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Mr. Basler

Shawn Basler

Principal, Perkins Eastman

Shawn Basler AIA is a Principal at Perkins Eastman and a leader in the design of internationally recognized architectural and planning projects. With more than 17 years of experience, Mr. Basler's work has ranged from hotels and resorts, office buildings, and residential development to industrial and commercial planning and development projects. Mr. Basler frequently leads projects from initial concept, planning, and programming through technical design, offering comprehensive professional design services throughout. He has taken on this leadership role in the firm for numerous projects located throughout North America, Europe, Asia, and the Middle East. Prior to joining Perkins Eastman, Mr. Basler was a founding member of Basler Mosa Design Group. Before that, he was an Associate at Brennan Beer Gorman Architects in New York City. He is a registered architect licensed in the States of New York, New Jersey, and Missouri. He is certified by the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB). He also holds membership with the New York chapter of the American Institute of Architects (AIA) and the American Planning Association (APA).

Mr. Basler can be contacted at 212-353-7200 or s.basler@perkinseastman.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.