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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 +1 647-920-6246 or slee@aprilli.com

Coming up in December 2020...

Hotel Law: Protecting Guest Privacy

Every business is obligated to protect their customers from identity theft but unfortunately, data breaches have become all too common. In an effort to protect a guest's right to privacy and to safeguard their personal data, the European Union passed a General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) that could hold hotels legally liable for any breaches that expose a customer's sensitive personal information. Though the GDPR only pertains to EU citizens' data, any international business that mishandles their data can be legally responsible. Another legal issue of concern is the fight involving hotel "resort fees." Several states attorney generals have recently filed suit against two major hotel chains in an effort to litigate this practice. Their suit alleges that these companies are "engaged in deceptive and misleading pricing practices and their failure to disclose fees is in violation of consumer protection laws." The suit seeks to force the hotel chains to advertise the true price of their hotel rooms. There are several other legal issues that the industry is being forced to address. Sexual harassment prevention in the workplace is still top of mind for hotel employers-particularly in New York and California, which now statutorily require harassment training. Hotels and motels in California will also soon be required to train all their employees on human trafficking awareness. Immigration issues are also of major concern to hotel employers, especially in the midst of a severe labor shortage. The government is issuing fewer H2B visas for low-skilled workers, as well as J-1 visas for temporary workers. Though there is little hope for any comprehensive immigration reform, hotel lobbying groups are actively seeking legal remedies to alleviate this problem. These are just a few of the critical issues that the December issue of the Hotel Business Review will examine in the area of hotel law.