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Mr. Cotsovolos

Len Cotsovolos

Len Cotsovolos, WESTAR Architectural Group Nevada Inc

Len Cotsovolos is the Founder of WESTAR Architectural Group and has over 20 years of interior design experience, working on high-end interiors projects around the world, with a focus on hospitality design. Mr. Cotsovolos received a Master's Degree in Interior Design from the famed Pratt Institute in New York City, where he graduated with High Honors. He then worked from some of America's leading design firms, in New York City, Los Angeles, Las Vegas and San Francisco, including Haverson Architecture and Design, Brennan Beer Gorman Monk/Interiors, MGM Resorts International and Nicole Hollis Interior Design. During this time, Mr. Cotsovolos completed many award-wining hospitality projects such the Aria Hotel at CityCenter Las Vegas, The Bellagio Hotel and Casino, the Fairmont Acapulco Princess Mexico, the W Hotel New York City, Cirque de Soleil Beatle's Revolution Lounge, Elizabeth Arden Red Door Spa New York City, Hard Rock Hotel Puerta Vallarta, Carmel Valley Ranch in Carmel, CA, Buchanan Hotel San Francisco, and the Palladian Hotel in Seattle, WA to name a few. He also has extensive experience in residential design, retail and concept design and development, as well as brand development and master planning. In 1997, Mr. Cotsovolos founded his name-sake boutique design firm that focused on personalized design services, where he designed luxury residences worldwide, and was named one of The Top 100 Interior Designers in 2013. He joined Westar Architects as a Partner and the Director of Interior Design, where he leads a diverse team of professional designers that are committed to excellence in design, flawless documentation and innovative problem solving. Mr. Cotsovolos's attention to detail, design savvy and his keen eye for luxury is helping to transform the Westar brand into a global powerhouse known for high design, excellent customer service, and bespoke details. He brings his project management expertise and design fluency to Westar, where he exercises this passion for fine design and hospitality interior architecture, all while keeping his finger on the pulse of the industry and staying abreast of hospitality trends and fashion.

Mr. Cotsovolos can be contacted at 702-878-0000 or lenc@wagnarchitects.com

Coming up in November 2020...

Hotel Design: Home Away From Home

With the rise of the sharing economy and the peer-to-peer marketplace for lodging options, hoteliers are re-thinking the look, feel and appeal of their locations. There is an emphasis on re-creating a feeling of homeyness - a comfortable, cozy and inviting space that feels like home. 'This is accomplished through the careful selection of furniture design, paint colors, lighting design, artwork, bathroom fixtures and textile accessories. In addition, some hotels are providing their guests with upscale amenities, such as a book and movie library, home-style kitchenettes, a coffee machine with locally-sourced beans and tea, or even a batch of fresh-baked cookies. Similarly, there is a growing design trend based on the concept of place-making. Travelers are searching for experiences that are unique and authentic to the locale in which they find themselves, and so hotel designers are integrating a sense of place into their work. This is partially achieved by incorporating traditional artisanal crafts and other local artwork into hotel rooms and communal spaces. Another design trend includes the creation of full-service, co-working environments within the hotel. Guests don't like to stay alone in their room when they need to work, so now they can go downstairs to the lobby-or up to the roof-to work among others. These areas encourage guests - and non-guests alike - to stay as long as they like and to partake of hotel amenities. Finally, recognizing the importance of the Wellness Movement, some designers are exploring how room design can increase the likelihood of deep and restorative sleep. Creating dark and quiet spaces, blocking excessive light, providing guests with a selection of different kinds of pillows, and the ability to control room temperature, are a few of the best practices in this area. These are some of the architecture and design topics that will be covered in the November issue of the Hotel Business Review.