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Mr. McEvoy

Bruce McEvoy

Design Director, Perkins and Will

Bruce McEvoy, AIA, LEED AP® BD+C is an award-winning designer who passionately believes in the transformational power of design. Mr. McEvoy believes our ideas and spaces should negotiate context, history, cultures, communities and the natural environment while utilizing technology, our dreams and a healthy sense of humor.

The son of a military family, Mr. McEvoy learned to be open and adaptable to new environments and cultures at an early age-and was aided through these transitions by an omnipresent sketchbook. Hours spent painting and drawing in his high school art room led to a fulfilling study at the Georgia Institute of Technology's architecture studio.

Mr. McEvoy has devoted his career to designing spaces that inspire change, transform lives and make the world a better place. Throughout his career, he has collaborated with some of the world's most prestigious corporations, as well as small and emerging non-profit organizations.

Mr. McEvoy consistently, and successfully, collaborates with some of Perkins and Will's most significant clients. He works at a variety of scales on different project types to combine high-end design with high-performance environments. As the hospitality design leader for the Atlanta studio, he brings his passion and understanding of humancentric design to every project. He is a leader in Perkins and Will's Excellence in Design Initiative, serves as the Atlanta liaison and is responsible for conducting project design reviews and pushing the design boundaries for the firm.

Mr. McEvoy believes design's greatest gift is its transformative effect on future generations, and is passionate about advancing Atlanta's design community. To that end, he serves on the Executive Advisory Board of the College of Design and is the Chairman of the Board of Museum of Design Atlanta (MODA), Atlanta's only design-focused museum.

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Mr. McEvoy can be contacted at +1 404-443-7430 or Bruce.McEvoy@perkinswill.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.