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Mr. Lee

Steve Lee

Founder & Design Principal, Aprilli Design Studio

Steve Lee is founder and design principal at Aprilli Design Studio, a Toronto-based atelier design studio focusing on research, design, and implementation of sustainable design and planning strategies.

As architects and design consultants, Aprilli Design Studio specializes in providing analysis and solutions for futuristic issues including social, economic and environmental problems related to transportation, energy, food and population. The studio explores new ideas and solutions based on advanced technologies and recent design trends including autonomous driving technology, digital fabrication, big data and interactive design.

Aprilli Design Studio's progressive design projects including “Autonomous Travel Suite” and “Urban Skyfarm” have been covered in international medias extensively including CNN, Forbes, BBC, Newsweek and have received awards including Radical Innovation Award and Green dot design Award.

Prior to founding Aprilli Design Studio, Mr. Lee has worked at architectural design firms including Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates, ZNA Associates and RTKL Associates as a project architect on international high-rise, mixed-use and hospitality projects in various countries. Since founding Aprilli Design Studio in 2014, he has been teaching at universities including UCLA Architecture and Urban Design March II post graduate program and California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo.

Mr. Lee is a licensed architect in state of California, US and Ontario, Canada and is a LEED Accredited Professional in Building Design and Construction. He has received his Bachelor of Science in Architecture degree from Yonsei University in 2002 and Master in Architecture degree from Yale University in 2007. He is currently a member of Akin MOCA studio program in Toronto.

Please visit http://www.aprilli.com for more information.

Mr. Lee can be contacted at 647-920-6246 or slee@aprilli.com

Coming up in March 2019...

Human Resources: An Era of Transition

Traditionally, the human resource department administers five key areas within a hotel operation - compliance, compensation and benefits, organizational dynamics, selection and retention, and training and development. However, HR professionals are also presently involved in culture-building activities, as well as implementing new employee on-boarding practices and engagement initiatives. As a result, HR professionals have been elevated to senior leadership status, creating value and profit within their organization. Still, they continue to face some intractable issues, including a shrinking talent pool and the need to recruit top-notch employees who are empowered to provide outstanding customer service. In order to attract top-tier talent, one option is to take advantage of recruitment opportunities offered through colleges and universities, especially if they have a hospitality major. This pool of prospective employees is likely to be better educated and more enthusiastic than walk-in hires. Also, once hired, there could be additional training and development opportunities that stem from an association with a college or university. Continuing education courses, business conferences, seminars and online instruction - all can be a valuable source of employee development opportunities. In addition to meeting recruitment demands in the present, HR professionals must also be forward-thinking, anticipating the skills that will be needed in the future to meet guest expectations. One such skill that is becoming increasingly valued is “resilience”, the ability to “go with the flow” and not become overwhelmed by the disruptive influences  of change and reinvention. In an era of transition—new technologies, expanding markets, consolidation of brands and businesses, and modifications in people's values and lifestyles - the capacity to remain flexible, nimble and resilient is a valuable skill to possess. The March Hotel Business Review will examine some of the strategies that HR professionals are employing to ensure that their hotel operations continue to thrive.