My Godmother. She has a wonderful gregarious personality, great style and impeccable taste. However, my desire to actually specialize in design for hotels was formed while I studied at Cornell University’s School of Hotel Administration in Ithaca, NY, USA. Studying a hotel’s function in an interior-architectural sense was a required course, and it coincided with the birth of the boutique hotel in 1984 - Morgans Hotel in New York City, designed by Mme. Andree Putman. I was immediately hooked and have never looked back.