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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 July 2018...

Hotel Spa: Oasis Unplugged

The driving force in current hotel spa trends is the effort to manage unprecedented levels of stress experienced by their clients. Feeling increasingly overwhelmed by demanding careers and technology overload, people are craving places where they can go to momentarily escape the rigors of their daily lives. As a result, spas are positioning themselves as oases of unplugged human connection, where mindfulness and contemplation activities are becoming increasingly important. One leading hotel spa offers their clients the option to experience their treatments in total silence - no music, no talking, and no advice from the therapist - just pure unadulterated silence. Another leading hotel spa is working with a reputable medical clinic to develop a “digital detox” initiative, in which clients will be encouraged to unplug from their devices and engage in mindfulness activities to alleviate the stresses of excessive technology use. Similarly, other spas are counseling clients to resist allowing technology to monopolize their lives, and to engage in meditation and gratitude exercises in its place. The goal is to provide clients with a warm, inviting and tranquil sanctuary from the outside world, in addition to also providing genuine solutions for better sleep, proper nutrition, stress management and natural self-care. To accomplish this, some spas are incorporating a variety of new approaches - cryotherapy, Himalayan salt therapy and ayurveda treatments are becoming increasingly popular. Other spas are growing their own herbs and performing their treatments in lush outdoor gardens. Some spa therapists are being trained to assess a client's individual movement patterns to determine the most beneficial treatment specifically for them. The July issue of the Hotel Business Review will report on these trends and developments and examine how some hotel spas are integrating them into their operations.