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Mr. Lee

Scott Lee

President & Principal, SB Architects

With over 20 years of design experience, Scott Lee provides the firm with senior leadership and design talent, specializing in hotel, resort, recreational and mixed-use projects. As president and principal, he plays a leading role in determining the firm's long-term mission, direction and goals.

Mr. Lee's active role in business development and marketing has been a driving force in the company's successes and its emergence as a force in the hospitality industry. Mr. Lee brings a singular passion to SB Architects. His favorite phrase is, “it's all architecture, all the time,” which comes as no surprise to anyone who knows him. “Passionate” and “driven” are the two words most often used to describe him, and architecture is woven into every aspect of his life.

Although he always loved to draw and build, it wasn't until the ripe age of 10 that Mr. Lee settled on architecture as a profession. Growing up in Foster City, California, everything was under construction. Mr. Lee's mother used to take him and his brother James to construction sites to collect building debris, which they would bring home and use to create their own projects.

Mr. Lee's passion for architecture continued at Cal Poly[as an architecture major] when he was 17 and never deviated from his focus. He supplemented his education with part-time work with local architects and developers.

Mr. Lee was also awarded a scholarship and attended University in Bath, England to both study architecture and represent the Rotary Foundation as an ambassador of goodwill. After graduating, he continued on with his career in architecture.


Please visit http://www.sb-architects.com for more information.

Mr. Lee can be contacted at 415-673-8990 or contactsf@sb-architects.com

Coming up in November 2019...

Architecture & Design: Biophilic Design

The hospitality industry is constantly evolving to meet and exceed guest expectations. As a result, hotels are always on the lookout for new ways to improve the guest experience, and architecture and design is an essential part of this equation. Bold design is often the most effective way to make an exceptional first impression - an impression guests use to distinguish between brands. One design trend that is being embraced worldwide has become known as “Biophilic Design.” Biophilic design is based on the concept of biophilia, which is the theory that human beings have an innate tendency to seek out nature, natural elements, and natural forms. Biophilic design is more than hotels simply adding a surplus of plants; it involves incorporating specific design elements into a hotel in order to imbue it with a sense of wellness and well-being. Some of those elements include exposure to natural lighting; views of nature and rooms with a view; natural architectural patterns; salvaged or reclaimed woods of all types; reclaimed metals; sustainably sourced stone; living green walls and vertical gardens; and direct and indirect exposure to nature. Hotels that have incorporated biophilic design into their properties are reaping the benefits associated with this trend including reduced stress responses, better air quality, lower energy costs, and more positive guest reviews. Biophilic design has also been shown to improve guest moods and to satisfy consumer demand for environmental responsibility. Savvy hotel owners and managers are aware that nature-inspired elements enhance their guests' comfort and well-being, which is why this trend is becoming so prevalent. Biophilic design is just one topic in the fields of hotel architecture and design that will be examined in the November issue of the Hotel Business Review.