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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 May 2019...

Eco-Friendly Practices: Corporate Social Responsibility

The hotel industry has undertaken a long-term effort to build more responsible and socially conscious businesses. What began with small efforts to reduce waste - such as paperless checkouts and refillable soap dispensers - has evolved into an international movement toward implementing sustainable development practices. In addition to establishing themselves as good corporate citizens, adopting eco-friendly practices is sound business for hotels. According to a recent report from Deloitte, 95% of business travelers believe the hotel industry should be undertaking “green” initiatives, and Millennials are twice as likely to support brands with strong management of environmental and social issues. Given these conclusions, hotels are continuing to innovate in the areas of environmental sustainability. For example, one leading hotel chain has designed special elevators that collect kinetic energy from the moving lift and in the process, they have reduced their energy consumption by 50%  over conventional elevators. Also, they installed an advanced air conditioning system which employs a magnetic mechanical system that makes them more energy efficient. Other hotels are installing Intelligent Building Systems which monitor and control temperatures in rooms, common areas and swimming pools, as well as ventilation and cold water systems. Some hotels are installing Electric Vehicle charging stations, planting rooftop gardens, implementing stringent recycling programs, and insisting on the use of biodegradable materials. Another trend is the creation of Green Teams within a hotel's operation that are tasked to implement earth-friendly practices and manage budgets for green projects. Some hotels have even gone so far as to curtail or eliminate room service, believing that keeping the kitchen open 24/7 isn't terribly sustainable. The May issue of the Hotel Business Review will document what some hotels are doing to integrate sustainable practices into their operations and how they are benefiting from them.