Eric Nicolas

director of design & architecture
InterContinental Hotels Group

Eric Nicolas, Director Architecture & Design for InterContinental Hotels, has 22 years of experience that encompasses interior and architectural design, construction management, brand marketing and innovation. His contributions to InterContinental Hotels Group since he joined the company in 1998 include:


InterContinental Hotels & Resorts

  • Definition of the brand target guest and brand character
  • Explored and validated innovation territories
  • Lead designer for Concierge Lounge experience
  • Creation of a sound strategy
  • Implementation of new brand identity
  • Standard manual rewrite


Design lead for prototype value engineering


Holiday Inn

  • Design lead the 2002/2003 Holiday Inn prototype design
  • Design lead for Open Lobby concept
  • Design lead for H4 Guest Room concept
  • Design lead for Keyless Guest Room entry


Holiday Inn Express

  • Design lead for the Holiday Inn Express prototype
  • Definition, direction and implementation of the industry’s largest bedding launch in the shortest timeframe
  • Definition standardized room decor program


Crowne Plaza

  • Design lead for the Worklife guest rooms
  • Design lead for Plaza Work Space


His work has positively impacted the InterContinental Hotels & Resorts, Holiday Inn, Holiday Inn Express, Crowne Plaza and Staybridge brands.


Eric first held the role of senior consultant, Design and Plan Review, and was later promoted to manager of Product Innovation for the Holiday Inn Express brand.

Prior to InterContinental Hotels Group, Eric held several positions with prominent design firms in Atlanta where he honed his experience in luxury residential and commercial design, including hotels, restaurants, country clubs and resorts around the world. Firms that have benefited from his design expertise include Image Design, Brito Design, Stan Topol and Associates, Corporate Design International and Jackie Naylor Interiors.

Eric’s work has been published in many media outlets, including The New York Times, Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles, Atlanta Magazine, Hotel Business, and Traditional Home Magazine. He has been recognized with an Art Institute of Atlanta (AIA) Certificate of Excellence, an American Society of Interior Designers (ASID) Atlanta Chapter Award, a Design Achievement Award, an AIA Best Portfolio Award, and was a finalist in the Southeast Atlanta Decorative Arts Center (ADAC) Student Competition.

Eric is a member of ASID and is an advisory board member for AIA, for which he also served on the Foundation for Interior Design Education Research (FIDER) accreditation committee in 1997.

Before moving to Atlanta in 1989, Eric was a senior manager for a commercial construction company in the south of France, where he oversaw a crew of 40 employees on concrete construction and engineering for large regional projects. He is bi-lingual in French and English, and proficient in spoken Spanish and Catalan.

Eric graduated with double honors from AIA, receiving an honor student award for academic excellence. He received an Associate’s Degree in Arts in Interior Design, and also studied at Kennesaw State University, where he was named to the Dean’s List. In France, he received a construction degree at the Cité Technique du Bâtiment in Grenoble.

Eric lives in Marietta, Georgia, with his wife and two children, who are also bi-lingual. He is passionate about cycling, motorcycle racing, French cuisine, and snow skiing, but most enjoys kicking around a soccer ball with his kids.