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Mr. Lee

Steve Lee

Founder & Design Principal, Aprilli Design Studio

Steve Lee is founder and design principal at Aprilli Design Studio, a Toronto-based atelier design studio focusing on research, design, and implementation of sustainable design and planning strategies.

As architects and design consultants, Aprilli Design Studio specializes in providing analysis and solutions for futuristic issues including social, economic and environmental problems related to transportation, energy, food and population. The studio explores new ideas and solutions based on advanced technologies and recent design trends including autonomous driving technology, digital fabrication, big data and interactive design.

Aprilli Design Studio's progressive design projects including "Autonomous Travel Suite" and "Urban Skyfarm" have been covered in international medias extensively including CNN, Forbes, BBC, Newsweek and have received awards including Radical Innovation Award and Green dot design Award.

Prior to founding Aprilli Design Studio, Mr. Lee has worked at architectural design firms including Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates, ZNA Associates and RTKL Associates as a project architect on international high-rise, mixed-use and hospitality projects in various countries. Since founding Aprilli Design Studio in 2014, he has been teaching at universities including UCLA Architecture and Urban Design March II post graduate program and California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo.

Mr. Lee is a licensed architect in state of California, US and Ontario, Canada and is a LEED Accredited Professional in Building Design and Construction. He has received his Bachelor of Science in Architecture degree from Yonsei University in 2002 and Master in Architecture degree from Yale University in 2007. He is currently a member of Akin MOCA studio program in Toronto.

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

Mr. Lee can be contacted at +1 647-920-6246 or slee@aprilli.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.