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Mr. Burke

Patrick Burke

Principal, Michael Graves Architecture & Design

Patrick Burke, AIA is a Principal with Michael Graves & Architecture & Design (MGA&D) and was the Principal-in-Charge and Lead Designer for the planning, architectural design and interior design of Resorts World Sentosa. Since joining the firm in 1982, he has led design teams for well over 50 projects, including the majority of MGA&D's work in the hospitality sector. Mr. Burke has also designed numerous, award winning cultural facilities such as museums and theaters, office buildings and training centers, courthouses, university buildings and residences. Mr. Burke instills in each of his projects a distinctive architectural character that reflects the context and the audience. Fond of saying that he does not want his hotels to look as though they could be located just anywhere in the world, he creates designs that feel rooted in their sites. Even when creating worldwide brand standards for several tiers of Wyndham hotels, he devised art programs and interiors options that reflect regional differences. Throughout Burke’s extensive hospitality projects, he has integrated planning, architecture, interior design and the design of furniture, furnishings, signage and artwork, resulting in unique custom designs for light fixtures, carpets, furniture and accessories. A representative listing of Mr. Burke's hospitality portfolio includes Resorts World Sentosa featuring over 1,834 guest rooms in 6 hotels, a casino, and ESPA Spa; the 2,300-room Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Hotels in Orlando, FL which contain 16 distinct restaurants and extensive convention and entertainment facilities; the Hotel New York at EuroDisneyland Paris; five resort hotels in Egypt, one of which includes extensive golf facilities and a spa; a business hotel in Antwerp, Belgium; a master plan for a resort for up to 16,000 guests in the Canary Islands; and an eco-tourist golf resort on the Pacific Coast of Costa Rica. A native of Chicago, Illinois, Mr. Burke received his architectural education at the University of Illinois, Chicago and at Princeton University, where he studied under Michael Graves. Please visit http://www.michaelgraves.com for more information.

Mr. Burke can be contacted at 609-924-6409 or pburke@michaelgraves.com

Coming up in April 2018...

Guest Service: Empowering People

Excellent customer service is vitally important in all businesses but it is especially important for hotels where customer service is the lifeblood of the business. Outstanding customer service is essential in creating new customers, retaining existing customers, and cultivating referrals for future customers. Employees who meet and exceed guest expectations are critical to a hotel's success, and it begins with the hiring process. It is imperative for HR personnel to screen for and hire people who inherently possess customer-friendly traits - empathy, warmth and conscientiousness - which allow them to serve guests naturally and authentically. Trait-based hiring means considering more than just a candidate's technical skills and background; it means looking for and selecting employees who naturally desire to take care of people, who derive satisfaction and pleasure from fulfilling guests' needs, and who don't consider customer service to be a chore. Without the presence of these specific traits and attributes, it is difficult for an employee to provide genuine hospitality. Once that kind of employee has been hired, it is necessary to empower them. Some forward-thinking hotels empower their employees to proactively fix customer problems without having to wait for management approval. This employee empowerment—the permission to be creative, and even having the authority to spend money on a customer's behalf - is a resourceful way to resolve guest problems quickly and efficiently. When management places their faith in an employee's good judgment, it inspires a sense of trust and provides a sense of higher purpose beyond a simple paycheck. The April issue of the Hotel Business Review will document what some leading hotels are doing to cultivate and manage guest satisfaction in their operations.