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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 2019...

Hotel Group Meetings: Uncommon Destinations

The last few years have been good to the Hotel Group Meetings industry and that trend is expected to continue into 2019. Planners are brimming with confidence due to an expanding economy and increased job creation, which typically results in a boost in corporate meetings. Given this promising outlook, planners are trying to outdo themselves to satisfy the high expectations of their clients. One notable trend is to integrate unusual settings into the meeting experience, hosting groups at local zoos, aquariums, museums, event centers, or other outdoor facilities. The goal is to embrace uncommon destinations, rather than a typical hotel conference room, so that meetings can be memorable, unique and stimulating. This is also part of another trend which is to support all things local - from hosting events at landmark city venues; to catering through local restaurants, food trucks and microbreweries; to hosting off-site excursions like agri-tours, athletic events or scenic 5k routes. However, though the setting might be spectacular, there are still some bedrock components that must be provided to ensure a successful meeting. Free, high-speed Wi-Fi is still one of the most requested services. Planners have to make sure that a comprehensive communication infrastructure is in place so clients can easily connect - and stay connected - to the network throughout the entire meeting experience. Also, technology tools can be used to streamline the booking, registration, and check-in process, and Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) materials can be utilized to ensure seamless access to conference events. There are also numerous software tools that encourage audience participation, as well as integrating polls, Q&A, surveys and games into speakers' presentations. The September Hotel Business Review will examine issues relevant to group meetings and will report on what some hotels are doing to promote this sector of their operations.