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Ms. McKeon

Heather McKeon

Interior Design/Studio Director, The Kraemer Group

In 2005 Heather McKeon published a list of personal goals that included the goal to join an Architectural and Design firm that was revitalizing the city of Detroit. Ms. Mckeon realized that goal that same year she joined Kraemer Design Group after receiving her Bachelor of Arts in Interior Design from Anderson University in South Carolina. Professional goals have driven Ms. Mckeon over the years to complete her National Council of Interior Design Qualification (NCIDQ), become a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Accredited Professional (LEED AP) and transition into the Director position of the Interior Design team. As the Director of Interiors she is responsible for the all facets of the Professional Interior Design services the firm offers including interior design and procurement services. As the Director of Interiors she plays a lead role in attracting new clients, developing design concepts and collaborating with others to deliver solutions consistent with the client organization's culture, goals and budget. Ms. McKeon leads a team of designers and project managers that speak the language of the client in a meaningful and insightful manner and work to integrate interior, architectural and graphic design into a cohesive solution. Her collective team, comprised of about fifty percent of the professional staff of the firm. It is responsible for development of functional and aesthetic design that helps boost productivity, increase sales, attract customers, or to enhance the living space of the interior of hospitality project, and for multi-family residential and commercial buildings based on client needs.

Ms. McKeon can be contacted at 313-965-3399 or heather@thekraemeredge.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.