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Ms. Lopez

Patricia Lopez

Associate & Senior Interior Designer, Baskervill

Patricia Lopez, LEED AP ID+C is an associate and senior interior designer in Baskervill's award-winning hospitality studio. Born and raised in Medellín, Colombia, Ms. Lopez's engaging and happy personality lends itself well to a career in the hospitality industry, where she enjoys collaboration and creating strong relationships that extend beyond the office. Her Latin culture has had a strong influence on her personal design aesthetic, which draws heavily on her homeland, blending bright pops of color in selective, intentional ways in her work. A graduate of Virginia Commonwealth University, Ms. Lopez holds a B.F.A. in Interior Design and has been working to help clients achieve their design goals for the past ten years. Her creative sensibility and talent for innovative design has been recognized with an International Interior Design Association Virginia Chapter Honorable Mention Award and interviews with a number of leading national industry publications, including Lodging Magazine, Hotel Management, and Hospitality Design. Known for her unique and inspired artwork selections and custom carpet designs, Ms. Lopez's recent work on the conversion of the Aloft Washington National Harbor into the AC Hotel Washington DC at National Harbor—only the third AC Hotel to open in the States—garnered rave reviews. Ms. Lopez's portfolio also includes the award-winning Hyatt Dulles Executive Meeting Center, the recently completed San Francisco Marriott Airport Waterfront guestrooms renovation, The Equinox Golf Resort & Spa, and the Napa Valley Marriott Hotel & Spa, which is currently in design. Ms. Lopez lives in Richmond, Virginia with her family.

Please visit www.baskervill.com for more information.

Ms. Lopez can be contacted at 804-343-1010 or plopez@baskervill.com

Coming up in September 2019...

Hotel Group Meetings: Uncommon Destinations

The last few years have been good to the Hotel Group Meetings industry and that trend is expected to continue into 2019. Planners are brimming with confidence due to an expanding economy and increased job creation, which typically results in a boost in corporate meetings. Given this promising outlook, planners are trying to outdo themselves to satisfy the high expectations of their clients. One notable trend is to integrate unusual settings into the meeting experience, hosting groups at local zoos, aquariums, museums, event centers, or other outdoor facilities. The goal is to embrace uncommon destinations, rather than a typical hotel conference room, so that meetings can be memorable, unique and stimulating. This is also part of another trend which is to support all things local - from hosting events at landmark city venues; to catering through local restaurants, food trucks and microbreweries; to hosting off-site excursions like agri-tours, athletic events or scenic 5k routes. However, though the setting might be spectacular, there are still some bedrock components that must be provided to ensure a successful meeting. Free, high-speed Wi-Fi is still one of the most requested services. Planners have to make sure that a comprehensive communication infrastructure is in place so clients can easily connect - and stay connected - to the network throughout the entire meeting experience. Also, technology tools can be used to streamline the booking, registration, and check-in process, and Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) materials can be utilized to ensure seamless access to conference events. There are also numerous software tools that encourage audience participation, as well as integrating polls, Q&A, surveys and games into speakers' presentations. The September Hotel Business Review will examine issues relevant to group meetings and will report on what some hotels are doing to promote this sector of their operations.