Patrick has worked in the hotel industry for some 40 years, including many years in the U.S. with Holiday Inn International and then Hyatt International, responsible in both roles for engaging architects and designers worldwide. This experience demonstrated to his mind the value of the specialist hotel architect. Therefore, when he returned to the UK, he founded ReardonSmith Architects. Today, Patrick continues to be directly involved in many of the company’s major projects, especially at the beginning of the project, establishing the brief and the direction of the concept.  As one of the sector’s most recognised personalities, he is also a regular contributor, as speaker and writer, to a number of hotel industry conferences and publications. In 2011, he received the prestigious Outstanding Contribution Award at the European Hotel Design Awards.