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Mr. Evans

Chris Evans

Associate Principal, Rottet Studio

Chris Evans is an Associate Principal at Rottet Studio with more than 15 years of interior architecture and design experience spread over a variety of commercial and hospitality projects. Recognized for his diversified strengths, Mr. Evans plays a valuable role in all aspects of the design process from concept design to construction administration, with concentrated efforts on space planning, architectural finishes and furniture specifications for the project.

In 2017 Boutique Design magazine honored Mr. Evans on the roster of the Boutique 18, the magazine's yearly roster of noteworthy, on-the-rise designers of hospitality interiors.

Mr. Evans cut his teeth from an early age in his family's furniture shop, initiating his study of the design world by shaping objects with his hands. The manual process link between working with his hands and his brain has informed his design throughout his young career, exemplified by his unparalleled expertise in space planning, architectural finishes and detailing, and furniture specifications.

Mr. Evans' talents also include the development of design details for custom furniture and millwork pieces, ranging from traditional carved wood and tooled leather details to very contemporary stone and glass details. This design approach, born of function and imbued with beauty, has resulted in buildable and memorable projects for his clients. An approach combining his background with extensive historic research has allowed him to create buildings, spaces and furniture that invoke authentic emotional responses from clients and guests.

Mr. Evans worked with Mirador Group, Inc. for several years before joining the DMJM Rottet team. He transitioned to Rottet Studio when it was launched in 2008. Throughout his career he has been involved in both base building and interior architecture projects.

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

Mr. Evans can be contacted at 713-425-4879 or chris.evans@rottetstudio.com

Coming up in January 2020...

Mobile Technology: Meeting Tech Expectations

What once seemed futuristic is now the norm, owing to the escalating developments in mobile technology, and hotels must continue to innovate in order to meet guest expectations. In a recent study from Mower, 65 percent of guests said they would gladly pay more for a hotel that provides the mobile technology they deem essential. The same study shows that 44 percent of travelers are more likely to book a smart hotel, and nearly 7 in 10 want to use smart devices provided by the hotel. And how do guests wish to use all this technology? A majority expressed a desire for mobile check-in and check-out, and mobile payment options. They also want to be able to stream content from their phone to the TV; to make service requests of the hotel staff; to control in-room lighting, temperature and sound; to order food and beverages; and to request a wake-up call - all from their mobile device. Guests also expressed preferences for robust wi-fi and convenient device charging ports throughout the hotel. They also appreciate the use of hotel branded apps which allow a guest to book a room, access loyalty programs, receive discounts and rewards, and even use the app to choose the room, floor and view they prefer. Some hotel apps also allow a customer to track their charges throughout their stay, rather than waiting to receive a bill at the end. Finally, mobile tech lounges are popping up more frequently in some hotels. These lounges offer guests the opportunity to perform tasks like airline check-ins or access to local info guides, but they also provide a place where guests can comfortably get some work done outside their room. The January Hotel Business Review will report on what some hotels are doing to meet their customers' expectations in the mobile technology space.