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Ms. Palmer

Mary Alice Palmer

Principal & Director of Hospitality Interiors, HKS

As Principal and Director of Hospitality Interiors and one of the 5 leaders of HKS' global hospitality practice, Mary Alice Palmer provides a distinctly unique vision. With a rich and widely varied career in film, fashion and interior design, her path has been an unconventional mix of creative perspectives resulting in her unique point of view. HKS recruited Ms. Palmer to start the Hospitality Interiors Studio, where in the role of Creative Director, she cultivated that point of view to advance the design process through research, and storytelling to craft a narrative that works as the spine and framework for the evolution of project design.

An education at Parsons School of Design prepared Ms. Palmer for an initiation into interiors in the rarefied world of John Saladino in New York where she worked as a luxury residential designer, but wanderlust led her to California and several years spent working on design in films, TV and videos, ultimately winding up the adventure working with director James Cameron. The art of designing to propel a story became ingrained through the experience of set design.

She has designed some of the most luxurious and intricate interior spaces for brands including Auberge Resorts, Grand Hyatt, Marriott, Ritz-Carlton, Rosewood, St. Regis, W, Le Meridian, LVMH Cheval Blanc, Four Seasons, Mandarin Oriental, etc.

Today, Ms. Palmer works with an exceptional team of creative thinkers, architects and interior designers to realize award winning environments geared to produce magical, inspiring, life enhancing experiences for guests. Through Wellness and sustainability concepts, their approach has health and well-being deeply integrated in the process, instilling better balance in a framework for travel and life. A history of successful design leadership has propelled Ms. Palmer into a globally recognized thought leader. 

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

Ms. Palmer can be contacted at +1 214-969-3012 or mapalmer@hksinc.com

Coming up in May 2020...

Eco-Friendly Practices: Creative Innovation

Being eco-friendly is no longer a fad. It is an urgent planetary need and hotels are actively doing their part to reduce their carbon footprint by implementing sustainable, green practices. In addition to the goodwill derived from doing the right thing, hotels are also realizing the benefits to their business. A large percentage of Millennials expect hotels to be eco-friendly and will only patronize those properties that are proudly conforming. Consequently, more hotels are realizing that sustainability is a key element in a successful branding strategy. In addition, going green can lead to a more profitable bottom line, as savings on electricity, water and cleaning materials can add up. Also, there are other advantages that come with being an eco-friendly business, such as government subsidies and tax and loan incentives. As a result, many hotels are finding innovative ways to integrate eco-friendly practices into their business. Geo-thermal energy systems, along with energy-from-waste systems, are being used to heat and cool the property. Passive solar panels, green roofs, natural lighting and natural ventilation strategies also assist in energy conservation. Low-flow water systems and plumbing fixtures make a contribution, as does eco-friendly hardwood flooring, and energy efficient televisions and appliances throughout the property. In addition, some hotels have implemented in-room recycling programs, and only provide all-natural, personal care items. One hotel has actually constructed a bee-keeping operation on their grounds. Not only is this good for the bees but the hotel also produces products from the operation which they sell. This kind of creative innovation also holds enormous appeal to guests. 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.