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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. He 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 January 2019...

Mobile Technology: The Future is Now

Mobile Technology continues to advance at a relentless pace and the hotel industry continues to adapt. Hotel guests have shown a strong preference for mobile self-service - from checking-in/out at a hotel kiosk, to ordering room service, making dinner reservations, booking spa treatments, and managing laundry/dry cleaning services. And they also enjoy the convenience of paying for these services with smart phone mobile payments. In addition, some hotels have adopted a “concierge in your pocket” concept. Through a proprietary hotel app, guests can access useful information such as local entertainment venues, tourist attractions, event calendars, and medical facilities and services. In-room entertainment continues to be a key factor, as guests insist on the capacity to plug in their own mobile devices to customize their entertainment choices. Mobile technology also allows for greater marketing opportunities. For example, many hotels have adopted the use of “push notifications” - sending promotions, discounts and special event messages to guests based on their property location, purchase history, profiles, etc. Near field communication (NFC) technology is also being utilized to support applications such as opening room doors, earning loyalty points, renting a bike, accessing a rental car, and more. Finally, some hotels have adopted more futuristic technology. Robots are in use that have the ability to move between floors to deliver room service requests for all kinds of items - food, beverages, towels, toothbrushes, chargers and snacks. And infrared scanners are being used by housekeeping staff that can detect body heat within a room, alerting staff that the room is occupied and they should come back at a later time. The January Hotel Business Review will report on what some hotels are doing to maximize their opportunities in this exciting mobile technology space.