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Ms. Hart

Christina Hart

Senior Principal / Director of Hospitality Interiors, HOK New York

Christina Hart has honed a niche in designing signature restaurants, premier spas and upscale luxury suites and hotels. She has overseen the renovation of the historic Hotel du Parc in Switzerland for Kempinski; The Fairmont Oman Resort in the Persian Gulf; select spaces of the world renowned Waldorf Astoria in New York as well as design renovations and new builds four- and five-star hospitality projects in the U.S. and around the world. Ms. Hart‘s diverse roster of projects also includes completing corporate interiors for: Nestle Waters North America, Merrill Lynch, Met Life and Morgan Stanley during her tenure at both Haverson Architecture & Design and WBTL. Recent work includes: a refresh of the Asiate Restaurant, renovating the One Bedroom Suites and concept and design of the penthouse space, Suite 5000, all at the Mandarin Oriental New York; select spaces at the Statler Hotel of Cornell University; and the InterContinental Hotel at the Texas Medical Center in Houston. Ms. Hart's re-design of the Al Faisaliah in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia will open in 2017. The premier resort, which was built a decade ago by Lord Norman Foster, is located in a towering skyscraper and celebrated as one of Riyadh's most impressive properties, catering to discerning business and international visitors. Her launch of the first Melia Hotel in North America earned a Gold Key Award in 2012. A frequent lecturer and panelist, she has spoken at Cornell's Center for Hospitality Design Research Roundtable at the Cornell Hotel School. Ms. Hart holds a B.S. in Design & Environmental Analysis from Cornell University. Prior to BBG-BBGM's merging with HOK, she was an Interiors Partner.

Please visit http://www.hok.com for more information.

Ms. Hart can be contacted at 646-385-7653 or christina.hart@hok.com

Coming up in January 2019...

Mobile Technology: The Future is Now

Mobile Technology continues to advance at a relentless pace and the hotel industry continues to adapt. Hotel guests have shown a strong preference for mobile self-service - from checking-in/out at a hotel kiosk, to ordering room service, making dinner reservations, booking spa treatments, and managing laundry/dry cleaning services. And they also enjoy the convenience of paying for these services with smart phone mobile payments. In addition, some hotels have adopted a “concierge in your pocket” concept. Through a proprietary hotel app, guests can access useful information such as local entertainment venues, tourist attractions, event calendars, and medical facilities and services. In-room entertainment continues to be a key factor, as guests insist on the capacity to plug in their own mobile devices to customize their entertainment choices. Mobile technology also allows for greater marketing opportunities. For example, many hotels have adopted the use of “push notifications” - sending promotions, discounts and special event messages to guests based on their property location, purchase history, profiles, etc. Near field communication (NFC) technology is also being utilized to support applications such as opening room doors, earning loyalty points, renting a bike, accessing a rental car, and more. Finally, some hotels have adopted more futuristic technology. Robots are in use that have the ability to move between floors to deliver room service requests for all kinds of items - food, beverages, towels, toothbrushes, chargers and snacks. And infrared scanners are being used by housekeeping staff that can detect body heat within a room, alerting staff that the room is occupied and they should come back at a later time. The January Hotel Business Review will report on what some hotels are doing to maximize their opportunities in this exciting mobile technology space.