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Mr. Murch

Brian Murch

Principal, DLR Group

Brian Murch is a design leader, architect, and Principal at DLR Group, a global design firm with offices across the country and internationally. Working creatively throughout most of his career, Mr. Murch has focused his design experience in the hospitality, residential, and mixed-use markets, collaborating with a variety of clients throughout the United States.

Engaging user groups to create unique and innovative design solutions, Mr. Murch focuses on design that responds to the different forces that shape every project and the infusion of the context around them. Mr. Murch's passion is in the development and design for the newest boutique and lifestyle hotels, the most recent of which includes work in the historic LoDo area of Denver, Colorado.

His experience also includes collaborations with larger flagship brands such as Marriott and Hilton, and he has worked on such notable projects as The Laylow, Marriott Autograph Collection in Honolulu, Hawaii, and the Hilton Hotel at the Iowa Events Center in Des Moines, Iowa. Drawing on his almost 20 years of experience in design, planning, and project management, Mr. Murch is adept at listening to and engaging with clients to creatively find unique solutions to craft memorable places with inspired storytelling.

As a hospitality designer, Mr. Murch looks for new ideas and ways to evolve the creative process. “My passion is for all aspects of design and the landscape of architecture in which we live and play. Inspiration comes to me in all forms as I participate in research, and innovate new and relevant ideas that fundamentally shape the places our firm creates.”

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

Mr. Murch can be contacted at 913-685-5654 or brianmurch@dlrgroup.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.