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Mr. Lee

Scott Lee

President & Principal, SB Architects

With over 20 years of design experience, Scott Lee provides the firm with senior leadership and design talent, specializing in hotel, resort, recreational and mixed-use projects. As president and principal, he plays a leading role in determining the firm's long-term mission, direction and goals. Mr. Lee's active role in business development and marketing has been a driving force in the company's successes and its emergence as a force in the hospitality industry. Mr. Lee brings a singular passion to SB Architects. His favorite phrase is, “it's all architecture, all the time,” which comes as no surprise to anyone who knows him. “Passionate” and “driven” are the two words most often used to describe him, and architecture is woven into every aspect of his life.

Although he always loved to draw and build, it wasn't until the ripe age of 10 that Mr. Lee settled on architecture as a profession. Growing up in Foster City, California, everything was under construction. Mr. Lee's mother used to take him and his brother James to construction sites to collect building debris, which they would bring home and use to create their own projects.

Mr. Lee's passion for architecture continued at Cal Poly [as an architecture major] when he was 17 and never deviated from his focus. He supplemented his education with part-time work with local architects and developers. He was also awarded a scholarship and attended University in Bath, England to both study architecture and represent the Rotary Foundation as an ambassador of goodwill. After graduating, he continued on with his career in architecture.

 


Please visit http://www.sb-architects.com for more information.

Mr. Lee can be contacted at 415-673-8990 or contactsf@sb-architects.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.