Klaus Fuchs has more than 36 years of experience in interior architecture and design. He has dedicated 33 of those years to the planning and design of hospitality interiors, 25 in his capacity as the principal of KFI Design.
Since he founded the firm in 1985, Klaus has focused KFI Design’s work on the repositioning of existing and new hotels in the United States, Europe, the Middle East and Central America. He also applies value-added design strategies to restore the appraisal values, resale values and competitiveness of existing commercial and condominium buildings.
Klaus’ global experience constantly inspires him with ideas, techniques and products. From initial space planning and design through to construction documentation and administration, he works to the highest standards to ensure a smooth design process, operational excellence and owner profitability. KFI Design‘s distinctions have led to outstanding design projects and longstanding relationships with exceptional clients.
Prior to founding KFI Design, Klaus was with Ken Hurd & Associates, where he was responsible for the complete interior design development of the Short Hills Hilton Hotel in New Jersey – the only five-star Hilton outside New York City. His other projects at Ken Hurd included the Waldorf-Astoria in New York City and the Crystal Gateway Marriott in Washington, D.C.
Klaus previously worked with the hospitality design firm Frank Nicholson as senior project architect and designer. In this role, he contributed to the development of the Ritz-Carlton brand with a number of architectural solutions. Some of Klaus’s projects during his tenure at Frank Nicholson are featured here.
Klaus also spent several years as a senior interior project designer for Marriott’s architecture and construction division in Washington, D.C. As the company was aggressively expanding, Klaus’s responsibilities ranged from domestic and international new hotel and renovation projects to the development of building standards, and the interior design of Marriott’s new corporate headquarters in Bethesda, Maryland. He based much of his design work on market research, an emerging approach at the time, and was integral in assisting Marriott in developing fully branded hotel products and office design standards. Klaus’s projects during his tenure at Marriott are featured here.
Klaus began his design career with firms in Montréal and Toronto specializing in corporate interiors and signage systems. He obtained his MID from the Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, New York, and his BA from Concordia University in Montréal. He was born in Düsseldorf, Germany.