Cornell University and Marriott To Launch Innovative Global Design Certificate Program

Press Release from eCornell

ITHACA, N.Y., Dec. 20, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- Marriott International, the world's largest travel company, has teamed up with Cornell University's globally recognized School of Hotel Administration to launch the Marriott Global Design certificate, a custom corporate program centered on the Marriott approach to hotel planning and design.

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Available online through Cornell's online learning unit, eCornell, this new certificate program provides architects and interior designers, along with those seeking employment with Marriott, the background and skills needed to plan and effectively design viable hotel properties. In addition, this certificate program is also valued by Marriott's approved hotel design vendors and agencies.

"The art of successful hotel design is multi-faceted," said Ron Harrison, Global Design Officer for Marriott International. "The Marriott Global Design certificate program grants learners unparalleled insights and perspective on how to best serve hotel guests, and how to design a hotel that thrives into the future."

Stephani Robson, a faculty member at the School of Hotel Administration, authored five of the six expert-led courses in the certificate program. The sixth course is self-paced and led by veteran Marriott International architect, Michael Wang.

Students will have an opportunity to explore such topics as hotel types, marketing concepts, branding practices, and development roles, followed by a study of initial planning, the application of functional area requirements, and planning metrics. The focus then turns to specific design considerations for guest rooms, public spaces, and back-of-the-house areas.

Courses include:

  • Foundations of Hotel Planning
  • Initial Hotel Planning Decisions
  • Hotel Guestroom Design
  • Hotel Public Space Design
  • Hotel Back-of-House Design
  • The Marriott Approach to Hotel Planning

"We are excited to partner with Marriott to provide a learning solution which, upon completion, uniquely positions participants for success in the hotel planning and design industry," said Kate Walsh, dean of the School of Hotel Administration.

This program serves as one of several collaborations between Cornell University and Marriott. Cornell also provides hospitality leadership development solutions through eCornell to Marriott employees across the world.

Upon successful completion of the Marriott Global Design certificate program, learners will receive a Hotel Design - The Marriott Way certificate from the School of Hotel Administration.

About eCornell
As Cornell University's online learning unit, eCornell delivers online professional certificate courses to individuals and organizations around the world. Courses are personally developed by Cornell faculty with expertise in a wide range of topics, including hospitality, leadership and management, marketing, human resources and data analytics. Students learn in an interactive, small cohort format to gain skills they can immediately apply in their organizations, ultimately earning a professional certificate from Cornell University. eCornell has offered online learning courses and certificate programs for 18 years to over 130,000 students at more than 2,000 companies. For more information about eCornell programs, visit

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