magazines as one of the leading design and architectural firms in the industry.

NC (Nat Coalson): Can we first talk a bit about your role within Leo A Daly; I understand the scope of your job was recently expanded?

PM (Pat Miller): I wear many different hats in the company. The foremost is the Corporate Director of Hospitality for the company as a whole. I set company strategy on how we’ll do business in the hospitality industry as it relates to architecture, interior design and engineering. I oversee pretty much every hospitality project we have.

My second role—which is pretty daunting also—is the Managing Principal of the Dallas office.

These two roles have everything to do with hospitality, which allows me to be focused.


Interview for Asian Hospitality

AH-FEATURE-Art-in-HotelsAsian Hospitality magazine recently interviewed me for an article about how hotel owners and operators can improve the art in their hotels.

Read the article here >

Nat's work now represented by DAC

DAC Art ConsultingWe’re excited to announce that Nat’s art and photography is now being represented by DAC Art Consulting, one of the premier art consulting firms based in the U.S.

DAC has been serving the art consulting needs of the hospitality, healthcare and corporate sectors since 1982 and has a long tradition of developing creative artistic solutions that provide a customized setting for every client.

Headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia, DAC works with both U.S. and international clients.

Click here to visit the DAC web site

eye [ sore ] Picasso Portrait Puzzler

Nat-Coalson-New-Century-Room-800px-1My wife Ruth and I are staying at the Hotel Nikko New Century in Beijing.

Since we arrived at the hotel, we’ve been living with this hideous monstrosity staring at us from high on the wall!

This is such a perfect example of design fail that I just had to write about it.

And I’m inspired… this will be the first in my new blog series, eye [ sore ].

We’ll look at, laugh at and learn from some of the dubious decisions made by hotel designers.

Sounds fun? We think so.


8 Outstanding Resources for Hospitality Designers

InterContinental Beijing Beichen Hotel

InterContinental Beijing Beichen Hotel Lobby

Hospitality is one of the most exciting and challenging areas of specialization for interior designers.

It’s also highly competitive. So designers, architects and project managers working on hotel contracts need to always be in-the-know about current best practices, design trends and specialty products.

And aside from knowing the latest styles, you should also stay informed about constantly shifting guest expectations.

Below you’ll find a list of the best information resources focused on hospitality design.

(These were selected because they all have an emphasis on the design of hotels. While some web sites and magazines might focus more on restaurants, nightclubs, spas, etc., the organizations below primarily serve designers working on hotel projects.)

All offer very high quality content and the coverage of relevant topics is both broad and deep. With these resources, you can

  • learn more about your clients, their company culture and their needs
  • know what your competitors are up to
  • find new ideas and inspiration for your design work
  • discover the latest products and materials
  • develop your career

Along with the design work you do for client projects, budget some time every week to stay current with industry happenings. You’ll keep your creativity at peak performance and maintain a competitive edge.


Joining NEWH UK Board

NEWH UK LogoNEWH UK has invited me to join their Board of Directors as Publications Chair. I’m excited and honored to serve this excellent organization and looking forward to doing great work together!

New partnership with HG Arts

HG Arts LogoInterior designers working in hospitality now have a new resource for using my fine art photography in hotel interiors!

We’re thrilled to announce that we’ve recently begun a new partnership with HG Arts, based in Orlando, Florida, to provide more exciting, original artwork for the hospitality industry.

The new collection, available exclusively through HG Arts, currently features nineteen of my fine art photographs selected specifically for inclusion in hospitality projects. Going forward, new images will be regularly added to the collection.

To see the work and get more details, click here to visit

Your *Global* Local Artist

The setting sun casts a warm glow on Edinburgh Castle, while the flags of Scotland and the United Kingdom wave in the wind below the high cliffs on which the castle is perched.For many hotel properties, it’s important to design the interiors using art and imagery from the local area. This creates more meaningful connections between the hotel property and the surrounding community

Today’s guests—especially leisure travelers—are looking for more than a place to stay; want a unique experience that reflects the character of the place they’re visiting. This is especially true at smaller, boutique hotels and B&Bs.

Nat specializes in creating custom artwork and fine art photography for hospitality and other commercial properties. He travels extensively and can visit any location worldwide to create custom imagery for you. Contact us today to discuss your project

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