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Dr. Marr

Marvee Marr

Assist. Professor, Forbes School of Business, Ashford University; Faculty Member Glion Online

Dr. Marvee Marr is a full-time Assistant Professor at the Forbes School of Business at Ashford University in San Diego, CA. She has been working with Glion on a part-time basis for almost 3 years. Her current position with Glion is as trainer, mentor, dissertation advisor and online instructor. Dr. Marr received a Doctor of Business Administration in International Business from Argosy University, a Master of Business Administration with a Human Resources concentration from Inter American University, a Master of Fine Arts in Combined Writing from Columbia College, and An Interdisciplinary Studies Bachelor of Arts degree in Communications and Women Studies from University of Missouri. Dr. Marr has been teaching in higher education for almost two decades. She has taught abroad for more than a decade of her career in areas such as Mexico, Brazil, and Central and Eastern Europe. Previous to her current position, Dr. Marr served as an Assistant Professor for University of Wisconsin, City University of Seattle-Europe and ITESM in Mexico. She has a background in corporate human resources, hospitality and social science marketing. Dr Marr is the co-author and editor of "Doing Business Abroad: A Handbook for Expatriates". Asongu, J., Ho C., & Marr, M. Greenview Publishing Company (2007).

Dr. Marr can be contacted at marvee.marr@faculty.gliononline.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.