Award-winning architecture, design, and strategy firm NELSON Worldwide is excited to announce the addition of Karen Pelzer as Senior Project Manager, Hospitality. Karen will provide guidance and support to the hospitality team as well as champion project success.

“Karen brings with her an incredible amount of knowledge and experience in architecture and design within the hospitality industry,” notes chairman and Chief Executive Officer at NELSON Worldwide John “Ozzie” Nelson Jr. “Her innate ability to shift perspectives and look at a project as both a designer and an operator is invaluable to the practice.”

Dedicated to thoughtful leadership and holistically supporting the team, Karen taps into her teaching experience at Drexel University, coaching others on how to optimize an interior environment to make “a place from space.” Karen draws inspiration from hotels and restaurants around the world, finding herself easily immersed in the slightest details and nuanced finishes, and absorbing her surroundings like a sponge.

“It is such an honor to be a part of NELSON, working alongside such an inspired team,” remarks Karen. “I firmly believe that hard work and passion for hospitality and design are the tools for success, and I am excited for all that’s to come from this new role.”

Karen has led and managed design teams for decades, including at Daroff Design and Loews Hotels, as well as helped develop the hospitality design curriculum at Drexel University where she taught restaurant design and full-service boutique hotel design studio courses to both undergraduate and graduate students. She has helped develop restaurants, hotels, resorts, and more throughout her career, including Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort as well as Loews Philadelphia Hotel, plus on-site SoleFood Restaurant. Karen has a Bachelor of Science in Interior Design as well as a Master of Science in Hospitality Management from Drexel University, and holds a NCIDQ certification. She was previously NEWH Chapter President – Atlantic City-Philadelphia Region, from 2015-2016.