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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 May 2019...

Eco-Friendly Practices: Corporate Social Responsibility

The hotel industry has undertaken a long-term effort to build more responsible and socially conscious businesses. What began with small efforts to reduce waste - such as paperless checkouts and refillable soap dispensers - has evolved into an international movement toward implementing sustainable development practices. In addition to establishing themselves as good corporate citizens, adopting eco-friendly practices is sound business for hotels. According to a recent report from Deloitte, 95% of business travelers believe the hotel industry should be undertaking “green” initiatives, and Millennials are twice as likely to support brands with strong management of environmental and social issues. Given these conclusions, hotels are continuing to innovate in the areas of environmental sustainability. For example, one leading hotel chain has designed special elevators that collect kinetic energy from the moving lift and in the process, they have reduced their energy consumption by 50%  over conventional elevators. Also, they installed an advanced air conditioning system which employs a magnetic mechanical system that makes them more energy efficient. Other hotels are installing Intelligent Building Systems which monitor and control temperatures in rooms, common areas and swimming pools, as well as ventilation and cold water systems. Some hotels are installing Electric Vehicle charging stations, planting rooftop gardens, implementing stringent recycling programs, and insisting on the use of biodegradable materials. Another trend is the creation of Green Teams within a hotel's operation that are tasked to implement earth-friendly practices and manage budgets for green projects. Some hotels have even gone so far as to curtail or eliminate room service, believing that keeping the kitchen open 24/7 isn't terribly sustainable. The May issue of the Hotel Business Review will document what some hotels are doing to integrate sustainable practices into their operations and how they are benefiting from them.