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Mr. Adams

Lawrence Adams

Principal, ForrestPerkins

Lawrence Adams, AIA, Principal of Perkins Eastman and its luxury hospitality design affiliate ForrestPerkins, is a global authority on hotel and resort design.

Mr. Adams co-authored Hotel Design, Planning and Development with Richard Penner and Stephani Robson. It followed the original 422-page edition of Hotel Design, Planning and Development, often referred to as the "bible" of hotel design, which Mr. Adams co-authored with Walter Rutes and Richard Penner, and which was published in 2001. Both tomes were written for architects, designers, developers and hotel executives as comprehensive and professional guides for hotel and resort design and development.

Mr. Adams served as adjunct faculty at New York University for nine years teaching Master's Degree courses on Hotel Design and Development.

Mr. Adams has managed and directed the design of large-scale development projects at major architectural and planning firms for the past 40 years. Among his large-scale mixed-use projects are Yerba Buena Master Plan in San Francisco, CA, Hunters Point in Queens, NY, and Federal City in New Orleans, LA. His most significant hospitality design projects include the New York Four Seasons Hotel, the Chambers Hotel in New York, and The London NYC, Manhattan's first all-suite hotel.

Mr. Adams also directed the architectural design for the addition and rebranding of the Westin Ft. Lauderdale Beach Resort Hotel. Most recently, he directed the design of the adaptive reuse of an iconic mid-century high-rise for the 326-room Westin Dallas Downtown Hotel, which opened in 2015.

Mr. Adams' significant non-hospitality projects include the Czech Mission to the United Nations in New York, Poydras Home Senior Living Community in New Orleans, and the National Headquarters of the Marine Corps Forces Reserve also in New Orleans.

Mr. Adams is based in Perkins Eastman's Dallas office, is a registered architect in several states including Texas, New York, Massachusetts, Florida, Mississippi, and Louisiana, Pennsylvania, and the District of Columbia.

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

Mr. Adams can be contacted at +1 214-953-2210 Ext 1115 or ladams@forrestperkins.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.