Melissa Messmer is the Senior Director of Interior Architecture for The Red Sea Development Company (TRSDC), a closed joint stock company wholly owned by the Public Investment Fund (PIF), Saudi Arabia’s sovereign wealth fund. Melissa oversees the Interior Architecture team responsible for the interior design of all hotel and residential assets within the various project destinations set along the Red Sea as part of the Kingdom’s Vision 2030.
Bringing more than 25 years’ experience in the luxury hospitality industry, Melissa delivers an international perspective in guiding the world’s best interior design consultants to produce innovative concepts while embracing regenerative travel in unique ways.
By challenging traditional hospitality design processes and encouraging a ‘lean design’ approach to development, the Interior Architecture team drives a fast-track design and construction schedule while maintaining optimal quality expectations for high-end hotel Operators and discerning end-users.
Melissa joined The Red Sea Development after working for hospitality giants such as Marriott and Accor, overseeing interior design for luxury brands in Europe and the Middle East/Africa regions. As Executive Director of Interior Design for Accor, she guided the design strategy and technical standards for brands such as Raffles and Fairmont Hotels worldwide. From 2000 to 2003, she was also part of the original brand design team for W Hotels, developing the lifestyle brand’s unique concepts and design requirements at the very early stages.
Her background studies in Art History, Islamic Art + Architecture, and Interior Design from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) have fueled her passion for creating unique environments that celebrate local cultures, rituals and craft within a luxury design aesthetic.
Melissa has been a member of the American Society of Interior Designers (ASID) and the Council for Interior Design Qualification (NCIDQ) in the United States.