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Mr. De Lowe

Brian De Lowe

President & Co-Founder, Proper Hospitality

Brian De Lowe is President and Co-Founder of Proper Hospitality, which operates and brands high-end lifestyle hospitality experiences under its Proper, Avalon, and Custom brands. In his role as President at Proper Hospitality, Mr. De Lowe is responsible for finding and developing buildings in culturally vibrant cities and neighborhoods.

Together with his partners and the rest of Proper's executive leadership, Mr. De Lowe brings together a team of talented people in design, food & beverage, health & wellness, and hospitality to make the buildings come alive as unique, one-of-a-kind, high-end lifestyle hotels. He also oversees overall strategy and the conceptualization and development of the Proper brand, as well as strategic and culinary partnerships.

Mr. De Lowe is also President and Co-Founder of Kor Real Estate Partners, a fully-integrated real estate investment, development and management firm that is well regarded for its use of creative design and distinctive branding to bring enhanced value to its investments in hotels, multifamily, and other lifestyle real estate assets. At Kor, he leads corporate strategy and the sourcing and execution of all real estate acquisitions & partnerships, having successfully closed over $1 billion of lifestyle real estate projects since re-launching Kor in 2012.

Prior to founding Proper Hospitality, Mr. De Lowe was the Vice President of Strategy & Business Development for Viceroy Hotel Group, where he oversaw all aspects of the company's acquisition and business development activities throughout the Americas.

Previously, Mr. De Lowe served as Development Director at Kor, leading the acquisition, development and redevelopment of urban multifamily, adaptive reuse, and hotel projects in the U.S. and Latin America.

Mr. De Lowe is a graduate of the University of Southern California's Marshall School of Business, where he graduated magna cum laude, and currently resides in Santa Monica, California with his wife and daughter.

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

Mr. De Lowe can be contacted at +1 424-244-1729 or brian.delowe@properhotel.com

Coming up in November 2019...

Architecture & Design: Biophilic Design

The hospitality industry is constantly evolving to meet and exceed guest expectations. As a result, hotels are always on the lookout for new ways to improve the guest experience, and architecture and design is an essential part of this equation. Bold design is often the most effective way to make an exceptional first impression - an impression guests use to distinguish between brands. One design trend that is being embraced worldwide has become known as “Biophilic Design.” Biophilic design is based on the concept of biophilia, which is the theory that human beings have an innate tendency to seek out nature, natural elements, and natural forms. Biophilic design is more than hotels simply adding a surplus of plants; it involves incorporating specific design elements into a hotel in order to imbue it with a sense of wellness and well-being. Some of those elements include exposure to natural lighting; views of nature and rooms with a view; natural architectural patterns; salvaged or reclaimed woods of all types; reclaimed metals; sustainably sourced stone; living green walls and vertical gardens; and direct and indirect exposure to nature. Hotels that have incorporated biophilic design into their properties are reaping the benefits associated with this trend including reduced stress responses, better air quality, lower energy costs, and more positive guest reviews. Biophilic design has also been shown to improve guest moods and to satisfy consumer demand for environmental responsibility. Savvy hotel owners and managers are aware that nature-inspired elements enhance their guests' comfort and well-being, which is why this trend is becoming so prevalent. Biophilic design is just one topic in the fields of hotel architecture and design that will be examined in the November issue of the Hotel Business Review.