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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 May 2019...

Eco-Friendly Practices: Corporate Social Responsibility

The hotel industry has undertaken a long-term effort to build more responsible and socially conscious businesses. What began with small efforts to reduce waste - such as paperless checkouts and refillable soap dispensers - has evolved into an international movement toward implementing sustainable development practices. In addition to establishing themselves as good corporate citizens, adopting eco-friendly practices is sound business for hotels. According to a recent report from Deloitte, 95% of business travelers believe the hotel industry should be undertaking “green” initiatives, and Millennials are twice as likely to support brands with strong management of environmental and social issues. Given these conclusions, hotels are continuing to innovate in the areas of environmental sustainability. For example, one leading hotel chain has designed special elevators that collect kinetic energy from the moving lift and in the process, they have reduced their energy consumption by 50%  over conventional elevators. Also, they installed an advanced air conditioning system which employs a magnetic mechanical system that makes them more energy efficient. Other hotels are installing Intelligent Building Systems which monitor and control temperatures in rooms, common areas and swimming pools, as well as ventilation and cold water systems. Some hotels are installing Electric Vehicle charging stations, planting rooftop gardens, implementing stringent recycling programs, and insisting on the use of biodegradable materials. Another trend is the creation of Green Teams within a hotel's operation that are tasked to implement earth-friendly practices and manage budgets for green projects. Some hotels have even gone so far as to curtail or eliminate room service, believing that keeping the kitchen open 24/7 isn't terribly sustainable. The May issue of the Hotel Business Review will document what some hotels are doing to integrate sustainable practices into their operations and how they are benefiting from them.