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Mr. Lee

Scott Lee

President & Principal, SB Architects

With over 30 years of design experience, Scott Lee leads SB Architects' international design practice with expertise in hospitality, mixed-use, residential, and master planning developments. Mr. Lee is an internationally recognized thought leader with more than three decades of experience in the buildings market, large-firm operations, and talent management.

Adept at defining a design vision that blends the key elements of a brand's identity with an authentic expression of the site, Mr. Lee has solidified SB Architects' presence throughout Southeast Asia, Caribbean, and Latin America and established a number of long-standing relationships with clients and partners across those regions.  

Mr. Lee has been instrumental in the development of destination properties in established and emerging markets around the world, and in ensuring  that SB Architects' work stays true to the site and creates a strong sense of place that resonates with visitors, guests, and residents on an emotional level.

Celebrating its 60th Anniversary in 2020, SB Architects is proud of a site-specific, hyper-localized design approach that has resulted in legacy projects such as Calistoga Ranch, Santana Row, and Fisher Island, an exclusive island resort community that was honored with an AIA Miami Test of Time Award and has enlisted SB Architects as its primary designer for over 38 years.

As the firm continues strategic expansion and its portfolio reflects even greater geographic diversity under Mr. Lee's leadership, SB Architects will leverage its entrepreneurial spirit and architectural craft to thoughtfully connect people to each other and to iconic experiences of a signature place.

Please visit http://www.sb-architects.com for more information.

Mr. Lee can be contacted at +1 415-673-8990 or slee@sb-architects.com

Coming up in December 2020...

Hotel Law: Protecting Guest Privacy

Every business is obligated to protect their customers from identity theft but unfortunately, data breaches have become all too common. In an effort to protect a guest's right to privacy and to safeguard their personal data, the European Union passed a General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) that could hold hotels legally liable for any breaches that expose a customer's sensitive personal information. Though the GDPR only pertains to EU citizens' data, any international business that mishandles their data can be legally responsible. Another legal issue of concern is the fight involving hotel "resort fees." Several states attorney generals have recently filed suit against two major hotel chains in an effort to litigate this practice. Their suit alleges that these companies are "engaged in deceptive and misleading pricing practices and their failure to disclose fees is in violation of consumer protection laws." The suit seeks to force the hotel chains to advertise the true price of their hotel rooms. There are several other legal issues that the industry is being forced to address. Sexual harassment prevention in the workplace is still top of mind for hotel employers-particularly in New York and California, which now statutorily require harassment training. Hotels and motels in California will also soon be required to train all their employees on human trafficking awareness. Immigration issues are also of major concern to hotel employers, especially in the midst of a severe labor shortage. The government is issuing fewer H2B visas for low-skilled workers, as well as J-1 visas for temporary workers. Though there is little hope for any comprehensive immigration reform, hotel lobbying groups are actively seeking legal remedies to alleviate this problem. These are just a few of the critical issues that the December issue of the Hotel Business Review will examine in the area of hotel law.