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Ms. Ryan

Andria Ryan

Partner, Fisher & Phillips LLP

Andria Lure Ryan is a partner in the Atlanta office of Fisher & Phillips LLP, and she serves as the chair of the firm's Hospitality Industry Practice Group. She joined the law firm in 1988. Ms. Ryan represents numerous hotel, resort, restaurant and related employers throughout the United States in various phases of labor and employment law. She spends much of her time counseling employers in day-to-day employment and labor decisions and educating employers about prevention and practical solutions to workplace problems. In 2005, Ms. Ryan served as chair of the State Bar of Georgia's Labor and Employment Law Section. She is an active member on the American Hotel and Lodging Association's Human Resources Committee. In addition, she is a frequent speaker to industry groups and human resources professionals on such topics as avoiding harassment in the workplace, maintaining a union-free workplace, wage and hour and immigration compliance, avoiding discrimination claims, proper interviewing and effective discipline and discharge techniques. Ms. Ryan has authored numerous articles for industry publications including most recently articles about appearance policies and the use of criminal background checks by employers. In 2007, she received the Chairman's Award from the Colorado Hotel & Lodging Association for her development of the Employment Compliance Guide for Colorado Hospitality Employers. She also has been honored by the South Carolina Hospitality Association and the Washington Lodging Association for valuable contributions by an Allied member. Ms. Ryan is "AV" Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell. She received a bachelor's degree from American University in Washington, D.C. and a law degree from Catholic University.

Ms. Ryan can be contacted at 404-240-4219 or aryan@laborlawyers.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.