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Mr. Burke

Patrick Burke

Principal, Michael Graves Architecture & Design

Patrick Burke, AIA is a Principal with Michael Graves & Architecture & Design (MGA&D) and was the Principal-in-Charge and Lead Designer for the planning, architectural design and interior design of Resorts World Sentosa. Since joining the firm in 1982, he has led design teams for well over 50 projects, including the majority of MGA&D's work in the hospitality sector.

Mr. Burke has also designed numerous, award winning cultural facilities such as museums and theaters, office buildings and training centers, courthouses, university buildings and residences. Mr. Burke instills in each of his projects a distinctive architectural character that reflects the context and the audience. Fond of saying that he does not want his hotels to look as though they could be located just anywhere in the world, he creates designs that feel rooted in their sites. Even when creating worldwide brand standards for several tiers of Wyndham hotels, he devised art programs and interiors options that reflect regional differences.

Throughout Mr. Burke's extensive hospitality projects, he has integrated planning, architecture, interior design and the design of furniture, furnishings, signage and artwork, resulting in unique custom designs for light fixtures, carpets, furniture and accessories. A representative listing of Mr. Burke's hospitality portfolio includes Resorts World Sentosa featuring over 1,834 guest rooms in 6 hotels, a casino, and ESPA Spa; the 2,300-room Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Hotels in Orlando, FL which contain 16 distinct restaurants and extensive convention and entertainment facilities; the Hotel New York at EuroDisneyland Paris; five resort hotels in Egypt, one of which includes extensive golf facilities and a spa; a business hotel in Antwerp, Belgium; a master plan for a resort for up to 16,000 guests in the Canary Islands; and an eco-tourist golf resort on the Pacific Coast of Costa Rica.

A native of Chicago, Illinois, Mr. Burke received his architectural education at the University of Illinois, Chicago and at Princeton University, where he studied under Michael Graves.

Please visit http://www.michaelgraves.com for more information.

Mr. Burke can be contacted at +1 609-924-6409 or pburke@michaelgraves.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.