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Mr. Meadows

Gary Meadows

President, HCI Architecture, Inc.

Gary C. Meadows, AIA, President of HCI Design, Incorporated has been responsible for management of Architectural services for HCI since 1995, thus enabling HCI to offer “in-house” comprehensive design services. His employment history also includes eleven years as Architectural Design Coordinator for a major design-build firm and experience dating to 1980 in the New Orleans marketplace. Mr. Meadows is the Architect for the St. Thomas Hope VI Housing Redevelopment, the Marriott Residence Inn, the Hilton Garden Inn, the Cotton Mill Apartments, and the American Can Apartments all in New Orleans, Louisiana; the Blackstone Courtyard by Marriott in Ft. Worth, Texas; the Humble Courtyard, Residence Inn and Apartments in Houston, Texas; the Courtyard by Marriott in Omaha, Nebraska; the Renaissance Suites Hotel and the Merchandise Mart Apartments in St. Louis, Missouri and numerous other commercial and industrial facilities. Mr Meadows holds a Bachelor of Architecture, 1979, Louisiana State University and is affiliated with: American Institute of Architects
Registered in the State of Louisiana (Reg. No. 2900)
Registered in the State of Texas (Reg. No. 15680)
Registered in the State of Nebraska (Reg. No. A-2757)
Registered in the State of Missouri (Reg. No. 8008-A)
Registered in the State of Mississippi (Reg. No. 3454)
National Council of Architectural Registration (NCARB No. 34,825)
Member, Preservation Resource Center of New Orleans
Member, National Trust for Historic Preservation

Mr. Meadows can be contacted at 504.566.0204 or gmeadows@hriproperties.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.