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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 September 2020...

Hotel Group Meetings: Demand vs. Supply

It is a great time for hotel group meetings. It is expected that once again this sector will grow by 5-10% in 2020, partly due to the increasing value of in-person group meetings. Because people now spend so much time in front of their screens, face-to-face interactions have become a more treasured commodity in our modern world. Plus, the use of social media reinforces the value of engagement, discussion, conversation, and networking - all areas where group meetings shine. Despite this rosy outlook, there is a concern that demand for meetings far exceeds the supply of suitable venues and hotels. There are very few "big box" properties with 500-plus rooms and extensive conference facilities being built, and this shortage of inventory could pose a serious challenge for meeting planners. In addition to location concerns, the role of the meeting planner has also evolved significantly. Planners are no longer just meeting coordinators - they are de facto travel agents. Cultural interactions, local dining, experiential travel, and team-building activities are all now a part of their meeting mix. Plus, they have to cater to evolving tastes. Millennials are insisting on healthier venues and activities, and to meet their demands, hotels are making yoga breaks, fresh-pressed juices, plant-based diets, state-of-the-art gyms, and locally-sourced menus available. Millennials are also insisting that meeting venues practice Corporate Social Responsibility, which means upholding sustainable and ethical values; investment in the local community; health and well-being of employees; and general business practices that reflect being good citizens of the planet. Finally, there is a growing trend to merge meetings with other local events, such as music festivals, sporting events, and cultural attractions. The December Hotel Business Review will report on issues relevant to group meetings and will document what some hotels are doing to support this part of their operations.