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Mr. Lee

Scott Lee

President & Principal, SB Architects

With over 30 years of design experience, Scott Lee leads SB Architects' international design practice with expertise in hospitality, mixed-use, residential, and master planning developments. Mr. Lee is an internationally recognized thought leader with more than three decades of experience in the buildings market, large-firm operations, and talent management.

Adept at defining a design vision that blends the key elements of a brand's identity with an authentic expression of the site, Mr. Lee has solidified SB Architects' presence throughout Southeast Asia, Caribbean, and Latin America and established a number of long-standing relationships with clients and partners across those regions.  

Mr. Lee has been instrumental in the development of destination properties in established and emerging markets around the world, and in ensuring  that SB Architects' work stays true to the site and creates a strong sense of place that resonates with visitors, guests, and residents on an emotional level.

Celebrating its 60th Anniversary in 2020, SB Architects is proud of a site-specific, hyper-localized design approach that has resulted in legacy projects such as Calistoga Ranch, Santana Row, and Fisher Island, an exclusive island resort community that was honored with an AIA Miami Test of Time Award and has enlisted SB Architects as its primary designer for over 38 years.

As the firm continues strategic expansion and its portfolio reflects even greater geographic diversity under Mr. Lee's leadership, SB Architects will leverage its entrepreneurial spirit and architectural craft to thoughtfully connect people to each other and to iconic experiences of a signature place.

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

Mr. Lee can be contacted at +1 415-673-8990 or slee@sb-architects.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.