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Mr. Murch

Brian Murch

Principal, DLR Group

Brian Murch is a design leader, architect, and Principal at DLR Group, a global design firm with offices across the country and internationally. Working creatively throughout most of his career, Mr. Murch has focused his design experience in the hospitality, residential, and mixed-use markets, collaborating with a variety of clients throughout the United States.

Engaging user groups to create unique and innovative design solutions, Mr. Murch focuses on design that responds to the different forces that shape every project and the infusion of the context around them. Mr. Murch's passion is in the development and design for the newest boutique and lifestyle hotels, the most recent of which includes work in the historic LoDo area of Denver, Colorado.

His experience also includes collaborations with larger flagship brands such as Marriott and Hilton, and he has worked on such notable projects as The Laylow, Marriott Autograph Collection in Honolulu, Hawaii, and the Hilton Hotel at the Iowa Events Center in Des Moines, Iowa. Drawing on his almost 20 years of experience in design, planning, and project management, Mr. Murch is adept at listening to and engaging with clients to creatively find unique solutions to craft memorable places with inspired storytelling.

As a hospitality designer, Mr. Murch looks for new ideas and ways to evolve the creative process. “My passion is for all aspects of design and the landscape of architecture in which we live and play. Inspiration comes to me in all forms as I participate in research, and innovate new and relevant ideas that fundamentally shape the places our firm creates.”

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

Mr. Murch can be contacted at 913-685-5654 or brianmurch@dlrgroup.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.