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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 January 2019...

Mobile Technology: The Future is Now

Mobile Technology continues to advance at a relentless pace and the hotel industry continues to adapt. Hotel guests have shown a strong preference for mobile self-service - from checking-in/out at a hotel kiosk, to ordering room service, making dinner reservations, booking spa treatments, and managing laundry/dry cleaning services. And they also enjoy the convenience of paying for these services with smart phone mobile payments. In addition, some hotels have adopted a “concierge in your pocket” concept. Through a proprietary hotel app, guests can access useful information such as local entertainment venues, tourist attractions, event calendars, and medical facilities and services. In-room entertainment continues to be a key factor, as guests insist on the capacity to plug in their own mobile devices to customize their entertainment choices. Mobile technology also allows for greater marketing opportunities. For example, many hotels have adopted the use of “push notifications” - sending promotions, discounts and special event messages to guests based on their property location, purchase history, profiles, etc. Near field communication (NFC) technology is also being utilized to support applications such as opening room doors, earning loyalty points, renting a bike, accessing a rental car, and more. Finally, some hotels have adopted more futuristic technology. Robots are in use that have the ability to move between floors to deliver room service requests for all kinds of items - food, beverages, towels, toothbrushes, chargers and snacks. And infrared scanners are being used by housekeeping staff that can detect body heat within a room, alerting staff that the room is occupied and they should come back at a later time. The January Hotel Business Review will report on what some hotels are doing to maximize their opportunities in this exciting mobile technology space.