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Mr. Lowe

Scott Lowe

Managing Partner & Co-Founder, 5G Studio Collaborative

Scott Lowe drives 5G's vision as an innovative, client-centered group of architects, project managers, designers and planners. He launched the firm in 2005 with partners Hoang Dang and Yen Ong, later joined by Jacob Tindall, Mike Voegtle and Rick Walker. Today, 5G has offices in Atlanta, Miami and international teams in Asia and beyond - with prestigious clients worldwide. The firm's Entertainment Division specializes in design and programming for cinema, gaming and sports, creating destinations for leading brands. The award-winning Interiors at 5G is designing space across multiple business sectors. Mr. Lowe has extensive experience designing and managing large projects for major firms. Before founding 5G, he worked for The Beck Group (formerly Urban Architecture), designing in a wide range of categories, including religious, civic, office, residential and retail. Mr. Lowe is responsible for 5G Studio Collaborative's overall business vision and development, including growth tactics and financial success. He brings an innovative approach to the design and management of key projects. His leadership skills inspire exceptional and extraordinary performance among the talented professionals who have joined the leading design and architecture practice that continues to receive iconic assignments that generate vibrant energy, economic progress and substantially important design and aesthetic contributions to communities in the US and internationally. Among the roster of assignments for the firm are the multiple-award-winning 1,000- room Dallas Convention Center Hotel; the AIA award-winning Legacy ER Urgent Care facilities in Frisco and Allen, Texas; the iconic Parkland Hospital in Dallas; Solana in Southlake, Texas; five critically acclaimed dining destinations for DRG Concepts on Main Street in Downtown Dallas, helping revitalize the urban center of this top 10 US city; the renovation of Adolphus Tower in Downtown Dallas; the AIA Atlanta and Georgia headquarter offices in Downtown Atlanta; the new Convention Center in Allen, Texas in the burgeoning business center of Collin County; and the Novotel in Phu Quoc, a 200- room resort on an island south of Vietnam; a cinema in Metro Plaza in Shanghai, China; and many residential and hospitality destinations in Jakarta and Bali, Indonesia.

Mr. Lowe can be contacted at 214-670-0050 or scott@5gstudio.com

Coming up in December 2019...

Hotel Law: A Labor Crisis and Cyber Security

According to a recent study, the hospitality industry accounted for 2.9 trillion dollars in sales and in the U.S. alone, was responsible for 1 in 9 jobs. In an industry of that scope and dimension, legal issues touch every aspect of a hotel's operation, and legal services are required in order to conform to all prevailing laws and regulations. Though not all hotels face the same issues, there are some industry-wide subjects that are of concern more broadly. One of those matters is the issue of immigration and how it affects the ability of hotels to recruit qualified employees. The hotel industry is currently facing a labor crisis; the U.S. Labor Department estimates that there are 600,000 unfilled jobs in the industry. Part of the problem contributing to this labor shortage is the lack of H2B visas for low-skilled workers, combined with the difficulty in obtaining J-1 visas for temporary workers. Because comprehensive immigration reform is not being addressed politically, hotel managers expect things are going to get worse before they get better. Corporate cyber security is another major legal issue the industry must address. Hotels are under enormous pressure in this area given the large volume of customer financial transactions they handle daily. Recently, a federal court ruled that the Federal Trade Commission had the power to regulate corporate cyber security, so it is incumbent on hotels to establish data security programs in order to prevent data breaches. The lack of such programs could cause hotels to face legal threats from government agencies, class action lawsuits, and damage to their brand image if a data breach should occur. These are just two of the critical issues that the December issue of Hotel Business Review will examine in the area of hotel law.