Since the foundation of his architectural firm IDA14 Karsten Schmidt-Hoensdorf and his interdisciplinary team have been developing hospitality projects of all classifications in the field of architecture and interior architecture within Switzerland and abroad.


For years, Karsten Schmidt-Hoensdorf has been responsible for more than 35 hotel developments and renovations for Swissôtel Hotels & Resorts worldwide as consultant in die position of Director Interior Design. As a lecturer at the IHTTI School of Hotel Management Neuchâtel, Karsten shares his knowledge with prospective hoteliers on topics such as managing design development processes and design quality criteria.

Karsten Schmidt-Hoensdorf is member of  the consultancy network of hotelleriesuisse and CURAVIVA Schweiz.

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Branding and positioning of single hotels or a hotel chain

Development and implementation of graphical and spatial corporate identity (interior design)
Consulting the hotel management teams
Creating design manuals and technical manuals
Development of hotel concepts

Owner representation

Consultant, person of confidence and delegate of building constructor
Representation of building constructor towards architects, interior designers, planners and contractors
Budget development and budget control „design into budget“

Architecture and interior design

Evaluating, selecting and managing a suitable interior architect
Leadership of design process
Implementation of interior design

Art Direction

Responsibility for the correct implementation of corporate design
Managing the design teams worldwide via e-mails, Skype und conference calls

Preparation for competitions

Preparation of documents for the competition: project description, overall scope, cost ceiling
Evaluation and invitation of suitable interior architects
Verification if all established criteria are complied and implemented
Assessment of submitted works
Submitting a recommendation