Editorial Board

Mr. Adams

Lawrence Adams

Principal, ForrestPerkins

Lawrence Adams AIA, Principal of ForrestPerkins, a design studio of Perkins Eastman, is a global authority on hotel and resort design. Mr. Adams co-authored Hotel Design, Planning and Development with Richard Penner and Stephani Robson. It followed the original 422-page edition of *Hotel Design, Planning and Development*, often referred to as the “bible” of hotel design, which Mr. Adams co-authored with Walter Rutes and Richard Penner and which was published in 2001. Both tomes were written for architects, designers, developers and hotel executives as comprehensive and professional guides for hotel and resort design and development. Mr. Adams served as adjunct faculty at New York University for nine years teaching Master Degree courses on Hotel Design and Development. Mr. Adams has managed and directed the design of large-scale development projects at major architectural and planning firms for the past 40 years. His most significant hospitality design projects include the New York Four Seasons Hotel, on which Mr. Adams collaborated with I.M. Pei; the Chambers Hotel in New York, which he partnered with the Rockwell Group to design; and the RIHGA Royal Hotel, Manhattan’s first all-suite hotel, which is now called The London NYC. Adams also directed the architectural design for the addition and rebranding of the Westin Ft. Lauderdale Beach Resort Hotel. Most recently, Mr. Adams directed the design of the adaptive reuse of an iconic mid-century high-rise for the 326-room Westin Dallas Downtown Hotel, which opened in 2015. His other significant non-hospitality projects include the Czech Mission to the United Nations in New York, Poydras Home Senior Living Community in New Orleans, and the National Headquarters of the Marine Corps Forces Reserve also in New Orleans. Mr. Adams is based in ForrestPerkins' Dallas office, is NCARB Certified, and is a registered architect in several states including Texas, District of Columbia, Florida, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Mississippi, and New York. Please visit http://forestperkins.com for more information.

Mr. Adams can be contacted at 214-224-4515 or ladams@forestperkins.com

Coming up in January 2018...

Mobile Technology: Relentless Innovation

Technology has become a crucial component in attracting and retaining hotel guests, and the need to enhance a guest’s technology experience is driving a relentless pace of innovation. To meet and exceed guest expectations, 54% of hotels will spend more on technology in 2018, and mobile solutions in particular will top the list of capital investments. Many hotels are integrating mobile booking, mobile keys, mobile payments and mobile check-in into their operations. Other hotels are emphasizing the in-room experience, boosting bandwidth and upgrading flat screen TVs to more easily interface with guest mobile devices. And though not yet mainstream, there are many exciting technology developments on the near horizon. The Internet of Things (loT) is taking form in some places, and can be found in guest room control systems, voice activation systems, and in wearable sensors that can be used for access and payment options. Virtual reality headsets are available at some hotels so guests can enjoy virtual trips to exotic locations or if off-property, preview conference facilities and guest rooms. How long will it be before a hotel employs a fleet of robots for room service, or utilizes a hologram as a concierge, or installs gesture-controlled walls that feature interactive digital displays? Some hotels are already using augmented reality for translation services, or interactive wall maps, or even virtual décor. This pace of innovation is challenging property owners and brands to stay on top of the latest technology trends while still addressing current projects. The January Hotel Business Review will explore what some hotels are doing to maximize their opportunities in the mobile technology space.