12th September 2022 | IN INDUSTRY NEWS & BUSINESS | BY SBID ShareTweetPinterestLinkedIn Interior Designer and Educator, Hans J. Galutera, has been awarded the honorary degree of Doctor of Design by Solent University, Southampton on Friday 15 July, recognising his outstanding contribution to the design industry. Hans J. Galutera is a globally renowned interior designer with experience in the art and science of enhancing interior spaces especially the space of retail and hospitality venues to achieve a safer, healthier and more aesthetically pleasing architectural interior design. His experience extends to maritime hospitality design including onboard Royal Caribbean International’s Enchantment of the Seas – the first ever lengthening project of a ship cut in half and re-joined to create revenue generating spaces for the second biggest cruise line of the world. His other projects include, signature restaurants created for celebrity chefs such as Michel Roux on Celebrity Cruises Specialty Restaurants and Michael Schwartz on Oasis of the Seas and Allure of the Seas just to name a few. His Penthouse Suite designs include the award-winning Celebrity Cruises Reflection of the Seas which was recognised by the Society of British and International Design annual awards event at the House of Lords in London, UK. His outstanding contribution to the world of design has been recognised by the International Council for Caring Communities, not-for-profit organisation that has Special Consultative Status with the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) of the United Nations. Hans is also an educator and frequent speaker at conferences and universities around the world. In 2012, he was appointed New York Chapter President of the International Interior Design Association (IIDA), a global organisation supporting design professionals, industry affiliates, educators, students, firms and their clients with a network of 15,000+ members across 58 countries. In addition, he is a current Board Member for New York 11 Plus, a not-for-profit corporation. Commenting on the award, Hans says: “I am humbled and privileged to receive this honorary doctorate, its significance greatly speaks to and helps inspire me for what I am challenging myself to pursue as my next steps in career and life. You, the Graduates, determine your future and life balance, whether it be career advancement, physical and mental wellbeing, and a core with spirituality and kindness. Congratulations again and be proud as the new standards and bearers of the future of design with work and hopefully you can make it play!” About Hans J. Galutera Hans J. Galutera – Founder and CEO of HG DesignWorks LLC, a Manhattan Interior Design Studio specializing in maritime interior architectural design, is one of the Board of Directors of Education for the State of New York. Hans is a frequent contributor for international lifestyle and design industry magazines. His expertise has allowed him to be judge and juror for prestigious organizations and publications. If you’d like to feature your product news here, get in touch to find out more. If you’d like to become SBID Accredited, click here for more information.