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Dr. Woods, Ph.D., CHRE, ISHC

Robert Woods, Ph.D., CHRE, ISHC

Professor, William F. Harrah College of Hotel Administration, UNLV

Robert H. Woods, Ph.D., CHRE, ISHC, is a Professor in the William F. Harrah College of Hotel Administration at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. He is a specialist in human resources and management issues, and regularly consults with hospitality organizations and clubs on management, strategic management, service management, human resources, timeshare management, and corporate culture issues. Dr. Woods is co-author of the textbook Leadership and Management in the Hospitality Industry and of The Job Description Handbook. He has written more than 150 refereed articles and has written chapters for various books, including Ethics in Hospitality Management and Contemporary Club Management. Dr. Woods received his master's and doctoral degrees from the Hotel School at Cornell University and is a former Chair of the Hotel Management Department at UNLV. Before returning to academia, he owned and operated a successful chain of restaurants and a hospitality consulting firm.

Dr. Woods, Ph.D., CHRE, ISHC can be contacted at 702-895-3637 or robert.woods@unlv.edu

Coming up in November 2019...

Architecture & Design: Biophilic Design

The hospitality industry is constantly evolving to meet and exceed guest expectations. As a result, hotels are always on the lookout for new ways to improve the guest experience, and architecture and design is an essential part of this equation. Bold design is often the most effective way to make an exceptional first impression - an impression guests use to distinguish between brands. One design trend that is being embraced worldwide has become known as “Biophilic Design.” Biophilic design is based on the concept of biophilia, which is the theory that human beings have an innate tendency to seek out nature, natural elements, and natural forms. Biophilic design is more than hotels simply adding a surplus of plants; it involves incorporating specific design elements into a hotel in order to imbue it with a sense of wellness and well-being. Some of those elements include exposure to natural lighting; views of nature and rooms with a view; natural architectural patterns; salvaged or reclaimed woods of all types; reclaimed metals; sustainably sourced stone; living green walls and vertical gardens; and direct and indirect exposure to nature. Hotels that have incorporated biophilic design into their properties are reaping the benefits associated with this trend including reduced stress responses, better air quality, lower energy costs, and more positive guest reviews. Biophilic design has also been shown to improve guest moods and to satisfy consumer demand for environmental responsibility. Savvy hotel owners and managers are aware that nature-inspired elements enhance their guests' comfort and well-being, which is why this trend is becoming so prevalent. Biophilic design is just one topic in the fields of hotel architecture and design that will be examined in the November issue of the Hotel Business Review.